Background
The COVID "bike boom" hit me hard:; I went from bike-sharer to bike-owner to e-bike maniac in 1 year.

Timeline

  • 2012 β†’ July 2020:
    • Enthusiastic bike-share (Citibike NYC) user.
    • Frequently: take train to a place/event, bike home; 1-way option is nice!
    • The bikes are heavy and slow, but convenient.
  • July 2020:
    • Got a hand-me-down roadbike.
    • "I still love Citibike, but this is better for some trips/errands."
  • September 2020:
  • November 2020:
    • Still want to try an e-bike.
    • Ideally a hauler, that could also fold up for easy storage (my office already had two wall-mounted bikes, but e-bikes are generally too heavy for that).
    • Bought a Tern Vektron Q9 (folding + cargo bike).
  • December β†’ January 2021:
    • E-bikes are revolutionary and I need more 🀩.
    • Helping friends+family try+buy.
    • Market moving quickly; many fascinating takes on what an "electric bike" can be.
    • Bought an electric roadbike and a VanMoof X3 (all-purpose city e-bike).
  • June 2021:
    • Got a Brompton Electric; small fold + portable, nice for little errands, bringing it inside buildings/restaurants
    • 3k total miles, mix of errands, recreation, and longer/overnight trips
4 ebikes in my office: electric roadbike (Creo) on the wall, Brompton and Tern folded in a corner, and VanMoof X3 next to them

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