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While I am in my 40's, and have a bad knee (and other ailments), I do not not make that my excuse for riding an E-bike. I simply enjoy riding bikes, as often as possible. The Covid crisis sent me home from work, leaving me with time on my hands. I quickly found new benefit in having multiple bikes in a garage.

A friend, a bike, and a camera can always make for an enjoyable day in the woods. After the last couple months this is especially true. I am lucky enough to live close to trails that remained open during this time. Riding from my house everyday and building trails helped keep me active, yet isolated from others. A fellow rider and trail builder, Peter, was in a similar scenario. We had previously begun work on intersecting trails with friends Aidan and Keith, but social change would ultimately allow time for the trails to be built faster and with more love than we had imagined. At that time it was suggested that if you must drive to recreate it is probably too far from home. Using my E-bike, I was able to get out more often and carry more equipment to the trail area. We both finished our trails just as the local orders started to be raised. At that point we were able to create and finish a joined entrance to the trails last week. This video is a compilation of multiple trails in the SBH network, showcasing our new trails, and some classics of the area.

It has been great having both a standard and E-bike in my garage. The number one thing that keeps me off my bike is the need to rest my legs. Riding the E-bike has become my go-to activity on recovery days, a great way to keep at a steady heart rate, and spin my legs. Thanks to the E-bike I have noticed a strengthening to my core fitness as well. Its pace and weight creates a need for constant maneuvering on single track climbs and undulating trails. The E-bike has been a great addition to the garage. I must admit though, it brings the saying "everything in moderation" to mind if I find myself on it two days in a row.

Enjoy the ride.

Credit: Video Peter Barrette Riding Jason Gainey
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