Yesterday I passed a milestone with my Trek Lift+ e-bike. I have rode my bike far enough that it has cost me $10 a miles. This is from my take home price with all my accessories.
Here is what I learned:
- The more I use the bike, the lower the range will be. This is not because the battery is getting worn down. It is because I am getting better at bicycling. This is because it is a peddle assist bike. The faster I peddle the more energy the bike will have to return.
- The Range meter is not accurate, but this is not the bike's fault. The bike range depends on how much I am going up and downhill. The uphill ride drains a lot of battery power
- Currently the battery can take me one and a half round trip commutes. This means my battery charger is in my bag a lot.
- It is fun to watch my range number and try to manage it by changing between Eco, Normal, and High power. It gives me something to focus on when I ride.
- The battery takes a few hours to charge. I either do it at work or in my garage at home.
- On cold days I just want to ride as fast as I can. Even my gloves don't keep my fingers warm.
- I am getting better with my balance and turning. I can make turns I could not make a month ago. It is interesting how biking is a physical skill and you don't think of it.
- On a flat street, I can average on High about 18 MPH, Normal about 15 MPH, and Eco about 11 MPH.
- I like to think about cost per mile, but it will take a long time before I can claim I saved money buying this bike. If I go with each mile saved being $.53, bike three days a week, I'd break even sometime in 2019.
- I am also saving money because when I bike I am less likely to buy coffee and less likely to eat lunch out. This saves me some money.
- I am going to forgo my gym membership this year. That is someone money I can save.
- I am not counting the extra clothing I have bought to wear while I am riding.