The old saying, “it’s like riding a bike” is true—with limits. If you haven’t ridden for awhile, and you are over 50, then getting back on a bike might present a few challenges. My husband and I (being empty nesters) search out fun adventures that we can do together. This can get complicated when couples have different physical capabilities. He is strong and athletic—I am not. We were surprised discover that e-biking was an adventure that would fit both our needs. I loved riding a bike when I was young—the feel of wind against my face was always thrilling, and being outside in nature was a mental boost.
This brings me to our recent quest to try e-bikes. These are electric pedal assist bikes, not to be confused with full electric bike (which is considered motorized vehicle). I was amazed how easy and wonderful the experience was. It actually made it possible for me to keep up with my husband who drove a regular bike. At some points I was actually dusting him. The great thing about e-bikes is that you get to pick the level of pedal assist that works best for you. If you don’t need it, you don’t have to use it. Or, perhaps, you only want a little boost. Whatever your need is you are able to manage and adjust it. If your concerned that it might look awkward, don’t be, the e-bike looks just as sleek as any nice bike out there. See our adventure to get a feel for the experience.
We decided to try the Santos Bike Trails in Ocala Florida. It was perfect choice to try this new experience. We pedaled (and at some points glided) under the lush forest canopy. The flora and fauna was stunning. The large trees offered both beauty and plenty shade.
Some of the benefits of the Santos trail:
1. Santos is located in a National Forest which is well maintained.
2. Bike and e-bike rentals are available at the trail head.
3. Biking experts are onsite.
4. Rangers patrol the trails regularly in case of emergency.
5. There are multiple trails and levels (including off trail mountain biking).
6. There are picnic tables and benches situated on the trails for breaks.
We were drawn to this area because we were scouting out places to bring our grown children and grandkids. There is a campground located at the one of the trail heads, too. Horseback riding is available on separate trails, and hikers have there own trails, as well. And with Silver Springs near by, kayaking, canoeing, and boating are also available options. Plenty of variety for family fun.
So there you have it, if you are over 50 and thought biking was a thing of the past, why not try an e-bike? After all, it truly is like riding a bike.