Last winter, we had the pleasure of building up an e-Giro A20 for Janice. Her Ti Aero Basso recumbent was recently stolen and she needed a replacement bike. As she was getting older, she found that even the lightweight Ti Aero Basso didn't allow her to ride at the speeds she wanted, so she decided to pull the trigger on the lightest possible e-Giro we could build.
As Janice was already used to the carbon fiber seat, we fitted her new recumbent with one which immediately dropped three pounds off the weight off the stock bike. We also used extra-light versions of the Velocity wheels, an extra-light cassette and a carbon fiber fork to knock a few more pounds off. She took the time to dial in the bike over the winter and then started reporting to us about her exploits:
The Little Red Bike Ride on recumbent
"I did my first 70.3 mile bike ride on my ebike. The Little Red Bike Ride in Lewiston, Utah... still had 38 % battery left when I finished. Used 3 and 4 assist (out of 5)... mostly 4... and 5 for the last 12 miles because I wanted to be DONE! Thank you once again for all you did to modify my bike ... loving the shorter cranks.... and the back tire works great on rough roads....BTW I was the only recumbent rider on the ride.... 3500 women... support for Huntsman Cancer....distance 17, 30, 55, 70, and 100 miles."
The French Creek Iron Tour
"Did my first east coast HILLY ride - the French Creek Iron Tour (55 miles) I was very nervous because I knew the hills would be relentless... happy to say my bike came thru... 32 % battery left... next time I can keep it on 3 when climbing....today I put it on 4 when the climbs were steep.
I must have had 10 male riders come up to me after the ride curious about my bike... and how I was able to pass them on "that bike". Again I was the only recumbent rider on the course. I had a lot of well wishes before the ride... and riders asking me if I knew what I was getting into .... with all the climbing."
Obviously, we love reading reports like this. But it also helps us with one of the most frequent questions we get about our recumbent e-bikes - what's the range? I hope Janice's data helps give you some idea of how far our bikes can go. And we hope to keep getting more reports from Janice!