What pushed you to purchase your Pedego, what were the enticing features, and what difference has that decision made in your life?
Well, I can’t ride a regular bike. I have myalgic encephalomyelitis and interstitial cystitis which means that I deal with pain and fatigue. I can ride a regular bike to maybe one location, but I then can’t ride it home. I just get too tired, too sore; it’s just too much work. So when I heard of electric bikes, I got really excited! I checked out a couple of different brands, but the thing that I really liked about Pedego that stood out to me is the pedal assist feature where I can move my legs while having the assistance. Other bikes that I saw had just an on/off function with a throttle. Pedego has five levels of pedal assistance which means that I can ride it on both good days and bad days. On my worst days, if I want, I can not pedal at all—I can just throttle and go.
What were your reservations that you had prior to purchasing your Pedego?
The biggest reservation with Pedego I had was the price, but it has just been so SO worth it! I looked at other bikes that were a little bit cheaper, but they were just not the same quality, and like I said, the big feature for me is the pedal assist. That’s what I use the most, and instead of being limited to either peddling or not peddling, I can use assistance. So bad days I am either using the level 5 or not pedalling at all, but good days like today I can be at levels 1 or 2 for assistance, most days I’m at 3.
Having the Pedego has genuinely made me able to be more social, because my disease makes me tired or sore a lot, and would otherwise keep me at home or in bed. With my Pedego I can skip from point A to B in an easier way, and I don’t get there exhausted! Otherwise, I’d be like, “Okay I’m tired from the journey here and need to go home now”. Instead, I’m still able to enjoy myself and I knew that would be the big draw for me. I usually use a cane to get around, but I’ve been having to use it less since I got my bike… which I think is because I’m exercising more and my muscles are just getting stronger, and also because I’m having to walk lesser distances. Before, I was having to walk a lot more and catch buses, therefore needing the cane for longer journeys. Now I don’t have to walk as much; I’m biking more often. It’s better for my body, and I’m able to use my cane less which feels more empowering!