The other weekend I was out riding the SwagCycle e bike down in Newport beach. Now the way I look on this thing, can really a be a bit of a riot as it looks unique.
See how the short set of wheels are actually really quite powerful and the funny horn ‘beep beep’ sound you can make with the press of a button. I was simply enjoying the weather and cruising around the huge open space at the end of the boardwalk by the school carrying my electric swagboard on the e bike. When suddenly there was this huge flock of riders who had rented ‘larger handled rideables’ and I felt like I was in Star Wars, approaching a bunch of TIE Fighters… see below, you’ll see what I mean how they whiz by you all in unison. Seemingly powered by some dark force out to destroy all that is good, Yoda help us.
This is such a great spot to test out e bike rideables and electric skateboards because you have so much room to turn and coast with lots of breeze coming off the Pacific. It really is the perfect spot for testing out any rideable. I also found that the SwagCycle e bike is great for getting around Newport Beach with all the traffic. You can just take the boardwalk or sidewalks without really getting in the way, plus the trusty *horn on this electric bike does wonders for laughter and to keep others aware of you. Solid brakes too.
I’ve since come here on the Voyager Electric Skateboard and enjoyed top speed with ease while the wind comes off the ocean waves. It’s quite a sight and invigorating if you skateboard. Once you know how to skate, you enjoy the feeling of ‘carving’ be it on snow, ramps, concrete or just an open parking lot on an electric cruiser with two 350 watt motors!
Prior to this event with the larger, police style or ‘mall cop’ rideables, I had run into a bunch of people on electric unicycles with handlebars. You can see how our SwagRoller e bike was much simpler without all of those extra handles. I ended up singing: “I can ride my e bike with no handlebars…no handlebars”, and we had a good laugh.
Even though it feels like quite the competition, there’s a certain camaraderie between all the electric vehicle riders you see out there…some feel superior, but all seem to have that common desire for ‘having more power’ as opposed to human powered propulsion.
Does this make us lazy? Well I personally spend most of my energy at the skatepark, so whatever I do extra is just gravy. If I’m on a self balancing scooter or an electric skateboard, I still exercised in the skatepark already so I’m good with that!