221 in 2021 · commute · cycling

Bettina contemplates an e-bike

The truth is, my high-flying fitness plans aren’t going all that well. I’m swamped at work and life is… well, being life. I miss moving, but I just don’t have time to do more than swimming once a week and maaaaybe a run, if I’m lucky. I look at my count in the 221 in 2021 challenge and it’s just laughable at this point. There’s no way in hell I’m going to make it, and as a completionist this bugs me more than I’d like to admit.

A person on a teal-coloured e-bike.
Photo by Gotrax on Unsplash

So I’ve been thinking about how I could get more movement in. I used to get a lot of my exercise through my commute, either biking or running. But now that the tiny human goes to nursery at the staff kindergarten where I work, I’ve been going by car every day and I’ve completely lost those workouts. If you look at the old post about my run commute I’ve linked above, you’ll see that I work up a very steep hill from where I live. Biking up with a normal bike and a kid’s trailer is just not feasible.

That’s why I’m very seriously contemplating an e-bike. I see other parents with kids in the same daycare do it and I get an itch. It would be perfect. I’m going to do it, I just need to find the right bike and make friends with the idea of parting with a whole bunch of my hard-earned euros (wow, these things are expensive!). Wish me luck on my search!

9 thoughts on “Bettina contemplates an e-bike

    1. Haha my body and mind definitely want it! The logistics are much more complicated than just hopping in the car, but I think I’ll feel so much better.


  1. Sounds like a great idea! Keep us posted. By the way, I’m seriously thinking about getting one next year for myself, too. It’s a good addition and good option to have.

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  2. Go for it! eBikes are a great solution to getting in some movement and replacing car trips! You could look into e-cargo bikes too. You can pop child seats in them and also do the shopping or other errands using it.

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    1. I think a cargo one is too unwieldy for our hill. I’m thinking a gravel ebike might be a good solution for me. I love commuting with my normal gravel bike and I want something light and agile.

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