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Can She Do it?!?!?! Teaching a Senior Over 70 Who's Never Ridden a Bike to Ride an Ebike

Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have just about 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry, and today I'm going to teach seniors over 60 and over 70 how to ride an e-bike. And one of our riders, it's going to be from zero to riding, literally no experience on a two-wheel bicycle, or e-bicycle. We're going to get them up and riding, so stick around.

Okay. Let's meet our riders before we get into it. We have Mama Char and Harry here, so let's get to know them a little bit. So Mama Char, right?

Mama Char: I am Mama Char.

Dustin: Mama Char.

Mama Char: I'm 71 years young, and I've never ridden a bicycle.

Dustin: Never ever in your life?

Mama Char: Never. I rode a Harley in the early '70s, but I'm not that young anymore, so this is going to be interesting.

Dustin: Okay. And I'm just curious, did you have children?

Mama Char: Oh, I have two sons.

Dustin: Do they ride bikes?

Mama Char: Oh, they did, but in the '70s and '80s, they were funky little bicycles, so it's not something a mother would jump on and try to ride. So I just never had an interest. I'm excited about this one though.

Dustin: Okay. What about a tricycle as an adult? Have you ever ridden a tricycle as an adult?

Mama Char: Nope.

Dustin: As a kid?

Mama Char: Nope.

Dustin: Okay, so never even been on-

Mama Char: Nope. I'm green. I'm green.

Dustin: Okay, cool. Yeah. So we're going to try to literally take her from no experience on, now, I can't say two wheels, because you did ride a motorcycle.

Mama Char: Truly, truly, back in the day. But when you think about 1970, that's a long time ago.

Dustin: Yeah. How many years did you ride a motorcycle? I'm just curious.

Mama Char: Oh, less than a year. It was a freshman year in college kind of thing. Wild and crazy kind of deal, then got married.

Dustin: Got it. Okay. Yeah, so did a lot of drugs, rode Harleys, and went to Woodstock.

Mama Char: Not a lot of drugs. Didn't need drugs. I'm just that crazy. Right.

Dustin: Just kidding. Okay, cool. Well, I'm excited to see how this goes and everyone can ride along with us, so thanks for coming today.

Mama Char: Thank you. I'm excited.

Dustin: All right. And Harry, oh, sorry. Now you've obviously ridden a bicycle.

Harry: Both bicycles and motorcycles, yes.

Dustin: Okay. And you said you've ridden an e-bike once or twice before.

Harry: Yes.

Dustin: just rented it or borrowed it?

Harry: No, it was a friend's, I tried it out. It was interesting. I could see how you would want to get addicted to it and not have to have some assistance, let's put it that way, especially going uphill.

Dustin: Got it. So you just tried it, but you didn't do a super long ride or anything like that?

Harry: No, no, no. Nothing like that yet.

Dustin: Okay. When was the last time you rode a bicycle, just a regular bicycle?

Harry: Oh, God. Maybe 5, 6, or 10 years ago. I'm not sure.

Dustin: Okay, cool. So you're not an avid bike rider or cyclist or anything like that?

Harry: No, no, no.

Dustin: Okay, great. Well, so we've got two different levels of ability. Harry hasn't been on a regular bike in quite some time and has ridden an e-bike, but not really that much. So we're going to start from the ground up and build them into being comfortable. I know there are a lot of questions around e-bikes, learning to ride them, and being safe on them. So you're going to see us take Harry, who's a little more experienced, and Mama Char, who's got zero experience on two wheels or any sort of bicycle or tricycle for that matter, and get them up and riding. So let's take it away.

Okay. We're all suited up with our helmets now. I have offered up elbow, knee pads, and wrist guards. It's been declined. It might be worth thinking about if it is your very first time on an e-bike. Totally up to you. They're fairly inexpensive. You want to pick them up at any major store, but we're going to go without them today. But we do have our helmets on, definitely our most important piece of equipment. First and foremost, what we want to do is just make sure the bikes are sized correctly. So Mama Char, if you want to hop on here. And how tall are you?

Mama Char: Five eight.

Dustin: Five eight. And how does that feel for you?

Mama Char: Well, since I've never been on a bicycle, feels pretty good.

Dustin: It looks good to me. Does everything feel comfortable?

Mama Char: Well, almost, but yeah. The seat's a little high rise, but-

Dustin: Too high? Oh, tilt it maybe.

Mama Char: Hold on. Hold on. Skip this. Hey, how about that? Yeah, that's better. Okay. How's that look? Does it look like I'm a bike rider?

Dustin: Yeah, a hundred percent. Yeah.

Mama Char: That's what I'm out for.

Dustin: We can also adjust as we go. So just to also, before we get started, we have her on the Simple Step Through E-bike, which is great for seniors over 60, because you can see right here, it's a very low step-through actually the lowest step-through for an e-bike I've seen on the market at 13-1/2 inches. You just can bring your foot through, easily mount and dismount. Did you find that pretty easy to get on and off?

Mama Char: It was easy.

Dustin: Perfect. And then we have four custom adjustment points, two with the handlebars to raise and lower and tilt, and the seat can actually tilt and raise and lower. So we can dial in the adjustments for her body as she sees fit. We'll go ahead and get started. She may feel like we want to adjust it later on, so we'll leave it as is. She has no basis point, obviously. Is this the first time you've ever sat on a two-wheel bike?

Mama Char: That wasn't stationary, yeah. [inaudible 00:05:19] stationary.

Dustin: First accomplishment number one. All right, Harry, if you want to get on to-

Harry: It's lower and it's loose, going back and forth, the tilt.

Dustin: Oh, really? Okay. Yep. Okay. So we will grab a tool quickly and we'll come back and tighten that down for Harry.

Okay. So Harry found the angle and height he likes. I just had to grab a 14-millimeter, that's what's going to lock in the tilt. So you just do a couple of cranks here on either side. All right. Should be good to go now. Go ahead and jump on there. Oh, sorry.

Harry: It's good.

Dustin: And how do the handlebars feel? Too low?

Harry: Fine.

Dustin: Just fine. Yeah. Okay. All right. So we are fully outfitted, so if everyone wants to get, mount up.

Mama Char: All right.

Dustin: So now the first thing we just probably want to do is practice walking. Now again, Harry, this may be a breeze for you. If you could just play along, that'd be great. Oh, there you go. Yeah.

Mama Char: I'm trying to get my wheels. Got it. Nope.

Dustin: There you go. Give it a kick.

Mama Char: Let it go past that pedal.

Dustin: There you go.

Mama Char: Look at that.

Dustin: The first time she put a kick stand up.

Mama Char: My first kickstand.

Dustin: She kicked it. She kicked the stand.

Mama Char: Almost. Almost.

Dustin: Okay. So all I want to do is just practice. We're going to do a little walking with the bike like this. We'll go down to these cones, and if you should feel confident enough, you could try to push off and balance.

Mama Char: All right.

Dustin: Oh, wow. You're just going for it. She's just going for it.

Mama Char: Let's just do this.

Dustin: We're just going for it. This is amazing.

Mama Char: Oh, okay. Okay. Okay.

Dustin: Oh, God. Oh, God. Stay to the left. Stay to the left. Stay on the left.

Mama Char: Got it.

Dustin: Oh boy.

Mama Char: I've come back around.

Dustin: Stay to the left. The brakes are on your hands. Pull that. Put your feet down. Put your feet down.

Mama Char: Woohoo. Woo.

Dustin: Okay. I don't authorize that. Wow. Wow.

Mama Char: Well, once I got started, I couldn't stop. It's like, this is too much fun. This is too much fun.

Dustin: All right, let's-

Harry: Where are they? Get to know where the brakes are.

Mama Char: That's right.

Dustin: Okay, let's bring it back to start. Let's just go over some essentials now that you want to be up and riding.

Mama Char: Okay.

Dustin: Don't pedal though. Can you just walk it? Harry, you're good. You're good. You're good.

Mama Char: Okay.

Dustin: Do you want me to? Here, do you want me to just bring the bike back?

Mama Char: No, no, no, no.

Dustin: Are you good? Okay. Okay. She's good. Okay. Wow, that was energizing, exciting, and nerve-wracking. I thought we were going to have our first crash straight into a car. Mama Char just proved all the doubters wrong.

Walk us through just what transpired right there.

Mama Char: Woo. My adrenaline is like, okay.

Dustin: Now truly, you've never ridden a bike?

Mama Char: Never. All right. When I realized I could balance, that's your fear. That's your fear. The balance. Now we're on it.

Dustin: Unfortunately, you should have some other fears, but that was your main fear.

Mama Char: I didn't have any other fears other than when I got to the end. It's like you kept saying, go left, and it's like, huh? Do I lay it down? Do I?

Dustin: Well, I just wanted to make sure you stayed away from these cars right

Mama Char: Here. So it's like, no, once I realized I could balance.

Dustin: Okay

Mama Char: And I went faster. It's like, I can do this. I can do this. And then I got on the decline.

Dustin: And then it was off and running.

Mama Char: I went to the water and then you were hollering, "Go the left. Go to the left," and it's like, whee.

Dustin: Jesus, take the wheel.

Mama Char: Somebody, and then I heard, "The brakes on." And it's like, okay, this is it.

Dustin: Okay. All right. Cool. Well, we can now take it to step, we just splint through steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 very quickly. So we'll go back and rewind here and go over some things. Well, let me adjust the seat for you here.

Mama Char: Yes, please.

Dustin: I got you. Okay. So let's just go to some basics here. You've got two brakes obviously, a front and a rear. Your front brake is on the left hand, your rear brake is on the right hand. These are disc brakes, so they're going to have good ample stopping power. You always want to start with the rear brake if you can. If you're going to do one brake, primarily do the rear brake. You can ease into it, bring you to a stop. You don't really want to jerk it because that's going to possibly have you go over the handlebars. You can also do both at the same time. And it's like a car. You just can ease into them or you can pull them hard. It's really up to you. But if you're knowing where you're going to stop, it's probably better just to ease into the brakes.

Mama Char: So right is the rear, left his front.

Dustin: Correct. And in doubt, just pull them both.

Mama Char: But you can feel it on your seat. You can feel the little pressure on the back tire of your seat. If you're rolling down that hill, who's going to feel that? But just saying.

Dustin: So when you start to pull these brakes, then you've got to get your feet ready to be on the ground. So another good thing about these two bikes is they have a little bit of forward pedaling, which keeps the seat lower, which is going to mean you're going to have ample leg extension when riding, but it's going to allow you to get your feet flat and on the ground quicker.

Mama Char: Okay. So at what point when you're rolling, you apply the brakes, and obviously, you want to stop. Do you at that point then lower your feet?

Dustin: Correct.

Mama Char: Got it.

Dustin: And it's really up to you, however, soon or early. I would say for you-

Mama Char: I'm a Flintstone.

Dustin: Stop pedaling, get your feet ready and get your feet down and be ready to stop. That's really it. And then turning. Turning is a combination of turning the wheel and leaning your body. So we're going to try the tricycle here in a little bit. On a bicycle, it's a little bit more about leaning with your body and turning the wheel and making sure you keep a certain amount of momentum, just like a motorcycle and the turns. You don't want to go super fast through the turn, but you got to keep the wheels moving through the turn, making sure you're going at a certain pace. And so that's really it. Maybe this time we don't, if you're comfortable turning, you can. I think what I'm going to do is not go on the bike and I'm going to just stay close to you and go alongside.

Mama Char: Bless your heart. Granny's all ready.

Dustin: But what I was going to say is if you want to turn, you can, otherwise, you could just practice going straight and stopping, and then we can work our way up to a turn. It's totally up to you. And Harry, you're free to do what you feel comfortable with.

Mama Char: Stay clear, and go forward.

Harry: Stay away from her though.

Mama Char: Yeah, really. Why don't you go ahead of me and then when I pass, you can break my fall.

Dustin: And we're still not getting into the electric, so we're still just teaching the fundamentals of bike riding and balance and all of those things. And because of Mama Char, we skipped a couple of steps. We do have another video, Learning to Bike Again, where I actually go through, or Alana goes through some more progressive steps that could help you get back up to speed. But again, Mama Char was feeling the energy here and she did it, which is totally cool.

Mama Char: If I can do it again.

Dustin: Okay. Harry, do you want to just go first? We'll get you out of the way. Go ahead. You can make a loop, do whatever you want, and then if you're comfortable, you can, oh... So can actually shift here too, if you're familiar with gears.

Mama Char: Oh, that's okay.

Dustin: So that'll be up and down. You're in gear three right now. If you twist up, it'll go to a higher gear, which will make it harder to pedal. If you twist down, it'll be lower. So totally up to you.

Mama Char: Can you also use these as clutches to slow it down a little bit? Or is that not recommended?

Dustin: Sure. It's a brake.

Mama Char: So I can do it.

Dustin: But you want to stop pedaling.

Mama Char: I got you. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But you can still do that.

Dustin: Yeah, of course. You're going to want to monitor the brakes as you go and monitor your speed. Are you too fast? Pull the brake a little bit.

Mama Char: Got you, got you.

Dustin: Do you know what I mean?

Mama Char: So you can do that.

Dustin: So go for it.

Mama Char: Let's do this.

Harry: Shifting is very smooth.

Dustin: Cool.

Mama Char: All right. All right. Hold on. It's important that you get your mind focused on what you're heading to do. Okay, we got this.

Dustin: My other recommendation too is, there you go. Get the pedal like that. Now push. That's going to be able to, there you go. Perfect. Yep.

Mama Char: All right, hold on. Hold on. I got it, I got it.

Dustin: I'm going to stay with you. I'm going to stay with you. You got it. You got it. There you go. Beautiful.

Mama Char: See, now that I know it's headed, I'm apprehensive.

Dustin: Now that it's headed?

Mama Char: Now that I know what I'm doing, now my body has registered like holy crap. Did you see what you just did? And so now it's a little apprehensive, so I won't be as daredevil next time.

Dustin: Okay.

Mama Char: Okay.

Dustin: However you feel, we'll move at your pace. There you go.

Mama Char: That right knee just doesn't want to turn. Okay. Now you said...

Dustin: There you go. There you go.

Mama Char: Focus, focus, focus on the balance. Focus on the balance. It's my knee. It's my right knee.

Dustin: Yeah. Just can't get the power you need?

Mama Char: When it comes over that way, my knee locks, so I lose this leg until it comes back around.

Dustin: Got it. Fair enough. Let's try something then. So Mama Char is saying she has a knee issue not allowing her to pedal around. So I have an idea. We're going to try to get her to use the throttle and we're going to see if that may actually help her. So she may be a prime candidate for an e-bike. We're just going to have to take it slow and get you up to speed here. And I'll show you what I'm talking about. Now we're going introduce the electric and we're going to see if we can get Mama Char up and riding. Now she has a little bit of a knee condition. It's hard for her to get that pedal around, which is not uncommon. For a lot of people post-surgery, arthritis, or any people that have knee conditions, this is not uncommon, which is why an e-bike actually is such a beautiful thing in situations like this.

So typically I would probably advise a more slow progression. Mama Char here is adventurous. We're just going for it. So we're going to jump right in. Okay. So Harry, on yours too, that middle button, go ahead and just press that and hold it down. And then your screen should come on. Okay, so you've got your battery indicator. Your screen is a little bit different. Let me just-

Harry: I'm halfway done.

Dustin: Yeah. So the battery indicators are in the upper left. In the upper right is your pedal assist level. Now that number means nothing in terms of the throttle. So your throttle is right here. This throttle works just like a gas pedal. Give it a little bit, gives it a little bit. Give it a lot, it gives you a lot. But this number only has to be at level one for the throttle to be able to give full power. This indicator is only there to indicate your pedal assistance level. So Harry, if you push that plus or minus, that's going to go up to level five. That's how much assistance it will give you when you're pedaling. In the top level, you're going to be able to go up to 28 miles an hour, but you're going to go 20 miles an hour with pretty much ease if you're in level five. So it's a lot of power. I recommend we stay at level one for right now. Because you're going to feel that jolt when you pedal. It's going to kick in. You're going to feel it, you're going to feel it go.

Harry: Does it matter for the electric speed what gear the pedal is?

Dustin: Okay, so Harry asked if it matters for the electric and what gear the bike is in. The answer is no.

Harry: No.

Dustin: The gears of the bike are functioning completely independently of the electric. Now, one thing I will say is that if you're running in pedal assist level five, you want the bike to be in the highest gear, gear seven. Otherwise, if you're in a lower gear, you're going to be pedaling so fast and you're not even going to be catching up with the motor. So the harder it is to pedal, the more restraint we put in the higher assistance, you're going to go faster, and the timing of the cadence of the pedaling will match the output of the motor.

But again, it's also up to you and your comfort level. We've done a lot of videos with seniors over the age of 60. I tend to find that most don't go above three, quite honestly. And when you feel that initial jolt, even in level one, you're going to feel the impact of the motor kick in.

So why don't we try this? Why don't we let Harry go ahead and take a rip? You can ride down there. You can try the pedal assist, or you can completely stop pedaling and use the throttle, or you can use the throttle to get going, back off, and do some pedaling. Now in the worst-case scenario, just stop pedaling. Everything will stop. And the minute you pull the brakes, that will cut everything. That will cut the motor, cut everything out. Or another option is you can always click this to zero. Once you click that to zero, everything is also cut off.

Harry: Okay.

Dustin: Let me give Harry my microphone just for his initial reaction. Go ahead and slip that over your head. And you're free to go. Enjoy the ride.

Harry: Okay, let's see. Ooh, here we go. Interesting. Ah. Smooth. Of course, I always want to pedal. Now the engine cut off when I stopped pedaling, but when I start pedaling, it just kicks on again. Interesting. Got to get used to this.

Dustin: So what'd you think?

Harry: One surprise, I don't know if you heard me, I was talking. When I stopped pedaling, the motor wasn't going.

Dustin: Right.

Harry: But as soon as I moved the pedal a little bit, the motor kicks on. Oh, that's interesting. It's good.

Mama Char: Yeah. Yeah. It was smooth. Harry was smooth. You looked good from this angle. Woo.

Dustin: Do you mind taking the microphone off so I can pop it back on? All right, perfect. Okay. So I think for you, maybe we can just try to use the throttle. So at this point, it's just going to be basically like a motorcycle. Yeah, why don't we do that? Why don't you just try to do a little bit, and put your feet down again? Put your feet down, press that and just let it go a little. There you go.

Mama Char: All right.

Dustin: And so yeah, when you're confident, you can pick your feet up and use that throttle to go.

Mama Char: Okay, okay, okay. Okay. Hold on. I'm defeating myself.

Dustin: Yeah.

Mama Char: I'm defeating myself. That's the sad part. My fear is holding me back.

Dustin: Well, there's probably some justified fear in there, too. It's keeping you safe.

Mama Char: It's like, well, maybe so, but hasn't always been there. It's like, why are you there now?

Dustin: Well, it's her first time on a bike too though, so that's okay.

We're back. Mama Char's up and running. We're in a little more of a straightaway. Thought this would be a better space. I'll monitor the traffic for her. But we can just keep going straight. You don't have to worry about turning. There you go. And you don't worry about pedaling even.

Mama Char: Okay, okay. Okay.

Dustin: I got you.

Mama Char: Okay, I got it.

Dustin: I would say don't even worry about pedaling at all.

Mama Char: Right.

Dustin: Regulate your speed just with the throttle, in and out with your thumb, as much or as little as you want.

Mama Char: All right.

Dustin: You're okay?

Mama Char: I don't think so.

Dustin: No.

Mama Char: I don't think so.

Dustin: Okay, so we're back with Mama Char, the two-wheeler. Now again, I want to reiterate something. It's not normal to try to go from never riding a bike to riding an e-bike in less than 30 minutes. Let's just establish that. We were trying to really break the rules today and speed this up. So I would say if you are getting back into biking or e-biking or learning to ride a bike, your expectation should not be 30 minutes, zero to 60. So I don't want you to beat yourself up over that.

Mama Char: I'm buying a bike. That's all there is to it.

Dustin: You know, you think about actually my daughter right now is seven years old. I'm trying to teach her to ride a bike. We've been out 30 times, she still can't ride a bike, right? So why is it any different for her to learn to ride a bike than it is for you to learn to ride a bike? Right? So I think the moral of the story is you really want to go through the process. It may take time. I am confident Mama Char here can get up on two wheels and ride and maybe we'll check back in with her in the future and see how she's doing. But you could see she had it and she wasn't thinking about it. And like I said, I think it's good to be a little bit fearful because it keeps you safe, especially on an e-bike. And honestly, I've seen this before, overconfidence is what leads to accidents on e-bikes, honestly.

And it's young riders, older riders, any age rider where all of a sudden you think you're really cocky and confident, and boom, you hit the accelerator on accident, you hit a curb, or you do the pedal assist at the wrong moment and the bike gets out from under you. So I think having a little bit of fear and confidence but not overconfidence is truly the key to being safe on motorcycles too, right? Motorcycles. The minute you get a little overconfident, you start going 80 miles an hour splitting cars, that's when bad things can happen. I too had a motorcycle license. So in any event, e-bikes are powerful things. They can go very fast and 20 miles an hour is fast enough to cause injury, honestly.

So with that said, we have the electric Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Electric Trike option, which is a great option if you want to get on an e-bike. Maybe you want to work your way up, or if you don't want to worry about balancing on two wheels, this is awesome. So we're going to get you up and riding on this. Now there's a little bit of a difference, I'll say that. On a bike, it's a little more body lean on this one. It's going to balance. All you got to do is turn that wheel and go in the direction you want to go. So you're in third gear here as well. You can either start with that or I can get it down to first if you want. It'd be a little easier to pedal.

Mama Char: Let's try it.

Dustin: Just leave it in the third?

Mama Char: Yep. Let's try it.

Dustin: Okay. So you can just go ahead and if you want, now keep in mind, you have to turn the wheels.

Mama Char: I still have to turn. Okay. Yep, I got it.

Dustin: Oops.

Mama Char: It's all right. He's all good. He's all good. I'm not allergic.

Dustin: Yep. So you can relax because the bike's going to do the balancing for you. One thing I'll suggest is to get your hands also.

Mama Char: See that right knee?

Dustin: There you go.

Mama Char: Okay. Oh yeah. Okay.

Dustin: And then practice the brakes. Beautiful.

Mama Char: All right.

Dustin: And why don't you try turning around?

Mama Char: Yeah, baby. I could get that right knee. Now, do you have pedals that you can extend out for people who have bad knees?

Dustin: We don't, but I've heard that... There's something you could add is a pedal extender. Now I do have an idea. So let's come back to the starting line. So on your left foot, one thing too, that's going to help you generate more power, let's... You're going to want to have the pedal under this part of your foot. So I'm seeing you pedaling with your heel. Now, this is a part of the process of learning to pedal properly.

Mama Char: So what you're saying is let my toes hang over pretty much.

Dustin: Well, you're putting your heel on the pedal. You want that part. So as you circle-

Mama Char: My instep.

Dustin: Keep that part of your foot.

Mama Char: I got you. I see what you're saying. Yeah. See, these are just not-

Dustin: There you go. Now you're generating more power. Now you're right foot, too, you want to get it-

Mama Char: Yeah, see that. Okay.

Dustin: Now, do you feel the motor kick in?

Mama Char: I did.

Dustin: Does that help at all, or not really?

Mama Char: No, it's just this knee. I'm going to tell you what, it's just this knee.

Dustin: Well, let's try this then. Here. Just don't do the pedaling at all. Let's try the pedal. Let's try the throttle.

Mama Char: Wait first.

Dustin: There you go. Just leave your feet.

Mama Char: Got it. I got it comfortable.

Dustin: And let off the throttle if you want to slow down.

Mama Char: Oh, yes, baby. Yes, baby.

Dustin: We got options for you. We got options for you.

Mama Char: Holy moly. All day long. That's what I'm talking about.

Speaker 4: Yeah. Now the bus is going.

Mama Char: Yeah, I'm good. It'll look good as a hood ornament. How fast does this puppy go?

Dustin: So you can go up to 15 miles an hour. Yeah. That's pretty easy to-

Mama Char: Oh, it is. Yes.

Dustin: Cool. All right. So we've completed our teaching of e-bike riding. We had a minor change in plans with one of our riders, which is totally okay. We'll check in with Mama Char about that in a second. But first, Harry, let's just get your thoughts on this, is this the most you've ever ridden an e-bike? Truly up and down and around?

Harry: Oh yes. Definitely. It's cool. I like it. Now, one thing we didn't mention at the beginning, and people might think, oh, he's young. I'm 69, I'll be 70 in a couple of months. So they think, oh, he's younger. Yeah, no, no. And it's only in here.

Dustin: Were you nervous at all about doing it? Was it easy once you got used to it? Do you feel comfortable on it after up and riding?

Harry: Well, of course, you're a little cautious. You should be cautious about getting on something new. And yeah, once you figure out how everything does come together, it's great. Even just now, at the very end, I discovered something different, which is great. Makes it more comfortable with it.

Dustin: Yeah. Cool. Well, thanks for learning to ride today.

Harry: That's great. Thank you.

Dustin: All right, Mama Char. So we tried to take Mama Char from having no bike riding experience at all, not even riding a bike at all in her life to up and riding an e-bike. We got close and you balanced.

Mama Char: I balanced. But here's the deal. It wasn't my body that defeated me. It was my mind. My first shot out, my body balanced, and my body was in full gear. Then when my mind caught up with, holy crap, what did I just do? Then maybe the safety, insecurities, I don't know. But then it's like, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. So I defeated myself. It had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the bike. We know that. And so my statement to you is don't defeat yourself. Don't think it's the bike, all right? Because then when I got on this baby, butter. It's stable. There's nothing I can compare to because I've never been on something that supported me with two wheels and moving.

But it's like a fancy wheelchair scooter that you're in. You're sitting here and you're moving, and it's that same sensation of being in a scooter, motorized scooter. That's the sensation I got. So yeah, this one, my best friend, but I am going to buy a regular bicycle and I'm going to get pedal extenders for my right knee, and I'm going to defeat my brain. But thank you for this. Thank you. It was awesome.

Dustin: So I think the moral of the story, too, is that, well, especially with Sixthreezero, we have different options for different riders. And if you can't jump into two wheels, we have this amazing electric tricycle. And as you build your leg strength, get back into it, and get used to it, you could move on to two wheels. Also with the tricycle, you could either use the throttle, Mama Char was loving the throttle and using that. As you start to get your legs used to it, then you can move into more pedal assist than just using it. Then move to two wheels. Again, skipping from not riding at all to fully riding two wheels can't necessarily happen in a, well now it's been about an hour. So not a very common occurrence, but we got her outfitted with the proper bike for her trike, three wheel bike right now that's going to work for her, which is great.

Mama Char: Yes.

Dustin: So thank you. Thanks, Harry. And if you guys have any other questions at all about e-bikes or learning to ride, please comment below or email us, the team at, or call us at (310) 982-2877. Also, if you're in the market for an e-bike or an e-trike, take the proprietary body fit quiz on our website. Only takes a few minutes to answer a few questions about your body and your life. We'll recommend the perfect e-bike or e-trike for you. In addition to that, we have a 30-day test rider e-bike policy. If you don't love it in 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. Lastly, join our community, the Facebook Pedalers group, and download our app. Talk to existing riders before you purchase. See how they're using their bikes on the app. Also in the Pedalers group, you can ask questions.

And once you have your e-bike or e-trike, make friends, post photos, and track your rides on the app. It's great. You can get exercise and see how far you're going. It is a lot of fun. So thank you for sticking around. And don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.


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