Noticed this story yesterday in the New York Times about a fellow who changed from an SUV to an electric bicycle called the Optibike for his daily commute. Since the drive is only 10 miles it’s well within the range of this bike but the part that caught my eye was the price, $7000. The article talks about saving gas, the bike is cheaper, quieter and cleaner than his prior ride, but $7000?
Somehow the article never mentions motorcycles and if he wanted to save money on gas, have more fun than driving the SUV and also have the ability to take far longer drives when he might have extra errands to run, a far less costly used motorcycle or even a wide range of small displacement new motorcycles and scooters would fill the bill. A clean used motorcycle and even a few new ones cost half that much, money which could be used to buy a lot of gas. If the performance of the electric bike is acceptable, many small motorcycles would sip gas and go faster and farther.
Everyone is certainly free to buy and drive or ride the vehicle of their choice but this article focuses on the advantages of an electric bicycle without even asking the obvious question of why he didn’t choose a motorcycle or if he even considered one. The owner in this article even said he has bad knees and wasn’t looking to pedal but he wanted to be able to go on bike paths. Sometimes, I think people are more inclined to make a point than make sense but if he’s happy, he made the right choice.