- Carlsbad, CA
Just wanted to add a word of encouragement...haha that sounds good. At the moment with my normal bike and me being so unfit I end up walking up most hills
When I bought my ebike in October, 2022, I'd been away from cycling for 25 years and was just coming off a medication with the side effect of turning muscle into fat in all the wrong places. Walked a lot every day but wasn't in any kind of cycling shape.
I recall how discouraging our many short, steep hills were at first — even with assist. But I rode every day, pedaling as much as I could at the lowest possible assist while keeping the fun/pain ratio just high enough to keep coming back for more.**
The chainring reduction I mentioned earlier played a key role in this scheme.
Six months later, most of the lower body muscle mass lost to that medication is back, most of the fat it put on is gone, and the hills I used to dread are no big deal. They're still work, mind you, but they're no longer barriers — even at low assist.
You'll get there, too.
** IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: Ebikes make it easy to dial in the right fun/pain ratio for any occasion.