Analogous to the recent thread about electric cars… I thought I’d ask if anyone has experience with another kind of electric vehicle?
I have never personally owned a car (my partner has 2 though—our normal car and his soon-to-be-repaired Lotus Evora, you were going to ask anyway, right?) and I do almost everything—including grocery shopping for a week—by bike.
Right now the highest hills I have to face are a couple bridges to cross into the city proper. Other than those my routes are nice and flat. But we’re moving in about a year and then I’ll be living on a hill without so much as a café, a supermarket or a pharmacy so…
My budget is basically that of a small car (yeah not quite. A car does a little bit more than a bike… but I expect to be spending a four figure sum—in €) because that is what it is supposed to prevent me from buying. The bike’s eventual home will include an attached garage. If I buy it before the move it will have to be parked inside the apartment which will be tight but not impossible.
I will possibly keep my current bike. I don’t usually go on long tours, I use my bike to get to places not to ride in circles… The furthest I go these days is maybe 10-12km per direction. I do need to be able to transport at least two full bags of groceries. Or a good haul from FLGS
Edit: and I do like my gizmos, it better be shiny