TodayApril 15, 2022

gocycling in Europe – ebike

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the plug-in hybrid. I also love the outdoors. Most of my friends love the outdoors as well. Sam and my husband, Stretch, talk about going on a bicycle trip in Europe, but there is no way I am in that type of shape. I take bicycle classes at the gym but rarely ride a bike outdoors.

Let me introduce you to Gocycle

Gocycle is the brainchild of Richard Thorpe, a former Mclaren Cars design engineer. Thorpe has also worked in the motorsports and light electric vehicle industry.

gocycle folds up
gocycle folds up

What makes this plug-in electric bicycle so ingenious is the packaging. It weighs only 32 pounds and can be broken down and folded into a carry bag for transporting. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to own one.

The Gocycle is the first injection-molded magnesium alloy bicycle in history. Thorpe built the bike out of magnesium instead of carbon fiber, betting that carbon fiber will be more expensive in the future than magnesium.

The gocycle is twice the power-to-ratio of most e-bicycles. I am slowly building up my stamina to go and down the hills in The Sierra Nevada foothills, but I have Gocycle to rely on when I want that burst of electric power to kick in.

different modes of electricity for gocycle
different modes of electricity for gocycle

There is an app that allows you to select a mode; city, eco, on-demand or you can customize. The app will show you how many odometer miles you have gone and what that would equal in miles per gallon.

The bike can only handle 220 pounds, but I am well below that weight. I will need a European adaptor for the electric outlet it takes seven hours to recharge the in-frame lithium-ion battery. It is the easiest bicycle to put together and take apart, and to learn to ride.

The Gocycle is equipped with front and rear hydraulic disk brakes, operated by two levers on the handlebars, pretty much like any other bike I’ve ridden.

I’m getting stronger and am riding the bike outdoors almost every day. Now we have to decide where we want to go in Europe.

gocycle travel health fitness
gocycle travel health fitness
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.