We always love hearing stories about people getting back on bikes despite their physical injuries. Here's a story from one of our awesome Electra retailers about her grandfather riding a Townie for the first time:
The Electra Townie is the most naturally stable bike in the industry. You can stand over the bike and seamlessly transition from standing to pedaling without feeling awkward or off-balance, no matter your level of fitness or flexibility. It’s the first bike I recommend to my customers with any kind of injury or movement restriction issue. Everyone can tell from the minute they put their feet on the pedals how easy and fun the bike is. There’s no moment of awkward balance as you settle into the saddle - no slow transition from stop to go - just seamless motion on two wheels.
About a year ago my 80-year-old grandpa had knee surgery. This is a man who does not sit still. He loves working and moving and being outside with his horses. He knew he was going to have to grin and bare it while he let his knee recover from surgery, and he wasn’t happy about it. The doctor gave him some exercises to keep the knee active and flexible, but he got bored of them quickly. They weren’t fun to do. I had a Townie with me at the time, so I asked him if he’d try riding it. Five minutes later, we had a helmet mounted on his head, and he was straddling a Coral Townie 7D. Neither one of us was sure if this was a good idea, but I had so much confidence in this bike and Electra's Flat Foot Technology. I knew that the worse case scenario would be that he’d be able to put a foot down if he got wobbly. He took off on that bike and just started making laps! It was the most hilarious and beautiful site to see my grandpa smiling ear to ear on that bright pink, two-wheeled machine.
Never underestimate the power of the bicycle, and the power that it gives people who feel very immobile. I love putting people on the Townie. Their faces light up, and they can’t help but smile. It is pure fun, and that is the core of what bikes bring to our lives.
Story submitted by Mel Bowen from Jax Bicycles.