That Electric Feeling
That Electric Feeling
We test two seemingly old-timey bikes in the decidedly old Walled City of Intramuros. If these streets could talk, they wouldn’t believe the sort of steeds roaming their famed cobblestones. Beautifully designed and boosted with an electric motor to match pace with other motorists on the road, these retro beauties by VINTAGE ELECTRIC BIKES are anything but antiquated. They are high-powered hybrids with modern fixin’s built to stand the test of time.
- 35-mile range
- 36 mph at race mode (optional)
- 2 hours to charge
- Regenerative braking
- Brooks leather saddle
- Hydroformed aluminum tank frame
- Shimano Alfie hydraulic disc brakes
- Schawlbe Fat Frank tires
My first thought, upon seeing the Vintage Electric loaner, was, “What a beauty!” My second thought, while trying to move it, was, “Oh god, how heavy is this beauty?”
The bike turned heads as we rode it to Intramuros. I operated the bike as if it was an electric scooter, given that its weight made it difficult to pedal unless you were on the flats, or going downhill. The speed was enough to approximate me on a bicycle, on a good day. It was also slow enough to make a non-motorcycle rider like me comfortable. My only qualm was the battery life, which gave the Vintage Electric a limited range.
I realized that the Vintage Electric was great for a stylish, comfortable ride to a coffee shop. Just make sure the coffee shop is nearby.
I really liked the retro look of the bike. Details like the grips, the seat, and the hubs make it all feel premium, and having the Brooks saddle make it a more comfortable ride too.
If I had the cash to blow, I’d totally put my money on this. It rides fast for an electric bike and motorcyclists were surprised at how well I was keeping up—even going past their gas-powered bikes. Happy to say that this is a definite head turner. It handles pretty well and I could weave in and out of traffic easily. If I had to make a few changes, it would probably be the throttle. I’d like it to be a rotational throttle instead of a push button for more control. Also, I’d prefer an on-and-off switch for the lights, to save energy.
Just like with every other electric bike, I’d prefer it to go longer distances. It was hard to keep looking at the battery indicator, worrying whether we were going to make it back home. But all in all, a great experience with the bike.