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Caledon, Ontario is a cyclist’s destination, right next to metropolitan Toronto. Characterized by rolling hills, lush river valleys, the steep Niagara Escarpment, amazing views and farmers’ fields, it is an impressive place to escape the confines of the city and explore by bike.

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Take the Backroad: Gravel Routes in Kawarthas Northumberland

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Gravel roads have a beauty all their own. Choosing a less-trafficked route lets cyclists enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside with little or no intrusion from cars. Find a route in Kawarthas Northumberland.

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Read on for inspirational cycling experiences across Ontario. Whether you're looking for rail trails, mountain biking or road riding, we're putting together stories to get you out on two wheels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates and so we can hear your story. Interested in guest blogging with Ontario By Bike? Shoot us an email!


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Are E-Bike's for You? A Challenge & Sweet Reward

Credit: Howard Calvert, E-bike riding in Halton Region, Ontario
E-bikes make you look.

Whether you notice as they whiz by you on your push pedals or you’re an innocent bystander noting something just isn’t right with the ease of speed and rider, a second glance may answer the question. What may appear to be a regular bike may indeed be sporting a chargeable battery pack, with pedal assist kicking the bike into an accelerated speed.

With e-bike sales sky rocketing, we decided to investigate further and take one out on a ride. Picking a destination known for its climbs and scenic routes, we headed to Escarpment Country, in Halton Region, not far west of Toronto. With it being a non-event day, we easily parked at the Velodrome in Milton, also using it as an opportunity to take a peak inside this world class facility, and use the public facilities.
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Riding out with plans to zip about the 50km Veldrome Vista route, an odd couple we may have seemed, one on an e-bike and another riding a high end road bike. The challenge was on, but all for fun. Digging the flatter country farmland, with a backdrop of jagged and crumbling Escarpment cliff faces, we were soon running a series of rolling hills. Great pleasure was taken in pressing the ‘turbo’ mode and easily outpacing the Cervélo. With fall in full swing, the colours were a stunning mix of muted yellows and oranges, enjoyed all the more, without having to make the full effort needed to power up the hills and keep up with a faster rider.

At 30km a few deciding factors came into play. The weather appeared to be taking a turn, with threatening rain clouds circling. Also a phenomena new to me set in, range anxiety. Not wanting to be caught out with many extra kilometres to go and a flat battery, unsure of the full life expectancy of battery and not fully trusting the handlebar computer’s calculations, we made the call to re-route, easily finding an alternate loop option that saw the ride out. What a super experience!

There is no shame in riding an e-bike, it is 100% fun, and still requires a considerable amount of physical exertion. I imagine with more familiarity on e-bike of choice, range anxiety would not be an issue. For riders, families or friends of two speeds and different ride styles, this is a great way to be able to ride together again, and a win-win for all.

This article was originally featured in the 2018 Cycling in Ontario Guide

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