This is about as inspirational as it gets!
The eco-friendly Easy Motion brand, a division within the BH Group, is pleased to partner with Cynergy E-Bikes of Portland, Oregon to help their customer, John Moss ride 2,500 miles from Washington State to Ohio on an Easy Motion NEO Jet electric bike. The cross-country ride kicks off June 4th and is anticipated to wrap up September 1st.
John Moss is an 80-year old Korean War veteran who grew up in a West Virginia farming family of eight children. He raised his family in Ohio’s Medina County where he served as a teacher and Planning Director. Nearing retirement from a family business, he began cycling when he was 62. He is now an experienced bicycle traveller who has biked across North America several times, including through the Yukon to Alaska. Rehabbing from an injury, he was dreaming of making one more long distance ride; an Easy Motion e-bike is helping him fulfil that lofty ambition.
“This ride is a goal and personal challenge. I’d been told e-bikes weren’t for touring. Then I found the Easy Motion NEO Jet. The Jet has the comfort, the power and range I need to complete my trip. The low top tube makes it easy to mount/dismount which is especially important when carrying panniers. The front shocks will make the ride more comfortable, and the straight handlebars offer compromise between an upright and more aggressive position. Disc brakes are better for long downhills and the wet conditions I’ll travel through. A critical feature is that the NEO Jet has regular Shimano Deore gearing and the bicycle rides well, even when the electric assist is turned off or inactive. After adding a rear rack, a mirror and a seat-mounted water bottle holder, I’m literally set to Jet,” said John Moss.
The NEO Jet’s 350 watt planetary-geared motor will allow John to travel up to 60 miles on a single charge. He is expecting to ride 5-days a week until he arrives at Century Cycles, his favorite bike shop in Ohio. His daughter co-founded Century Cycles which has been a Top 100 bicycle retailer for over 14 years.“
John Moss will certainly be our long distance champion for e-bike riding,” said Rich Fein, Owner of Cynergy E-Bikes. “We have customers that use Easy Motion bikes for commuting 10-30 miles round trip per day, and the bikes have a range for even longer commutes and for recreational rides. At 300 miles per week, John will be showing that electric bikes are serious transportation for riders and potential riders of any age.”
Easy Motion USA CEO, Steve Lindenau stated “We are pleased John selected Easy Motion for his recovery and entry back into cycling and that he included us with his inspiring journey across America. We encourage other cycling enthusiasts to follow his voyage and progress and interact with John on his inspiring adventure.”
John is planning to follow the Northern Tier Route published by the Adventure Cycling Association, although he may change plans to follow good weather or a new adventure. Updates on the ride will be posted to the Easy Motion USA Facebook page.
Come see the Neo Jet electric bike he plans to ride, along with the rest of the Easy Motion line.