I ride the bicycle with a frequency of once a year, best case scenario. Naturally, every time feels like the first time and I have to learn riding again. This is why each offer to go on the bike freaks me out. It fades away within 20-30 minutes. Still, I prefer to ride far from the city and any means of transportation. Pedestrians also. Any moving object in general.
When this Frankfurt trip was fully planned by Pavlo, I had no choice but agree with his ideas. So, when I learned about a new experience of driving an electric bike, I was not too happy. Deep inside, I was hoping it would rain or my husband would change his mind. Not a single chance. When day X came, I was calming myself that Frankfurt is full of bikes and bike lanes, so the drivers must be loyal to such beginners like myself, in case I get stuck in the middle of the road.
When we arrived to the bike rental place, the host was super friendly. He provided us with a big red bike bag, which can be easily attached to the bike and 2 bottle of juice. He gave us a tip to ride into the forest, to get a feeling of the bikes. There is a wooden tower with observation platform called Goetheturm, on the south bank of river Main. It is 175 meters high, the entrance is free of charge and on its top you can see the Frankfurt skyline.
I started pedaling with shaking hands and legs, when suddenly… my bike started driving by itself! Wow! What a feeling! Never before I enjoyed riding as much as I did then. With minimum effort, your bikes drives you with a great speed. Now and then you have to pedal for it to ride. You can choose between 3 modes: power, sport and eco. The stronger the power, the less effort is needed from peoples’ side. The battery lasts for 100 km.
It is an amazing feeling to try something new. And I am so thankful to my husband for challenging me in different ways. On our electric bikes we were able to pedal most of the outskirts of Frankfurt, enjoy a very long park ride, see such places which are not on the touristic paths, give our tired feet some rest and breath fresh, post rain air.
Do I recommend this transport in Frankfurt? Definitely! Will I be able to ride a normal bike again? I would, but I would always choose the electric one.
Cost: 29 euro/day. We had the bikes from 10 in the morning, until 12 midnight
Renting place: FrankfurtBikeTour.com
There are many tours on bikes around Frankfurt, and most of the bike renting companies do offer group and private excursions. We prefer planning ourselves, thus we did not join anyone.