'Sup SI. As I've discussed in a couple of threads, I've been riding a train to work and back the last couple of months. Here in SoCal we can bring a bike on the train. What was holding me back, though, is that I'm lazy - I don't enjoy biking at all - and there are a couple of hills near my house that, while not huge, are just big enough to make biking a real pain in the ass. I ended up getting my son an ebike for Xmas and after trying it out I decided to take the plunge myself. And like my Slyde handboard, this ebike has just changed my whole life. From my house to the train station is 2 miles, and from the downtown train station to work is another 4 miles, so I'm doing 12 miles round trip every day. On the ebike I can do this and, if I don't want to get sweaty or if I just don't feel like getting any workout at all, I just crank up the peddle assist and the motor does all the work. If I want to get some exercise I turn down the assist and can work as hard as I want. It's a great and convenient way to get some exercise before and after work...no matter what I do the rest of the day, I'm at least getting the heart pumping at some point. Where this has really changed things, though, is getting around to the surf. I live about 2 miles from the beach, but there are surf spots all over within about 5 miles; Between Oceanside Pier and North Ponto are probably dozens of rideable waves, and those two spots are maybe 10 miles apart. My bike gets 30-40 miles on a charge and does 20mph so anything within about 10-15 miles each way is very easily reachable; I mean Swami's is less than that from my house. The motor makes riding the bike so effortless that I pretty much never drive to surf anymore. Imagine the typical scenario: It's Saturday morning. I get up, have some breakfast and coffee while I check the cams. Around 9 I'm ready to head down. Normally I'd throw everything in the car, drive the 10 minutes/2 miles downtown and then look all over for parking. Park, walk down to the beach, check the surf, and then either surf where I parked, or more likely get my crap and then walk however many blocks to where the waves are decent. Now, imagine the bike scenario. I bike down and it takes 12 minutes, but then I bike right up to the beach. I see the peak I want a half mile down the way...just peddle down, lock the bike to a sign/fence/bike rack/whatever, pull the board off the little side rack, and I'm in the water. No worries about parking. No BS. And all those stretches of beach with no parking allowed at all? No problem there, either. In fact, now all those tracts of beach that the car clowns are too lazy to "walk" to are accessible to me on my bike....great way to beat the crowds! So, as we get towards summer and surf season, and all that parking BS (and pay parking on the east coast... F that), I suggest that if you live within 10-15 miles of the coast, you may want to consider an ebike. A regular bike works, too, but if you're like me and just aren't into the whole biking thing, an ebike might be just what you need to get you started. It is just so damn convenient, I can't believe I used to drive now.