BLIX ELECTRIC BIKES

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This year I turn 67 years young and my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with an electric bike for my birthday. In the recent years I have done a lot of research on electric bikes, interviewed people who either own one for pleasure or commute to work on a daily basis on electric bikes. On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC, I was overwhelmed at how popular electric bikes were for commuting to work. That’s where I saw my first BLIX Electric Bike in action. I’m only 5 feet tall and my husband is 5″ 8″ , in my researching I felt we required something that fit us and would also fold up nicely for our RVing travels. The Blix Vika+ met all of our criteria, including an option for upgrading the panasonic 36 volt, 620 wh lithium battery which extended our range from 35 to  55 miles.

Total weight of bike – 49 pounds

Recommended total max weight is 220 lbs (rider and cargo)

Accessories included:

LCD Display water resistant

Heavy duty rear rack

Front and rear LED lights

Battery Charger

Fenders

Option for Travel bag $69.00

Extra fuses

PROS: 

The bike is very stylish with a classic design

Stability

Very  fun to ride

Blix E-Bike has to be the most user friendly and well thought out Swedish design, with Beautiful, Smart, Easy, Practical and Reliable technology. The panasonic Lithium-ion battery is located under the saddle, locks in place which allows for a low center of gravity for better stability when cycling.

We went for a short night ride in the neighborhood and the headlight did a  pretty good job of iluminating the street and the rear tail light is very bright so you can be seen by night traffic. The lights are powered by the battery so will last as long as you are charged.

The process to fold this bike down has to be so easy, it’s just what we were looking for. We modified  the folding process by adding some small pieces of swimming pool noodles in strategic places so when you fold it up there is no damage to the beautiful paint and decals. See pictures.

 

 

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The other really nice surprise was when folded these bikes fit perfectly in the back of our classic 2000, 4runner. When we are on the road Rving they fit perfectly inside our 25ft travel trailer or plenty of room in the back of the truck. When folded up it forms a cube, 34 inches long, by 27 inches high and 20 inches deep.   Super compact. See pictures.

 

 

CONS:

To soon to give any cons if any, the one thing I have noticed is the seat is a little hard after a 15 mile ride. That could be because I am not used to riding that far , so time will tell. Otherwise so far nothing to report. I will give it several months of riding and enjoyment and review again.

WARNING: I did have a little mishap my fault entirely. You have to be very cautious of the accelerator knob when standing next to the bike. Its located by the readout unit on the left side. The switch sticks up a bit and if you accidentally move it the bike will take off and take you with it. The bike accelerates very quickly and has a lot of torque. I rubbed the switch by accident and was ran over and knocked down by my own bicycle. If the bike is turned on it is ON even if the peddle assist is on zero. Be very cautious of that switch if you are not mounted on the bike. The bummer is I scratched my paint and scraped the seat up ,so much for brand new.

When we were in Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC there was a free foot ferry over to Quadra Island. The Island is one of the larger Gulf Islands and has many a country roads that beckon to be explored. April Point Resort rented electric bikes but the 3 hour time would not have been enough to experience the beauty of Quadra Island. Had we had our Blik Vika + with us with the 55 mile range we probably would spend 2 days exploring the island and meeting the super friendly Canadian People.

I could go on and on about how wonderful and fun this bike is but instead we are going  to take off and go for a morning ride. See you on the trail.liz-logo-1

CHEERS FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND ♥♥♥♥♥

 

A big Thank You to Marc and Renge’ for their expert help and customer service at Backcountry Recumbent Cycles located in Tumalo, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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Julienne and Vegetable Peeler by UberChef

I dont know about you but my husband and I love gadgets. We both love to cook, but I hate a tool that’s just o.k. maybe not so sharp which is really dangerous or hard to  clean or so bulky it won’t fit in your drawers. It was time to get rid of my (4) dull vegetable peelers, yes (4) and get a really decent one. I searched the internet with mixed opinions . I had just received this months copy of my very favorite  Fine Cooking Magazine, June/July 2018 issue. One of the topics was peelers, they reviewed 4 different brands and I am sure all of the brands are wonderful in their own unique designs. The one that caught my eye was the Uberchef dual julienne and vegetable peeler.

Not wasting any time I ordered one for me and one for my daughter, can’t wait to hear how she loves it.  I ordered them on Amazon for $9.95, free shipping and arrived in two days what a deal.  UberChefPeeler.com 

 Now for the true test, does it live up to what I expected from the Fine Cooking article. The answer is absolutely YES, it’s really amazing.

Number one reason I choose this brand of peeler is because it was made out of heavy-duty solid stainless steel, dishwasher safe and a ubanamic handle which is very comfortable and easy to control.

Second it does double duty, very user friendly, easily and neatly juliennes veggies and fruit. The blade on the opposite side is a traditional very sharp vegetable peeler.  Super easy to clean, including a thin cleaning brush.

This uberchef julienne and peeler will also replace my medium size julienne machine which is difficult to set up and clean. So actually I give up 5 gadgets in my kitchen for one super quality gadget which will last for years.

Testing:  potatoes, so much faster and easier.

Tomatoes: the blade is so sharp it left the tomato in perfect condition.

Kiwi: No problem

Julienne:  Turnips, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, asparagus and one of our favorite sweet potatoes (perfect). With this device you can julienne almost anything.

Happy  cooking from JUST AROUND THE  BEND ♥♥♥♥          liz-logo-1                                                                      

 

I was not approached or asked to review this product.

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Thank you for sharing my creativity! However, unauthorized use and/or duplication of content on this blog without written permission from me is not allowed. You are welcome to use a couple photos, given that you link back to the JUST AROUND THE BEND blog post you are using it from. Any free printables I share are for personal use only. Please feel free to pin anything you see on this blog, using the handy “pin it” button when you hover over a photo. Thank you!