"I was empowered!"

My name is Bridget Casper and I’m writing a review of my Specialized Como E-Bike.  In the spring of 2017 I received a message from Josie at Decorah Bicycles.  She shared with me that their bike store had E-Bikes (Electric Pedal Assist bikes) available to rent and purchase.

Josie knew that my husband was an avid bicyclist and that I rarely rode my bike.  I was intrigued with the idea that a battery powered assist bike might get me out riding with my husband.

The first time I tested the Como I was hooked.  I explained to Travis (owner of Decorah Bicycles) and Josie that I felt a sense of “freedom”.  I was empowered by the confidence this assist bike gave me in actually being able to ride UP the long steep hills surrounding my community.  

I have a couple of health conditions that prevented me from enjoying bicycling on a standard bike; now I am the biggest cheerleader for E-bikes in town!  I am capable to taking our 5-year-old grandson on bike rides with his Trail-A-Bike attached to my E-Bike. He told me that my legs are the throttle to power us up the hills.  Simply put, “This E-Bike makes me smile, gives me energy to exercise and to spend recreational time with my family.” 

"So much fun!"

After renting e-bikes last summer, we decided to purchase 2 this spring. We are having so much fun riding the trails. This is a great way to get exercise and spend time together. I am able to ride up the hills, without walking my bike up them. Our average is 40 miles each week riding on the trails. These e-bikes are easy to operate and very comfortable to ride.  Very easy to pedal without power also!  Thank you Travis and Josie.                                                               Phil and Jackie Rustad

"Brings back the joy of bike riding"


1. As soon as I hopped on the pedal-assist bike I had a smile on my face that lasted the whole trip around the recreational trail.

2. This bike brings back the joy of bike-riding that I hadn't felt since I was a kid.

3. This bike makes the trail do-able for almost everyone.

"We're riding together once more!"

For too many years, Katie and I have not been able to ride bikes together, often due to the inevitable aches and pains of age, or big differences in how fast either of us wanted to ride.  We have continued to love biking, but separately.  Now, Katie is riding an EBike.  And the result is bike life-changing.

She rides the entire Decorah bike trail loop with comfort and with whatever intensity she desires.  She cruises past me (on my conventional bike) up the hills and in the face of winds that might otherwise discourage her.  In short, we're riding together once more, something that we thought maybe was a thing of the past.

Advancing age, diminishing strength and appetite for the outdoors may be inevitable, even to those of us who do our best to deny it.  But Katie's EBike has provided a new chapter to that denial and we're riding that reality for a long time to come!

Steve Sheppard