Rebecca Thomas: “How I found freedom on an e-bike”

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease of the Central Nervous System. Estimates suggest that over 100,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with  MS and can experience a variety of debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, vision problems and numbness.

Rebecca Thomas has from MS and came to Fully Charged in search of an e-bike as getting around can be challenging, particularly on days she feels her symptoms are more bothersome. Rebecca chose an A2B Kuo+ (pictured below) and says “I love my e-bike because it gives me freedom”. KUO+When Rebecca isn’t on her bike in North London, she runs a copy-editing business. She is keen to share her story and hopes to encourage anyone else in a similar situation to explore the option of an e-bike. Read our chat below:

How long have you had MS for and what is the biggest challenge you face?

Though I wasn’t diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis until 2013, I suspect it has been causing lots of strange and unexplained symptoms since 2000. Fatigue is the most frustrating persistent challenge; I need to rest and ‘reboot’ my brain several times a day, though that usually only takes 20 minutes. I pretend to be meditating, as that’s very fashionable at the moment.

You have an A2B Kuo +, why did you choose this model and what is your favourite thing about this bike?

I’m quite short and so found the size appealing; it suits me and I don’t feel as though I have to wrestle with it like bigger bikes. The price was right too; not too expensive, but felt very well built.

What does an e-bike allow you to do that you couldn’t previously?

I can cycle to the gym and swimming pool rather than drive. It takes the same amount of time and I get to tootle through Alexandra Palace park rather than sit in traffic. My main use is to make fairly short journeys that would use precious energy if I walked, and waste petrol if I drove.

If you could have any e-bike, what would you choose?

The Gocycle G3 – still small and foldable but with a 50 mile range, very light, and with ‘daytime running lights’. I’m usually fairly gimmick resistant, but they look cool (and safe, of course)!

What is your favourite London bike route?

I haven’t been too far afield yet, but the route along the River Lee and Lea Valley to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is lovely, and varied.

Describe Fully Charged in 3 words.

Enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable.

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