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Three Years and 10,000km with the Tern HSD S8i: A Versatile Companion for Every Journey

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Three Years and 10,000km with the Tern HSD S8i: A Versatile Companion for Every Journey

Champagne problems, I had my pick of the litter, an entire store of bikes to choose from, but choose I must. I was assuming a new role as GM at the London Bicycle Cafe and needed to make my first major decison... What bike to buy?!!

Champagne problems, I had my pick of the litter, an entire store of bikes to choose from, but choose I must. I was assuming a new role as GM at the London Bicycle Cafe and needed to make my first major decison... What bike to buy?! 

In the world of electric bikes, finding the perfect balance between functionality, versatility, and style can be a challenge. Three years ago, I embarked on a journey with the Tern HSD S8i, and over 10,000 kilometers later, it has proven to be more than just a mode of transportation – it's become an integral part of my daily life. As my reliable daily driver, grocery getter, kid hauler, camper, and day-trip companion, the Tern HSD has not only met but exceeded my expectations. I'll share my experience with this remarkable electric bike and highlight what makes the Tern HSD S8i truly special.

The work commute is 7.5km each way, everyday, all year round! We have a mix of passengers and riders at home for the HSD. My wife and I will pilot the bike, or our son will borrow it. Our Daughter Alice(11yo), is the passenger princess in the rear Captain's Chair holding the Sidekick Bars, a cup holder, speaker and Taylor Swift in our playing wake. 

Owning versatile active transportation options, specifically Tern Bikes, brings our family closer by providing opportunities to share enjoyable rides and create lasting memories together. The "one size fits all" aspect ensures that each family member can easily join in, fostering a sense of togetherness. These moments not only promote well-being but also strengthen bonds as we explore the world on two wheels together, discovering new places and experiences along the way. 

My Tern has provided opportunities to build good routines and habits easily into my life. We joke that my wife “clicks” and I “collect”, that’s become our grocery system. Taking advantage of a service that took off in the pandemic. Grocery curbside collection by bike is now a way of life for us, anything “by bike” has become a mantra for the whole family. 

One Size Fits Most: The adjustable stem and two-stage seatpost are game-changers. The ability to easily modify the fit and handling of the bike means that it accommodates riders of varying heights. This flexibility is particularly handy when sharing the bike among family members or friends, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the comfortable ride that the Tern HSD offers.

Low Step-Through Design: Weighing in at 50lbs, the Tern HSD boasts a low step-through design that facilitates easy on and off. This feature is not only convenient but also adds a layer of safety, allowing riders to step off gracefully instead of awkwardly swinging their leg over the frame. It's a small detail that makes a significant difference, especially in busy urban environments.

Cargo Capabilities: While the Tern HSD is not a colossal cargo bike designed for massive loads, it strikes a perfect balance. With additional accessories like the Cargo Hold 37 bags or front rack options, you can transform your HSD into a capable grocery getter or a day-trip companion. The bike can comfortably carry about 130 pounds on the back or a decent-sized child, making it an ideal choice for everyday cargo needs.

Customizability with Tern Accessories: What sets the Tern HSD apart is the extensive range of available accessories. The bike's versatility is not limited to its inherent design – you have the power to tailor it to your specific needs. Whether you want to turn it into a commuter with added storage or a family-friendly transporter, the abundance of Tern accessories makes it easy to customize the bike to suit your lifestyle.

“their ears were saluted by the neighing of Rocinante, which Don Quixote considered as a most happy omen, and determined in three or four days, to set out on his third expedition”

~ Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

In the hustle of urban streets, my Tern HSD stands as a modern Rocinante, a faithful companion on the quest for sustainable mobility. With its sturdy frame and cargo capacity, it echoes the spirit of a noble steed, carrying the weight of daily adventures.

Just like Don Quixote tilted at windmills, I navigate through the urban landscape with my cargo bike, challenging conventional norms. The HSD becomes my trusty partner in this modern-day quest, allowing me to tackle everyday challenges and transport not just goods but a commitment to a greener lifestyle.

So, as I pedal forward on my eco-friendly Rocinante, I tilt at the windmills of environmental impact, embodying the timeless spirit of adventure and advocacy. And as I reflect on my three-year journey with the Tern HSD S8i, I can confidently say that it has been more than just a mode of transportation...

It's a companion that adapts to the varied demands of daily life. offering a smooth and enjoyable ride every time. The one-size-fits-most design, low step-through feature, cargo capabilities, and the plethora of available accessories make the Tern HSD S8i a standout choice in the world of electric bikes. 

Whether I'm navigating London streets, picking up groceries, or embarking on a family camping trip, the Tern HSD S8i has proven itself to be a reliable and versatile companion on every journey over the last 10,000km, looking forward to 10,000 more!

You can book a test ride on HSD’s other Tern bikes or brands like Gazelle, Urban Arrow and more at the London Bicycle Cafe. Bring yourself or your whole family and see if an E Bike can shape your future adventures.

 

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