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I'll admit, as a fairly unfit older lady, I was a little nervous, imagining my lack of coordination bringing about my demise. However, within minutes, my initial nervousness vanished and I was soon wondering when I would get a chance to safely give the engine a run at a faster speed.
BlueBananas offer guided two hour tours of the city, touring the key sights for tourists, stopping to explain facts or a little history, or even for coffee or an ice cream. They also offer a longer customised option, should you want something a little more, or to include a ride over the Harbour Bridge.
You arrive at the appointed time at the very cool Gaffa Gallery arcade. Housed in a former police station, the BlueBananas office is actually in a former cell (bars are removed but you can still see the holes in the concrete).
The electric bikes are simple to use, and the engine kicks in when it decides you are pedalling too much. They're surprisingly light and the engine is tiny, covered in the centre of the wheel. There's a small thrill when the engine starts. It is amazing what a difference it makes. We road up Observatory Hill with ease - not even breaking a sweat.
The highlights for me were getting a run down Barangaroo, where I could safely test out the speed of the bike. They have permits to ride around the Opera House, and for me, it was a magical moment, having the back court to ourselves, under the sails with spectacular harbour views, just zipping around on the bikes. The experience was pure joy for me.
I would also recommend this to locals. I loved riding along the harbour, in areas that you normally can't. I would also recommend this as a family activity for people with mature teens (height minimum of 155 cms). It gets harder to find things that interest everyone, but I think both young and old would get a kick out of this tour, more for the bikes and scenery, than for the tourist information. While we are both locals, we had so much fun and it was a really enjoyable morning, in spite of the inclement weather.
Sydney is such a beautiful city, sometimes you just have to make the time to fully enjoy it.