I was considering buying an Electra Townie Go, the electric version of the Townie, but I've gotten some feedback that it's ridiculously overpriced for an electric bike ($2200+ where most electrics are less than $1500) and that the battery is very weak. Are there other pedal-forward electric bikes?
Hi. Remember me?
Well, life happened and I never got that bike, but the desire and need and more importantly, money, is here now. Except I'm really interested in the idea of the electric bike.
I've talked to a local bike shop (actually the only one in my area who bothered to answer my email) and he has no Townie Gos in stock; I'd have to pay the full price and return it in 30 days if I don't like it. Plus there's the above feedback I mentioned. (From various bike forums.)
So that leaves me to either pick out a new ebike, or else buy a regular Townie and an upgrade kit and have someone upgrade it for me (I have no mechanical skills, I need to learn things as simple as how to change a bike tire.)
I really have my heart set on a pedal-forward design, as I have balance issues that my doctor hasn't figured out yet, plus a bad knee from a car accident. I'm also very short so I would like a step-through design. I don't care if the bike has a throttle, I am more concerned with pedal assist. I suppose it's also a concern that I weigh about 270 pounds, though I've lost 20 and hope to lose more. I was hoping for a quiet model, something that doesn't scream THIS PERSON IS RIDING AN ELECTRIC BIKE! And of course I want to be able to easily ride without the motor on when I want to, without having to disassemble anything.
So can you please help me find a bike that meets these criteria or a shop that would modify a bike for me? And/or a place where I can test ride different models of ebikes? I live in northwest Indiana, about halfway between Chicago and South Bend, though I'm not eager to drive home with a bike strapped to my trunk for the first time ever in Chicago. But if that's my only choice I'll go.