A few months ago, I was perusing the YouTubes, as one does while social distancing during a pandemic, and it served up a video review of an e-bike. It's been a while since I owned a bicycle, so the tech was new to me, and I watched enough videos that now YouTube thinks I'm an e-bike fanatic or something.
So after months of watching videos I thought, hey, I should try riding one of those things. So, today Heiðar and I went out to test ride a few.
At the first stop, I tried out a Trek Verve+ 2, and (I think) the Trek Verve+ 3. They were both quite nice! They've got a "mid-drive" electric motor, situated down between the pedals, that assists you as you pedal. Even if you turn it off completely, the bike rode quite nicely despite the extra weight.
At the second stop, we tried out a brand whose name I'll avoid mentioning. When their sales guy heard we'd tried a Trek earlier that day, he spent a lot of time telling us how bad it was. He claimed mid-drive motors are worse because they're harder to pedal when the assist is off. (I did not find this to be the case, and in fact, the bikes he was selling with hub drives in the wheels seemed harder to pedal with no assist.)
Still, he was nice and we each tested a few different models. I'm both out of practice and out of shape so we called it quits for the day, but I'm looking forward to trying some more later this week.
I'm trying to decide if the expense will be worth it. I'd like some activity to get me out of the house, and biking sounds fun. We're thinking e-bikes because the neighborhood we live in (and San Diego in general) is pretty hilly, so having something to help get up the steeper hills would be nice. But there's always the chance that after biking for a while the novelty will wear off and we'll have bought ourselves a couple expensive, electrified dust collectors.