Originally Posted by stringertom
Anyone have experience with electric-assisted bikes? I'm researching them as a zero(almost)-carbonfootprint form of commuting 36 miles (roundtrip) daily. There's a guy selling a German line out of Portland, OR but I have no way to testride before purchase.
I have seen the Trek electric bikes - quite neat and reliable. They are very fast and for most folks, they have to tone down the acceleration from the start. They are not cheap and are quite heavy, so don't expect to carry them up any stairways.
If you don't have much in hills for your commute, I think you'd be better off without the electric.