The weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal did a full feature article on the emerging catagory of electric bikes. Here is an excerpt: The Couch on Wheels
Pedego Step-Through Cruiser
The Pedego is the Lincoln Town Car of electric bikes: cushy, comfortable and huge. The riding position is fully upright—the handlebars practically reach out to you. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to a lounge chair on two wheels.
Although bike shops stock Pedego bikes, you can also configure and order one online. You start by choosing the color of your frame and rims (there are 11 choices, ranging from subdued to splashy) along with the color and style of your tires. The $180 « balloon package » gets you extra-squishy handlebar grips covered in stitched leather, a plusher suspension seat, and big, fat, puncture-resistant tires.
The Pedego uses a simple push-button throttle rather than pedal assist. I found the power on the standard model to be more than adequate, but if you’re looking for an extra boost, the Interceptor model ($2,395), which was designed for police departments, ups the power from 36 volts to 48. This, no doubt, is what they’ll be riding on the remake of « Chips. » Starting at $1,895, pedegoelectricbikes.com.
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