Now, if you want to be a bike commuter, you don't have to have electric assist. If you are of average health, you can certainly build the endurance more quickly than I can (and I've noticed a marked improvement in just two weeks). But, if you DO have health issues, there may be ways around them. And the electric assist is one of those ways.
|I love this little gadget!|
I believe there are a number of companies you can purchase these from, but we obtained our electric assist from BionX. The systems they make can turn virtually any bike into an "e-bike" - in fact, our system was on Don's Terratrike before it made its way over to my Revive. (He nobly sacrificed it for me) The battery is also outfitted with a light, which is great for safety. Also, an additional perk of having the electric assist is that I can see exactly how many mph I'm pedaling, and I can even track how many miles I've ridden (though, our system is stuck in km and we can't figure out how to get it to miles, so I have to do a conversion - or remain happily deluded). This is great for keeping track of calories burned, when I want to track those. For someone who is very concerned about tracking all of that stuff, this system would be a big help.
|The battery for the electric assist.|