I bought a Trek E-Bike about a year ago – and love, love it. It’s probably one of my top five favorite purchases ever. Since I don’t have a car, it’s literally “my wheels” around Denver. With the two side bags, I can run errands, visit friends, and get fresh air. Not only is it better for the environment but, with Denver’s extensive trail system, I actually get to places faster on my bike than most people can in a car.
I set my bike on its highest setting, which gives me 275% boost, and easily goes 20 mph so I don’t arrive sweaty or huffy. It’s pricey at $2,500 but that's far less expensive than owning, fueling, and maintaining a car. It’s also cheaper than a year of Lyfts, which brings to mind another point: having a bike has been super helpful during Covid, since Lyfts have been in short supply.
For what it's worth, my bike has also been an interesting, informal, and unintended sociological experiment. Based on my experience, male cyclists don't seem to care for my E-Bike, with one older guy calling me a "cheater" - seriously! I suspect these cyclists just don't like being passed by a woman, as I always notice men pedalling faster when I call out “on your left” and overtake them. Folks, this is not the Olympics. We're all just trying to get from Point A to Point B the best way we know how. Try out the Trek E-Bike when you get a chance and maybe give a nice wave to your fellow bike path riders on the way.