With out being a PITA, may I suggest you buy a nice "Acoustic bike? If you really do not need the motor and battery why lug them around.I have a Friend who was telling me about how long His 20 amp battery lasts because He pedals so much on His conversion, next time I see Him I will suggest to remove that motor and Battery and see how much easier the bike is to pedal.I've now owned by DiamondBack Current for a month. My first impression: Loved it. Amazed at how easy it is to pedal with or without the motor. But now 1 month into it I'm not so sure I picked the right bike for how I've ended up using it. According to the Bosch app - which is awesome - I've ridden 125 miles which I would estimate has been 50% paved trails and 50% riding with my 7 year old son - who bikes daily - but routes always tend to include sidewalks for safety at a max pace of 15 mph. The sidewalks are rough. I've played with the tire pressure going from 50 psi down to 40 then to 35. I rarely use the motor so taking the battery out helps quite a bit to smooth bumps. On the trails, I've hit 30+ mph which has been fun but I'm not certain it is safe to do that perhaps more appropriate riding on the street with cars? I've put in an order for an e-caliber 9.6 and am waiting for it to come in stock thinking it might be a better fit when riding with my 7 year old? The reviews describe it as an electric mounting bike that feels like a regular which led to me weighing the Current and was surprised at 49 lbs which is lighter than I expected and not wildly different than the e-caliber at ~41. I've toyed with making changes to the Current with items like a suspension seat, different fork, tires... I've also started reading bike maintenance books given the chain is jumping between 2 gears when in the 5-6-7 gears after loosening the cable a couple clicks it been mostly better.
it's clear I could use some advice
I cannot boast at all I use my motor and battery frequently on steep hills,I can maintain cadence with them and do not hyperventilate, on slight inclines and level I do always use slight or no pedal-assistance, for a strong rider like yourself you are probably just lugging dead weight.
I was surprised how easy it was to pedal one of the "Specialized" hybrid bikes,( even without the motor on) you get what you pay for, you can bet I was looking that thing over,I noticed what type of tyres and and perhaps some other features, after looking at the price tag( which I am told has "skyrocketed by now) I figured I could maybe upgrade some of my low end bikes.
Keep on riding, you have joined the crowd Ebikes take us back to another time.