Recently retired and have been riding my old Electra Townie since last summer. My fitness level is improving but I am thinking an ebike would enable me to explore further and more variable trails and roadways. Given that I am in my late 60’s, overweight with diabetes and arthritis, I am trying to lose weight, improve overall fitness, endurance, stamina, speed and the length of my rides. I will never be a road bike racer but would like to ride with family and maybe some friends that bike. My thinking is that an ebike would help me to keep up with others when I ride with them and give me a boost. Although I like the Townie, I can’t seem to pick up much speed past an average of 8 mph. Is an ebike what I need ? If so which one would people recommend? I have been on very short Test rides on a Vado and a Verve+2 and the Verve+2 felt comfortable to my body but I could not get an idea of how much help it would be to me to ride faster, further, and on hills given my weight is 240 lbs. I have seen the Allant+ ebikes onLine and some others. Some have the more powerful motor and are Class 3 ebikes. Is a Class 3 bike going to be too much power for me or restrict where I can ride? Currently I ride in the street, local greenways, and some tamer dirt walking trails. I want to be able to ride in National, state and local parks. Recommendations on bike choice for improving my fitness and riding are welcome and appreciated.