I am 63 and my wife 62. I have narrowed the E-Bikes down to two--The Electra Townie Go, or a Pedego.
They both have peddle assist, but only the Pedego includes a throttle. We plan on riding around our blocks, but Sarasota also has 12.5 mile trial that they allow both types to ride on. So, if we ride from the entire trail, that will be about 25 miles. We are in good shape, no issues, but as we get older, I was just wondering if I would regret not buying the Pedego. One "salesman" said the Pedego wasn't really designed as a "bike", so he leans toward the Electra, which is a bike. He is inferring that if we only use in bike mode, it will not measure up to the purpose and design as a bike.
Anyway, the models I am looking at are the Electra Townie Go 7D; or the Pedego Interceptor (24"). The Electra is about 1,500, the Pedego is about 3,000! I don't think I would use the throttle that much, but I am wondering if I will be sorry in the future. Perhaps I should get the Electra for less money, and down the road if I realize I would like the throttle, I can make the decision then. But, the throttle does seem like it would be fun, but I DO want to get exercise to.
Hi Dwain, First welcome. Based on what you've written...".We plan on riding around our blocks, but Sarasota also has 12.5 mile trial that they allow both types to ride on.
So, if we ride from the entire trail, that will be about 25 miles. We are in good shape, no issues, "
I'm assuming that Sarasota terrain is flat and the 12.5 mile trail is paved ? If so, even if the trail is packed stone dust I see no need for a throttle to assist is
accelerating from a standstill. You mentioned you folks were in good shape, no knee problem etc...I
If you'd like a throttle because of the style of riding it provides that's a different story. Unless someone needs throttle assist for a specific reason,
choosing a bike with a throttle is a personal decision. There is no right or wrong. I don't prefer a throttle and both of my eBikes are pedal assist only.
I've ridden over 7000 miles pedal assist only...In New England and we have something they call hills : )
You mentioned a 12.5 mile trail with a return trip. Assuming your trail is paved and flat, 25 miles may sound like long ride ? you'll be amazed how
quickly and effortlessly the miles will roll by on your ebike. As for the Townie and the Pedego, they are both quality bikes. As mentioned Townie is
owned by Trek who has a great support/dealer network. Pedego is no slouch either, but I'm partial to Trek.
I'm not a fan of the battery mounted high on top of the fender from a weight distribution perspective. You mentioned the Pedego was priced at $ 3,000. If that number
is in your budget I would give consideration to the Townie Go 8 a look......
Good luck and check back in,