Huh, I'm not sure the Creo can't be ridden unassisted?! I'm a similiar age 51 & I have a Vado SL 4 with same motor & battery and I ride it about 50% of the time without assist. Basically on the flats or downhill unless there is a strong headwind or I'm knackered. I was looking at the Ribble Al e which has the Mahle eMotion and is a lighter bike, but it's extremely hilly where I live with very steep gradients and the reports I read said the eMotion would struggle with low cadence on the 20%+ slopes. The Vado Sl is brilliant at climbing. If I was to go the drop bar route in the future & given how unashamedly expensive the Creo's(!) are, I now think I'd look at getting a Fazua equipped bike like the Cairn E Adventure gravel bike. I like the idea of being able to take the battery out and riding it like a normal bike. But I haven't ridden one so I can't compare the Fazua motor to the Speccy one.BTW, I also recommend the Canyon Grail-On as well; it is Class 3 and a BLAST to ride. It will easily give you 60+ miles on a charge (no extended battery available or needed). It's not cheap though.