When I first moved to the bike mecca of Portland, OR a couple of years ago, I did what just about everyone else in this city does: I sat down and seriously considered trading in my car for a bicycle. But after doing a trial run and pedaling into work one day, I quickly discovered that the hills between my house and the office make it practically impossible to go anywhere without getting drenched in sweat.
In just one ride, my naive dreams of relying solely on pedal power were dashed — but it only took one more ride to restore them. Last week, I took Bosch’s high-end ebike system for a spin around downtown Portland, and I’m considering selling my Subaru all over again.
I say “system” because Bosch doesn’t actually sell an ebike – it sells the parts to power them, which manufacturers can buy and fold into their own designs. So you can get anything from a cushy commuter to a beastly mountain bike with Bosch parts helping to turn the gears. I rode a SPORTe 95 from Felt.[“source-digitaltrends”]