You have to take the right perspective to appreciate the Pedego City Commuter, one of a crop of electric bikes transforming the cycling industry.
If you're a traditional cyclist, proud to cover miles of roads and trails while staying fit, you might view the hulking, $2,595-and-up 57-pound machine as one big cheat. (It's not available in the UK or Australia, but the US price translates to about £2,100 and AU$3,400, respectively.) I'm one of those traditional cyclists, so I get it. But honestly, you should instead see the Pedego e-bike as a liberating alternative to a vastly heavier, bulkier and more polluting gasoline-powered car.
I tried the Classic model of the City Commuter with 26-inch-wheels for a couple weeks from Danville Pedego, riding it through hilly Bay Area suburbs and busy San Francisco streets. I looked forward to the ride every time. My wife rode it six miles to work, too. Her words on returning home the first time: "Oh my God! This is incredible."
If you've never ridden an electric bike, prepare yourself for a foolish grin as the surge of power amplifies your own abilities. The extra oomph is very persuasive if you're trying to talk yourself into getting on a bike instead of driving into work. You may still be put off by rain, snow and car traffic, but with an e-bike, there's no need to show up at work sweaty.
That said, the Pedego City Commuter -- adapted from the company's more cruiser-style machines -- isn't perfect for commuting. Its weight, bulk and super-stable handling means difficulties when lifting it onto a train or slaloming past double-parked cars. If you're happy commuting on a skinny-tired sprinter's delight, look elsewhere. (Pedego also has a folding model, the Latch.)