I read with interest the thread started by Joe concerning electic bikes. It's kind of tough to read all the posts, but I spent about half an hour today, reading through them.
There are a minority who believe that ebikes are not bikes at all, and are something like motor bikes.
I commute 42 km's a day. It is possible for me to do the entire trip many days, but I'm limited in the winter by the fact that ice and snow make it dangerous to bike. As an experiment this winter I bought an electric hub for an adult tricycle.
I invite you to visit my journal on crazyguyonabike and let me know your opinion.