I agree that bicycles could dramatically change our lives... except for one thing:
Originally Posted by hippiehunter
People want convenience. And they're willing to pay for it. They're willing to pay with their money and their health. But bikes.... especially electric bikes... will not work for one main reason. Commuting by bicycle is not convenient for the vast majority of us, and people WILL NOT pay money to be inconvenienced. And good quality electric bicycles with enough capacity to be really useful are VERY expensive.
I commute by regular bicycle 10 miles each way to work on an Air Force base with 16,000 people coming to work every day. And I pass another bike commuter about once every other week or so. It's not convenient to bicycle to work... so people won't even pay $400 for what we consider an entry level bike... do you honestly think that they'll drop that much or more on batteries alone? Great idea, but we're only talking each other into doing it here on the forums.