Today, I took out a Pedego City Commuter for the ride home and my end-of-the-day takeaway is that it has definitely earned its place in the rising popularity of e-bikes. Pedego’s City Commuter is a Class 2 e-bike and its name says it all (almost).
This bike is a commuting beast, and although it can certainly be used to run local errands as well as go on recreational rides, it seems singularly well designed for commuting. What the name leaves out is the fun aspect of riding it. The City Commuter handles city roads easily, and blends into traffic effortlessly with pedal assist. If, however, you find yourself in a particularly sticky situation where a little bit of brisk acceleration will alter the traffic dynamics in your favour for safety, then the City Commuter’s power-on-demand throttle is conveniently available for your benefit. Simply twist the right half-grip to engage the powerful 500w motor and you are quickly and effortlessly on your way.
Overall, the combination of the upright riding position and the power delivered through its drive train gives the rider a feeling of being in full control. Contributing to this overall feeling is the bike’s heftiness. It must also be said that although it provides a great sense of security when riding, the 30kg (66lb) weight makes it a little difficult to lift if or when the need arises. The Pedego City Commuter represents the top American-made entry in the category of commuter e-bikes.
For the most part, we live and work in the GTA and for anyone researching and/or considering an e-bike for their commuting pleasure (did we mention the fun aspect of riding one?), the City Commuter should definitely be in the running. To test ride one is to understand, so come into Gears anytime to ask for a review and test ride; it may just change your outlook on getting around the city.