Thanks for sharing that story, Pat!
Today I was looking at the line-up of "ebikes" on the internet. Oh boy, oh boy, there's a lot to chose from, and the prices and features are competitive. For an asthmatic old timer like myself a midline ebike with pedal assist runs about 1,000 to 1,500 bucks. On our local park trails and log roads, all permitting, it could give me a comfortable radius of 10 to 20 miles easy. I'm thinking serious.
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PedalUma helps convert regular bikes into superior electric bikes that are affordable, mid-drives with torque sensors, and do not look like ebike conversions.pedaluma.com
This guy is someone I made contact with through an ebike forum. I think his focus is making ebikes cheaper, lighter, and more stealth by converting normal bikes.