I have wanted to commute on a bike to work for years but although it's only 4.5 miles, it's very hilly. i did try some years ago on a conventional bike and it was just not feasible regularly. I arrived covered in sweat needing a shower and a change of clothes. As a female - this was just too hard!
I've been hearing about electric bikes for a few years but didn't really know what was out there, but at Christmas my husband said maybe we should start looking. My first search turned up Kalkoff's and from there I was convinced this would be the bike for me. Seeing people talking about biking in the Lake District reassured me that there would be enough power for the Yorkshire Dales.
After a trip to Loughborough where the staff were hugely helpful without putting any pressure on us, we ordered the Agattu, and it arrived the very next day. What can I say that hasn't been said by others? I LOVE my bike!! I have been riding it now for two weeks back and forth, and being able to use it as transportation is the greatest thing in the world. I jumped on it the first day and made it to work without a problem (being in pretty terrible shape!).
As the days go by I can already see that I'm using the 'power' setting less and getting in better shape. Instead of it being a long hard slog - it's a pleasure and I wake up every day excited about my ride into work. What took me 10 minutes in the car is only 20 minutes on the bike - and this is in no way pushing to get there quickly. While it's great exercise - I'm certainly working hard enough - I am not having to kill myself and can go to work in the clothes I'll wear for the day. My only regret - like others - is that I didn't get this years ago. It's simply superb!!