Due to various orthopedic issues, riding a regular bike is becoming more difficult for me. So, I've started looking at ebikes.I have 2 questions right now:
What are the current rules about riding an ebike in the city as far as bike lanes?
Is there a particularly good store in Chicago that specializes in ebikes? Hopefully where a person could test ride one?
Only class-1 ebikes may travel in Chicago bike lanes
Earth Rider Cycling rents ebikes https://www.earthridercycling.com/#/
Lyft will be adding 10K electric assist bikes to their fleet. They've been delayed and delayed again but it looks like they're finally making progress: https://chi.streetsblog.org/2020/07/16/cdot-says-divvy-expansion-is...
That's definitely going to be your most economical way to get your hands on an e-bike.
Kozy's south side location used to let you borrow an e-bike for a while, but looking at their site now, it looks like that location is gone. Might be worth calling to see what the current policy is.
I'm sorry bike riding has become more difficult. Hopefully riding an ebike will help get you back on the road. There are rules but I'm wondering if they are enforced. It's pedal assist, not motorized by itself and that's a difference. You can ask the owner of Four Star Family Cyclery - she knows a lot about riding an eBike with her kids. I don't know if she sells eBikes or just cargo bikes but I'd start with her.
As you get your ebike and ride, I know we'd all love to hear how it goes, which bike you bought, and your experiences as you get used to pedal assist. Good luck!
Thank you Pete, sten and Yasmeen for your responses. It gives me a place to start researching. Pedal-assist is definitely what I'm interested in. Still want to try and get some exercise benefit but knee and hip issues are beginning to limit my riding time. You folks are great!