Anyone have suggestions for brand and models that would be similar to Biketown PDX, either normal or e-assist?
I never enjoyed cycling as an adult until I discovered bike share bikes: Divvy (Chicago), Donkey Republic (Berlin), and Biketown here. The bikes in Chicago and Berlin were normal while the Biketown bikes here are e-assist (at least since I arrived last November). I find all of these bikes very comfortable: step-thru frame, handle bars that angle back (but not severely like a beach cruiser) and large spring seat.
I like riding mostly upright so I can see traffic and also take pressure off my palms and wrists (I’ve had RSI problems from programming too much). I work from home so cycling is just recreational for me and I don’t care too much about efficiency or speed.
The problem with Biketown I can’t cycle from Old Town down to Sellwood because it is out of the the service area. Well, I can bike through there but if I stop for more than 15 minutes the rental times out and charges $25 fine for parking out of service area Which is why I am thinking I should just buy a damn bike
I have found out from Lyft that Divvy and Biketown are custom designed and not something sold to consumers. I tried Electra at Trek but I don’t like how far forward the pedals are (“flat foot” they call it). I have come across some e-bikes like Gazelle that do look similar to Biketown but they are over $3,000. I am not sure I would get over being worried about it constantly when parked in public.
Any other brands I should look at? Either normal or e-assist?