With the better weather around the corner (it is, isn't it?) I have been considering buying a couple of electric bikes for my wife and myself. We are both mid 70's. I cycle already but beginning fo find hills (slopes!) a strain. My wife has had problems with her knees but would like to get back to cycling. We don't have a regular commute so it would be mainly trips to the shops and some riding on cycle trails such as those from Parsley Hay and hopefully a few more besides. I have decided that two folding bikes (not necessarily a pair) would be best so that I can load them both into the car rather than having to affix a separate carrier each time we wanted to travel a distance and have narrowed it down to a few within our budget. I would now prefer a step through and for my wife it has to be as low a step as possible . My questions therefore relate a bit to the ancillaries. 1 Is front suspension worthwhile seeking out? 2 Would you advise disc front brakes over the rim variety? 3 Would hub gears be a definite advantage in terms of leading the bikes in and out of the car? 4 Are five levels of assistance a definite improvemnt over three? She is only about 5'3" and although the Woosh Gale seems to fit the bill, I did read one comment that the larger battery sizes restrict the downward range of the saddle and I would ideally like the 13Ah battery to give range. Any advice or comments would be welcome from a community which has already taught me a lot.