many thanks. I have be commuting for a few weeksnow since the car broke and realised two things today. on is that in a totally unexpected way (pedelecing doesnt feel strenuous) i lost half a stone (which is a relief), and i feel so much healthier.So much for all those who say its "cheating" - tome (i do a lot of running on a treadmill) it feels a lot more like being able to stay within "the zone", not being forced to overexert. the second really great thing is today: it was a firly crap commute to work at top speed (around 25 mph dodging potholes, not dodging some and very nearly causing a pinch puncture), BUT - havig survived it there is the procpect of a relaxed cruise home on a wave ofsome electric torque on a bicycle, something to me far better than a drive in a convertibleSpot on. In the last week I have seen a huge dog fox (let me get within 10m or so), a family of bullfinches scrapping in a hedge, sunshine on fields from a high vantage point, hills rising from a sea of low mist like tropical islands. I have said good morning to total strangers, nodded at fellow cyclists, and been surprised how courteous the vast majority of car and van drivers are.
I love my cars and (motor)bikes, but you don't get any of this with an engine.