By Meg Haskell
For longtime mountain bike aficionado Jon Cabe of Mount Desert Island, reservations about battery-boosted electric bicycles evaporated on his first ride. Like many who bike for fitness and challenge, the 39-year-old mistrusted the hype around the emerging technology, which promises many of the pleasures of cycling without all the exertion and sweat.
“I had always thought they were kind of cheater bikes,” he said. “I mean, why be on a bike if you don’t want to work?” So it was with some reluctance…
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