Years of (for the most part enjoyable ) bodily abuse has left me with two stents, a paunch, early onset COPD and a somewhat reduced ability to climb hills! My current bike's sat in the garage feeling lonely and unloved and I'm missing cycling so... I've been thinking about a bit of assistance for: my one day a week commute to the office - 12 miles return local shopping - similar couple of days a week out and about - mixed road/bridleway/towpath etc - aim for 20/30 miles? Oh, and a stepthrough - using it for shopping and a touch of arthritis means it would be easier. A bit of research leads me to think something with a Bosch Active Line Plus and hub gears (no more cleaning the crud) might fit the bill and I've been looking at (in order of current preference): 1. Gazelle Ultimate C8 MBH 2. Riese & Müller Swing Nuvinci 3. Koga E-Nova White There's a lot of similarities but on paper the Gazelle is in front of the R&M and I can't get excited about the Koga: Alfine 8 or Nuvince N380 - not sure on this one as I'm not familiar with stepless other than on a test ride. I do like to know what gear I'm in and the Alfine is click shift as opposed to twist grip which may be better for arthritic fingers, moving forward. And a bit more efficient. I may be missing a trick here though. R&M has fatter tyres and front fork suspension as opposed to the in the headset of the Gazelle - overall less of an urban bike so in some respects it's down to what I use it for. I've ridden the R&M - liked it a lot - and will try the other two out next week so will see what transpires. In the meantime comments and observations are welcome (and sorry if it's a long post)!