|My electric bike is no batmobile, but it makes me feel like a superhero.
The motor is so quiet it's easy to forget it's there when I'm pedaling through the streets of Paris -- only I move much faster than a regular bike and I don't sweat. When I ride uphill, it feels like someone is giving me a push.
The silver Chinese import that I bought for 300 euros ($470) might not look as flashy as Christian Bale's wheels in "The Dark Knight," but it is much cheaper to run and kinder to the environment too.
All of which helps explains why electric bikes are one of the hottest buys in Paris this summer -- and are filling the streets of Amsterdam, Beijing and beyond.