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New products: Alva+ bike is a battery-powered joyride

•, Deb Porterfield
 Do you want to bike around town and turn heads while doing it? Then take a spin on the Alva+, the latest version of the Alva e-bike from A2B. Let's be upfront about one thing: At $3,400, the Alva+ is not the bike that you can casually park in front of the store while you grab a candy bar — unless you travel with your own security guards. But this is a bike that anyone who wants something cool and fast will covet. Here's why: The Alva+ looks like a chic version of something you might see someone riding along the seashore — its handlebars, for example, are the standard kind you would see on a mountain bike rather than on a racing bike.  Thanks to a battery-powered 500-watt motor embedded in the rear wheel — the bike turns on with an electronic key and charges by plugging into a wall socket — it can be pedaled and kicked up to 24 mph when you simply maneuver the grip on the right handlebar, much like shifting a gear on a regular bike. That's when it gets really fun. On several recent spins, passersby literally stared as we climbed steep hills without pedaling.

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