Electric Bicycle any thoughts??

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  1. mulaz

    mulaz Read Only Funster

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    Was toying with the idea of a motorbike but because of the overhang on our van it's a no no.
    Dont want a trailer as it slows you down while travelling in europe

    So i started looking at quality lightweight electric bicycles

    was looking at some of the kits to fit on a road / mountain bike

    any thoughts or advice :Smile:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Yes - do it. We have same weight problem.

    Not as good as a motorbike for distance but great fun in town and along the promenade

    Some very silly prices out there. There was an awesome one on the Gadget Show but at an awesome price.

    Must be Lithium now. Aluminium frame.

    Apart from that it's your choice. No reason why not to convert a standard bike if you have them, I guess.
     
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    Quality and lightweight eh! The cheapest electric bikes are the Powacycle range, most people go for the Salisbury or Windsor and both come in at around £699 or more (Makro have a special on the Salisbury on at the moment for £399) These bikes are the lowest powered bikes on the market and are very, very slow but good for about 25 miles using the LPX battery, they weigh about 22kgs and are OK for the flat or very small inclines.

    After that, the skies the limit... You can spend upwards of 3k:Eeek:

    I bought a Currie Drive and fitted it to my 28" wheel, 21 speed road bike and the power it delivers is superb, a bit noisy and very heavy with the SLA batteries (30kgs) and it motors up the steepest of hills but the wife doesn't like it and can't keep up...

    I quite fancy the latest 1000w hub drives from China complete with LPX they must go like stink:BigGrin:

    There is a Pedelec forum for further info and the rest can be googled.
     
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    We have an Izip mountain bike each, not been out in the van with them yet but we have certainly been to places over the moor at home where we could not go without battery help.

    They have 24volt lead acid batteries which are quite heavy, but be careful if you buy the lithiom type batteries, especially on a secondhand bike as replacements seem to run around £300.00 a time.

    The Izips, as most things, are made, less than perfect, in China and we have had one or two poor electrical connection problems.

    STILL BEATS LEG POWER ALONE ON THE INCLINES

    Cheers Alan
     
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    On my second electric bike.
    First one was second hand to see if it suited me, then i bought a new one at stratford show, Byocycle 250w brushless motor 36v 10ah lithium battery, price £495 i have had it since June and use it every day for work 8 mile round trip. I have also used it whilst away in the Motorhome I have had no problems but as mention before the batteries can be expensive.
     
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    Go for them. We have two and they are brilliant. I often tow a dog trailer behind mine and still pass other cyclists going up hill.
    The best place to look for info and ask questions about the different bikes is the forum on www.pedelecs.co.uk Really friendly and helpful bods who know all there is to know about electric bikes. They were so helpful in assisting me when I was looking to buy. They don't consider any questions too daft and some even offered to let me try out their bikes.
    Cheers
     
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    If you are like me and need the exercise then stick to pedal power, but be aware, if the mounting of the bicycle rack is not done correctly the weight of two bike can pull holes through the back of you van. It happen to me.

    Doug...
     
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    I'm sure you know, but I'll say it in case anyone else does not, that would be a motorbike so you have the possibility of being done for no tax, no insurance, possibly no licence which would seriously ruin your day.

    I believe 200W is the UK limit. It's not much ( half horsepower ) but much better than nothing.

    I've no idea of what EU law says.
     
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    You seem blessed with bad holes.
     
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    I thought the bike had to be restricted to 15mph, be hoped i dont get stopped.
    I had my speed checked by a bored traffic cop 5am one morning going to work... he laughed said i was doing 7 mph going up a slight hill.:Smile:
     
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    You are both correct, 200w max and 15mph and it it would take a very bored bobby to either stop you or know the law.
     
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    what about the kits with a boost button for off road use?
    some kits on ebay are 1500w
    do you think you could get away with one off these.:Eek!:

    also would a geared drive be better than a hub drive , i think it would and also give a greater range of torque for hill etc.
     
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    I've no idea, depends if it's a slow crime day I guess.

    Geared would get you up hills better but you'd need variable gearing or else you'd lose out on the flat.

    Remember an electric motor makes maximum torque at minimum speed, revving them harder is just the opposite effect to an IC engine.

    There's a bloke in London will sell you a 60kW kit - he won the TT with it this year :BigGrin:
     
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    :Laughing: We have done 35mph on our Mountain Bikes. Coming down a Mountain of course. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    :Cool: BTW. You DO NOT get much excercise on an electric bike. :Laughing:
     
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    I have to be in top gear to keep up with my Curry Drive when it's running flat out. The other day I was thundering up our local hill from hell and positively blitzed past two road racers dressed in Lycra and all the gear - I was wearing jeans and a bobble hat.... It took them both another two miles to catch up and overtake; I don't think they were that impressed :BigGrin:
     
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    My own fault for buying rubbish.

    Doug...
     
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    I once tried an electric bike. It was a shocking experience.
     
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    http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/electric-bicycles/

    http://www.wisper.kellsoft.net/

    pedelec E Bike forum is a good place to start. We have a pair of wisper bikes, expensive, powerful, reliable with excellent customer support and most importantly great fun! I cycle most days and its a liberating experience, not being held up in south London traffic, free parking etc..... When away In France, Italy and Switzerland last year they really made the holiday

    there are decent budget bikes from the likes of Alien, mistrial synergy, Powabyke, Rush Trek and others........ ask for an opinion before buying and save a whole lot of grief as there is some real rubbish about:Smile:
     
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