Electric bicycles

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  1. tobytenblue

    tobytenblue Read Only Funster

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    Does anyone have an electric bike? How far will they go on a charge? How heavy are they? How much do they cost? How quick? Will I get one on my bike rack, i.e. are they pick upable?

    Any info will be appreciated.

    Brian :Smile:
     
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    Quite a few on here, I believe have the e-bike

    Mine is the "Alien Aurora" have a look on their site
    http://www.alienbikes.co.uk/page7.htm

    not a lightweight but quick and great for the hills also a forum here

    take the battery out when on the bike rack and carries it nicely

    http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/electric-bicycles/6304-alien-aurora-beast-jim-alien-says.html


    I got mine from an eBay listing & bought it off site for a fraction of original pp ,I recon the guy was frightened of it ,as it was like new 20months old

    there were, and are some up on the fleabay site so are quite gettable :Smile:
     
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    We have two, both "liftable" being in the region of 19Kg without the batteries. They say they have a range of around 50 miles depending on how much effort you put in and the lie of the land (hills) we use ours on the cycle tracks here in the Forest which are very hilly and we haven't run the batteries down yet.
    Our bikes were both in the region of £1300.00 but well worth it, we are looking forward to using um in Spain this winter. :Smile:
     
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    Buy decent push bikes and keep yourself fit. Done wonders for my rhumatoid arthritis ..BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    We have electric bikes. We chose ours because they were about the lightest. 18kgs without battery. We paid just under £1000 but you can buy cheaper. They do fit on most bike racks. They are heavy compared to the average push bike but quite manageable. Ours are supposed to do 18 miles on a charge but actually do less but I'm quite overweight so slimmer people would get better mileage. There are other models now which achieve much better mileage I believe. I believe the speed limit is fixed by law at 14 miles per hour - plenty fast enough on a cycle path. Our particular model is quite easy to ride without power so you can economise on the battery when on the flat.

    We would hate to be without our e-bikes but most won't take you up very steep hills without considerable effort. They don't do all the work but help a lot. To get the most out of the battery you do have to pedal assist most of the time but when tired and close to home you usually have a freewheel option as you know the battery will soon be re-charged.

    The best bikes are the dearest and heaviest so not suitable for the average bike rack but there are plenty of different models now from small folding to regular 24/26 inch wheels. Try out every possible model you can find and consider hiring one for an hour or so to see what you think.

    There are much more powerful bikes than ours on the market now but these tend to be quite heavy I believe. Hope this helps.

    PS Be warned - batteries don't last much more than two years and can cost around £200 to replace.
     
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    I suppose some must only last that long.. Our middle of the road ( price wise ) ones from Peter ( AS Bikes )are now coming up to 4 years old and so far show NO signs of any issues what so ever.. Admittedly we have not done any massive 20 mile + rides recently but 12 mile+ ones just a couple of weeks ago were fine
    I am afraid it is still a case of our bums giving out LONG before the batteries do !!!
     
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    We have the AS Bikes, (1/large & 1/small) and they work fine. Probably not the cheapest and definitely not the dearest on the market but second to none for spares back-up and service.
     
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    I have an AS bike as well and have been very pleased with it, got the one that goes that little bit further on one battery charge - around £750 I think:thumb:
     
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    I am shortly going to pick up an AS bike - theoretically for my wife............:Wink:
     
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    Thats how we started ! Pretty soon I wanted one for myself.. then my sister wanted one, then my daughter, then a couple of friends .. then.. wellllllllllll.. you get the picture.. Lord knows how many bikes we have sold for Peter but nary a problem with a single one
     
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    Do they all steer the right way though?:Wink:
     
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    Not such a daft question, we have 2 AS folding electric bikes, the wheels are 20" and they do get a bit of getting used to, definitely not as stable as a 26" wheel. Also if I were buying again I would go for the 36volt versions, I've got the 24 volt ones and me being disabled I do rely on the power a lot.
     
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    You haven't seen his bike, have you:Wink:


    Point taken though - small wheels are a bit less stable
     
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    LOL !! Now THERES an idea.. Motorise the backward steering one !!!
    Pure, undiluted chaos !!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Has anyone tried the kits to convert a bike to battery? I've seen them on ebay for under £200. Kathy (wife) has a medical problem which stops her riding her bike, it's a lightweight bike and if the kit will work it would be the best way to get back to cycling for both of us.
     
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    I can just imagine........... Very messy - but effortlessly so!:Eeek:
     
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    My bike does about 15 miles to the pint on the flat. I drink more beer when its hilly. More reliable than electric and it keeps me fit. Not ready to take it easy yet.BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    I converted our two bycicles using kits bought from Alienbikes. Had them over 3 years now and still performing well?

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    Toby,

    We have two Raleigh/Khalkoff Agattu with 10amp panasonic batteries, each with spares batteries which were an additional £750 per battery. Their range is superb and all batteries have all their cells working, its easily tested on the Panasonic system. We tend to carry a Honda scooter and mountain bikes more nowadays and would probably sell the electric bikes in anyone interested.
    Range wise, you can cover an easy 40 miles maybe more in flatter areas then you swap batteries, we have done plenty 70 mile days. To give you some idea, last summer on Sardinia, we climbed from the beach to the TV antenna at 1100m on them, about 3800 foot rise in 19 miles .

    Phil
     
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