Electric Bikes

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by bernardfeay, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    I can spot that my lovely wife is slowly losing her enthusiasm for our normal tactic of parking 5 miles out of town and riding in on our pushbikes. She will insist that she does not want an electric bike but I rather think she will take to it very well.

    So, my question, is it possible to charge it while we drive along? I fully accept that when we are parked up the leisure battery will flatten in 3 minutes or less.
     
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  2. Stewart J

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    We charge ours from a 300 watt inverter whilst driving.
     
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    Yes, we have an inverter which sits on the dash shelf in front of the passenger seat that way the 12v end can easily be plopped into the socket, I've also made a 'basket' out of a wire MH cup holder (the type that you stack them in) which I've attached under the dash in front of the passenger seat using cable ties into which the charger goes with the lead from it going up and plugging into the inverter when necessary. The batteries are slotted into a couple of straps which I've fitted in the passenger the footwell (utilising existing holes/screws) so when being charged they are safely out of the way of our hairy monsters and also won't be a missile in an accident!
     
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    Hi Bernard , our electric bikes have a large range and only need charging infrequently . charging when and if on hook up should suffice . Colin .
     
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    Hi we have had electric bikes for about 5 year first we had folders then when we purchased the MH, change
    to freego regency 24 dutch style for the wife and a woosh mountain bike style for myself,The are both 36V 250watt with lithion iron batteries wifes is 10amp hr, mine 15amp hr.

    My wifes will do around 25/30 miles with light pedalling they take about 6hrs from flat to charge but because the batteries have no memory you can charge anytime (dont have to be flat), We generally charge them before we leave home and then on hook up. My wife would not be without her bike,she uses it at home in summer instead of getting the car out.
     
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    We got loads of stick off our mates when we bought our electric bikes, but as soon as they have a go on them, they all start smiling, I'm sure your wife will be the same. Again, as others on here, we charge on the move with an inverter.
     
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    We do the same. Unless we are using the slow cooker of course :whistle:
     
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    We charge ours while travelling too, from a 700W inverter.We would not be without our E/Bikes, we often use them around our home area when the weather allows, as well, a very good purchase as we have seen so much more when travelling around than we would have without them.
     
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    If the weather is okay I use mine to get to the nearest village and back via the lanes (usually traffic free). Takes me about 30 mins plus chat time :) There is never a quick trip anywhere in this area.
     
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  10. Cobweb

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    I would love to have one but husband does not agree. He thinks that it is cheating and that I would not get any exercise using one . He thinks that we will need to be hooked up all the time and that the bikes will run out of power after a few steep hills and become a nuisance . Also he thinks that they are too heavy ....payload etc etc . I am fed up pushing bike uphill and am always looking for flat cycle routes . So far we have pretty much exhausted most Voie Vertes and canal paths in France and are now working our way through the German ones . I must admit that I do enjoy the exercise but I think that I could do some more extensive routes if I had an electric bike .
    Please let me know if there is an electric bike which is light and had a battery with real staying power .
     
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  11. Judge Mental

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    If you buy Bosch or Yamaha powered centre drive bikes battery's fully charged from empty in 2.5 hrs. Partial charge a lot less
     
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    We have let several people who were sceptical try our bikes on different campsites, and they all were impressed without exception.
    I'm afraid our bikes are not particularly light, around 25KG with the battery, but very manageable, we have yet to reach the limit of our batteries, (36v 10A), and have done journeys of around 20 miles including some steep hills in Yorkshire, as for the cheating jibe, they are only electrically assisted when switched on!
     
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    Electric bikes are the way to go. Both ours are pedal assist with Bosch electric gearing. You have to pedal so it's up to you how hard you work. Ours go with us everywhere on Thule bike rack on towbar. I use mine to build up a bit of fitness before using my 'push bike'. Ours will easily do 25 miles before recharging. In 'real terms' ours will last 2 or 3 days between charges as usually we only do 7 or 8 miles tootling around.
     
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    I can understand his payload concerns, but as others have said, an inverter when you're driving takes care of charging. As for the exercise aspect, ours are pedal assist which means you HAVE to pedal to go anywhere. I generally don't switch mine on till I get to a hill but Val has hers on all the time to help with arthritic knees. I was out on mine 4 days after having a stent fitted and it's hilly round here, wouldn't have considered it on a "normal" bike. Val does about 40 miles a week on hers, so it's not just another "frippery" that only gets used with the van. I'm sure someone will be along soon to recommend lightweight bikes.
     
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    Seconded

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    I would never use a bike if I didn't have the electric assist but once the weather improves will be doing around 7 miles a day again. Saves having to get the car out for local stuff.
     
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    If you do go electric then do make sure that you check out that it will comply with all the regulations of the countries you will be using it in. Lots of threads to check out on that little chestnut o_O
     
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    Fitted extra battery and 140w solar panel. Use inverter to charge Bike battery at any time, on the go or parked up.
    An inverter is the way to go. Ours is a smaller capacity than others have listed on the thread at 350watts and is perfectly suitable and does not drain the juice too quickly. It was also more within my budget!!!
     
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    Very interesting there'd! Can anyone give recommendations as to makes and models please.
     
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    Waiting on my bike ! when it arrives I will send your tenner :whistle2: :whistle2:
     
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    out of interest what Bosch bikes do you have. we each have a Haibike and Riese & Muller :) The R&M is full suspension with latest performance motor a really nice bike.. I'm well chuffed only had it a few weeks :giggle:

    We have had 4 Bosch powered bikes now, previously KTM & AVE........BIG fans(y)
     
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