hi CliveI have converted my own full sized bike to leccy and one of the bits that came with the kit was a thumb throttle. I find this invaluable when starting off with only one properly working leg. A good friend has just converted two Bromptons to leccy using the Nano conversion. Firstly for his wife then for him as he could not keep up with her. These also have the option of an additional thumb throttle. I would not expect an original Brompton leccy bike to include this thumb throttle option as EU rules banned it several years back. But pick up a second hand Brompton and do the same.
Raleigh do a good folding ebike for around £1400My SIL is looking for a folding ebike.
She has a PVC (central walkway at the rear) and does not want an external rack.
But she needs one that folds up small and neat.
She has tried my brothers folding ebike but fell off a few times at the step off stage.
This is due to many of the Chinese systems waiting a few rotations of the wheels before bringing in the emotor.
This surge just as you are maybe in a "too high prior to power" gear is what does the damage for her.
She would be far better with a pedelec where the power is instant and proportional crank torque applied.
Cost is not a problem.
I'm thinking of an electric Brompton for her or possibly a Go-Cycle.
Would experts kindly suggest any that meet the above criteria.
The biggest difference between older (and cheaper newer) ebikes and modern/expensive ones is how well the power is managed. Good bikes provide assistance so imperceptibly, that there's no kick or feeling like it's getting away from you. They just just feel like you're riding on the flat all the time, no matter how big the incline or headwind. It just feels natural and that you're just really strong today.Would definitely suggest that you try before you buy. Hubby bought a second hand bike, I went for a Volt Metro, folded nicely and the step through version suited my hip replacement (isn't it grand getting old). Anyway it was 50 years since I had ridden a bike, had my cycling proficiency certificate and everything then, BUT..... that thing about "you never forget how to ride a bike".... rubbish. I had no confidence at all. I found the Volt quite a powerful machine and it frightened me. Fell off a few times, couldn't get my balance to start off properly. In the end it went on ebay.
There is one regularly on the Leeds Liverpool canal and it looks great. Gives the stroke surviver a new lease of life!And if she keeps on falling off, we have a folding electric trike - Jorvik - not cheap, but its stability is the key - and it tows the doggy hut!