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Post by happyclaret17 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:59 pm

I was out cycling last week and popped in at a supermarket whilst out. Got talking to a bloke who had an electric bike ( see link ) he kindly let me had a go and i was impressed.
thing is I am asthmatic and wrong side of 50 so living in Nelson fairly limited to going towards foulridge or Burnley otherwise its hils hills hills....just thought that one of these could increase my range and open up some new areas the other side of pendle.
wondered if any of you had this particular make or have any experiences with them....cheers.

http://freegoelectricbikes.com/electric ... eego-hawk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: electric bike

Post by Woodleyclaret » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:36 pm

We bought one second hand from a couple in Newton and its great.My wife had asthma but this helps a lot and weve been out a couple of time and Im struggling to keep up.
Ours cost over £900 new but it was £250 if your working there is a scheme to buy from your work and pay out of your wages
The shop in Skipton has a lot of electric bikes and loads of free advice

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Re: electric bike

Post by tim_noone » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:46 pm

I prefer the canal rides now mainly because of heavy traffic and potholes..though ventured up the by pass and down the S bends at Brierfield that was fun!back on to canal and a few laps of the cycle track at barrowford then back on to the canal.all very enjoyable. Not a fan of electric bikes really.

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Re: electric bike

Post by evensteadiereddie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:50 pm

Same here but a godsend for anyone with medical issues - anything that helps folk get out cycling can't be bad.

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Re: electric bike

Post by Pearcey » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:04 pm

I’m picking one up for a 48 hour trial on Wednesday. I am a cyclist and I’ll still use my current bikes for leisure but I struggle to commute and do a shift at work due to bad knees. Hopefully an e bike will help.

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Re: electric bike

Post by happyclaret17 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:07 pm

Which type pearcey and where are you getting it from?

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Re: electric bike

Post by ElectroClaret » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:18 pm

happyclaret17.... If you go on the Ideal World website, they sell one called the e-life bike, for
£699 (I think).

However, quite regularly, on the Ideal World TV channel, (Freeview 22), they often have hour long
features on them, and the price comes down a couple of hundred. Thinking of getting one myself.

Not sure of their quality, or anything, but they look good on telly. And on the website.

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Post by AuntSally » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:20 pm

I have one and I use it as a time machine. If I want to go into the future I ride to Slaidburn and if I want to go back to the Fifties I ride to Earby.
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Re: electric bike

Post by Pearcey » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:26 pm

happyclaret17 wrote:Which type pearcey and where are you getting it from?
I’m trialling a Carrera Hybrid from Halfords. Not sure that I’ll actually buy that one but it will give me an idea of how much my knees will take.

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Re: electric bike

Post by dushanbe » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:39 pm

They are great fun, I wouldn’t hesitate

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Re: electric bike

Post by happyclaret17 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:46 pm

AuntSally wrote:I have one and I use it as a time machine. If I want to go into the future I ride to Slaidburn and if I want to go back to the Fifties I ride to Earby.
you wont be able to re charge in earby aunt sally
no leccy there yet :)

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Re: electric bike

Post by beddie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:12 pm

There was a post a few months ago on e-bikes. Ive been researching them for sometime. This is from cyclingweekly.com

"Typically, you’re more likely to find a hub mounted motor on cheaper e-bikes. While they do have the advantage of being perhaps a little bit more quiet, they often can’t handle the hills quite as well.

Spend a little more and you’re far more likely to get a frame mounted motor, also know as mid-drive motors. There are quite a few benefits to this type.

For starters, the weight distribution of the motor is much better. Instead of sitting on the front, it’s now centred around the bottom bracket, which makes the bike more stable – a key consideration for both road and mountain bikes."


Read more at https://www.cyclingweekly.com/group-tes ... ow-e-bikes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

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Post by PaintYorkClaretnBlue » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:29 pm

AuntSally wrote:I have one and I use it as a time machine. If I want to go into the future I ride to Slaidburn and if I want to go back to the Fifties I ride to Earby.

F*ck off Mark :roll: :lol:
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Post by Clevedon Claret » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:52 pm

Pearcey wrote:I’m trialling a Carrera Hybrid from Halfords. Not sure that I’ll actually buy that one but it will give me an idea of how much my knees will take.
Ask how much the replacement battery will be in around 18 months to 2 years.. The Carrera Vulcan MTB battery is £400 to replace.
That Hybrid does look a nice bike though btw.

I have been testing a few diferent ebikes, the best one by a country mile, IMO, is the Hammer ebike. Tested it in 250w and 1000w modes, both had me grinning like a Cheshire cat, in 1000w mode you have a throttle also, great for someone with limited mobility, like myself, however it's still illegal atm to have more than 250w motors and a max 15 mph on public roads. :roll:
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Re: electric bike

Post by Pearcey » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:28 am

I probably won’t get the Carrera to be honest. Just a chance to try commuting on an e bike. I like the look of the Scott E Sub from Evans.

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:20 pm

Having looked around a bit I am ordering the free go Eagle as in the link. spoke to them and trevor at ossies bike shop in Nelson this morning.
Trevor has sold these recently and is very familiar with how they work and can solve problems which could occur so for me its a no brainer.
I looked at a major retailers bikes this morning and feel that the spec on the free go bike is higher for less money. The built in lights and brake lights for example are standard as well as a good quality pannier rack. They guarantee that if your bike isnt fixed within 5 days they will replace with a new bike.
Spoke to free go about the cycle to work scheme and they told me that the scheme will pay £1000 towards the bike so that would only leave me paying £600 for their top of the range bike with a battery that can give you 50 to 60 miles range.
if any of you fancy a go on my bike when I get it then no worries but it wont be until november.

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:23 pm

this is the eagle
http://freegoelectricbikes.com/electric ... ego-eagle/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
having read reviews they say the battery tends to out perform the 40 mile range and up to 60 miles is usually achieved.

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Post by dushanbe » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:01 pm

happyclaret17 wrote:this is the eagle
http://freegoelectricbikes.com/electric ... ego-eagle/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
having read reviews they say the battery tends to out perform the 40 mile range and up to 60 miles is usually achieved.
I've averaged the range of mine out to roughly 0.5 miles per 1% of battery on hilly routes and around 0.65 miles per 1% on some flatter trips, so between 50 and 65 miles. One of the hillier routes goes over towards Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge via widdop road, was about 35 miles and I could have continued for roughly another 20-22 miles.

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:21 pm

Have you got a link for your bike Dushanbe so I can take a butchers....sounds good battery wise.

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Post by dushanbe » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:25 pm

Mine isn't a current model and has 29" wheels, but this is probably the nearest in the current range.

https://www.e-bikeshop.co.uk/Haibike-El ... n-1.0-2018" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:46 pm

looks good...any issues dushanbe ?

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Post by dushanbe » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:59 pm

happyclaret17 wrote:looks good...any issues dushanbe ?
I have managed to break the chain ring a couple of times because it wasn't fixed tightly enough. Probably my fault though, not checking it after a bumpy ride. Solved that issue with some locktite. Apart from that, no nothing, just be aware that these bikes are a lot heavier than 'analogue' bikes. This one is far heavier than my 2004 vintage Specialised mountain bike which whilst still used today would probably be a laughing stock for modern day bikes.

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:07 pm

is weight an issue though seeing as they are powered? the bike I am ordering is 25 kilos.

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Post by dushanbe » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:22 pm

happyclaret17 wrote:is weight an issue though seeing as they are powered? the bike I am ordering is 25 kilos.
It is something of an issue, because powered or not, you are still lumping 25kg around when a regular bike is probably 12 or 13 kg these days. That means that some of the motor effort is literally just going into moving the weight of the bike. Don't get me wrong, its not an enormous problem, the thing to be aware of is when you need to shift it around the garage or lift it up onto a bike carrier

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Post by happyclaret17 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:25 pm

I did notice the weight on that one I had a go on....suppose its something you get used to.....I dare say battery weight will come down over the years...just like mobile phones.

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Post by KeighleyClaret » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 am

They are all heavy. Electric motorsd and batteries come with additional weight and the frames have to be stronger to cope with the stresses.

I love my ebike. I went the whole hog and bought a Volt Infinity with crank motor and hub gears, the gears are even automatic! They do a decent range including the Pulse Hybrid at £1499, with Rear wheel hub motor and Shimano Derailleur. Good company to deal with and excellent build quality too.

If you are working you can use the Cycle to Work scheme and get £1000 to spend out of your untaxed income for a year too.

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Post by Pearcey » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:57 am

Rode to work tonight on the Carrera crossfire from Halfords. First time I’ve ridden one. Incredible aren’t they. I think I’ll buy one. Like the Scott E-sub from Evans. I can see my commute being quite enjoyable.

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Post by beddie » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:35 am

Pearcey. There is so much choice out there. We've not decided yet which ones to go for,(we're on the wrong side of 60) but continue to research them. Let us know how you get on it will be interesting to get further opinion.
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Post by happyclaret17 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:28 am

The ones at halfords to me look a bit pricier for less spec than the free go bike I tried last week. If you do go for a halfords bike the bloke who talked to me said the service package well worth getting. He came across as quite a sound bloke. I know these threads come and go but it would be good to hear what you all have decided to buy and experiences so hope you keep us informed.

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Post by dushanbe » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:13 am

Mine came from here

https://www.e-bikeshop.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Brilliant customer service and stock a massive range. On yer bike in Burnley also have a good range and have demo bikes.

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Re: electric bike

Post by KeighleyClaret » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:14 am

Whatever you get, the best advice is to use it. Try and get out every day especially if you are wanting health benefits.
When you are on minimal assist you are basically riding a normal bike, the assist makes up for the weight. However hills hold few terrors and it’s nice to ascend like Mark Cavendish with 1/3 the effort.
Get a decent lock, get it insured and register it with Bike Register. They are a hot target for theives sadly.

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Re: electric bike

Post by happyclaret17 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:03 am

I am currently designing a lock for my bike....I have a fabrication workshop so when I get the bike I will be knocking up a lock that cannot be cut without a lot of noise and time.

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Re: electric bike

Post by Pearcey » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:05 pm

I’ve ordered the Scott from Evans as I can already see the benefits of commuting on one with my poor knees. I’ll still ride my road bike on evenings and weekends though. I’m going to France next month cycling around the Somme and WWI sites. I’ll be using my own steam. Can’t wait!

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