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Buying an e-bike

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by hornetstinger, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. hornetstinger


    Joined: Sep 6, 2016

    Posts: 6,869

    I am fit, and cycle 4.9 miles per day going to work, so return journey is 9.8 miles mon-fri. On a regular bicycle. Each ride takes about 25-30 minutes. For a 2.5 hour shift. This is fine physically. Plus my other job which is about 5-10 minutes away.

    However I am possibly moving further away, so I could possibly be riding a further 5.8 miles, going from back and forth, so possibly upto 31 miles per day. Then I have another job, as well.

    I was thinking then maybe having a e-bike would help, making those longer journeys feel more like the 30 minute ride.

    I would prefer road bike style e-bike. Are there any that will pace me along to 20mph or so?


    Any opinions on e-bikes how much will it help etc.
  2. McGray


    Joined: Dec 8, 2008

    Posts: 4,975

    I've been looking into these for my wife.

    I must admit those days when the wind is in your face and you're cycling uphill one of these would be great.

    Edit: At that price I'd probably just get a motorbike.
  3. Freakbro


    Joined: Jul 29, 2010

    Posts: 16,901

    Location: Lincs

    'an e-bike' ;)
  4. wesley


    Joined: Jul 29, 2003

    Posts: 7,308

  5. Rannoch


    Joined: Apr 15, 2012

    Posts: 5,248

    Location: Rannoch

    I had a Volt X Alpine, battery was immense but it was a heavy beast. I used mine on forest racks at Rannoch.
  6. touch


    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

    Posts: 11,397

    Location: Sufferlandria

    Not legally. The max speed for electric assist is 15.5mph. You can pedal it faster but the motor wont help you out.
  7. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 26,382

    Location: Bees.

    Do you have 3 jobs, OP? Can any of them offer financial assistance if you were to buy an e-bike?
  8. IvanDobskey


    Joined: Feb 2, 2010

    Posts: 8,037

    Location: East Midlands

    Never understood these e-bikes to be honest.

    The whole point of a bicycle is to get from A to B under your own power. It's a healthy way of getting about and getting some exercise.

    Otherwise just get a moped.
  9. savagesam117


    Joined: Mar 18, 2012

    Posts: 4,834

    Location: Crawley

    I love riding off road, and going down the hills is great, riding back up them to go again, no thanks. E bikes make that possible!
  10. Outcast


    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,903

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    Gammy knee ?

    The whole point of an e-bike is no (or little) overheads.

    Although the e-bikes on the op's link look great there aint no way I'd pay £3.5k for one !
    Having said that I really like the Michael Blast e-bikes.

    Build one yourself. Lots of fun - MUCH cheaper and more powerful with more range.
  11. LabR@t


    Joined: Nov 30, 2005

    Posts: 9,275

    Can you overclock it? what
  12. FishFluff


    Joined: Nov 7, 2003

    Posts: 5,306

    Location: Deepest, darkest Leeds

    Is it though? Cycling means different things to different people. There's a chap in my cycling club who rides an e-bike. He's 80 years old and without it would probably have had to give up the sport he loves. With the e-bike he doesn't get dropped on the hills and can continue with the weekly social rides. They're also great for carrying heavy loads like a weekly supermarket shop.

    Obviously if your primary enjoyment from cycling is the physical challenge, then no, e-bikes are probably not for you. But they open cycling as a form of transport up to a much bigger audience and, in my opinion, that can only be a good thing!
  13. lordrobs


    Joined: Sep 30, 2003

    Posts: 14,751

    Location: Mulbarton, Norwich

    For many people it is simply about getting from A to B and thats it. Maybe they don't have a drivers licence, no where to park at home or work, traffic is bad so it is quicker on 2 wheels, they don't want to add to the pollution in their town etc.

    You still get exercise on an e-bike, you can just decide how much rather than the terrain and/or winds dictating that for you.
  14. stockhausen


    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 10,686

    Hopefully an increasing number of people think about pollution. A regular bicycle would be the best solution but anything is better than a car.
  15. jimjamuk


    Joined: Nov 30, 2007

    Posts: 2,935

    Location: Bristol, UK

    Im sure I looked at e-bikes about 18 months ago and £600-£1000 was the going rate - just looked now and it seems £2k-£3k+

    The bike frame is just that so this extra is for the battery plus a motor???
  16. Outcast


    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,903

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    My e-bike was just under £700 when I bought it around 8 years ago. Here it is now

    Recently I've changed the hub motor and obviously the battery too.
    I chose 48v but now I have experience I realise I should've chosen the 72v option.

    Hey Ho. It's still great fun.

    If anyone does decide to build their own then

    • Decide placement of motor. Front hub (like a front wheel drive car), Mid or Rear hub.
    • Balance matters. I have a rear hub motor & battery on the rear rack. It's hella heavy on the rear.
    • Frame. The battery has to go somewhere and so does the Controller (Think balance)
    • Hard tail or suspension ? It's going to be a heavy bike. Hard tail DOES feel the bumps - HARD
  17. amigafan2003


    Joined: Jan 18, 2008

    Posts: 15,858

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Odd, I thought the whole point of a bike for commuting purposes was as a form of transport.

    If I want exercise I go to the gym.

    Could I take a moped on cycle paths, canal tow paths and bridleways?
  18. amigafan2003


    Joined: Jan 18, 2008

    Posts: 15,858

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Actually, yes :)
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
  19. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 50,038

    I thought exactly like you 6 years ago and then realised the whole point is to get to A to B like any journey.
    My commute to work in a car is a nightmare because when I get there I have a 20 minute walk from the car park and that's even if I had a moped.
    I'm on the waiting list for two new knees through running marathons so about a year into cycling to work I needed help so bought an e-Bike.
    If I had a moped I would still get stuck in traffic and still have to do the 20 minute walk.
    I now have two converted e-Bikes and I can by-pass 90% of the traffic by keeping to paths, cycle lanes etc and I can save 20 mins per journey because I don't have to walk, driving in a car to the car park takes me the same time as cycling to outside my office.
    I'm the only person in an office of 100 who never complains about commuting & parking - get in.

    It's the future.

    Oh yeah, and sometimes because I can, I will get home from work absolutely knackered because I've pushed myself hard so still get the exercise I had on my normal bike if not more.
  20. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 50,038

    AmigaFan is an expert on e-Bikes and the first person I would ask for advice.
    I'm pretty sure he would say don't buy an e-Bike off the shelf, buy a decent bike and convert it.
    I started of with a Cyclotricity Stealth and ended up converting a Trek MTB and Trek Hybrid with Cyclotricity electrics and I'm very happy.