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Electric bike

Post by Monkeybubbles » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:16 pm

I'm thinking of getting a bike, for the commute to work and occasional general wandering. Partly because it'll be cheaper, partly because it'll be more environmentally friendly, but mostly for the extra bit of exercise.

Thing is, going to work will be great. Fantastic speedy hill all the way. But coming home, massive bollocking hill all the bollocking way. So I'm thinking of getting an electric bike for an extra bit of assistance up the north face, with a view to doing it under my own steam once I've got my stumpy legs and palpitating ticker up to snuff.

Looking to spend about a couple of grand, I guess. Anyone got any advice?




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Re: Electric bike

Post by Samba » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:13 pm

I've had 2 Mb. It would definitely help with the hill. I'd say £2k should get you a decent one but that's probably the minimum you should spend, these days. You could even look into building your own although that may not necessarily be cheaper.
You will get fitter than you are now but then might come a bit of a dilemma. You'll then be more suited to a 'normal' bike, than a generally heavier, electric bike & it may then not be practical to then get another ordinary bike as well. That might not be an issue though. Only became an issue for me when the electrics went wonk & I had to leave the battery off so it was lighter to ride, with just me cycling. Even then, it was a heavyish bike.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by S-H » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:38 pm

Samba, did you keep your electric bikes in the house, or in your she...

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Re: Electric bike

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Samba » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:37 pm

S-H wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:38 pm
Samba, did you keep your electric bikes in the house, or in your she...
That's it, mock the shedless.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by szola » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:14 pm

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This is one of the best electric bikes on the market (for now)

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Re: Electric bike

Post by pablo jaye » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:44 pm

I used one for the first time over the summer whilst camping in Biarritz - and they are just the job for the inclines that appear from nowhere. We used Trek Powerfly bikes, which were spot on and you can get them fro around £2k.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Clucking Bell » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:24 pm

In your position, I'd buy a Pinarello Dyodo and then lie to Mrs MB about how much it cost :D

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Up the Junction » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 pm

You know it makes sense, Monks.


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Re: Electric bike

Post by alkali » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:00 am

I have an Ancheer (check their website) the mountain bike, excellent. About £600.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Monkeybubbles » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:50 pm

Clucking Bell wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:24 pm
In your position, I'd buy a Pinarello Dyodo and then lie to Mrs MB about how much it cost :D
I don't think my stumpy little legs could do it justice, and I already have more than enough to lie to the ever fragrant Mrs Monkeybubbles about.

Thanks for all your suggestions, chaps. In the end I totally ignored them all and ordered one of these: https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-hybrid-al-e/

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Hummer_I_mean_Hammer » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:56 pm

I had some nutter wiz past me on an electric scooter. Damn thing must have been doing close to 20mph, coming up from behind me, silent as well so just heard it very last seconds, even then because it’s such a foreign sound didn't know what the f*** it was. If I had stepped out to the side, it would have taken me right out.
Damn things should be banned or the rider made to wear bells on them (after all cats must wear them).

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Monkeybubbles » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:11 am

My new bike arrived yesterday. Nice colour. Good fun wanging up the hill where I live without breaking into a sweat. I give it two weeks before it gets stuffed in the shed with the other bike and forgotten about.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Arnold Layne » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:20 am

Hummer_I_mean_Hammer wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:56 pm
Damn things should be banned or the rider made to wear bells on them (after all cats must wear them).
Cats.Cats on scooters,wearing bells. I’ve never seen this where do you live?

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Bend it like Repka » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:05 am

As a normal cyclist, every time someone sails past me on an electric bike while I'm slogging up a hill, the word **** enters my head.

Just saying.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by sendô » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:08 am

Those electric scooters strike me as better.

I'm not really sure why an electric scooter is deemed illegal but an electric bike is fine?

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Arnold Layne » Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:29 pm

sendô wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:08 am
Those electric scooters strike me as better.

I'm not really sure why an electric scooter is deemed illegal but an electric bike is fine?
It’s because anyone over the age of 12 years old rippin around on any type of scooter is a massive helmet.

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Re: Electric bike

Post by Polaroid » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:50 am

Monkeybubbles wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:11 am
My new bike arrived yesterday. Nice colour. Good fun wanging up the hill where I live without breaking into a sweat. I give it two weeks before it gets stuffed in the shed with the other bike and forgotten about.
It's that kind of defeatist attitude that I wholeheartedly embrace MB.
Welcome to 'Fat' Club brother.
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Re: Electric bike

Post by Samba » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:56 pm

Monkeybubbles wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:11 am
My new bike arrived yesterday. Nice colour. Good fun wanging up the hill where I live without breaking into a sweat. I give it two weeks before it gets stuffed in the shed with the other bike and forgotten about.
One thing I would say is, sometimes other road users do not expect a bike to be going along at 15.5mph. This is severely exacerbated if you are not pedalling at all or even if you are, your pedalling may still not match what it would look like, pedalling a normal bike.
No one warns you about this. I only know this from the experience of nearly being twatted by, on more than one occasion, a car pulling out on me because (I assume) he had glanced at me & wrongly assumed that I wasn't going that fast. Of course, cars drivers do have a propensity of doing that to bikers anyway.
Or perhaps they recognised me..
It didn't help me when I had one of my bikes 'ungoverned' to do 20mph (without pedalling). On not the thickest of tyres.
Perhaps not one of the most sensible things I've ever done..fun though.

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