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Electric assist push bike

Postby Brian-reynolds » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:39 am

I have been looking at getting an electric assist push bike to carry in my truck.

There seems to be loads of the things out there and they all see OK which leaves me confused.... again.....

Have any of you out there got any recommendations or pointers I need to look at please?

Thanks all,

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby bromleyxphil » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:51 pm

Hi Brian I had one of these for about three years. http://www.batribike.com/I found it to be very good quality for the money and it never let me down in three years. My model was a diamond but they don't seem to do that one any more. Always managed to charge it up with the little solar panel on the old van and used to boast that "I was powered by the sun"

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby Brian-reynolds » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:17 pm

Hi Phil, they look perfect.... until you see the price!

Seeing as I was made redundant yesterday with no pay for the month, I may have to hold off for a while.....

Good one,

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby Chris S » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:02 am

Sorry to hear about your redundancy Brian.

I've not had much experience of the leccy bikes, but we did get a second hand one for the mother in law and I was really quite impressed by how much assistance they give (or how well they go without pedalling too....).

Something I did look at as a more budget option was one of the kits off ebay where you can convert a conventional bike of your choice - front or rear wheel drive and a selection of different size motors too. It looked like you could pick a kit up for little over £100 and just needed to source batteries and rig up a way of carrying the batteries, but most look to put them on a rear pannier rack.

I did quite like the idea of building a 2wd one with the biggest motors too :twisted:

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:13 am

Thanks Chris,

An interesting idea, never thought of that.....

I used to cycle everywhere, well almost, but getting older and fatter and as mu back gets worse, I now struggle with the bending forward, hence the question.

I d miss them though..... I just thought with one of these it would be help to get fitter again as over the last 3 or so months I was walking 3 miles "home" every day and feeling better for it, until I collapsed in the barn and that stopped that......

I am falling apart my friend! Need to get out more and stop playing with big heavy stuff!

Thanks again,

B.

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Postby bromleyxphil » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:03 am

Brian-reynolds wrote:Hi Phil, they look perfect.... until you see the price!

Seeing as I was made redundant yesterday with no pay for the month, I may have to hold off for a while.....

Good one,

B.

Hi Brian sorry to hear about the job mate.
The price on the bikes is the list price I think I paid about £850 brand spanking and the shop sold it for me after three years for £400. So it's not as bad as it looks.
All the best

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:45 am

Wow, thanks Phil!

Hope you are both having a good time, missing you already!

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Postby bromleyxphil » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:56 pm

Brian-reynolds wrote:Wow, thanks Phil!

Hope you are both having a good time, missing you already!

B.

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby crinklystarfish » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:36 am

Brian, what sort of terrain will you use it for?

It will make a difference to the most suitable frame type / best wheel size / tyre choice etc.

Do you see it being used for quiet country roads, formal cycleways or in 'proper' mountain bike territory?

There's nothing worse for putting people off cycling than the wrong type of bike.

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Re: Electric assist push bike

Postby Brian-reynolds » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:15 pm

Hi Steve, I am still in the thinking about it camp....

I was thinking of using it for getting to work in the morning without having to spend the day wet and smelly, but as I am now unemployed things have changed!

I know exactly what you say about the wrong bike! When Halfords first started in bikes, they brought in cheap bikes that people bought then realised just how cheap they were and blooming hard work to ride.... one more x-push biker....

They have moved on a bit now....

Last weekend I was at Rutland Water and they have a cycle hire place and a shop selling Giant" "bikes, they had some lovely mountain bike "type" of bikes at around the four grand price tag!

I do like Giant bikes, but get real!

To be honest I am wondering if I just need to get cycle fit again and take pain killers instead.... a lot cheaper in the long run......

Still looking, but it will still be along the lines of a mountain/off road bike I think.....

B.


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