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Offline Kev

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2016, 08:33 PM »
We're holidaying at Noosa Heads (QLD, Oz) at the moment and e-bike hire is common. My son has just grabbed a beach cruiser style e-bike to go exploring from the resort's stable (for now I'll be exhausting all of my energy lying on the beach).

We're actually looking to move up here and the bush trails (walking, MTB & horse riding) are amazing ... so much so that a Stealth could be in my near future [big grin]

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2017, 01:24 PM »
Hi Everyone

Due to all sorts of work pressures the trip to The Netherlands was postponed and so no e-bikes yet.

It appears to me that prices may have dropped slightly or maybe the 2017 models have been around long enough for the dealers to do some price reductions.

I am still keeping the make and model of e-bike open but from my research I favour the Bosch mid mounted motor.

I would be really grateful for any details of large cycle dealers in the south of The Netherlands (say south of Nijmegen) and dealers specialising in e-bikes would be particularly useful. I need to be able to try bikes out and am happy to then wait for a couple of months for new bikes to arrive.

Many thanks in advance.

Peter

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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2017, 08:16 AM »
Peter I have a friend who runs a bike shop in Southampton. Not too far from you and he would be able to offer you a lot of advice. He's very good (he runs the shop more as a hobby as he loves bikes). I'd happily introduce you.


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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2017, 08:30 AM »
Maybe not exactly what you are looking for @Peter but I have a RadRover fat tire bike for about 6 months now which I enjoy riding whenever I can. Only logged ~130 miles so far between the cold Winter and work but hope to get out more soon.

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2017, 12:26 PM »
Peter I have a friend who runs a bike shop in Southampton. Not too far from you and he would be able to offer you a lot of advice. He's very good (he runs the shop more as a hobby as he loves bikes). I'd happily introduce you.


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Hi Stuart

Perhaps you could PM his contact details please.

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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2017, 12:27 PM »
Maybe not exactly what you are looking for @Peter but I have a RadRover fat tire bike for about 6 months now which I enjoy riding whenever I can. Only logged ~130 miles so far between the cold Winter and work but hope to get out more soon.



Many thanks Bob but not quite the configuration that I am looking for.

Cheers.

Peter

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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2017, 12:54 PM »
Having lived in Holland for 10years as a child I loved riding my bike.   

When we moved back to England I slowly stopped biking as often.

Few reasons

1. Dont feel as safe as I did in Holland
2. Everything was only a few minutes away from home on bike when living in Holland. Now in England can easily be riding my bike 30mins plus to get to where I want.
3. Hills and lots of them!

I decided last year to try and get biking again and get the bikes out.

I soon knew why I stopped lol.

So I decided to get an e-bike.

I could never find one I liked at a fair price.

I didnt want a rear or front hub motor because they are rubbish.

I wanted a mid drive motor only but they are expensive e-bikes.

So I thought we have 5 bikes why not turn them into E-bikes.

So bought a bafang 500watt mid drive motor and installed it onto one of the bikes.

It was really easy to install and it has alot of power and does last.

I now enjoy riding because when I come to a hill I turn it on and it just powers me up. 

I found this was the cheapest way to install a good quality mid drive motor.

I have a dutch bike im currently awaiting another motor and Im going to stick it on the dutch bike hopefully.



 
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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2017, 01:03 PM »
Cant wait to power this bike having only three gears is hardwork
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« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2017, 01:16 PM »
Hi JMB

First, I love that picture above - a proud Dad out on his bike with junior.

Many thanks for that information about the Bafang. We have a pair of very nice Dutch bikes already and we thought that going for a Dutch e-bike would make sense. I agree with you about the mid motor. I spent a while doing some research and came up with the same conclusion. I have even spoken to Bosch UK about it as they appear to have a very effective mid engine setup.

Cheers.

Peter

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2017, 01:50 PM »
THi Peter,

To bad I see this thread just now.
The annual bike fair in Utrecht has only just finished in the first week of March, as you can imagine there were a lot of e-bikes on display.

I still ride a normal bike but my family in law all have one, the one thing I hear is the mid motor is the best choice. As ever, batteries need to be a quality product.
But if you go for a Dutch product, I'm sure your good.

Very close to my home the Gazelle E-bike experience centre is being build in Waalwijk, maybe it is already finished.
Good luck with the selection criteria!


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« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2017, 03:13 PM »
Shimano STEPS seems to be the new cool kid in town https://shimano-steps.com and when paired with the Di2 electric hub-shifters it can be used in automatic shifting mode as well. Seems to be now a very popular setup on high-end e-bikes.
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« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2017, 04:41 PM »
THi Peter,

To bad I see this thread just now.
The annual bike fair in Utrecht has only just finished in the first week of March, as you can imagine there were a lot of e-bikes on display.

I still ride a normal bike but my family in law all have one, the one thing I hear is the mid motor is the best choice. As ever, batteries need to be a quality product.
But if you go for a Dutch product, I'm sure your good.

Very close to my home the Gazelle E-bike experience centre is being build in Waalwijk, maybe it is already finished.
Good luck with the selection criteria!

Interesting that you mention the Gazelle e-bike experience centre. I was planning to go to the original Gazelle Experience Centre but then found the new E-Bike centre mentioned. I found the post code and looked at it in Google Street View but there was no sign of it. I now realise that it has only just been built and so Google has yet to catch up.

Many thanks.

Peter

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2017, 04:42 PM »
Shimano STEPS seems to be the new cool kid in town https://shimano-steps.com and when paired with the Di2 electric hub-shifters it can be used in automatic shifting mode as well. Seems to be now a very popular setup on high-end e-bikes.

Hi Reiska

There is a lot of very interesting technology going into the bikes now.

Cheers.

Peter

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Re: Time to get an E-Bike - what experience can you offer a novice
« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2017, 09:59 PM »
Swap the drill for a T18 and we have a winner

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« Reply #44 on: May 08, 2017, 01:02 AM »
Hi Terry

I love it - brilliant.

Peter

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« Reply #45 on: May 08, 2017, 01:26 AM »
Hi Terry

I love it - brilliant.

Peter

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