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I never thought I’d say this, but after trying an electric bike, I think I might have to get one. However, there are so many on the market. Do you own one that you can recommend?

hspexy
1 year ago
What do you think of this?
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana3 months ago

Did you get one in the end and how has it gone?

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
3 months ago

No I didn’t. I’ve been meaning to test them out as you can do free tests with Halfords, but just never got round to it. There’s so many pool bikes around these days, some electric, I might not bother for now

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

hspexy What is a pool bike, I've looked it up and it just shows exercise bikes close to swimming pools or even bikes in swimming pools. Do you mean some sort of bike sharing scheme, city bikes? Sadly nothing around here like that, I'm in a small town so can't see that happening and where they have had it in some cities they get frequently vandalised and financially it lost a lot of money.

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hspexy
hspexy
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2 months ago

BonzoBanana yes the bike sharing schemes. We’ve a lot of electric ones now, like Jump and Lime (who’ve now been taken over by uber). But they definitely only pop up in city centres I’m afraid

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

I 've had one for 3 years now and can highly recommend . A Carrera Crossfire EBike bought from Halfords . Never had a problem with it . Think they were about £1100 when I bought it but with stacking offers I paid about £700 .

You can still get Carerra EBikes from Halfords for £1000 - £1800 but there are always discounts on offer ( 10% off by buying a gift card , 10% off with the BCF ) .

I trust you have already found out the advantages - put as much or as little effort in as you want , iron out hills etc . Adjust the amount of assistance on the go .

You can pay anything from £500 on ebay for a chinese "Tat" special (not recommended! ) to ridiculous money , so I find the Halfords ones a good mid range offer . As stated you can get an extra 20% off the stated price even when they aren't on a Halfords offer .

Any questions feel free to ask , I always try to help fellow members and unlike the majority of members I do NOT use it as an Amazon voucher collecting site .

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
2 months ago

Thanks. It’s not hilly where I am so it’s one reason why I’ve stopped looking around, as I can get about on a normal bike just fine. But I might move to an area more rural so may have to consider an electric bike in the near future

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

Some of the Carrera ebikes are great value and I like the Suntour HESC system due to its torque sensor which means it works like a mid-drive motor, the harder you pedal the more assistance. I guess the Subway is my preferred ebike in their range.

Have you ever had cutouts on the bike especially going up steep hills and when the battery is completely flat do you feel any drag on the hub motor when you have to cycle un-assisted?

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hspexy
hspexy
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2 months ago

BonzoBanana I’ve had a cutout only on the unicycle but not on the ebikes, as the ones I’ve tried usually have enough power, but you do feel a drag

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

BonzoBanana I haven't had any cut out problems although when I first had it 3 years ago there were comments in the reviews that it was prone to them . I always spray the battery contacts every 2 or 3 months with contact cleaner/Electrolube .

The cut outs referred to in the reviews stated that removing the battery then refitting it solved the problem so can only assume it was a contact problem at that time .

Made sure I've never run out of battery but it is pedalable without battery assistance , but it is a heavy bike (about 20kgs ) so it would be hard work ,certainly on hills .

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

Golfforall What sort of electrolube do you use. I was thinking of using petroleum jelly which I know isn't conductive but can seal in a contact and prevent corrosion over the long term and shouldn't prevent electricity conducting, it works very well for car batteries including the very high current needed for starting an engine but wondered if that was something usable on an ebike. I should add I'm in the process of building an ebike from parts, my battery is a hailong 48V 12.5A so 600Wh so fairly powerful and just trying to be pro-active in preventing the contacts deteriorating. The good thing about petrolum jelly not being conductive is you can slap it on without worry of it shorting out pins and prevents abrasion to the pins.

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

BonzoBanana I'm sure that would do the job , I have never experienced the problem but just assumed it came from pitting of the contacts . I don't use mine X Country (or very rarely) so the other thing I thought may cause it would be bouncing the bike around (as the battery is quite heavy for its size ) . My battery is a tight fit though , if it had loosened off the next thing to try would have been some door/window foam draughtproofing strip around where the battery joins the holder to hold it firmer and insulate from vibration - but never had the problem so never got to do that .

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

Golfforall That sounds like a good tip for reducing vibration, I will make sure my battery is a tight fit. I'm only planning on using my ebike on the road but there are lots of pot holes around here and I'm not always successful at avoiding them. Lots of BMW drivers too who only give you a couple of mm distance when they pass you so you are often forced into the gutter area.

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