Electric bicycles - who buys them?

Electric bicycles - who buys them?

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LeadFarmer

3,005 posts

92 months

Friday 20th November 2020
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Phil. said:
I’d be interested in a photo....
Here you go..

Thankfully I can get both clamps to fit my bike, but when using the shorter clamp I have to swivel the holder for my foldable lock out of the way (this is attached to the drinks bottle fixings). Theres no way the clamp would fit to the part of my frame that houses the battery...







Leaving the longer clamp to reach (hopefully) to a second bike..



There are definitely restrictions on where you can position the clamps, as you pointed out, for example the clamps can be moved around the bike frame bracket but only on the straight sections, they won't attach to the curved areas of the rack bracket. This would be the deal breaker if they couldn't be positioned to reach your bike frame.


Fits nicely in my boot as well...




Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 13:27


Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 16:33

Phil.

2,682 posts

211 months

Friday 20th November 2020
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LeadFarmer said:
Here you go..

Thankfully I can get both clamps to fit my bike, but when using the shorter clamp I have to swivel the holder for my foldable lock out of the way (this is attached to the drinks bottle fixings). Theres no way the clamp would fit to the part of my frame that houses the battery...







Leaving the longer clamp to reach (hopefully) to a second bike..



There are definitely restrictions on where you can position the clamps, as you pointed out, for example the clamps can be moved around the bike frame bracket but only on the straight sections, they won't attach to the curved areas of the rack bracket. This would be the deal breaker if they couldn't be positioned to reach your bike frame.


Fits nicely in my boot as well...




Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 13:27


Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 16:33
Thanks. I’m really pleased it works for you.

The main difference compared to the Velospace is the bracket attached to the clamps is much higher and wider. For example, I can fasten the short clamp on to the top cross bar of the first bike. This means there are more options as to how to position the other clamp(s) for the second bike. The clamps are the same BTW.

Out of interest, I only use one clamp per bike and I leave the battery on. Water bottles go in the boot.

Thule’s are a solid bit of kit and this gives me a sense of confidence when driving.

Here’s the only shot I have of mine from last summer. It’s not the best angle but at least you can see the size of the bracket attached to the clamps.

The same bracket folds down flat, and the rack becomes the size of a large case. It fits well on a bracket on my garage wall without taking up too much room.


LeadFarmer

3,005 posts

92 months

Friday 20th November 2020
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Phil. said:
Thanks. I’m really pleased it works for you.

The main difference compared to the Velospace is the bracket attached to the clamps is much higher and wider. For example, I can fasten the short clamp on to the top cross bar of the first bike. This means there are more options as to how to position the other clamp(s) for the second bike. The clamps are the same BTW.
Yes, the bracket on your rack is much better for allowing greater fixing possibilities. The bracket on the Easyfold must be smaller to keep the whole thing compact, but at a sacrifice. Instead of leaving the second clamp off, I may as well make use of it on my bike for extra security.

Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 20:55

Phil.

2,682 posts

211 months

Friday 20th November 2020
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LeadFarmer said:
Yes, the bracket on your rack is much better for allowing greater fixing possibilities. The bracket on the Easyfold must be smaller to keep the whole thing compact, but at a sacrifice. Instead of leaving the second clamp off, I may as well make use of it on my bike for extra security.

Edited by LeadFarmer on Friday 20th November 20:55
Out of interest, why do you have different types front and back?

LeadFarmer

3,005 posts

92 months

Friday 20th November 2020
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Phil. said:
Out of interest, why do you have different types front and back?
Got a puncture on the rear the other day, so after repairing I decided to put the original Schwalbe Smart Sam nobbly tyres back on ready for winter, but haven't got around to doing the front yet.

shady lee

813 posts

143 months

Saturday 21st November 2020
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After abit of advice, hypertheticly* If I wanted to change my 9 speed cube acid 400 to a 11 or 12 speed what would be involved?

New "groupset"? Hanger, shifter etc?




Barchettaman

4,006 posts

93 months

Saturday 21st November 2020
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New shifter
New cassette
New chain
New rear wheel - unless your free hub is already 11-speed compatible.
New rear derailleur as the cable pull is different.

Having said all that, it’s an easier switch to go to 10-speed.


albundy89

480 posts

199 months

Saturday 21st November 2020
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Hi
Recently had a hip done and to aid recovery got myself a Giant e road bike,big mistake but will not go in to that.
Settled for a Kinesis e road/gravel Range with a Fazua motor.
A really good way of getting around and the system is first class.
Question is,has anyone else got this mode and how do they find it in the wet,read Scottish weather.
Been plagued by problems caused by water ingress and considering the same basic system is now used in loads of e road bikes maybe some out there could share experiences.
Don`t get me wrong,I think the package is a really good one but just let down by a lack of proper R&D and a decent set of rubber seals to prevent gremlins biting.

rider73

1,125 posts

38 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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8 weeks into a rear knee/calf pain up hills that wont go away once its started, and physio is doing nothing - tempted to find an eBike black friday deal just to get out and not worry that i cannot get back............

APOLO1

4,773 posts

155 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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Nice 50 Miles ride out yesterday.

gangzoom

3,553 posts

176 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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albundy89 said:
Been plagued by problems caused by water ingress and considering the same basic system is now used in loads of e road bikes maybe some out there could share experiences.
Don`t get me wrong,I think the package is a really good one but just let down by a lack of proper R&D and a decent set of rubber seals to prevent gremlins biting.
I think someone else here experienced similar issues. How wet is wet? I've been using my almost daily and haven't seen any problems with water ingress.

Maybe they have only been tested to a certain degree of water exposure?

nickfrog

13,103 posts

178 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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APOLO1 said:


Nice 50 Miles ride out yesterday.
Good going and a lovely bike - I can't get more than 40 miles on the South Downs but I assume you have a 700 kwh battery and / or didn't do too much climbing?

GSE

1,620 posts

200 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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albundy89 said:
Hi
Recently had a hip done and to aid recovery got myself a Giant e road bike,big mistake but will not go in to that.
Settled for a Kinesis e road/gravel Range with a Fazua motor.
A really good way of getting around and the system is first class.
Question is,has anyone else got this mode and how do they find it in the wet,read Scottish weather.
Been plagued by problems caused by water ingress and considering the same basic system is now used in loads of e road bikes maybe some out there could share experiences.
Don`t get me wrong,I think the package is a really good one but just let down by a lack of proper R&D and a decent set of rubber seals to prevent gremlins biting.
I had exactly this on my Boardman ADV8.9e with the Fazua system. Creaks and groans in the drive system, dreailleur failure, and two complete failures due to water ingress. Gave up in the end, got a refund, and switched to an Orbea Gain D31 with the ebikemotion X35 reah hub system. 2700 miles since March this year in all weathers and it's been near perfect. The only issue has been a failing freewheel which was replace by the dealer under warranty.

TTmonkey

16,400 posts

208 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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Great ride on the Salisbury Plain Training Area today. Bloody muddy and slippery, some deep gullies (one looked shallow but caught me out.... very wet feet).

Bike, a hybrid, has semi nobblie dirt tyres on now. Brilliant for getting through some of the clagg. Wished I had gone full off road bike though.






fatboy18

18,449 posts

172 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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I couldn't think of anything worse! Hate Mud.

APOLO1

4,773 posts

155 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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nickfrog said:
Good going and a lovely bike - I can't get more than 40 miles on the South Downs but I assume you have a 700 kwh battery and / or didn't do too much climbing?
Thanks, yes its a great bike. Correct it has the 700 Kw batt as stock. I run 20% in Eco, 50% in trail and 100% in Turbo mode. The most I have seen is just over 70 Miles on one charge, I do see a fair few hills but only use Turbo mode when I really have to.

nickfrog

13,103 posts

178 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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APOLO1 said:
Thanks, yes its a great bike. Correct it has the 700 Kw batt as stock. I run 20% in Eco, 50% in trail and 100% in Turbo mode. The most I have seen is just over 70 Miles on one charge, I do see a fair few hills but only use Turbo mode when I really have to.
Amazing, even with 700 kW. My guess is you're quite light too?

Dog Star

11,893 posts

129 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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LeadFarmer said:
Here you go..

Thankfully I can get both clamps to fit my bike, but when using the shorter clamp I have to swivel the holder for my foldable lock out of the way (this is attached to the drinks bottle fixings). Theres no way the clamp would fit to the part of my frame that houses the battery...







Leaving the longer clamp to reach (hopefully) to a second bike..



There are definitely restrictions on where you can position the clamps, as you pointed out, for example the clamps can be moved around the bike frame bracket but only on the straight sections, they won't attach to the curved areas of the rack bracket. This would be the deal breaker if they couldn't be positioned to reach your bike frame.


Fits nicely in my boot as well...

I've got a Thule Velocompact - the two bike version, which fits my Haibike and Mrs DSs Cube on no problem. It's rated at 46kg so with the batteries off it's fine.

I've been all over Europe with it and it's solid as a rock, you can tip it out of the way for boot access. It doesn't fold in half but the lights and wheel holders slide inwards, so it goes in the boot. It's also a lot cheaper than the above - I got mine brand new in box off some bloke on Ebay with a "buy it now" for £200. I think you can get the for sub-£300 easily now.



ETA - the clamp system appears to be a lot better on my Velocompact - the bracket with the clamps on folds out and the clamps come out horizontally. Same clamps though.

Edited by Dog Star on Monday 23 November 09:09

APOLO1

4,773 posts

155 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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nickfrog said:
Amazing, even with 700 kW. My guess is you're quite light too?
Lol, I wish 5.11 and and 94kgs. On average I get about 2 x 25 Mile rides from one full charge with about 30 mins left over. So do a full charge up after the 2nd ride.

PushedDover

2,801 posts

14 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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Just been round the hill with a PH'er who posts on here....

He had a better ride than me and my so called tubeless puncture-free set up, but will wait to see if he 'gets what all the fuss is about with E-bikes'


whistle






and what colour he picks biggrin