Electric bicycles - who buys them?

Electric bicycles - who buys them?

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Dog Star

12,348 posts

132 months

Monday 1st March
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P-Jay said:
Sorry to butt in...

I’m toying with getting an EMTB.

What’s involved in removing the battery (Shimano EP8 with the 640Wh battery)?

My garage doesn’t have power and it’s not weather proof enough I’d risk running power to it, so it’ll be the battery sat charging in the kitchen.
That involves a couple of Allen keys I believe. Also you may need an adapter from Shimano to charge the battery off the bike - do check.

I hope your garage is secure as well.

I think the theft of ebikes is going to become rife - it’s going to be like motocrossers but worse - they’re light l, expensive and very easy to dispose of. Scaly magnets.

P-Jay

9,612 posts

155 months

Monday 1st March
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Dog Star said:
P-Jay said:
Sorry to butt in...

I’m toying with getting an EMTB.

What’s involved in removing the battery (Shimano EP8 with the 640Wh battery)?

My garage doesn’t have power and it’s not weather proof enough I’d risk running power to it, so it’ll be the battery sat charging in the kitchen.
That involves a couple of Allen keys I believe. Also you may need an adapter from Shimano to charge the battery off the bike - do check.

I hope your garage is secure as well.

I think the theft of ebikes is going to become rife - it’s going to be like motocrossers but worse - they’re light l, expensive and very easy to dispose of. Scaly magnets.
Thanks.

Frankly after 3 break ins and 2 stolen bikes I just get the best insurance I can nowadays.

scjgreen

509 posts

98 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Dog Star said:
That involves a couple of Allen keys I believe. Also you may need an adapter from Shimano to charge the battery off the bike - do check.

I hope your garage is secure as well.

I think the theft of ebikes is going to become rife - it’s going to be like motocrossers but worse - they’re light l, expensive and very easy to dispose of. Scaly magnets.
Get a Bosch Powered Bike. My Cube Battery pops out with the Key and can be charged off the bike easily

Dog Star

12,348 posts

132 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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scjgreen said:
Get a Bosch Powered Bike. My Cube Battery pops out with the Key and can be charged off the bike easily
Yeah. I’d base my buying decision on that. rolleyes

Hol

6,109 posts

164 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Who do people recommend for bike insurance?

I have a couple of Cube mountain bikes arriving in the next few weeks.

The Mad Monk

8,364 posts

81 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Hol said:
Who do people recommend for bike insurance?

I have a couple of Cube mountain bikes arriving in the next few weeks.
Add it to your house insurance.

nosuchuser

810 posts

180 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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House insurance wouldn't cover our bikes, went with bikmo.

Dog Star

12,348 posts

132 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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nosuchuser said:
House insurance wouldn't cover our bikes, went with bikmo.
£293 a year for a £4700 ebike yikes

edit: £421 a year for both!

Faaaark!

bigtomski

319 posts

160 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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i4got said:
Received my Swytch kit this week and fitted it today. All very straightforward once I filed down the flat sides of the axle to get it to fit in the forks. Been out for a short spin and very happy. Only downside is I realised I ordered the silver front wheel rather than the black - lucky I'm not a purist.
Me and my wife have Swytch kits on our bikes and love them.
Make sure you go into the settings and change the top speed from the standard 15mph to 20mph as it makes a difference.

i4got

4,437 posts

42 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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bigtomski said:
Me and my wife have Swytch kits on our bikes and love them.
Make sure you go into the settings and change the top speed from the standard 15mph to 20mph as it makes a difference.
Thanks that's interesting. I assumed it was locked - certainly not documented anyway. In the right hand box is it the second light from the bottom that takes it up to 20?


bigtomski

319 posts

160 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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i4got said:
Thanks that's interesting. I assumed it was locked - certainly not documented anyway. In the right hand box is it the second light from the bottom that takes it up to 20?

Yep that's the one. Takes just a moment to change it.
When I first used the kit I found it really annoying that the assistance stopped at just 15mph, but not any more now I changed the setting.

Enjoy your bike, it's completely changed my riding for the better what with my dodgy knee and being nearly 50.
I'm out on my bike more than ever now.

nickfrog

13,817 posts

181 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Dog Star said:
nosuchuser said:
House insurance wouldn't cover our bikes, went with bikmo.
£293 a year for a £4700 ebike yikes

edit: £421 a year for both!

Faaaark!
https://cycles.assetsure.com
I pay £160/year for theft and accidental damage (in other words me crashing and damaging the frame) for £160 inc. public liability.


Dog Star

12,348 posts

132 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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nickfrog said:
https://cycles.assetsure.com
I pay £160/year for theft and accidental damage (in other words me crashing and damaging the frame) for £160 inc. public liability.
While less than the other stuff I've seen that is still nuts.

From my own household schedule....

Policy said:
What is covered?

1.Personal belongings
Loss of or damage to personal belongings(as detailed on your schedule) which happens at your home or anywhere else in the world.Where your schedule shows you have cover for pedal cycles this includes;
•their parts, spares and accessories
•pedal cycles which are electrically assisted (Ebikes)
What this boils down to is to double check your household cover and any extensions that are available - in our case we aren't with the insurer with the cheapest headline premium, but stuff like cycle cover makes it cheaper in real life.


MaxFromage

705 posts

95 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Following the theme of the last few posts, some scrotes nicked my Haibike SDuro Cross 6.0 overnight Sunday frown

At least the censoreds didn't get the battery and charger.


Has anyone had any experience for the Giant FastRoad E+? Looking at it as a replacement.

Workshy Fop

709 posts

231 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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No experience of the fast road but Pure Electric have several quid off this and others. 105 based rather than Tiagra.
https://www.pureelectric.com/collections/electric-...


Dog Star

12,348 posts

132 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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MaxFromage said:
Following the theme of the last few posts, some scrotes nicked my Haibike SDuro Cross 6.0 overnight Sunday frown

At least the censoreds didn't get the battery and charger.


Has anyone had any experience for the Giant FastRoad E+? Looking at it as a replacement.
Ow! mad Hopefully insurance is all good.

Always worth keeping the battery and charger separate - it’s a huge inconvenience for the scrotes as the bikes are useless and even secondhand the batteries are £500 or more and the price of chargers is astonishing

Laurel Green

29,299 posts

196 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Might be worth advertising the battery and charger on the local Gumtree to see who bites.

PushedDover

3,260 posts

17 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Dog Star said:
scjgreen said:
Get a Bosch Powered Bike. My Cube Battery pops out with the Key and can be charged off the bike easily
Yeah. I’d base my buying decision on that. rolleyes
Well it is a requirement he is after.

F anything he should be discounting bikes where the battery is not easily removeable for charging in the house .

MaxFromage

705 posts

95 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Never got round to insurance... redface Luckily I bought it via the business, so at least the real cost was less than half the sticker price.

Hol

6,109 posts

164 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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MaxFromage said:
Following the theme of the last few posts, some scrotes nicked my Haibike SDuro Cross 6.0 overnight Sunday frown

At least the censoreds didn't get the battery and charger.


Has anyone had any experience for the Giant FastRoad E+? Looking at it as a replacement.
I am sorry to hear that,

Was it kept in a garage or a shed.