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by 1982john
10 Dec 2019, 6:26pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: buying a used eBike?
Replies: 3
Views: 163

buying a used eBike?

I've had some bargains on standard bikes by buying second hand over the years but is that a sensible option for an ebike?

The problem is the battery. Is there anyway of knowing for sure what shape the battery is in?
by 1982john
7 Dec 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

. I can't see that I would bother with an eBike. Most of the joy of riding - to me at least - is putting all your effort into riding. You can do the same thing on an eBike you will go further and probably faster! When you are old grizzled and weakening, you will understand. Some people are embarras...
by 1982john
7 Dec 2019, 3:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Ineos 39.59 challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Ineos 39.59 challenge

We recently witnessed one of the greatest sporting achievements when Kipchoge broke the 2-hour barrier for the marathon. This led me to think what could be possible for Lejog? The current record is 43 25. A record that might stand for some time. Now Kipchoge was not following the rules for his sport...
by 1982john
4 Dec 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Just home from 50lm hilly North Northumberland. Exhausted, despite an ebike. I was cycling out into a stiff wind so still had to work pretty hard. You also have to keep your battery going so leaning on maximum power is a recipe for getting stuck half way home. If you're planning a long ride where r...
by 1982john
1 Dec 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When you run out of money…
Replies: 35
Views: 1217

Re: When you run out of money…

LollyKat wrote:I've just finished Laurie Lee's As I walked out one midsummer morning about his travels on foot in Spain in the 1930s, supporting himself by busking on his violin. (It's a wonderful book - I've read it several times.)


Have you read Alastair Humphrey's reincarnation of that book?
by 1982john
30 Nov 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps system
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: Shimano steps system

The issue with integrated-within-frame motors wearing prematurely and being difficult to service is several minus points in any calculation of the cost/benefits of the various e-bile motor systems. Add in their extra weight penalty (to the frame as much as the motor/battery) as well as their potent...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

I think I will just have to hire one and see what it's like. I think that's a good idea, though try and hire or test ride more than one, there's a fair difference between them. My only experience is a few hires and test rides, plus talking and riding with e-bike riders. You haven't said what sort o...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F rides in eco mode or off. We did a 40km route on Sunday which took in 1200 ft of climb. It was quite cold but she still averaged 20 kph. Lots of low gradient 'up'. If your route is hilly then this is where an e-bike is of most use as upping the power will flatten the hills. Mapped the route a...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 3:56pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F's new ebike contributes the equivalent of 60% of the input power in eco mode (Bosch motor). If you are already able to average 12 Mph then you should be easily be able to achieve an average of 15.5 mph or faster over your commute distance. Mrs F has a 500 watt battery and is currently averagi...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 53
Views: 1738

eBikes: I have some questions

In the new year I'm working on a new project which means my lovely 6-mile commute is now 14 miles. I've managed to avoid driving for 8 years and don't plan to change that now - especially as it's only for 6 months. However, I am not going to be able to do 28 miles a day 5 days a week, the train stat...
by 1982john
17 Nov 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Would these tyres fit?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Would these tyres fit?

So what's the lowest people think I could go? 2 inch would be great but that would seem unrealistic
by 1982john
17 Nov 2019, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Would these tyres fit?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Would these tyres fit?

for riding on the road , not narrow enough, I'd say. Your rims have 584mm bead seat diameter so there are plenty of tyres labelled xx-584 and/or 650B and or 26 x 1-1/2" (NB not 26 x 1.5") which will fit. Schwalbe marathons are pretty good for commuting; I suggest look at those and then fi...
by 1982john
17 Nov 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Would these tyres fit?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Would these tyres fit?

Looking to change the tyres of my genesis longitude to something I can use for my urban commute. It has these rims: WTB Scraper i35 27.5" Alloy Disc, 32H which I think have an internal measurement of 35mm. With 27.5 * 2.8 tyres I want to replace them with these which are 2.4 Schwalbe Super Moto...
by 1982john
9 Nov 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres for paths / trains in winter
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Tires for paths / trains in winter

Have you considered Shwalbe Landcruisers? I've trialed Mondials and whilst they're a good off road tyre they're a slug on tarmac.Landcruisers OTOH are quite quick for heavily treaded tyre on tarmac and secure off road,they won't last as long as Mondials but they're a lot cheaper. thanks I did brief...
by 1982john
9 Nov 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres for paths / trains in winter
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Tyres for paths / trains in winter

Looking to replace my Schwalbe duremes which have lasted for many years as I have a new commute which is through parks, on mostly paths but with the time of year there's huge build of leaves and it often feels like im going to come a cropper. It's for a thorn raven and want something around 26 x 2.0...