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by AaronR
30 Sep 2018, 3:10pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cube Acid One 500 three weeks into 60 mile a day commute
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Cube Acid One 500 three weeks into 60 mile a day commute

3 weeks into my commuting by ebike, and to be honest its all good!

Cold weather coming in over the last week appears to have taken .5mph off my average speed, but as that reduces it to approx 15.5mph over my whole journey I'm not going to lose sleep over it, I'm only recording rides to monitor bike/battery/motor performance

Going to work;

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3051134442

The harder of the two journeys, with some long climbs

And coming back..

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3051134467

Slight detour on this one as I'm looking to cut out the last/first long straight along the A338 as its the only traffic dense part of the whole ride

Going to work uses an indicated 2/5ths of the battery if I leave it on highest level of assist, but know that this can't be wholly accurate as going home will drain battery, but as I charge it at work and then when I get home this isn't an issue

Interestingly if I use lower levels of assist it uses the same battery consumption, I just have to work harder! Normal pedalling cadence and effort just seems to 'work' better with highest level of assistance
by AaronR
16 Aug 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cube Acid One 500 initial review - and a question...
Replies: 3
Views: 6235

Cube Acid One 500 initial review - and a question...

First off, I've taken the plunge and invested in a Cube Acid Hybrid One 500, dull black colour scheme as the lairy green had sold out every where

https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e-bikes/mou ... lack-2018/

Purchased as an alternative to a car/motorbike for my 60 mile a day (round trip) commute

Negatives first....

Despite what the Cube website would have you believe there are no mountings on the rear stay for a pannier frame, I've had to use a seat clamp with M5 bosses to get panniers on the back

Somebody at Cube must have been in a rush to fit the grips because they don't align (picky I know!)

And final negative is that it's a struggle just to get a 500ml drink bottle in a bottle cage

On the plus side........

Fitted some 700c 38mm Schwalbe Marathon GT tyres which give a good ride, and very quiet

Feels ponderously heavy to wheel in and out of the house (given that my other ride is a steel framed 1*10 cross bike, normally loaded for weekend touring this is an easy comparison) but once riding the weight disappears completely, even when riding at speed it is well balalnced

Managed a whopping 14 miles on it so far, first four were just playing up and down the same hill to see how the different levels of assist 'felt', then a 10 mile round trip real world ride... switched off assist where possible, only used lowest level of assist for hills, and without breaking a sweat it put my average speed for the whole ride up to just under 15mph

From its initial not quite full charge the first four miles 'play' took a worrying chunk off the indicated range available, but after the 10 mile ride it has gone back up? Can only attribute this to Bosch somehow predicting range based on use over last X miles/time/riding style

All this means that providing I plan my luggage (packed lunch and a fresh shirt) to keep loading to a minimum I should comfortably be able to leave the charger at work and let my employer cover that cost :)

Questions then! Is there any benefit (Bosch battery, motor, controller) to be had by switching assist off when I know gravity or my pedalling alone will take me above the magic 16.5mph? or can I just leave it set on lowest level of assist?

I've read and digested the Bosch website, and gleaned that stop/start riding will reduce range, high levels of assist will do the same, heavy loading, etc, but are there any positive tips to get more out of it? Would I be better to start pedalling away and switch assist on once rolling to ease start up strain on battery/motor?
by AaronR
23 Jun 2018, 10:40pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cube Ebike choices....
Replies: 2
Views: 1327

Cube Ebike choices....

Evening all!

Facing a 60 mile round trip commute for my new job, Plan A was to drive Monday and Friday so I can take clothes etc in, and cycle the middle three days

Current bike is a Surly Cross Check set up to do a bit of everything, 1*10 gears, rack on the back, front porteur rack, Marathon Mondial tyres, guards (in winter) - did a route recce today, first time I've ridden for months, and hot/sunny, which has left me to consider

Plan B - drive three days, ride two

Plan C - an E-bike......

I took a Cube Acid 500 for a test ride this morning, and to be honest the only thing I didn't like was the front suspension (never liked it before) and the resistance from the knobbly tyres once electric assist cut off

The Cube Hybrid One 500 saves a bit on weight, but between the two there is very little to choose that makes one stand out.. I can swap out the tyres on both for more road orientated tread pattern

Price range of about £1800 is in range of budget, with 0% finance meaning what would be a £200+pcm daily commute by car is about £40 for finance and some home maintenance (can charge for free at work)

Are there any other bikes I should consider? I do have a fairly standard 26" wheeled MTB as my office bike (quicker than walking around site), so are there any conversion kits out there worth considering?

And the 64 million dollar question, range? of the 30 mile trip there is a 1115ft climb and 968ft descent on the way to work, which is reversed on the way home, with approx 5 miles of flat where I would out pedal electric assist - would ideally like to leave charger at work and just charge up there (guessing Bosch chargers aren't cheap, or light to carry), so would I realistically expect a +/- 60 mile range?

A lot of questions I know, but might help me make the right bike choice!

Thanks :)
by AaronR
16 Jun 2018, 9:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route advice please folks, Southampton to Tidworth
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Route advice please folks, Southampton to Tidworth

Morning all!

Having spent the last 13 months living and working away from home I have found a job closer to home!

By road (car) it's about 40 miles, Google with the cycle option selected trims this down to about 33 miles, from the eastern edge of Southampton to Tidworth

Plan is to drive on Monday so I can leave stuff in the office, cycle Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then drive Friday to bring stuff home

Happy to try the route Google has suggested, and can fine tune it for the local area to save time/miles, but looking for suggestions to do the same on the rest of the route

Riding a Surly Cross Check set up with gears and wide trail/gravel tyres, and would love to find some bridleway sections if I can to get away from traffic where possible

Here's what Google has suggested

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Middl ... 333656!3e1

Any suggestions? Google map screenshots showing routes would be appreciated, or if you use any of the many online GPX route creation websites that would be perfect

Thanks :)
by AaronR
7 Jan 2018, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore 9 speed slow to change
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Deore 9 speed slow to change

Hi all,

Recently picked up this for me to use around the site I work on

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/it ... 4969924922

And this for my son to replace his aged 24" wheeled bike

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/it ... 5786207541

Both have Deore level rear mechs and shifters (front and rear) and both seem to be very slow when changing up on front and down (into lower gear ratios) on rear - paddles require a firm press, usually full stroke, and then another before they will change

I don't remember STi gears being this slow (the Carrera bike is probably 2001-02, the Specialized is 2000) - is it old/sticky cables? weak derailleur springs?

I've got new cables in hand ready to try that, unless it is just me being fussy (and used to the very sharp shifting of newer derailleur) in which case I'll live with it!
by AaronR
28 Apr 2017, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle lights that can be USB charged but also take double A or triple A batteries
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: Bicycle lights that can be USB charged but also take double A or triple A batteries

I have a cateye econo front lamp that takes two AA batteries that you can plug in and charge rechargeable AA's - they use a dedicated plug in power supply to do this, but sure you could use a USB power source with the correct plug as the 5V USB uses would be more than the 2.4V the two AA cells produce

https://www.canyon.com/en-gb/accessorie ... w#id=56905
by AaronR
22 Apr 2017, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Highest bike pics
Replies: 40
Views: 2880

Re: Highest bike pics

That trumps mine, Cairngorms (Slochd to Drumochter pass) top out at a signed 457m
by AaronR
17 Apr 2017, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre choice (of two... hopefully an easy one!)
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Tyre choice (of two... hopefully an easy one!)

Route is approximately 9 miles of tarmac and 8 miles of hardpacked trail, flint/chalk and gravel, very little mud, but slippery when wet, especially the chalky sections - which is what is swaying me towards the Marathon Cross with its slightly softer compound

I've been riding Marathon Plus on tarmac for years, so fully aware of how much slower they are for the same effort in a lighter tyre, but like the reassurance that I'm going to arrive at work on time, and for the last x thousands of miles without having had a visit from the p*ncture fairy
by AaronR
17 Apr 2017, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre choice (of two... hopefully an easy one!)
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Tyre choice (of two... hopefully an easy one!)

Looking at some more durable tyres for my Surly Cross Check as the knobbles on the £11 'as new' pair of Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres I put on it are showing signs of wear after a fairly easy 200 miles of tarmac and trails

Long term the bike will be used for lots more of the same, including a 34 mile a day (round trip) commute, so looking for the holy grail of tyres, good off road, good on road, and tough enough to make the p*ncture fairy stay away

Currently narrowed it down to Schwalbe Marathon Cross and Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/schw ... prod143786
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/schw ... -prod83203

According to the specs on the Schwalbe website there is little to choose from between the two, I'd have linked to their site but the links always revert to their top menu and not the individual items

Anyone used either, or ideally both and can help narrow the choice down?
by AaronR
12 Apr 2017, 9:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Specialist' saddles?
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: 'Specialist' saddles?

I've used wide zinc oxide tape

http://www.physical-sports.co.uk/sports ... GwodXDoEMw

(one of the first hits google found, widely available)

To wrap up blistered feet, chafes, rubs, etc and carried on running - the gaudy new coloured variants are very popular with athletic types to wrap joints or muscle groups to give support

Guessing your discomfort may be caused by stretching of scar tissue, perhaps if you can cover the most sensitive parts with a large X of tape it would spread that stretch over a wider area and on to unscarred areas to spread the load
by AaronR
1 Apr 2017, 7:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Novel use for downtube boss
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Novel use for downtube boss

mercalia wrote:well as long as you have long arms or dont mind bending down.


Use bell infrequently, and have been reaching down to that area of frame to change gear on old bike (and loads more as a kid) without too many issues

Just please to be making use of the other boss
by AaronR
31 Mar 2017, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Novel use for downtube boss
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Novel use for downtube boss

Happy happy :)

Only using one of the downtube bosses on my Cross Check frame, but had to find a use for the unused one on the left hand side of the frame

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21583957@ ... ed-public/

Had to raid spares pot for a longer bolt to fit the boss, a washer and a bit of foam to replace the rubber washer the bell was supplied with, and enlarge the hole in the base plate of the bell mounting, but it fits perfectly, rings nicely, and looks far more finished than the rubber lump that was fitted when the frame was powder coated

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/381699580687? ... EBIDX%3AIT
by AaronR
31 Mar 2017, 7:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?
Replies: 25
Views: 1248

Re: Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?

mjr wrote:
AaronR wrote:Reach is good, so only thing I maybe need to look at is bar height, which is not easy as the majority of bike fit guides are based on drop bars, which may be part of the problem, as using flat bars means I will be riding with arms almost locked at elbows, putting more pressure on wrists/palms (whereas drop bars allow elbow to absorb shocks as the joint is in a straight line)

I'm pretty sure that you still shouldn't have your elbows locked! You may want the bars nearer if they're wide, but that's a function of width rather than drop/flat difference.


Perhaps locked is a bit of a misdescription - arms out in front palms up and curling your arms is the elbows most natural range of movement, turning wrists 90 degrees onto drop bar hoods limits this, and turning them to 180 degrees on to flat bars is pushing this even further
by AaronR
30 Mar 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?
Replies: 25
Views: 1248

Re: Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?

531colin wrote:Image

If you can't do this, you have too much weight on your hands. Bike fitting in my sig.


Thanks for this - just had a quick check and all would appear to be very close, saddle height was almost perfect, and a visual check for KOS looks very close to where it should be

Reach is good, so only thing I maybe need to look at is bar height, which is not easy as the majority of bike fit guides are based on drop bars, which may be part of the problem, as using flat bars means I will be riding with arms almost locked at elbows, putting more pressure on wrists/palms (whereas drop bars allow elbow to absorb shocks as the joint is in a straight line)

Will persevere and try bike adjustment (thank you!) as time/trial and adjustment is cheaper than gloves!!
by AaronR
30 Mar 2017, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?
Replies: 25
Views: 1248

Anyone recommend a cycling mitt with decent padding?

As title really......

Looking for a pair of decent mitts with padded palms, but not thick/lined/cold weather/neoprene

Seem to be suffering more and more with numbness, despite using decent silicon grips, saddle height/bar height/reach all being correct