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by Lodge
2 Sep 2019, 11:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Conversion V Complete e bike in terms of range
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Conversion V Complete e bike in terms of range

Thanks for the compliment re: fitness; I do still tend to get hot and sweaty even on ebikes. I just go faster and further than without. Interestingly on the flat or gently uphill my average speed is pretty much 15-16 mph with the motor easing off i.e. even using the Bosch "Turbo" mode I'm ...
by Lodge
2 Sep 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Conversion V Complete e bike in terms of range
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Conversion V Complete e bike in terms of range

As mentioned range will depend upon many variables such as rider and luggage weight together with terrain and level of assist used. For example, yesterday I did 54 miles with 3300 feet of climbing at 13.5 mph round the SW edge of the Peak District. The first part I used "Tour" but for the ...
by Lodge
1 Sep 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Where to buy my ebike ( centred on Northampton )
Replies: 11
Views: 487

Re: Where to buy my ebike ( centred on Northampton )

How about "On Your Bike" in Birmingham? 52 miles from the centre of Northampton. They've a good selection of eBikes (even including Brompton which I test rode out of interest). A bit further afield will get you to Worcester and OnBike. Again a good selection is available and they give test...
by Lodge
31 Aug 2019, 7:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How has your commute shaped your bike?
Replies: 32
Views: 2759

Re: How has your commute shaped your bike?

At first my 13 to 25 km each way commute (distance depended on the weather, mood and pressure at work) did not alter my bike. In the early 2000's I started with a 1990's Specialized Hardrock, interspersed with an old second hand Raleigh Winner 10 speed if the MTB needed a bit of maintenance. Then as...
by Lodge
24 Mar 2019, 11:38pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?
Replies: 31
Views: 7542

Re: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?

Absolutely spot on. I've recently had a motor fitted to my ICE Sprint to enable me to get up the many 10%+ hills in the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands where I live. Now my mileage is increasing again. I used to do over 10,000 km/year (unmotorised) before retiring (commuting in the Rhine v...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 11:20pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Folding ebike recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Folding ebike recommendations

We bought my son a Raleigh Stow E-Way (£1100 last November). He commutes to work on this across Birmingham (generally by canal tow path, unless icy) and reckons it to be the best Christmas present ever. So far it's proving reliable and straightforward for him to maintain. Touch wood. It's ideal when...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1690

Re: Riese and Muller

The dual battery "thing" just enables R&M to use available Bosch 500 Wh units. I assume if there were a 1000 Wh unit available it would be just as good but finding a place on the bike to put such a large unit would be an interesting design exercise. That said, having two battery packs ...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1690

Re: Riese and Muller

Fitted flat bars and an adjustable stem today. I must get out for an extended ride as soon as the weather eases off a bit (rather windy right now).

And yes, the dual batteries are wonderful. No range anxiety... unless I insist on going everywhere on boost (but it's so tempting...).
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 12:33am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Pendix Mid Crank Drive Electric Bike Kit
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Pendix Mid Crank Drive Electric Bike Kit

I test rode a Pendix before buying a ready-made ebike. Decided against it as it a) was wide i.e. large Q-factor such that my legs felt like they were splayed out. Not good for my knees. Possibly it would be better for those with wider hips (I'm only 170 cm). b) felt weird. It's direct drive and very...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 12:15am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1690

Re: Riese and Muller

Just got a Delite with E14 Rohloff and Gates belt the week before last. Had to wait from last November due to the factory move. But it is an amazing beast. I live on the edge of the Peak District and was getting bored with spending 90-95% of the time crawling up 15-20% hills at walking pace on my Pa...
by Lodge
11 Mar 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 4721

Re: Down, not yet out.

Done very much the same from a Bacchetta Giro. Down a 15% hill, level out and into a right handed corner at about 45 kph. Front Kojak lost grip. Damaged handlebar, right brake lever & cable, and derailleur (but still rideable). And damaged me of course with small graze to my right hand and a 10 ...
by Lodge
5 Mar 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?
Replies: 13
Views: 1608

Re: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?

My wife and I have done a 7 day tour on our folders. Very useful to put in the back of our Audi A3, drive from the UK to the Alsace then do the wine route. I've a Brompton with Rohloff, she a Tern Vectron with Bosch motor and Alfine 11. Both did very well (lots of gears for the hills). The Vectron i...
by Lodge
31 Jan 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 2107

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Yet another vote for the Thule 3 bike carrier. We’ve had ours for many years and it’s carried my other half’s VSF Bosch ebike back and forth from Switzerland to the UK many times, together with my heavyweight tourer (and, on a couple of occasions, our son’s MTB). Just keep the total weight to the li...
by Lodge
16 Dec 2018, 10:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advice please re conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 1052

Re: Advice please re conversion

sounds like you’re doing very well! My average these days at age 61 years is only 10 mph unassisted on flattish ground (Brompton, Patria Terra tourer or ICE Sprint). Much slower (6 mph) in the hilly Peak District. Though I will admit that I’m planning to fit a motor to the Sprint in the New Year to ...
by Lodge
15 Dec 2018, 12:03am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advice please re conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 1052

Re: Advice please re conversion

What sort of speed do you normally tour at unassisted? My wife has a Tern Vektron which is Bosch powered, 250 W. I have a Brompton, un-powered except for my own legs and we tour quite happily together (week long Tour d'Alsace this last summer, both flat Rhine plain and the foothills of the Vosges). ...