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by rbrian
19 Oct 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Mid drive motor should be ok but not what they have been designed for, what they don't like is water under pressure as some do when cleaning /hosing down then it can get in to and beyond the bearings. Thanks. I don't have a pressure washer, or even a hose. I was just a bit concerned because the pla...
by rbrian
19 Oct 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

For shoes, it is better to have two or more pairs so the wet ones can be left to dry out in peace If only my employer agreed... and they don't let me buy my own, the only approved ones are supplied by the company, even if they're horribly uncomfortable. They seem to have dried out ok on the radiato...
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Mid drive motor should be ok but not what they have been designed for, what they don't like is water under pressure as some do when cleaning /hosing down then it can get in to and beyond the bearings. Thanks. I don't have a pressure washer, or even a hose. I was just a bit concerned because the pla...
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 15
Views: 445

Re: It's very wet!

rotavator wrote:Stuff newspapers into your shoes to help them dry out, that is the good old fashioned way

I haven't had an actual newspaper for years. I did try stuffing my iPad in, but it didn't fit, so they're sat on top of the radiator!
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 15
Views: 445

It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Aberdeen has some heavy rain today, leaving some large puddles, possibly enough to be classed as flooding. I rode through one that was deep enough to soak me half way up my shins, I'm not certain but I think my centre drive motor was fully submerged for a few seconds. That was 3 miles ago, and it's ...
by rbrian
8 Oct 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 81
Views: 3074

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

Last week, I decided not to charge my battery even though it was down to 20%. I wanted to see what the actual range was; the estimate on the control bears little relation to reality. I got 108 miles from the 400w battery, and the lights still worked even though the motor didn't. The upshot of this w...
by rbrian
2 Oct 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Returning to the Saddle after 20 Years!
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Returning to the Saddle after 20 Years!

I had a couple of long breaks. I was very into mountain biking as a teenager, but I also thought that bikes should be used as transport to save the planet, not just for pleasure. Utility bikes just weren't cool though. At the age of 16, my best friend and I did a week long off road tour of the Lake ...
by rbrian
24 Sep 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1274

Re: Children learning to ride

I can still vividly remember my first ever free ride, shouting at my mum to let go of the saddle, reached the end of the road, turned to remonstrate and noticed she was about 100m behind me I have a very similar memory, except I was 4, I shouted at my dad not to let go, and turned to find him 30m a...
by rbrian
21 Sep 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany
Replies: 63
Views: 1842

Re: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany

brynpoeth wrote:A long-established cycle shop near me sells '€-bikes (and cycles)' :(


It always makes me chuckle when I visit the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative. Their slogan is "the revolution will not be motorised", plastered all over the shop, often right next to the massive ebike display.
by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 81
Views: 3074

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

I bought an ebike this week. I'm trying to get my work to take back the stinking diesel van I'm provided with to carry a laptop and a small bag of tools. For the last few months, I've been leaving it on the yard, cycling in on a Brompton, then leaving it wherever I happen to finish and cycling home....
by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking on the pavement to be banned!
Replies: 58
Views: 1765

Re: Parking on the pavement to be banned!

I wondered if anyone ever just walked over the top of a pavement parked car if it blocks the way? Would that count add criminal damage? IANAL but I'd say it would. You would need some pretty serious justification to get away with it e.g. building on fire, could not escape due to blocked car . Not j...
by rbrian
3 Sep 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Faulty Brompton 6 speed - on sale again !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2354

Re: For sale: faulty Brompton 6 speed

fossala wrote:Paid! Thanks, will be perfect for my wife.


Perfect when you fix the gears!
by rbrian
1 Sep 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1274

Re: Children learning to ride

I had a plastic tricycle when I was so young I don't remember getting it. Then a miniature Raleigh Chopper clone, in fetching purple. My dad took the stabilisers off when I was 4. My nephew and neices all had balance bikes, moving on to pedal cycles at around 4 or 5. My friend's 4 year old triplets ...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How has your commute shaped your bike?
Replies: 32
Views: 2765

Re: How has your commute shaped your bike?

I started cycle commuting a few months ago, mainly for environmental reasons. I'm allowed to take my work van home, so for years I was cheap and lazy, but one day I was sat in stationary traffic, on a baking hot day, listening to the radio, and there was some news about Greta Thunberg, and I had a m...
by rbrian
29 Aug 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Faulty Brompton 6 speed - on sale again !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2354

Re: For sale: faulty Brompton 6 speed

I've had an offer for full price, the buyer will pay postage. That's what I'll likely go for, unless Fossala will pay? I'll wait until Sunday, and if nobody local wants it, then it's between you two. Perhaps I should have asked for more? Ah well, it's done now.