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by rbrian
27 Nov 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Which foldable ebike, please?
Replies: 14
Views: 436

Re: Which foldable ebike, please?

A friend of mine bought a £600 Halfords folding ebike. It is objectively rubbish, and yet it has a certain charm which means I can't help but like it. The battery is only good for about 20 miles, the riding position is relaxed, the seat doesn't go high enough, the steering is vague and boat like (th...
by rbrian
8 Nov 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Taking ebike on aircraft

The Samsung Note 7 debacle (not to mention the Airbus A380) has made airlines very nervous about lithium batteries. The batteries on ebikes are far larger than those in mobile phones, making potential fires harder to deal with. You might be better off trying something like UPS, or maybe plan an epic...
by rbrian
29 Oct 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 815

Re: It's very wet!

Stuff newspapers into your shoes to help them dry out, that is the good old fashioned way I haven't had an actual news paper for years. I did try stuffing my iPad in, but it didn't fit, so they're sat on top of the radiator! I think the conventional wisdom is that forced drying cracks the leather. ...
by rbrian
29 Oct 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mountain bike commuting
Replies: 13
Views: 873

Re: Mountain bike commuting

I used to commute on a mountain bike. The mud tyres and front suspension were great off road, but horrible on it. I tried changing the tyres for slicks, and my speed on the flat went from 15mph to 18mph with no extra effort. Changing the tyres at the weekend was a hassle, so I got a whole new wheels...
by rbrian
19 Oct 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 815

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: 17
Views: 815

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: 17
Views: 815

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: 17
Views: 815

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: 17
Views: 815

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: 83
Views: 3750

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: 8
Views: 775

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: 1418

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: 2092

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: 83
Views: 3750

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: 1856

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...