Currently I cycle 2-3 days a week as I find I get a little too tired to really enjoy cycling with friends and family at the weekend if I do more, despite having been doing this for 5 years.
I'm considering whether buying an e-bike would make the commute at the new location feasible or not, even just once or twice a week.
There are various options for the journey, but the ones that the most pleasant, the flattest, and almost shortest involve some byways and restricted byways. From Google street view looking at either end, they look to have relatively good compacted surfaces (could get a little muddy though). It would be 2-3 miles off road I think.
I am considering whether something like an electric hybrid or mtb would be the best option, and whether they would have sufficient range. I don't yet know whether I can recharge at the new work location, but I imagine if the battery is readily removable and the charger sufficiently portable, that I could probably get away with doing it at my desk.
I'm wondering about something like one of these:
https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bike ... e=greydark
https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bike ... Code=black
https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bike ... orCode=red
https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/mens- ... 902-129143
I'm looking to cover the ground as fast as possible without getting too tired, so I imagine I'd want to use the highest power setting that will get me there reliably.
So the main questions are:
- Has anyone any idea (based on their experiences) how fast I could cover this much ground and how tired I might get compared to a normal bike?
- How many miles do others get out of their e-bikes at which power settings in comparable terrain?
- Any recommendations for motor systems or bikes that would suit my application? On an unassisted bike I am most comfortable with a high cadence - around 100rpm; I think I heard that some motors are better at high cadences than others.
[*]Of course, wider tyres are more comfortable, would an MTB have too short a range and/or be significantly slower than a skinnier-tyred e-hybrid?
I really don't want to buy a second car!