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Old 19-10-18, 07:15 AM   #3441
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Haha, they're both fun but in different ways. I fancy adding another bike to my collection but I'm not sure what. Maybe a RE Bullet or a two stroke traily from my youth like a TS125 Suzuki.

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Old 19-10-18, 07:52 AM   #3442
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Indeed, when my legs get too old and worn out, I'm going to get an ebike, so I can continue to ride in the mountains.

Loads of people were using them in the Pyrenees, but they were the big heavy mountain bike version, which aren't my cup of tea.

But the roadbike versions are improving year by year, and aren't big and heavy.

I also read that they are going to allow higher powered versions soon, I think the current top speed is a bit low
I bought this for local commuting and exercise. Being a fold up its easy to carry in the car and it fits in the storeroom at work. It's limited to 15mph on electric but still bombs down hills much faster with gravity assist.

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Old 19-10-18, 01:31 PM   #3443
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I also read that they are going to allow higher powered versions soon, I think the current top speed is a bit low
Under present regulations any faster than 15.5 mph and riders will need a licence, tax insurance and registration plates, as it will be classed as a powered two wheeler.
This is pretty much the same in all countries.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...-uk-law-234973
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Old 19-10-18, 01:35 PM   #3444
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Yes I'd read that. I'm quite happy with 15mph. I can go places that are off limits to powered vehicles. Riding into work is quicker than using either the bike or car using cycle lanes and alleys.

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Old 19-10-18, 03:00 PM   #3445
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Under present regulations any faster than 15.5 mph and riders will need a licence, tax insurance and registration plates, as it will be classed as a powered two wheeler.
This is pretty much the same in all countries.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...-uk-law-234973
In NI they require such anyway. The PSNI upper chiefs put out a bulletin though saying anyone riding an ebike sensibly wouldn't be hassled. About a week later a chap was arrested for riding one whilst heavily intoxicated

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Old 19-10-18, 06:30 PM   #3446
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Under present regulations any faster than 15.5 mph and riders will need a licence, tax insurance and registration plates, as it will be classed as a powered two wheeler.
This is pretty much the same in all countries.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...-uk-law-234973
I'll update your knowledge base.

Here's the new category, which will require a licence, registered and insurance, according to this news story. All of which are sensible and necessary with the extra power.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...0-watts-396471
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I'll update your knowledge base.

Here's the new category, which will require a licence, registered and insurance, according to this news story. All of which are sensible and necessary with the extra power.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...0-watts-396471

Knowledge base updated, but the original article said anything more powerful than 250watt motor would need to be registered, licenced and insurance anyway.

More powerful bikes still no faster than 25kmph (15.5mph) and need to be registered licenced and insurance. The only difference is you can ride one without using your leg muscles, but I thought that was the whole idea of cycling (well it was when I used to cycle regularly). That bike looks more like a lorry than a bicycle, bet it weighs a tonne and would be hard to pedal at all without the motor.
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It does look like a lorry. Ebikes with pedals usually let you choose the amount of assist required. Mine has 4 levels. Level 1 is barely noticeable (until you turn the bike off). Level 4 feels like the chain had come off and there's no resistance on the pedals.
I vary between 2 and 3 depending on the terrain and how fast I want to go. Even on a chosen level the amount of assist will vary according to how much pressure you put on the pedals. There's an lcd gauge on the dash showing how much the motor is working. So whizzing down a hill the gauge will drop to zero, going up the hill the gauge will rise as it feels you struggling.
So can get as much or as little exercise as you want.

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These higher powered models are designed for delivering stuff hence the extra grunt, but not speed.
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These higher powered models are designed for delivering stuff hence the extra grunt, but not speed.

I had a Bionx electric wheel that I fitted to our Bullitt cargo Bike when I used to use it for the school run when we lived in the city. We had to opt for the high torque version to be able to get the weight uphill. Still all the same regs with max speed and max 250w etc but was tuned for torque so the motor wouldn't burn out pushing 75kg extra load. Fairly old tech now but it was great. Got me, two toddlers and a weekly shop up some hills feeling like I was just riding a normal bike. Still hard work, but made it possible. A great tool to have in the city too to be able to use all the quiet cut throughs, cycle paths and park up right out side shops and be able to cart big loads home. I used to wheel it right into the kitchen with the weekly shop too and unload straight from the cargo box into the cupboards and fridge.


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