Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Hi all, I work for an electric bike business that has 4 dealers in Melbourne. In my research on electric bikes I've found that a lot of people love ebikes, but some are really worried about certain aspects of the electric bikes, most commonly the expense and reliability of the bike. What are your thoughts?
Pleased to see you concession because you are right that they do have their uses and not all people are able bodied, fit or have a shower at work.
|This came on my email today. PEST|
Aside for people with disabilites or health issues, why not get fit and harden up a bit?Yep, zackery :-)
Do you recharge at work or can you do the round trip on a single charge?
I can do the whole round trip on a single charge. I haven't done more than 84 km yet, so I don't know what the limits are. Keen to run it flat and see what the total range is.
For $4,000 you'll be able to buy a very good bike. You need spend the money wisely though as there are lots of good but also bad options available. Most of the electric motors on the market today are simply not designed for efficiency. The key is to get the torque by weight ratio right. e.g. the more power needed to carry all th weight up the hill, the more power will exponentially be needed and therefore draining the batteries quicker.
I won't buy a pre-made electric bike. First of all the pedal assist is very inefficient, e.g. I prefer a manual controlled throttle where I myself can decide when more power and how much power is needed. Pedal assist doesn't get this balance right and therefore draining the batteries very quickly.
I installed 2 seperate smaller motors which runs off their own seperate battery packs. This gives more efficiency, e.g. 2 motors are using less power working together than 1 motor trying to do all the work.
I've done lots of research and found only 1 vendor / distributor who could help me achieving my goals of getting an 84km run on a single charge. Check out their website www.chituma.com.au. They are based in Seaford, They are far from the city but still worthwhile to have a look.
I recommend you get a plain cargo bike, e.g. no retro fitted motor or batteries and get them to do a conversion for you. Ask For Laurie Wills and tell him Nico referred you. I can send you or I'll post some pictures of my bikes so you can get a better idea.
Wendy it sounds very interesting what you're planning.
I'm keen to hear how you go.
Electric bikes are not really my thing at the moment but I have an interest in them.
I'm glad you've called Laurie, he is very helpful. Just to give you more info on my bikes to give you peace of mind you are doing the right thing: I have a motorised tandem bike as well, with wife not too keen to peddle all the time and then a child trailer with our toddler and shopping at the back. I decided to mount 2 high capacity Lithium batteries at the bottom of the trailer. The balancing is perfect as you don't want to carry too many batteries on the bike. e.g. much more weight efficient to carry batteries on the trailer than the bike. And I can use the trailer for my other bikes as well. I think the same will apply for your cargo bike, e.g. I assume it's a trike? Two front wheels, side by side. In this can you can put more weight at the front with limited impact on balancing.
I find well tuned v-brakes are enough in terms of brakes. Also I modified the child trailer to be able to carry more weight, e.g. built an allemenium floor and to mount the batteries underneath the floor.
Anyway, Laurie will help anyone to turn their bikes into something special. 2 motors for the front wheel is the way to go. I believe the Australian law will change over time and I think no bike should be allowed to go faster than 30km / hour anyway, whether a racing bike or electric bike, etc. So let's hope things will turn in our favor over time.