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?
Steve have you ever rode an electric bike because if you haven't i suggest you give it a go! I've had my e-bike for 5 months and it's been the funnest thing to ride. Even with the extra weight 200w is plenty and will give you a big help up hills, as i have overtook many lycra road bike riders on my e-bike easily going up steep hills. The bikes also help you carry much larger loads than a normal bike.
And you can't argue that it emits carbon from charging the battery when its a very small trickle amount of power only 15c to charge, especially as Australia invests more heavily in renewable energy. One last issue i have with you argument is the range. Many who still drive cars don't want to use a bike because they hate being sweaty when arriving at work not because of how far they can ride, but the e-bike comes in to fix that issue.
Jordan, I fully agree with you. I can prove my bike components now last much longer, I converted my folding bike to electric and changed to a single speed. No gear changing is needed, therefore no derail-er. The chain lasts much longer because the motor takes away some of the strain. The only service needed on this bike literally is changing the brake pads. I must admit that the brake pads warn out a bit quicker due to the extra weight.
The new pedalec regulations mean we're seeing higher quality bikes made in/for Euro markets. I find these ride very intuitively, just like a tailwind really, as you only get assistance as you pedal. Of course, they can be heavy and I prefer the ones that have the battery on/in the frame (downtube, for instance) and not on a rear rack.
Not for me - but certainly a great option for many people currently in cars.
2 years later, I haven't seen any electric bikes on the hard rubbish yet :-D
I have one at home in my shed I removed the Powered front wheel and use it as a backup push bike. It has wide range of gears so I fitted it with a new front wheel. My wife used to ride it and the weird spoking system that busted so many spokes she refused to use any more.
If anybody wants a useless powered front wheel pick it up from our place at 12 webster Street Sorrento.