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I've jus ordered one of these in an attempt to get my lazy self cycling in and out to work:

 

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I need a large frame so delivery won't be until the end of Januay but the bike dealer is taking my Giant Revolt 2 in px and is giving me a bit of discount and changing the tyres for puncture resistant ones. The Cycle to Work scheme lets me spread a fair chunk of it over 12 months almost tax free which, with the px, means I only need to find a few hundred pounds to fund it. 

Hopefully it will help me make the 26 - 28 mile ride in under an hour and half and allow me to build up stamina and lose weight. .... well that's the idea at least :whistle:

I wanted the super cool looking MTB version but a test ride confirmed suspension too soft and, more importantly, the gearing was just too low for what I'm actually aiming to use it for which is 100% road commuting. Despite looking like my old geography teachers bike, the Explore does come with full mudguards (hands off Andy), lights that are powered by the drive battery and have built in cotrols on the handlebar, a sturdyrack and even a side stand, most of which I would have to add on top of the price of the MTB. Doesn't look as cool though :hmm:

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Spindizzy

26-28 miles :blink:. I guess if assisted its ok, but keep a phone to get picked up if the battery ever quits :) 

 

I like the style of that bike, just think how fast it will go when you hack the electronics.....

 

 

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2 hours ago, Spindizzy said:

26-28 miles :blink:. I guess if assisted its ok, but keep a phone to get picked up if the battery ever quits :) 

 

I like the style of that bike, just think how fast it will go when you hack the electronics.....

 

 

 

 

If the battery quits it gets dumped in a hedge and I start walking :D

 

Yes limited to assistance up to 15mph (as all legal UK E bikes) but on my shortish test ride 17/18 mph on the flat felt just about ok while it seemed to 'run out of gears' at about 20/21 down a longish hill. A bit slower than I achieve on the non-assisted cyclecross but as it will alllow me to better the 0.008mph I get up steep hills then, hopefully, my average speed will be a fair bit better.

 

It comes with a stack of Latin text books for the rack for that extra grammar school teacher authenticity :thumbsup:

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Spindizzy
17 minutes ago, Trev said:

It comes with a stack of Latin text books for the rack for that extra grammar school teacher authenticity :thumbsup:

If you import it from France it comes with a string of onions, striped shirt and a beret.

 

 

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Woody 99

Limited assistance in Switzerland is 45 kph. On the commute in to work I used to overtake the cars. 

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Hickky

Trevor, have you passed the 'Cycling Referral And Proficiency' exam? To pass you must be able to 1) Shoot a Zebra Crossing with people on it without hitting anyone under 30 (older than that they deserve all that's coming to them, they're too slow). 2) Be able to cycle at over 10mph on a pavement without any hands on the bars. 3) You must demonstrate your ability to text and listen to banging sounds whilst riding in heavy traffic, holding your smartphone in your hand. 4) Prove your ability to pass lorries on the inside, especially when they are indicating to turn left. 5) Be oblivious to the shouts of W..ker from any passing motorcyclist, and 6) Prove your colour-blindness by failing to halt at traffic lights and your failure to remember what the top light on a set of traffic lights mean.

If you can demonstrate your ability to be proficient in all the above, you can legitimately add the initials of the exam as a prefix to the word 'Cyclist'. 

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temp

Hikky, your post just shows how little you know about two wheelers, sigh

 

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Andy m

Paul missed the bit about having a huge chip on the shoulder of your lycra baby grow and refusing to share the road with anyone who isn't on drugs in order to get their PB for the tour-de-insert name of place not in France. 

 

The electric bikes look a good solution some uses, but until they have number plates and start to act like decent road users instead spoilt two year olds on a sugar rush they won't get much support or sympathy from me. 

 

Andy

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Tex

Trev, I think it’s a splendid idea. I also think it’s a great looking bike that will actually perform well on the the task in hand. I can’t help you with the Latin text books, as I burnt mine the day I left school. I could suggest, though, a nice tweed jacket with leather elbow patches for the authentic ‘Geography Teacher’ look?

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Finlayson99

Looks like a cracking bike that.

My mountain bike was having some work done to it this week and when I went to collect it they had an electric mountain bike demo in the shop that I had a play on.

OMG awesome fun and a bit of power too.

Anything that encourages people to get out and exercise is good in my book.

You'll love that beast when you get it.

Enjoy.

 

WRT to the previous posts, yes there are idiots who cycle, but aren't there idiots in all walks of life?

Cycling in itself doesn't make you a pratt.

A lack of respect for others and a tolerant attitude is perhaps endemic in society whether you're on two, three, four wheels or just on foot.

Sermon over!

 

 

 

 

 

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pjm

Ermmm... Just set me off looking at e bikes again. Looks like the range and power of the Yamah Pro power plus 500 battery units have dramatically improved. Be nice if I could get one to test to see if it would make it to golf and back. 6 miles of the steepest hills you can imagine. Hills that I could not manage on a standard bike.

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slowboy

Trev, looks like a good choice. I bought mine for all the same reasons and it has worked very well, keeping me fitter and leaner. I reckon you're looking at at least 50 to 80 mile range on that as well. 

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17 minutes ago, pjm said:

Ermmm... Just set me off looking at e bikes again. Looks like the range and power of the Yamah Pro power plus 500 battery units have dramatically improved. Be nice if I could get one to test to see if it would make it to golf and back. 6 miles of the steepest hills you can imagine. Hills that I could not manage on a standard bike.

 

Even if you have six miles one way of constant climb I would think the Giant (and most) of the new E bikes would cope easily. I only did about 8 miles on my test ride, fairly flat but a few longish hills thrown in and I dicked about with full power a bit and the charge indicator didn't even lose one of it five 'blobs'. The dealer reckons 50 - 60 miles on the eco (second setting) on the route I usually take, he knows it as it includes a hill the local cyclists call 'The cliff' ( I don't think in recognition of Sir Mistletoe & Wine), a particular 'wheeze point' for my current unnassisted ride home.

 

13 minutes ago, slowboy said:

Trev, looks like a good choice. I bought mine for all the same reasons and it has worked very well, keeping me fitter and leaner. I reckon you're looking at at least 50 to 80 mile range on that as well. 

Thanks Brian, yes recalling your posts and our conversations about it has been part of the inspiration behind my purchase..... and of course this means I will be able to blame you if the thing sits in my garage as a hardly used toy by the end of next year :whistle:

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Thanks Brian, yes recalling your posts and our conversations about it has been part of the inspiration behind my purchase..... and of course this means I will be able to blame you if the thing sits in my garage as a hardly used toy by the end of next year :whistle:

 

I'd be happy to make it off your hands if it ends up causing mental anguish, it's the least I could do😁😇

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10 hours ago, Hickky said:

Trevor, have you passed the 'Cycling Referral And Proficiency' exam? To pass you must be able to 1) Shoot a Zebra Crossing with people on it without hitting anyone under 30 (older than that they deserve all that's coming to them, they're too slow). 2) Be able to cycle at over 10mph on a pavement without any hands on the bars. 3) You must demonstrate your ability to text and listen to banging sounds whilst riding in heavy traffic, holding your smartphone in your hand. 4) Prove your ability to pass lorries on the inside, especially when they are indicating to turn left. 5) Be oblivious to the shouts of W..ker from any passing motorcyclist, and 6) Prove your colour-blindness by failing to halt at traffic lights and your failure to remember what the top light on a set of traffic lights mean.

If you can demonstrate your ability to be proficient in all the above, you can legitimately add the initials of the exam as a prefix to the word 'Cyclist'. 

 

2 hours ago, Andy m said:

Paul missed the bit about having a huge chip on the shoulder of your lycra baby grow and refusing to share the road with anyone who isn't on drugs in order to get their PB for the tour-de-insert name of place not in France. 

 

The electric bikes look a good solution some uses, but until they have number plates and start to act like decent road users instead spoilt two year olds on a sugar rush they won't get much support or sympathy from me. 

 

Andy

 

Thanks Paul and Andy for your support,  I will wear it as and when necessary :D

 

Got me thinking, are anti-cycling views 'cyclist'? Anyway I'm pretty thick skinned to what other road users think or me, I do ride an Enfield and a GSXR ....... in blue & white and even once owned a NC :whistle:. Must say though, if I do hear a shout of  'anchor' aimed at me it could trigger a anger fueled, Hulk like transformation back to my footie playing , win at all costs, unpleasant male stereotype days and will likely result in a request to come and discuss your views face to face. If it were a NC Forum member sinking to such levels (which I would severely doubt), I would ask you to remove your helmet first though as my weapon of choice back then was the good old headbutt and I wouldn't want to waste time with buckles and visors before we could both get back on our way :angel:

 

Actually Paul you reminded me that I have in fact passed my cycling proficiency test, not sure I still have the certifcate as  I took it on my then brand new Raleich Chopper mk2 of course in garish purple :thumbsup:

 

 

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Dunnster

Nice machine that Trev. When I used to commute by pedal power, using side roads and off road routes was a far more pleasant experience. Was a mile or two longer but a lot less stressful. 

I would build up to the full commute, weekend and evening pleasure rides then, 1 or two days a week on the commute rather than the full five days. Ease yerself and your derrière in :niceone:

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2 minutes ago, Dunnster said:

Nice machine that Trev. When I used to commute by pedal power, using side roads and off road routes was a far more pleasant experience. Was a mile or two longer but a lot less stressful. 

I would build up to the full commute, weekend and evening pleasure rides then, 1 or two days a week on the commute rather than the full five days. Ease yerself and your derrière in :niceone:

 

Thanks Mike, yes definitely going to be a 'ease in' for me. We finish at 2pm on a Friday so I currently bring the non E bike in to work in the back of the van and cycle home. It's a lovely ride, 90% country lanes, as you say a bit longer than the main road trip but way, way safer and a lot prettier, 26 - 28 miles depnding on which lane I get lost down. In reality it ends up being about twice a month though as other commitments often see me at a customer or somewhere elese on  Friday afternoon.

 

The 'plan' with the Ebike is to start off by using it one way a couple of days a week, say in on a Monday, home on a Friday which will mean I don't add 2+ hours commute to one day and I can be a bit choosy through Winter to avoid very bad weather, at least on the ride in. Hopefully then I can build to a couple of more days a week. Unlikley it will get much 'leisure use' as I any spare time is out on a 'proper' bike and I have an old MTB which gets a bit of use on the gravel tracks around the New Forest which is only ten minutes cycle ride from.

 

Deffo on the derriere comment, that was one of the worst aspects of starting my Friday afternoon rides home, bloody painful so went for a huge Lidl fully padded, looks silly on a cyclecross bike, seat and that will be transferred to the E bike as soon as it arrives, at least it won't look so out of place :D

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pjm

Your bum will improve and harden to the saddle after a few rides. Sorely tempted so will have to find somewhere to get a good demo ride.

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4 hours ago, pjm said:

Ermmm... Just set me off looking at e bikes again. Looks like the range and power of the Yamah Pro power plus 500 battery units have dramatically improved. Be nice if I could get one to test to see if it would make it to golf and back. 6 miles of the steepest hills you can imagine. Hills that I could not manage on a standard bike.

Cycle republic in Purley have some electric bikes in there plus the Coulsdon specialist electric bike shop. 

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Mark8arker

Big fan of Giant bikes. Looked into Full suspension eMTB. Having big  problems with achilles tendons. Why stopped commuting on Cx bike and started riding to work on my NC750X. Good luck and be carefull. Put a small rear light on your helmet and join one of the UK's cycling organisations ie British Cycling or Cycle Uk. Both give you third party insurnace in case of accidents.

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Trev
3 hours ago, Mark8arker said:

Big fan of Giant bikes. Looked into Full suspension eMTB. 

 I tried that first and it was an absolute hoot to ride, so comfortable with the wide bars, fat tyres and very good suspension, looked great (in metallic green) as well. For once I let head rule heart though and decided against it as tyres quite noisy on the road and, most importantly, too low geared for the 100% road commute I have planned. 

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Just now, Trev said:

 I tried that first and it was an absolute hoot to ride, so comfortable with the wide bars, fat tyres and very good suspension, looked great (in metallic green) as well. For once I let head rule heart though and decided against it as tyres quite noisy on the road and, most importantly, too low geared for the 100% road commute I have planned. 

eMTB was for local trails. Some monster off road climbs near me.   Road bike for the road makes more senses. 

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Trev

Just showed my wife a pic of the MTB I tried out first:

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and the bike I've ordered image.png.9cd43aee6f5ea765b4e847242135147f.png

 

and she said 'why have you gone for the chimney sweeps bike?'  :cry:

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pjm

With the rerelease of Mary Poppins Trev can be renamed ‘Bert’🤣🤣

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Tonyj

Trev seems like the misses is an anti as well :0). Most definitely not a geography teachers bike if you are gonna go all ufc at the odd jibe. About seafaring retardation devices . 

Can any cyclists tell my why they don’t put mirrors on push bikes. It seems a bit of an omission on a street bike just for the safety aspect 

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