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Electric Bicycle update

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:39 pm
by phil shepherdson
There seems to be a bewildering number of new and updated electric bikes out there at present.

for instance there is the new X bike from Powabyke which boasts 250W motor and lightweight Li Ion battery. Halfords seem to have expanded their range too.

Has anyone bought one of these or has a preference for another make?

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:17 pm
by retepsnikrep
I bought a conversion kit for my cheapo bike from

It works very well and I am 18st :shock: But on a diet now!

Drives me along at about 16-17mph, might get a bit more if you are lighter.

My commute is 13 miles each way, I charge at work.

I live in Thirsk so if you wanted to pop up and have a go on it your are welcome.

In fact I would lend it to you for a week or so if you want.


electric bike update

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:37 pm
by phil shepherdson
thanks Peter for your kind offer of trying the bike out. i will email you so that we can negotiate something when you are available. did you have any problems with Alien bikes buying wise/delivery etc as he appears a one man business? however it is just what i need to get started as i have just the bike for the conversion - Phil

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:53 pm
by retepsnikrep

He seems quite competent for a one man band. Some chinese soldering :wink: in the kits etc so check all the plugs and sockets I re-soldered most of mine. Used his wheel but my slim tyre as his has a horrible chunky thing on with poor RR.

The motor is a two wire brushed type so probably could be operated with a simple switch instead of the controller if you wanted to mod it.

Might get a little more speed as well avoiding PWM controller losses.

PM me to arrange a vist, I am at home next four days and available every evening.


Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:22 pm
by booboo
One of the guys on the c5alive forum has got himself an electric mountain bike.

He also did a lot of research before parting with his hard earnt cash; ... opic=376.0

Not bad for the money 8)

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:26 pm
by MB
I'm very keen on the Urban Mover bikes. A few years ago, they weren't particularly good, but now they are some of the best built bikes around - with high quality components and an excellent build quality.

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:16 pm
by ChrisB
I'm currently appear to be buying up all the "Bright bike FOLDe" folding electric bikes for some bizzare reason, bought one a while back and secured another over the weekend


I'm quite taken with these little folding electric bikes, they seem fairly sturdy yet can very quickly and easily be folded down into the boot of the car, interestingly one is a twist grip opperation and this latest has something called "pedal assist" :?
I havent had a chance yet to actually look into it but as you pedal the motor then kicks in and provides assistance, the fast you pedal the more assistance you get, there is NO twist grip throttle :shock:

Anyhow one of these is going to be my project LifePO4 test vehicle 8)

More on that once the Li's arrive, reminds me think I'll check the tracking