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Electric bikes

We are looking at electric bikes to extend our range.

Met a Dutch chap in Germany recently and he had bought a Sparta bike in Holland dutch style step thru frame both his and his wifes, rode it and was very impressed. It was lightweight he said 11kg without battery, and could he said be ridden as a bike without battery.
5 degrees of power assist, when pedaling. at level 5 25kph 120 kilometer range I do not know how old it was but it looked newish.

Anyone with knowledge of this bike.
Really liked the idea of optional assist and if really 11kg could be used as an ordinary bike.
I had a look at their website and could only find reference to a 2014 bike that looked similar. 3 different battery sizes with I consider very good ranges.
Next issue would be charging, ok if you use stelplatz etc with power.
Without it seems like a bit of a headache

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Electric bikes are simply brilliant bits of kit, go for it!!!

You can charge your bikes via a small inverter whist driving, at least that what I used to do without any problem at all. (However if stationary for any period of time it might be)

Dont forget that you dont discharge the battery fully each trip so usually you are only "topping it up"

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We'd like to get a couple of Electric bikes, but Liz hasn't enough bend in the her knees since they put the bionic ones in, so can't pedal a bike, I don't know how to get around this problem either.
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hi kev

there are older people over here in portugal that have bikes that they dont even have to pedal

just twist and go

from what i can find out they just get a push bike that they like and buy then adapt it with a wheel that has a bigger motor in it and a good battery ect

i asked them about the law and they just said we are not kids that fly around every where and just need the extra power for hills ect

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I think the UK has different regs on speed etc, see a few different add on powered wheels, but it's still the pedals that are the problem.

Normally you would have one pedal down, which means the other is high, she can't get the bend in either leg to put the other foot on the high pedal to get them both at the level position, she struggles on stairs, never complains, but it isn't fun to watch, it can be cured with new joints, we think they put the wrong ones in, but she's only 62 so may need another set at some point anyway, these have been in 7 years ish.
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hi kev

there is a elderley english guy around that has adapted a folding bike as he has lung and heart problems

it has a bigger electric motor no chain or pedal crank just a couple of foot boards

he says he does not fly but it goes up hills fine

the local police at home in the uk were fine with it as he is registered as a invalid

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I'm pretty sure you are right and the regs changed in the UK regarding purely twist and go bikes however they are still available. Plus - from memory - any bikes that were made before a certain date are still legal.

There was a decent thread on this on MHF some time ago and I think we all decided that Plod had enough to do without stopping sensible riders on twist and go bikes for them to try and prove what date they actually bought the bike.

I take your point about one pedal being up and the other down: would Sue be able to have the pedals horizontal? Would her knees bend that much?

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Just a couple of suggestions. Don't buy an electric bike with a rear-rack mounted battery as it makes the centre of gravity too high and they can be unstable. Make sure that the battery is easily sourced as these are expensive items and sometimes hard to get from smaller manufacturers. Apart from that go for it, it makes for more fun.

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You can charge your bikes via a small inverter whist driving, at least that what I used to do without any problem at all.

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Andy; by "small invertor" how small do you mean ? We've got a 150W one ( never used) and reckon, with an input of 2 amps needed for each electric bike we are no-where near being able to charge them off the mains. We've not tried it though and would like to be able to charge them on the move.

Agreed; they're brilliant things. Mine (Wisper 806) can be ridden like an ordinary bike but, once the assist is switched on I can choose 4 levels of assist and, if really going up steep hills, have a twist throttle which simply takes over.
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I understand that twist and go (accelerators) are now not acceptable in quite a few countries, Spain comes to mind?

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