Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: There in half the time: trying out a Mercury e-bike

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  • Gregor Ronald, in reply to James Butler,

    The central axle is keyed with a flat side to provide torque resistance.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Gregor Ronald, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I agree, I have my "honest bike" ready to go at all times, especially sunny Sunday afternoons.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

    I've just finished a 9-day bike tour of Burgundy and Beaujolais, and while I did it purely on leg power, about half of the party were using e-bikes - Bosch e-drives were the commonest. For the less fit and/or older members of our group they were a godsend, especially on hills. At the very least, they extend both the range of things you can do on a bike, and how long you can do them.

    They can also help the unaided on hills: our tour leader, the estimable Barbara Grieve, carried a selection of old inner tubes. You loop two together then hook them over the seat post of an e-bike and the handlebar mount of a leg bike, and off the pair of you go uphill with great élan. Not that I did, of course. But in 10 years time I might...

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Alastair Smith, in reply to Tim Welch,

    My first eBike cost $2200; when I figured out how much I used it I felt OK about spending $4800 on my second one.

    Since Sep 2016 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Gregor Ronald,

    I've had an e-City for almost two years, and I've done over 6500km commuting across Christchurch. Now I'm 65+, the never ending easterly wind was getting too much to handle, but the e-bike has kept me happily bike commuting - and kept my car in the garage.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to ,

    content is very interesting to look very good and quality guys

    Looks like that suddenly erupting volcano in Indonesia has thrown us a 'spammer in the works'...
    Don't follow the links!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7885 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Brown,

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Martin Brown,

    I like the 'track override'. Presumably they can limit by kW for NZ laws as well.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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