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messageElectric bike advice
Posted by dulwichquine May 15, 07:20PM

Thinking of taking the plunge and cycling to work. Would need an electric bike. Six miles each way. Does anyone know a company I could hire one/test one for a few weeks to see if I could hack it? Most grateful for any advice. Havenít cycled since teenage years and pretty nervous!

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by womanofdulwich May 15, 07:50PM

I think if you buy one from decathlon and don't like it you can return it.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by doogsey May 15, 08:24PM

Van Moof also have a 14 day returns policy.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by dulwichquine May 15, 08:27PM

Thanks for this. Keen to do it on a hire basis to start off with but may be impossible.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by yourmomma May 15, 09:18PM

I've seen the Lime dockless hire bikes around Dulwich before. Maybe try using them for a while before taking the plunge.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by dulwich2020 May 15, 11:27PM

You can Rent e bikes from fat lama

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by Annasfield May 16, 09:12AM

Check if your work offer a cycle to work scheme

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by dulwichquine May 16, 10:18AM

Thanks for responses so far. We do have a cycle to work scheme which I would try to take advantage of but scared to commit unless I know I can handle it. Will have a look at fat lama.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by kford May 16, 10:40AM

Lime bikes are too heavy and clunky for a good comparison with a real electric bike. It's a shame Decathlon isn't open for customers, as you could ride one of their fine bikes around the shop!

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by Sally Eva May 16, 11:22AM

All the hire bikes are heavy to discourage people from stealing them.

this is a comparison site [londonist.com]

From ED an electric bike would be an excellent idea for starting off.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by Sue May 16, 11:47AM

I couldn't do it at the moment, but can you store an electric bike in a hangar, or are they too big?

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by womanofdulwich May 17, 05:40PM

SUe, you need to store them where you can plug them in to charge them up .

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by Sue May 17, 06:19PM

womanofdulwich Wrote:
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> SUe, you need to store them where you can plug
> them in to charge them up .


Ah. The battery doesn't come off, then?

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by ianr May 17, 06:22PM

I've just watched a Halfords video which shows the battery being removed for charging. I'd be very surprised if that weren't standard. If that's the case, Sue's question about the bike hangar sizes is still relevant.
Actually, from looking at some photos of ebikes, they just look mainly sort of bike-sized.

I saw what I assume was an ebike beetling up Woodward Road a couple of months ago, and was impressed.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was may 17, 06:32pm by ianr.

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by Sue May 17, 07:14PM

Thanks ianr!

When all this is over, I will investigate!

messageRe: Electric bike advice
Posted by womanofdulwich May 17, 07:55PM

I used to have an electric bike, the battery came off but it was heavy. Maybe its easier now.


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