I have a 2019 Cube Touring bike (with ALP) and it's been excellent. Absolutely bombproof. Only downside is its weight. It's not a bike for carrying up steps or stairs.
But it is built like a tank and is very comfortable to go long distances on. I even did a 100km sportive on it and felt pretty...
If you want a branded heavy (23.5kg) touring bike then the Cube Touring model bikes are good value and will easily have the range you need. Costs are in £1500-£2200 range generally.
Just make sure you get one with zero resist (which here means Bosch ALP or latest gen Bosch Performance motors)...
OK. I have a Cube Touring 500. And I use it for gentle touring and commuting. It has a Gen3 Active Line Plus 50Nm motor which is zero resist. This means that there is no motor drag with the motor off (whether because you are above the 15.5 mph cut off or because you are just gently pootling...
I did go out for a last (3 hour) ride into the peaks (all off-road from my house) last weekend on my ebike.
This week I have been out on my old (non-electric) mountain bike most days but am going out early in the morning and avoiding the more obvious walker and dog-walker routes.
That's a problem for the folks without drives or charging at work but that leaves plenty of people - maybe half the people who might want to buy such a small city or second car - for whom it would be ideal. If we replaced our little Aygo with an e-city car we'd likely never have to top it up...
Holy thread hijack Batman!
The only real issue with electric cars is their up front price.
Battery and manufacturing costs are still falling significantly each year and per mile cost parity with ICE vehicles will happen within 5 years.
The new VW ID1 looks like it could be an ideal city car...
The risk of having them around in a fire I understand, but I haven't ever heard of them self-igniting other than in a fire or when someone is trying to charge them or they are otherwise in use.
I think the differences with petrol are that petrol can be spilt, gives off carcinogenic vapours, is...
Do not store indoors?
I keep my Bosch battery indoors (ins cupboard) any time it's not on the bike. It's safer from theft than in a garage and stored at a better and more stable temperature range.
I would expect the chance of a 60-80% charged Bosch battery deciding to self-combust in the absence...
Pretty nasty story.
Daily Post: Woman died after electric bike battery exploded while charging in her motorhome.
Felix Dennis was (until he died) a strong contender for 'Greatest Living Englishman' IMHO.
Never Go Back
by Felix Dennis
was taking his pleasure,
Rocking at leisure
while sipping his wine.
"Dost thou grow tired
of love thou hast hired?"
The Woosh Faro at £899 with the in-frame battery does look like the obvious choice.
I'm not sure how comfy or puncture proof the tyres are but that should be easy and cheap to remedy if an issue.
The Gtechs are about £1000 aren't they? Maybe if you can get a second hand one I suppose - but to...