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  1. Laser Man

    Best bicycle navigation software?

    Another thumbs up for Osmand. Cycle routes highlighted (including off road such as old railway lines and byeways). Maps are in many ways clearer than OS, yet show loads of info. Navigation really does keep you to the quiet back roads. Best of all it is free!
  2. Laser Man

    Electric Bike for light touring - and Halfords

    Whyte and Kinesis have rather nice Fazua powered bikes. The Kinesis even has rack fixings on the front forks for serious touring. Like the OP I was taken by the Boardman, but got the Whyte Hoxton for only a little more dosh in a closing down sale. Very pleased with it, although I did have to...
  3. Laser Man

    Opinions Please!

    Coming from Holland and with only 6 gears, I wouldn't expect too much in the way of hill climbing ability for the 250W version.
  4. Laser Man

    Get rid of those troublesome hubs!

    Check out the Beno Reevo Ebike. No hubs! (Popped up on Google news)
  5. Laser Man

    British Brands

    Whyte (made in Cambodia) Forme (made in the Far East)
  6. Laser Man

    Looking for a Handlebar or top tube bag

    Bewildering choice on Amazon!
  7. Laser Man

    No Suspension

    Cyclists managed without suspension for nearly 100 years! Similar to a question which popped up on a photography forum along the lines of "Iv'e been given a camera but it doesn't have image stabilisation - will it it take pictures?" The NCX seatpost is well worth getting if the price is right...
  8. Laser Man

    Insurance Home content or specialist? Pros and Cons

    Both UK cycling organisations - Cycling UK and British Cycling - provide heavy duty 3rd party insurance and legal aid as part of their membership. For me, the most cost effective solution is having the bikes on the house insurance and membership of Cycling UK. The benefit of bikes on the house...
  9. Laser Man

    £50 bike repair voucher from tonight

    All but one of the decent bike shops* in the Southampton/Winchester/Andover area are on the list - I was quite surprised as the ones I have visited recently have been really busy. (*I don't count Halfords!) Got myself a Nooo e-Biiike recently and have been getting accessories for it. I had to...
  10. Laser Man

    £50 bike repair voucher from tonight

    So ***when*** can you use the voucher? The best LBS near me has been overloaded with repair work ever since the lockdown started. They only answer 1 in 3 telephone calls, because it just rings all the time.
  11. Laser Man

    Finally took the plunge

    Osmand (free for Android and iPhone) is based on open sourced mapping and has a cycle path overlay. The overlay shows all the national cycle trails as well as many local ones. The navigation in cycling mode keeps you off main roads as far as possible. (but so does Google Maps). For use on the...
  12. Laser Man

    Forme

    A friend of mike has one and she likes it very much. Very smart looking bike.
  13. Laser Man

    Halfords 10% off everything

    That deal seems to be for 2019
  14. Laser Man

    Women's upright e-bike - £1.6k max budget

    Did you look at the Forme Peak Trail 2 ELS stepthrough? They are down to £1499 at e-bikesdirect and have two frame sizes in stock. Bit of a bargain.
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    Women's upright e-bike - £1.6k max budget

    A friend has a Forme Peak Trail which she really likes. It's a good looking bike - smart and well finished. It's a little above your budget, but the 2021 ranges will be announced soon so you might be able to shop around and get one a bit cheaper. At the £1000 mark, the advice to look at Woosh...
  16. Laser Man

    Disc brake caliper dimensions

    Also you can move the caliper a bit if you loosen the bolts.
  17. Laser Man

    E cigarette and Bike Ordered

    Aquapac panniers are pretty good. Look tough, quite big and have a roll top so very waterproof. We got a pair for my wife's bike and she was very pleased. The have a sale on at the moment - 2 for £50 or 1 for £30.
  18. Laser Man

    Disc brake caliper dimensions

    Does the disc rotor line up with the slot in the caliper? - hard to tell from your photo, but it looks a bit off. You could try adding a washer or two to the axle until the spokes clear the caliper AND the rotor lines up. (You may need help to spring the forks depending on how tight the motor...
  19. Laser Man

    shopping list please!

    36V 17Ah battery stores 612 Watt/hours of energy 48V 12Ah battery stores 576 Watt/hours of energy So the 36V 17Ah does have the edge, but not by a significant amount - you would get about the same mileage from either.
  20. Laser Man

    Help! 36v 17mah rear wheel conversion

    Yes - my kits are 250W with 36V 17AH batteries, just like you have been looking at. At low levels of assist (1 or 2) the 17AH battery is good for 60 miles or more. If you start using assist levels 3 and 4 regularly, this will go down to 30 or 40 miles. The hydraulic brake sensor kits from Woosh...