Sorry I missed this question earlier. (Apologies for being off thread subject for this reply)Flecc, are you sure there's no reception where you are, not that you need it at home? It's when you're out and about that it's useful. There's a lot of new masts and networks gone up recently. They normally make sure that there's at least one that works in every location. I have been all over UK.
Hi templogin, can you please share the motor type you have on the e-horizon? I'm interested in that bike but live in a hilly city so it would be good to get some real life performance thoughts.The other half is loving her Bergamont eHorizon and managed to leave me standing up the hills
I haven't been back here for ages so apologies for not responding to your post. I do have some good news though about 4G in Shetland. https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/threads/arcc-moulton-and-the-process-of-getting-there-long.26238/Hi templogin, can you please share the motor type you have on the e-horizon? I'm interested in that bike but live in a hilly city so it would be good to get some real life performance thoughts.
Welcome to the world of Internet forums. My overzealous mail application has been tossing notifications from this forum into my junk folder, hence my tardy response.
There hasn't been much in the way of riding this year due to the winds up here. We seem to go through days when I think that it is too rough to ride, followed by gales the next day, making me wish that I had taken the bike out on the previous day. Never mind!
My rack bolts to the frame. There are specific mounts just behind the headstock, below the top and middle tubes. The tubes go from the top tube, forward to either side of the battery then curve downwards, then back towards the lower fittings. I have never liked things attached to the forks, as I think it ruins the steering of most bikes, so mine is a good solution for me, although the panniers rub on the tyres if you are moving the bike around, and turning the steering much further than you would whilst riding normally.
If you want to get a rack made follow my lead and just get a request written up for a local forum and ask if someone can make you a rack. They will need thin-walled stainless tubing, and the ability to weld such material. I had one of the Moulton pannier rays that I could give them so that they had an idea of what to build, but on a wider scale, to allow for the battery and control box. In fact you don't have to have stainless steel, but I wanted to leave mine unadorned with paint.
I also considered the Joey, not for e-conversion though. I liked the idea of being able to dismantle it, but not the loose wheel! There's no pleasing some people.
The downside of the AARC is all that weight up front, but if you are not lugging it up and down stairs it won't matter.
I think that my partner got the smallest Bergamont she could. She was looking at Riese and Muller originally, but they were all too big for her. She is about 5'2", so I would assume that you would have no problem, except for getting it in a car.
I will be interested to hear what you think/thought of the Moulton.
If I had to do it all again I would have spent another £2k and bought a Riese and Muller. I just prefer larger wheels. I can't explain why 5 of my 6 bikes have small wheels! The thing that I would always choose is hub gears, preferably Rohloff. I give them a yearly oil change and they have been totally free of trouble for both me and her.
Whatever you do end up with I can only suggest that you use it as often as possible. My partner has had problems with the Bosch head unit and charging the battery because she doesn't ride it enough. The vendors have been really helpful though when she has run into a problem. She prefers to use her own steam to get about on her Thorn Raven. She needs the e-bike to keep up with me when I am riding mine.