New eBikes and cyclists

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
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#1
Hi all. We have put deposits down on 2 R&M Tinkers, to be shipped over after Christmas. We are glad to have found a UK eBIKE site and look forward to reading posts and hearing of adventures and tips.
Happy Christmas.
 
Oct 25, 2006
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#2
Hi all. We have put deposits down on 2 R&M Tinkers, to be shipped over after Christmas. We are glad to have found a UK eBIKE site and look forward to reading posts and hearing of adventures and tips.
Happy Christmas.
Welcome to the forum, you've chosen two great e-bikes which should give you years of enjoyment. A Happy Christmas and an enjoyable new e-biking year to both of you.
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Ocsid

Pedelecer
Aug 2, 2017
44
3
75
Hampshire
#3
R & M Tinkers, just a tad covetous; lovely, the nuvinci and Gates version?
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
3
#4
R & M Tinkers, just a tad covetous; lovely, the nuvinci and Gates version?
Yes as stated and we can’t wait. Have ordered the orange and blue bikes with Thudbuster seat post and looking forward to sorting upgrades and the inevitable insurances
 

Fat Rat

Esteemed Pedelecer
Jun 7, 2018
977
45
UK
#5
Hi welcome
Have fun with the new steeds
 

Robbieg

Pedelecer
Oct 10, 2016
167
16
61
Burton on trent
#6
Hi all. We have put deposits down on 2 R&M Tinkers, to be shipped over after Christmas. We are glad to have found a UK eBIKE site and look forward to reading posts and hearing of adventures and tips.
Happy Christmas.
Great choice, my wife loves hers, and I like riding it too! It's a quality machine, solid and well balanced, nice upright position
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
3
#7
Great choice, my wife loves hers, and I like riding it too! It's a quality machine, solid and well balanced, nice upright position
Thanks Robbieg. Although I like other R&M models too, especially the Charger GH Vario and FS models, beIng a tad vertically challenged at 5’ 6” (and my wife a little shorter), we opted for the Tinker for the low stand over height, excellent spec and CX power. There are also, several ‘Tinker’ (YouTube) reviews showing the Tinker riding along various road, track and some intense woodland paths and unspoilt countryside, which we are looking forward toward to so maybe some future scenic photo posts
 

Robbieg

Pedelecer
Oct 10, 2016
167
16
61
Burton on trent
#8
Thanks Robbieg. Although I like other R&M models too, especially the Charger GH Vario and FS models, beIng a tad vertically challenged at 5’ 6” (and my wife a little shorter), we opted for the Tinker for the low stand over height, excellent spec and CX power. There are also, several ‘Tinker’ (YouTube) reviews showing the Tinker riding along various road, track and some intense woodland paths and unspoilt countryside, which we are looking forward toward to so maybe some future scenic photo posts
Have ridden our Tinker on bridleways, canal towpaths and gravel paths with no problems at all. The wheels are very strong and the tyres do a great job. The longest day ride on the road was 110 miles with panniers, and it handled really well, solid on the road even on fast downhills. I did have a Brooks Flyer saddle fitted though which I prefer to the stock saddle. Great quality machine. We have a Azure blue colour model, paint really tough and looks great, The orange colour is also well nice. Don't think you will have any regrets, have you taken delivery yet?
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
3
#9
Have ridden our Tinker on bridleways, canal towpaths and gravel paths with no problems at all. The wheels are very strong and the tyres do a great job. The longest day ride on the road was 110 miles with panniers, and it handled really well, solid on the road even on fast downhills. I did have a Brooks Flyer saddle fitted though which I prefer to the stock saddle. Great quality machine. We have a Azure blue colour model, paint really tough and looks great, The orange colour is also well nice. Don't think you will have any regrets, have you taken delivery yet?
Great to read your update. We live near a largish lake and not far from some woodland too. I’m not sure the tyres will do very well in mud, so I may need to look for another tyre for winter but easier said than done! We have paid the deposit but are waiting for an orange bike to come in, as one blue and one orange will make identification easier. We have seen and test ridden the blue - I love that colour.
I suspect a few more weeks before delivery, then comes the upgrades, lighter lastometer on the Thudbuster and we are looking at buying the Hövding 2.0 Airbag Helmets and maybe a brake light upgrade if possible? Also, will need to buy some Arbus Bordo 6500 locks etc.
All very exciting stuff
 

anotherkiwi

Esteemed Pedelecer
Jan 26, 2015
7,181
378
The European Union
#10
Great to read your update. We live near a largish lake and not far from some woodland too. I’m not sure the tyres will do very well in mud, so I may need to look for another tyre for winter but easier said than done!
Depends on your mud, mine of course are the 28" size and they handle the little slippery riding I do with ease. They are so sticky both bike and trike are equipped with Big Bens. Stay away from the Big Ben Plus if you can, they have sidewall splitting issues according to the German bike forums.
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
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#11
Depends on your mud, mine of course are the 28" size and they handle the little slippery riding I do with ease. They are so sticky both bike and trike are equipped with Big Bens. Stay away from the Big Ben Plus if you can, they have sidewall splitting issues according to the German bike forums.
The bikes come with the Big Ben plus 55-406 tyres as standard, without upgrade option. I have looked on-line for better gripping tyres but have found it difficult understanding tyre sizes etc. Plus being 20” x 2.15” doesn’t produce much on-line information. What tyres are on your wife’s R&M Tinker?
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
3
#13
The bikes come with the Big Ben plus 55-406 tyres as standard, without upgrade option. I have looked on-line for better gripping tyres but have found it difficult understanding tyre sizes etc. Plus being 20” x 2.15” doesn’t produce much on-line information. What tyres are on your wife’s R&M Tinker?
Oops sorry. Got my replies crossed
Welcome to the R&M brotherhood!
Thanks Steve. Have you got the Charger, what model? I loved the bike but even the Mixte small frame was a tad large for me ☹️ But the Tinkers got us both nicely
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
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I have the Charger GT Nuvinci with the 49cm frame. It's a tad large for me, too, but I love it.
I’m hoping to fit the Tinkers in the back of my C-Max but take out 2 seats. I tried the Charger GH, so maybe the fatter tyres made the frame a bit higher too and with the seat so far forward, My torso was almost touching the handlebar but I agree, what a lovely bike. Strange but the Tinker rides like the Charger, with the only noticeable difference being the Tinkers steering is lighter!
 

dcb568

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 22, 2018
11
3
#17
Have you looked on YouTube. I have watched a lot of R&M reviews but especially liked the ones by Citrus Cycles (Canadian). The Tinker review was excellent as are all his R&M reviews. Also, another good (US) reviewer is Electric Bike Reviews.
I’m a bit limited with 20”x2.15” tyre types but for all but mud, the big bend look brilliant.
I’m still sorting my shed to store the bikes. Big job