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thinking about getting an electric bike

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jade1981 Wed 06-Jul-16 16:44:57

Hi guys i'm really wanting to make a change to my general health and well being, i know exercise has tons of benefits but the problem is there aren't many types of exercise i enjoy! I was thinking of cycling to work so then my exercise becomes part of my day rather than dragging myself to the gym to force myself to do an hour on the treadmill. I was thinking about an electric bike.. this one in particular as I've read a lot of reviews that electric bikes are no where as strenuous on hilly journeys which is what i'll be doing. I was wondering if anyone has an electric bike and likes it/ doesn't like it and any advice from those who do cycle to work?

Wellthatsit Thu 07-Jul-16 08:41:13

Do it. Electric bikes are much easier on hills but you are still getting exercise. I would recommend spending as much as you can and if your journey is hilly, try to get a bike with the motor in the bottom bracket and not on the wheel hub, as this provides a much smoother ride.

the raleigh mod us is brilliant

Wellthatsit Thu 07-Jul-16 08:41:32


VioletBam Thu 07-Jul-16 08:42:53

Unless you're disabled, there's no reason to get one. I ride up to 12 miles a day with a portion of it very steep hills and have done for 4 years now...I'm not that fit. It's not that good for weight loss for some reason and I don't eat a massive amount at all.

Wellthatsit Fri 08-Jul-16 08:02:36

Violet, that's not particularly helpful is it? not everyone likes exercise, but an electric bike can make it a much more pleasant experience, and stops you getting sweaty and dishevelled.

OP, I am not disabled, but love my electric bike. My DH is a keen cyclist and very fit, and still often borrows my bike for quick trips into town. He loves it too.

jade1981 Fri 08-Jul-16 15:07:53

I have had mixed opinions but generally most people seem to think electric bikes are a good idea. I agree that you are still getting exercise even if it's not strenuous it all adds up! and i also think they've got to be better for the environment.

pagaris Sun 04-Sep-16 08:37:42

Found this bike which looks great with £500 off.

jade1981 Mon 12-Sep-16 09:47:09

ooh thanks I'll take a look, do think I already have one in mind though.

NavyandWhite Mon 12-Sep-16 15:03:22

Was going to say the same as Violet.

I agree it's better than nothing but you cannot beat the real thing unless of course you have reason not to cycle normally.

Pseudonym99 Tue 13-Sep-16 19:24:08

Cycling up hills is tough the first few times, but you will get used to it if doing it regularly and will wonder what the fuss was about!

Neome Tue 13-Sep-16 23:28:00

Very interested in this thread as I'm fantasising about an electric Cargo bike or trike to get up serious hills with toddler and/or allotment tools.

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