I've got an electric bike, but I don't ride it. I was in the process of converting it from lead acid batteries to NiMH to give it more range etc, but it's another one of those projects sitting in the garage waiting for me to have time to do something with it...big_boz said:Davy...M4Trundler...come on Lads, you cant stop the march of progress.
M4Trundler dont you ride an electric Push bike.....
And Davy, YourLeonwill also have lots of modern features that you do use...Air con, electric windows and so.
Come to Yorkshire and i will let you have a go in my 1967 Morris minorconvertiblewith Drum Brakes all round and cross ply tyres...Oh it is a posh one though as its got a heater, the first owner splashed out on it as an option the Posh Snob!
M4trundler said:Nothing wrong with electric bikes. Most trips are less than 5 miles and could easily be done by bike at a fraction of the cost and environmental damage of a car...but the government gets no road tax from them and almost no fuel duty, so they're not interested.
M4trundler said:The great thing about your moggy is that if something goes wrong you can generally fix it with a few basic tools and a can of WD. Now you need a laptop and a PhD in electrical engineering and software design. Then more often than not, an expensive bit of electronics goes when the car is about 10 years old and even though it's mechanically sound, it's beyond economical repair and it's a scrapper.
Most of us can handle 5 miles no trouble on the flat, but if you've got a strong headwind or you've got to get up steep hills...then do a full day's work, then it's nice to have a bit of a power assist. What you say about the bike buying scheme is true, but 40% off still leaves you with a lot to spend on something that might get pinched very easily. Bikes should be available for free on the NHS, as the cost of treating type 2diabetes for 1 year far outweighs the cost of a bike many times over.2 Things.....Why on earth would you want to complicate a push bike with a motor and add weight to cycle less than 5 miles? exactly the same point as you are making on the cars with electronic aids......although i do think cycling should be incentivised more than it is now, and if electrics get people on bikes then fair enough.
The government actually offer a few incentives to cyclists, both of mine were bought on the cycle to work scheme, where there is no income tax paid on money spent buying a bike for thefirst£1000, so in other words 40% off thepurchaseprice.....And a little known fact, you can claim back 20p per mile from HMRC for cycling to work provided itinstto where you are contracted to work, which i do a fair bit of.
M4trundler said:Hope you haven't broken your thumb on your cranking handle!