So you’ve seen an Electric Bike advertised on the TV, or in the back of the Sunday Paper Magazines and it’s much cheaper than the ones you’re seeing in the local specialist Electric Bike Shop – Why is this?
We all know the phrase that “You get what you pay for” applies to many things we buy today and Electric Bikes are no exception. Of course, the questions that we then get asked regularly are:
What are the differences?
What do I get more of, if I pay more?
At Electric Bikes Sussex, we sell over 100 different models of Electric Bikes, but if we strip back the marketing to a base level, there’s (currently) 2 distinct types of Electric Bikes:
Bikes with Hub motors – front wheel or rear wheel and Bikes with Crank Drive motors – also called mid-mount motors. Let’s look in a bit more detail and examine a typical bike within each category. Before we start, it’s important to remember this is a generalisation of each type. There are definitely some exceptions and this article is not targeted at any given bike or brand. Specifically, some brands, like Go Cycle and other high-quality suppliers do not fit these stereo-types – they often have bespoke solutions that overcome the limitations below and are priced accordingly.
As the name suggests, these have the Motor in the Front or less frequently, the Rear wheel. These effectively ‘pull’ or ‘push’ the bike along – much the same as a Car does. Of course, adding a motor to a bike wheel necessitates a non-standard wheel. If your chosen manufacturer cares about your ongoing Customer Satisfaction, they will often fit fatter spokes, more spokes, or ‘string’ it in a different pattern – all this is done to take the additional torque that’s created by the Motor.
The vast majority of Hub bikes have a control system that means the power is either “on” or “off”. There are various sensors that determine you’re speeding up, or slowing down, and whilst there might be different power levels, the bike still turns the Motor “on” or “off” as appropriate. This can sometimes give the feeling that the Bike is taking the rider, when perhaps they weren’t quite expecting it. Also, on loose or wet ground, traction can sometimes be a problem. This is rare, but can catch the less experienced rider by surprise.
Even within the Hub Motor bikes, there are different power levels, but for sure the lower cost bikes will have motors that produce less power – about 25Nm of torque is typical, although better ones will give 35Nm of torque or even more.
Of course, as this article is examining bikes that are legally Pedelecs and can be used in Public spaces in the UK, ALL are limited to 250w of Electric Power. We’ve all read the articles on Bikes that can outgun a NASA spaceship, well for a short distance at least!
When it comes to being under six years old and you love football – what better way to raise funds for your club than take part in a sponsored ‘keepy uppy’ challenge?
With 22 thousand users in just six months the BTN BikeShare scheme in Brighton is the biggest in the UK outside of London.
Also nick-named as ‘Boris Bikes’ residents to the east of the city have said they would like to see the scheme extended to the Deans – with a docking station at the Saltdean Lido.
The aim would be to offer people in Brighton the chance to keep up their activity levels by borrowing a bike and riding along the coast for a swim in the summer – without having to then cycle back. The belief is that the scheme could then help bring extra customers for the Lido, including tourists and visitors.
When BTN BikeShare released their six-month user figures in March, they showed that over 120,000 trips had been made and users have ridden 225,000 miles – with the seafront being the most popular cycle route.
As the seafront cycle path extends to Saltdean, it would make sense to have a docking station installed locally.
The award-winning scheme, sponsored by American Express and Life Natural Spring Water, has 450 bikes.
Tim Casell is the owner of Hourbike which operates the scheme. He has said that the company is looking to expand the scheme.
Maybe now is the time for all local residents to lobby Mr Casell and put the case for bringing the bikes to Saltdean?
Info from the Sussex County Womens and Girls Football League:
SCWGFL Women's League Cup Final - 2017-2018
Fri 27 April 2018
Saltdean United v Newhaven
Sussex County FA Headquarters, Lancing FC, Culver Road, Lancing, BN15 9AX [Matches played on a 3G pitch].
We recommend travelling by train; nearest mainline station is Lancing, a 5 minute walk away. Parking Please note that the ground is in the middle of a residential area, therefore please let all parties know that the blocking of any driveway or road preventing access by emergency vehicles is prohibited. There is limited parking available at the venue - arrive early.
Admission Fees: £3 adults £1 senior citizens / children under 16 FREE - League registered players with their current registration card.
Other notes of interest: Dogs are not allowed entry. Other than the competing teams, no footballs allowed to be brought into the ground.
Check out this video of the Brighton Half Marathon and the winner Paul Pollock shot by videographer Ryan Ivatt at this years event.
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Talented young photographer Dexie, 8, has sent us these great photos he took of skateboarders taking the recent opportunity to enjoy quiet roads on the hills of Saltdean.
We appreciate that some people may well have safety concerns about the skateboarders using the public roads to enjoy their sport, but we feel emphasis should also be focused on drivers who need to take care and maybe drive with less haste around our local village streets just in case they unexpectedly encounter skateboarders, cats, children, and other such life events that frequently share our roads sometimes.
In the opening game of the season Newhaven FC will host local rivals Peacehaven & Telscombe FC in the preliminary round of the F.A Cup on 5th of August.
They will be joined by another 733 teams over the season aiming to wrestle the trophy away from the current holders Arsenal.