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    • codemonkey
    • By codemonkey 13th Mar 17, 8:02 PM
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    Electric bikes?
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:02 PM
    Electric bikes? 13th Mar 17 at 8:02 PM
    For the past couple of years I've been commuting to work by train, but they've recently built a new station on my connecting line and soon most of the trains will no longer stop at my station which will mean a long wait.

    The other option is to take a single train, disembark at an earlier station, then it's about a 40 minute walk. This usually ends up taking the same amount of commute time as catching the connection, so with the new timetable, it would take less time.

    I've been thinking about getting a bike to reduce the time and improve my fitness a bit. But as I'm out of shape, haven't been on a bike since I was 14 and there are some hills on the route, I was considering an electric bike. Are they worth the money and extra weight? Can anyone recommend a decent starter model?
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    • zaax
    • By zaax 15th Mar 17, 11:57 PM
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    40min walk = 15 min cycle. for such a short trip get a normal one. In 6 short weeks you will wonder what you thinking about, as you will get the muscles & you will have saved £500
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    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 20th Mar 17, 11:34 AM
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    I actually do have a disability and I get tired more easily than I used to. The ride would be OK if it wasn't largely a steep hill all the way back. I haven't been on a bike for a long time and I feel like it would be less embarrassing to have the motor assist than get off and push for half the journey. From a look around, it seems you can choose the level of motor assistance so presumably that would decline over time.

    Also, I like gadgets.

    That being said, I haven't decided on whether to go for electric or a standard bike yet. Just considering it as an option for the moment. There have been a lot of posts on this thread making excellent points and giving me things to think about.
    Originally posted by codemonkey
    One possibility would be a retro fit motor to a standard bike - a company called cytronex make them and they're fitted in the front water bottle cage meaning you can get a proper light weight bike with a motor - depending on budget they do one that comes in at 12.7kg and you can then fit easier gears on the bike e.g. a 28 or 32 t rear which will make it easy to "spin" up the hill. They also do cycle to work but not sure on prices
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