Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 
748 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 144


  # 1799519 13-Jun-2017 16:42
Send private message

NedLudd:

 

I bought my first replacment battery ($570) ... so the original (36 volt, 12 Ah lithium) battery lasted four and a half years (about 22,000 kms),

 

Overall my electric bike has proven reliable.

 

 

 

 

I have just been offered one. Free.

 

No idea what brand etc, being free, how rude to ask.

 

I was wondering about that, seems a massive difference in price, Trademe show some at $1650, then on another website (new) ones for $399 up to $680.

 

 

 

That would kill it for me, no way could I afford over $500.  $500 is stretching it even but bearable.

 

Any advice on batteries? All I know so far is bike has 24" wheels, is a ladies bike and she found it too heavy for her.

 

Anything to steer clear of? Cheap = bad or not?

 

 


Mad Scientist
20355 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2774

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1799631 13-Jun-2017 20:10
Send private message

if battery costs $570 and you want to buy a brand new bike + battery for $500 ... what do you think?





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


 
 
 
 


Mad Scientist
20355 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2774

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1799632 13-Jun-2017 20:12
Send private message

my guess:

 

A - you are going to have to pedal the batteries around or

 

B - the battery is going to have to lug around a piece of scrap metal or

 

C - both A and B are true.





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


748 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 144


  # 1799755 14-Jun-2017 07:54
Send private message

joker97:

 

if battery costs $570 and you want to buy a brand new bike + battery for $500 ... what do you think?

 

 

What? I'm not buying any bike.

 

I have been given one.

 

I'm asking about batteries, not the bike.

 

http://www.mrpositive.co.nz/?rf=kw&kw=ebike

 

 

 

These for instance.


Mad Scientist
20355 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2774

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1799761 14-Jun-2017 08:19
Send private message

pctek:


I was wondering about that, seems a massive difference in price, Trademe show some at $1650, then on another website (new) ones for $399 up to $680.


 



Anything to steer clear of? Cheap = bad or not?


 





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


sxz

671 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 172


  # 1799787 14-Jun-2017 08:28
Send private message

Jarno:

 

rosco62: The ones in the shops are pissy underpowered 250 or 350 watt units and expensive. I bought a hub motor kit from Luna Cycles in the US, 52 volt, 1500 watts.

 

Just don't use it on the road. In New Zealand electric bikes are limited to 300 watts by law. Otherwise they are no longer considered bicycles, but more like motorbikes with the associated requirements of licensing and registration.

 

 

And while you are at it - look carefully at the definition of "road".  Technically, a "road" for the purposes of the land transport act, includes all places to which the public have access - whether of right or not.  

 

This means your bike with a motor higher than 300 watts is legally a 'vehicle' for the purposes of that act, and almost everywhere you use it will be a 'road'.  So as well as needing it licensed and registered, you can be charged for speeding, dangerous /reckless driving etc. etc. etc.


5385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2212


  # 1799853 14-Jun-2017 09:53
Send private message

sxz:

 

This means your bike with a motor higher than 300 watts is legally a 'vehicle' for the purposes of that act, and almost everywhere you use it will be a 'road'.  So as well as needing it licensed and registered, you can be charged for speeding, dangerous /reckless driving etc. etc. etc.

 

 

But if you behave yourself you are unlikely to ever attract  the attention of the law.  Bicycles just don't seem to be on the radar for the police.

 

I have literally seen police cars drive past people riding unlit bikes in the dark with no helmet on and also drive past people texting while biking on the road.

 

 

 

 





Mike

 
 
 
 


212 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 20

Subscriber

  # 1799861 14-Jun-2017 10:20
Send private message

MikeAqua:

 

sxz:

 

This means your bike with a motor higher than 300 watts is legally a 'vehicle' for the purposes of that act, and almost everywhere you use it will be a 'road'.  So as well as needing it licensed and registered, you can be charged for speeding, dangerous /reckless driving etc. etc. etc.

 

 

But if you behave yourself you are unlikely to ever attract  the attention of the law.  Bicycles just don't seem to be on the radar for the police.

 

I have literally seen police cars drive past people riding unlit bikes in the dark with no helmet on and also drive past people texting while biking on the road.

 

 

But, if you were to come off, break your neck, and try to claim ACC you may find that your claim is disallowed because you were riding an illegal vehicle.


3866 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1191


  # 1800868 14-Jun-2017 11:13
Send private message

pbolger:

 

 

 

But, if you were to come off, break your neck, and try to claim ACC you may find that your claim is disallowed because you were riding an illegal vehicle.

 

 

ACC is no fault, it does not matter if you are doing something illegal

 

http://www.acc.co.nz/about-acc/media-centre/frequently-asked-questions/index.htm

 

"What does ‘no fault’ mean?

 

‘No fault’ means that no matter what you were doing when you were injured – whether your actions caused the injury, or were illegal or dangerous – you will be covered by us, so long as the injury falls within the parameters of ACC’s legislation."


748 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 144


  # 1800908 14-Jun-2017 13:02
Send private message

joker97:
pctek:

 

 

 

I was wondering about that, seems a massive difference in price, Trademe show some at $1650, then on another website (new) ones for $399 up to $680.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anything to steer clear of? Cheap = bad or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wow, so helpful. Not


250 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 41

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1800941 14-Jun-2017 14:40
Send private message

Hi I use a Volto Falcon, almost every day for a short commute, for nearly two years.

 

This is a good basic and robust ebike for <$2000.  I have broken a couple of rear spokes, and lets be honest the brakes are not the best.

 

I changed the seat for a narrower one and the hand grips to softer rubber.  Otherwise it's a good place to start e biking.

 

It does have a larger capacity battery than some other entry level bikes, about 14.5 or 16 Ah on mine and I see a larger capacity 23 Ah option now available.  





:)


455 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 107

Trusted

  # 1801153 14-Jun-2017 21:49
Send private message

How well do these bikes cope with insanely steep Auckland hills? I live in an incredibly hilly part of town and just to get to the main road I have a decent 400 meters of very steep grade. Does the motor burn out if it has to do uphill stretches for a long time?





Gigabit


Mad Scientist
20355 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2774

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1801166 14-Jun-2017 23:10
Send private message

No it's exactly what the motor does. Just fine.




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


1 | 2 | 3 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.