Electric Bikes in Cumbria Blog

By Paul, Apr 3 2018 01:14PM

Finally some of the big bike chains have woken up to the idea that it's important to get the right e-bike first time than to buy 'blind'.


Just a couple of points…


We have of course always done this. We can actually ride with you and explain HOW to ride an ebike... Sure anyone can sit on an e-bike and pedal but we can show you how best to tackle any hill, (it depends on the bike technology) how to make riding feel good and how to get the best range and life from your battery!


Unless you want to combine your shopping trip with buying some screen wash or a tent, it's better to come to a bike shop where each bike has been tested and ridden by passionate and expert staff who exactly know the quality and the riding experience. We stock a large range of current technology models and know how to fit them exactly for you at no extra cost. We deliver them (locally) ready to ride (We actually oil the chain…. did you know you had to do that on a new bike?).


Some of the bikes you see on the one major-name website are not actually supplied by them. They don’t necessarily even see them. These e-bikes are supplied by a 3rd party bike warehouse and won't be in the stores. My quick look found lots of older technology bikes being offered, some that could not possibly be in stock and - who do you go to when things are not as they should be?


The " own brands” can be actually good value. They have massive buying power and their own branded components are actually pretty good for what they are ... value bikes. (Take a look on ebay though).


So summing it up..

Buying is a choice and that choice is yours. Why would you know otherwise that there is a difference? It’s good to do your research and visit for example Halfords (or other chain-stores/internet sellers) but at least come and talk to us before you buy. You will enjoy the experience and hopefully notice the difference. We don't sell cheap bikes. Our bikes start at £900 and very few come from China (except the ones we have tested and love ourselves and can't find better!). More importantly you can go away knowing you have bought the right bike for you... not just one that looks ok on paper or that we just happen to sell!


By Paul, Feb 25 2018 09:51AM

But do we really value it? Well in my experience with customers, yes we usually do. Typically when a customer comes to the shop, they are just starting to think about owning an electric bike and having some idea of the benefits and technology. They may have hired one or tried a friend or neighbour’s [NOTE: Most ebike owners are only too happy to let you have a go if you ask them. They have first hand experience of what I life-changer they are and are only too willing to help others share the benefits.] but hardly anyone comes in and orders a bike straight-off.

Don’t take me wrong. We love our jobs and get huge satisfaction from getting you on the right bike and even getting the right bike fitted exactly to you . This process usually takes several hours (and cups of coffee!) but at the end [you] the customer knows exactly which bike they want/need. We are happy to provide this free personalised service to differentiate us from the big chains who can’t provide it but not if the customer then chooses to go and buy online, or even worse.. buy a completely different ‘bargain’ somewhere else!

Just ask yourself would you risk that with a pair of walking boots???


Anyway it’s been a mixed start weather-wise but I’m glad that you have been able to get out on your ebikes (and normal bikes) a bit. It’s been strange also that the numbers of bikes coming in for service has increased this month. Getting ready for the 'season'?

One of the main bugbears seems to be gear problems. Bad-changing gears leads to a great deal of lost enjoyment and even loss of use of your bike as climbing hills gets even more difficult. An ebike can solve this problem of course but a dirty and worn chain and sprockets can easily be fixed to keep your old bike rolling! A clean and well-oiled chain often feels like a new bike.

If you are thinking about an ebike, now is a really good time. . . . This season's bikes are starting to arrive and there is plenty of stock and calm relaxed atmosphere to try them. Leave it too late and your choice will be narrowed!


By Paul, Oct 26 2017 10:14AM

Hi Paul


Having now been the proud owner for four weeks of the e-bike I bought from you I really have to tell you how much this bike is changing my life.


As you know, 18 months ago a problem with my back suddenly prevented me from walking even the short distance from my home to the town and I thought I would never be able to fell-walk again. But I needed to keep fit, just in case, so I took up regular cycling to replace the fell-walking. This has kept me fit but I've never got that much pleasure from it as I wasn't able to get up the steep hills on to the moors.


Then you brought your e-bike business to Hartley. For many months I stuck to my belief that an e-bike would spell the end of my physical fitness and that it was something for the future, not for now; at this stage in my life I would never have given it any serious thought had I not passed your door almost every day.


But hiring an e-bike proved me wrong and convinced me that buying one sooner rather than later was the best way forward. Now I am able to go out for really long rides, allowing me to experience the joy of being right up in the hills and on the moors and, although it is not the same as being on foot in the mountains, it is surely the next best thing.


So thank you Paul for gently bringing me to this point and for facilitating the transition from inadequate and unfulfilled cyclist to joyful, high-country, two-wheeled and electrically-charged adventurer!


Best wishes


Jill


Sadly, jill didn't send a picture so I used a favourite of my own!

I have many customers like Jill who would be happy to talk through their ebiking experiences with you ... just ask.

By Paul, Oct 19 2017 12:10PM

See how happy we are with our new bikes ... well... demo bikes for the shop.

Kat had a lovely step-through and Paul a full-on Mountan bike! (no accounting for taste is there?)

Sadly the MTB's will be a bit longer arriving but we have some step through models in stock already.


Trends to differentiate the 2018 models seem to be;


Smoother integrated in-frame batteries make the bikes look less clumsy

Trend towards crank motors (see earlier post) rather than hub

Better colour choice which says "I'm proud to be riding an electric bike!"

Lighter weight

Higher torque (hill climbing ability)

Bigger distance batteries

Easy gears

A few smaller bikes coming with crank motors.... best of both worlds .... Thanks Bergamont and Eljoy!


As usual some 2017 bikes have stayed in the 2018 range, basically as the base models but beware of 'end of season bargains', at best these are often 2016 or older bikes, at worst they are well used hire or demo bikes or simply don't exist other than on the internet .... to get you hooked!


Bottom pics are an Eljoy Liberty Max custom colour ready to be delivered ... Gotta love that. And the current Eljoy's in stock.. mens and ladies ...

By Paul, Aug 2 2017 03:37PM

Published on July 28, 2017Featured in: Automotive, Big Data, Green Business, Oil & Energy

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New data suggests Tesla batteries last up to 25 years. In this episode, we’ll be diving into this data and seeing how it translates to owners.





Back in April, I shared data on Tesla battery degradation. Since then, Tesla owners have been measuring and sharing their battery degradation data – and the results have been surprising. Tesla owners who contributed to this data first drained their EV batteries down to 0%, then charged fully them to 100%. This is to get a consistent measurement on how much energy a battery can hold.


Despite the data, many people wonder why lithium-ion batteries in phones and laptops can barely hold a charge after a few years, while lithium-ion EV batteries don’t suffer the same fate. Well, according to lithium-ion battery cells studies, after 500-800 charging cycles and 100,000 to 150.000 miles a battery’s charging capacity drops to around 70%. However, most EV owners don’t typical drain their batteries to 0% or 100%. This increases the battery life significantly. Based on study estimates, owners who practice partial charging generally see degradation after 1,200-1,500 charging cycles and 350,000 miles of life.


Because study data on EV battery life is limited, the data provided by real owners, as mentioned above, is much more valuable. It is important to note, charging habits are not the only contributing factors to battery life as factors like temperature and usage patterns also play a role.


As stated, most owners don’t typically run their batteries to 0%, and by default, a Tesla battery stops charging at 80%. This is to reduce battery strain.To even further reduce battery strain, Tesla may limit Fast Charging speeds. All of these factors combined are Tesla’s safeguard to help protect your vehicle, ensure you have a great experience with your luxury EV as well as allow for an expansive lifespan (unlike phone and laptop batteries).


In running some regression analysis on the user-provided data, I found that there was some high volatility. This is likely due to the factor that the data is user-reported, and it is not being measured in a controlled environment.


When Eindhoven University of Technology Systems and Control Professor, Maarten Steinbuch, looked at this data, he found that “on average the batteries have 92% remaining at 240.000 km. If the linear behavior would continue, then the ‘lifetime’ (still 80% capacity left) can be calculated as follows: 92-80 = 12% times 45,000 km = 540,000 km.”


I also looked at another studied from YouTuber and battery aficionado Jehu Garcia. He tested some early Tesla batteries and found that without use, batteries degraded at about .35% per year. Which means, after about 285 years, these batteries will be almost completely dead.


Working with the figure that batteries will retain more than 80% of their capacities for up 310,000 miles and considering that the average US drives about 13,5000 miles, on average, a Tesla battery does not need replacing for around 23 years. This is:


15 more years after the battery warranty runs out


13 years after cars become fully autonomous


4 years after my son can legally drink


and 10 years after the robots take over our world and enslave humanity


Okay, that last one might come sooner, we’ll see…


The point is, by the time your Tesla battery wears out, we’ll be in a totally new world - and likely won’t even be driving ourselves anymore. In fact, Elon Musk recently stated that he thinks in 20 years we won’t even have steering wheels in cars.


So, when it comes to the lifespan of your Tesla battery, rest easy. It will likely outlast the rest of your car.


I compiled my data using the following sources:


https://steinbuch.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/tesla-model-s-battery-degradation-data/


https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm


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By Paul, Apr 17 2017 05:54PM

Hi Paul,

Jen and I were out for a thirty mile trip today, and it was hugely enjoyable. Jen comments it’s nice not to have me clanking along behind her on my old bike! Thanks again for spending time with us, it does make a big difference to be able to try various e-bikes in a leisurely fashion, and I’m very pleased with the Eljoy.

Ian & Jen

By Paul, Mar 1 2017 02:05PM

Electric Bike Motor Comparison: Hub, Mid Drive, & Friction Drive

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Here is a comparison of the different electric bike motor systems to help you determine which configuration is best for your riding needs.

In this article there are the pros and cons of each system: the hub motors (front and rear), the mid drive motor, the friction drive motor, and the rocket drive!

First of all, let’s take a look at the popular hub motors.

Hub Motors

Hub motors are electric motors that are housed inside the hub of either the front or rear wheel.

These are the most common motor that you will find on an electric bike (although mid drives are becoming very popular in certain markets).

There are direct drive hub motors that use the whole hub shell as the electric motor. And there are geared hub motors that have a smaller internal motor with planetary gears that drive the hub shell. Here is a comparison of direct drive and geared hub motors.

In addition, there is an emerging number of all-in-one hub or wheel systems that house all of the e-bike components (motor, battery, controller) in the hub or wheel.

Here is an overview of front hub, rear hub, and all-in-one hub motors with their pros & cons.





Front Hub Motors

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In general a front hub motor pulls you and it creates an all wheel drive e-bike.

Pros

• It creates an all wheel drive bike because the motor drives the front wheel and you can power the rear wheel with your pedal power. This can be advantageous for riding in snow or in sand. Some fat e-bikes are coming with front hub motors to create this all wheel drive system.

Any type of bike drivetrain (gears) can be used: traditional gears with cogs, chain and derailleurs or internal geared hubs (IGH) with a chain or belt drive.

• Front hub motor systems are easy to install or remove from the bike because there are no gear systems to deal with (chain, derailleur, etc.) when compared to a rear hub motor. This is handy for fixing a flat tire or adding/removing electric assist from a conventional bike.

• Front hub motors can provide for a more balanced bike weight distribution if the battery is mounted in the middle or back part of the bike. This helps when lifting the bike onto a car rack or carrying the bike up stairs.

Cons

• Some riders do not like the feeling of being “pulled” by the motor.

• Since there is much less weight over the front wheel there is a tendency for the wheel to spin when accelerating on roads that have a layer of loose material (dirt, sand, snow, etc.) or when climbing a steep hill. This is more noticeable on the powerful and torquey front hub motors. I have found that after some time spent riding a front hub motor, you get used to this characteristic and adjust the assist and/or place more weight over the front wheel to work with these conditions.

• Front hub motors generally have a throttle and/or a cadence sensor pedal assist. It is rare to find a torque sensor based pedal assist system for a front hub motor.

• The front hub motors generally are focused on the lower power range (250 watts to 350 watts). There are higher powered front hub motors but they are not as common because the front fork of the bike does not provide as much of structural platform when compared the frame of the bike (rear hub motors).

• Front hub motors generally need a sturdy fork, especially for the higher powered motors. This is very important if you are installing a front hub motor kit on a conventional bike. Check with the kit company for their recommendations on what is required for the front fork. If you are buying a complete e-bike with a front hub motor, then the company selling the complete e-bike has most likely done their homework and supplied an adequate front fork to handle the motor’s power.

• They have a tendency to “bog down” on long steep climbs. See mid drive motors for climbing long and steep hills.

• The higher torque hub motors (generally the more powerful) need larger spokes and sturdy rims.

Rear Hub Motors


In general rear hub motors push you and they offer a wide range of power level options.

Pros

• Most people are familiar with the rear wheel driving the bike forward because that is the way 99.99% of bikes are built.

• There is significantly less tendency for the rear wheel to spin on loose road conditions because the majority of the riders weight is over the rear wheel.

• There is a wide range of power options (250 watts to 750 watts and beyond) because the bike’s frame provides a good structural platform to handle high torque from the motor.

• Rear hub motors can provide assist with a throttle and/or cadence or torque sensor pedal assist.

• Some direct drive rear hub motors provide regenerative braking.

Cons

• Rear hub motors are a little more cumbersome to install or remove because the gears (chain, derailleur, etc.) need to be worked around.

• They have a tendency to “bog down” on long steep climbs. See mid drive motors for climbing long and steep hills.

• Bikes that have a rear hub motor with a rear rack battery are back heavy and that can affect the handling of the bike. Some riders may not notice this if they are riding in a more cautious manner vs. a performance riding style. Back heavy e-bikes can be hard to handle while lifting onto a car rack or carrying the bike up stairs. Removing the battery can help with this.

• The higher torque hub motors (generally the more powerful) need larger spokes and sturdy rims.




Mid Drive Motors

In general a mid drive motor powers through the drivetrain (transmission) of the bike which enables the motor to help with long & steep climbs and power up to high speeds on flat roads.

Pros

• Mid drive systems are known for being able to climb long steep hills because they can leverage the lower gears of the bike and keep their rpm’s in an efficient range without getting “bogged down” like a hub motor. This is a good feature if you ride in areas that have consistently long and steep climbs.

• These motors can also leverage the higher gears of the drivetrain to cruise along at high speeds on the flat or inclined roads.

• Since the motor is at the cranks of the bike it provides for a low and centered weight distribution. If the battery is mounted in the center of the bike that further adds to great weight distribution which is good for the handling of the bike as well as making it easier to lift onto a car rack or carry up stairs.

• Removing the front or rear wheel is easy because there are no motor wires or hardware to remove (compared to hub motors). The bike can use almost any wheel type along with quick releases front and rear.

• Most mid drive systems use a chain, cogs, and derailleur drivetrain. Some systems are compatible with internally geared hubs and belt drives. The E2 Drives combines the mid drive motor with a “gearbox” at the cranks.

• There is the ability for a mid drive system to use a throttle and/or cadence or torque sensor pedal assist. Some mid drives are pretty sophisticated with sensors that measure the pedal power, wheels speed, and crank speed to provide assist that blends with the riders power to create a very intuitive ride feel. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother. In addition there are some mid drives that are integrating with electronic shifting systems.

Cons

• Since the power is being transferred through the drivetrain of the bike there can be more wear applied to the drivetrain components (chain, cogs, derailleur, etc.). The higher power systems will add significantly more wear and those components may need to be replaced on a more frequent basis.

• To keep the mid drive motor operating efficiently you need to be shifting the gears properly for climbing hills or cruising along the flats. If you are used to shifting the gears properly on a conventional bike then this is nothing new.

• Some mid drive systems can sense when you are going to shift the gears and they will reduce the power for a smoother shift. There are some systems that don’t have these sensors and that can lead to abrupt shifts when the motor is applying full power.

• A majority of mid drives have a single chainring which limits the gear range to a rear cogset or to the gear range of an internally geared hub. For most riding conditions this is okay because the motor makes up for the gear range that is missing and the gear range of a rear cogset or IGH is pretty wide these days.

• Most of the popular mid drives systems are only available on complete e-bikes with specific frame mounts. There are not many retro-fit mid drive kits to choose from right now but it seems that there may be more on the horizon.


By Paul, Feb 26 2017 02:56PM



I first met Paul from Eden-e-Motion last October when he gave a talk on the subject of Electric Cycles. Buying an electric bike has been something Ive considered purchasing for a long time. I saw it as a route back into cycling and something that would keep me fit and healthy. To be frank before talking to Paul I found the whole subject of Electric Bikes a bit of a 'mine field' and it seemed to me that your choice of bike, once purchased, may easily be regretted later. With Paul's friendly and detailed knowledge this was not an issue it became easy to firstly work out what your requirements are and then, best of all, test out the bike suitable for your requirements. I have to say that the ''Batribike Storm'' I eventually purchased has proved to be perfect for me. Paul's after sale service too has also been great and additionally he has been able to pass on advice enabling me to get the maximum performance out of my bike. Id have no hesitation in recommending Eden-e-Motion to anyone who maybe thinking of buying an electric bike, its certainly worth calling into the shop on the edge of Kirkby Stephen for a chat with Paul.


Roger Heeley

Barnard Castle

Feb 2017


By Paul, Feb 9 2017 04:53PM

Blow away the winter blues with a new e-bike that you will love to ride whatever the weather (instead of leaving in the shed until......... err......... when?)

If it gets cold you can get home easily and quickly or keep warm and pedal more yourself.... You choose how much help you get from the motor. Come and have a go, a smile is guaranteed!

All our bikes are high quality from European / British based manufacturers and can be used all year round even in Cumbria!


By Paul, Jan 27 2017 05:26PM

The sun came out today! so I decided to take the two new KTM's (that came in over Christmas!) out of the shop for the first time.

I rode the Force (MTB) first and as soon as the pedals started to turn, I was impressed. This bike has the CX PERFORMANCE-LINE motor from BOSCH and yep. . . . . it does. It made the hill by the shop so easy, I had to come back and try another bike in case I just ate too many Weetabix this morning . . . . I hadn't!

As you would expect from KTM, the [100% Austrian] build quality is superb, the setup gives excellent feedback to the rider and the head display is comprehensive as it stands and can be upgraded with all the latest toys like fitness functions, GPS mapping and smartphone integration.

The same system is fitted to the KTM JOY (hybrid type) although not the performance motor, however the the low and solid ladies model here was super comfy to ride and gives you the feeling that you could take on almost any riding conditions on this bike. Both have ample size batteries for their designated use giving a comfortable 60 mile range under varying riding conditions.

They both look good but KTM have thought of everything, with a range of styles, colours and choice of FRAME TYPE (mens/ladies/step through) and SIZE in all models.

I'll be getting more KTM's in different styles as they roll off the production line in Austria and can order eveything from their catalogue. There are literally thousands of variations!

Check them all out at: http://www.ktm-bikes.at/en/bikes/e-bike.html

Prices start at around £2000.