**** 26-11-22 UPDATE to the post below ****
**** BIKE STOLEN this week ****
6 Nov. 2022 – I am not getting any younger. Birfday looming…
After 12 years of commuting by bike in and out of Leicester, I have decided a little assistance might be welcome.
You can read about my decision to ‘get my bike out’ ‘A Celebration of Cycling’ From ‘Good, Bad, & Ugly‘, to ‘I sold my car‘, to the BBC and ‘Melton Road‘…
After doing ~15 miles a day for many years, I have been researching the new ‘pedelec’ options for a considerable time.
A pedelec (pedal electric cycle) is a type of low-powered electric bicycle where your pedalling is assisted by a small electric motor. If you stop pedalling you don’t go faster, it will not assist at more than 15.5mph. You can boost the assistance levels if needed, on such as a hill or against wind (more assistance uses more battery).
I love my old belt-drive Gazelle Ultimate bike and I would recommend the setup to anyone; see more here ‘My Gazelle Ultimate‘. but assistance beckons.
After much research the obvious choice was a Gazelle ebike, and specifically the upright Gazelle Grenoble belt-drive ebike. Alas, the supply chain of bikes from Europe is currently very poor – no GGs in my size in the UK til next spring. So I looked for similar. There’s not much similar – Dutch upright style posture, hub-gears, quality components, belt-drive… but…
Roll on the Raleigh Motus GT. It has all the elements I wanted except the much loved Gates’ belt-drive, (but a belt is an option for the future).
It’s a chain driven pedelec. It has Shimano Nexus hub gears, so no derailleur gears to mess with. The seating-handlebar configuration is upright rather than sport. It’s a step-through frame so no crossbar to hurdle. The motor etc is Bosch Active Line Plus. It has eight gears with four levels of assist. To get the most from a charge you would cycle in Eco mode, but for example if the wind’s against you, or on hills, you can boost up the modes.
So, and to came to pass (an early birfday/Christmas present), I am now riding a Raleigh Motus ebike. Using my old ‘Red’ panniers, my old Widek chrome bell, and my well-worn Brooks saddle. We’ll see how it goes…
For the reasons why I bike to work, see here; “Just a person, on a bike…”
And, for other bike related witterings, see here; ‘bike stuff’