Iain bought his Haibike e bike from us 2.5 years ago and every time he brings his bike into Electric Bikes Brisbane for a service it astounds us how many kms he does and the great condition of his ebike. At his most recent service his odometer read 22,163km - that's halfway around the world! - so we asked him a few questions on what he uses his ebike for.
For the whole of my working life in England and for the past nine years, in Australia, I have been lucky enough to be able to travel to work under my own steam. When I moved to Petrie, (35km from my work in Brisbane), I was faced with a real dilemma. I knew my conventional road bike would cut the mustard but I would be so knackered by the time I got to work, that I would be no use to man nor beast; I needed an alternative.
Using the train is a nightmare when you're not used to being surrounded by the phalanx of humanity, coughing and spluttering in every direction; it's not that I'm antisocial or anything.......
Even though it would have been cheaper than the train, the car was never going to be an option.
A scooter was considered for a fleeting moment, 'til I came to my senses.
I really hadn't considered an ebike at all until I saw one in action and had an epiphany as a result; I hired an e bike from 'Electric Bike Brisbane' and my 'fate was sealed'.
I'm an all-weather cyclist. In England (during the winter and come to think of it, during the summer also) I rode my conventional bike, come sleet or rain. You'll notice I never mentioned sunshine! After some mega-online research, I chose the Haibike because it evaluated well in all of the reviews I read. It appeared to have the robustness that I would require for a daily commute of 70kms. This robustness and build quality was confirmed on inspection. I was certain it could handle the warm, summer showers, doled out in Queensland.
I very rarely use the bike at weekends. I bought it purely as a means of travelling to and from work, a distance of approximately 70kms daily.
It has to be the way it smooths out the many hills between Brisbane and home. I love the way the bike rewards your efforts, in that the harder you pedal the more 'oomph' you get in return.
"It's almost a symbiotic relationship."
Lot's of comments (unprintable) from drivers that I find amusing.
Try a few out.
Check out the weight. There'll come a time when you have to lift it.
The ebike I hired was hub driven and was heavy and cumbersome. My Haibike, in a lot of respects, looks and feels like a conventional bike and is very robust and manoeuvrable but this quality comes at a price.
I would recommend that if you are in the market for an ebike, buy one that enables you to fix punctures without the need to take the bike to a professional.
If you intend to ride long distances or for extended times periods, as I do, invest in decent tyres.
"I consider my ebike is a real investment."
So I try to look after this investment by ensuring it is serviced regularly. Bear in mind that servicing is also a tad more expensive than with a conventional bike as it's a more complex machine, and should be carried out more often than what most cyclists are probably used to.
Thanks Iain - what a great example to show that you do have an option for a healthier, active commute even if you live a bit further out of town. See you at your next service!
Check out the Haibike 2017 Trekking e bikes if you are keen to get an ebike that can help you clock up kms like Iain.