How many times have you worried about leaving your bicycle outside. I wonder if he will be there waiting for me when I return, that is a very frequent thought.
A good, secure chain can certainly help. But what to do when you don't have a garage or your work is too far away to do it entirely by bike.
If you recognise yourself in these situations, it means you need a foldable. In fact, you can take it inside with you, carry it in the car or on the train or public transport.
And if you can't afford to arrive at the office sweaty, then you need a bicycle electric folding.
It is not easy to find a good electric folding bike, even the legendary Brompton is having some difficulty in their electrical range.
The biggest difficulty may lie in where to place the electrical kit. The folding bicycle usually folds over by breaking the frame in two, so there is little space to place the battery.
The motor can have different power, but only the motor from 250 Wh corresponds to the European pedelec standard and allows you to benefit from the electric bicycle category.
More powerful engines need to be maintained and run like a moped with all the expenses and legislation involved: road tax, overhaul, road ban, etc.
Another challenge for the electric folding bike lies in the fact that the electric kit weighs quite a bit and thus conflicts with the main concept of the foldableIt must be light and easy to manoeuvre.
In fact, if you have to fold and carry it several times a day, the weight becomes one of the crucial features to make the difference between your foldable inseparable and the folding one that stays at home collecting dust.
If you do not want this to happen with your new folding bicycle electricity you have to evaluate these aspects well:
- Power 250 Wh
- maximum speed 25/h
- The weight with the electric kit
- battery capacity
The last two characteristics are in direct conflict with each other, the more powerful the battery, the more boost it gives you and the longer it lasts, but at the same time the more it weighs down your vehicle.
Do you want to know how?
We give you some good advice:
Evaluate well the route you have to take, for relatively short routes, less than 5 km and on the flat you may need a lighter battery, and conversely if you have to do the longer stretches of 5 km and you have several challenging climbs, you may need a little more help.
Your weight and fitness are also important. In fact, the less you weigh, the easier it will be to carry you. Whereas the more trained you are, the less help you need for your legs.
The weight of the bicycle itself. The less the chassis weighs, the less the total weight will be. Consider that the weight of your foldable is important while driving, however it becomes extremely important when carrying it by hand.
Here too you have decision scissors: capacity (and thus weight) of the battery VS the weight of the bike. Estimate your route, how many times do you have to lift it and carry it by hand?
The electrical kit is also important. Where is it manufactured? Does it have EC support? Will it be easy to replace the battery once it reaches its limit?
And last but not least, the battery is known to pollute. And if we use the bicycle we also do it for the good of our planet, don't we? Find out if, when you have to replace your battery, the manufacturer allows you to recharge it, it will save not only the planet but also your wallet!
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