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Electric bikes again

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by Danny, 15 Nov 2007.

  1. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Following on from the thread a few months ago, can someone explain whether there are electric bikes on the market which can actually take over all the pedalling when required.

    I have spoken to two LBSs who say they are only allowed to sell electric bikes which are power assisted, and that a bike that could take over all the pedalling would be classified as a moped.

    Is what they are telling me correct, or am I just getting a line because they don't happen to stock the kind of bike I am looking for? ;)
     
  2. OP
    OP
    Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Following on from the thread a few months ago, can someone explain whether there are electric bikes on the market which can actually take over all the pedalling when required.

    I have spoken to two LBSs who say they are only allowed to sell electric bikes which are power assisted, and that a bike that could take over all the pedalling would be classified as a moped.

    Is what they are telling me correct, or am I just getting a line because they don't happen to stock the kind of bike I am looking for? ;)
     
  3. Its a line. Electrickery bikes are available in two types, theres yer common or garden 'electric bike' and then theres 'pedelecs'.

    Pedelecs generally drive through the bikes transmission and have a pedal pressure or chain tension sensor linked to the circuitry. The motor only works if youre pedaling.

    Electric bikes have a motor which is not linked to the bikes transmission. They usually have a twist grip style throttle.

    Each type is subject to different EU legislation. I dont know what the ins and outs of the law are, your best source of info on the subject is the electric bike comparison pages on A to B Magazines excellent website.
     
  4. Its a line. Electrickery bikes are available in two types, theres yer common or garden 'electric bike' and then theres 'pedelecs'.

    Pedelecs generally drive through the bikes transmission and have a pedal pressure or chain tension sensor linked to the circuitry. The motor only works if youre pedaling.

    Electric bikes have a motor which is not linked to the bikes transmission. They usually have a twist grip style throttle.

    Each type is subject to different EU legislation. I dont know what the ins and outs of the law are, your best source of info on the subject is the electric bike comparison pages on A to B Magazines excellent website.
     
  5. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    The bike must have pedals and be limited to a maximum powered speed of 15mph; but as far as I know there's no legal requirement for you to have to pedal.
     
  6. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    The bike must have pedals and be limited to a maximum powered speed of 15mph; but as far as I know there's no legal requirement for you to have to pedal.
     
  7. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    See http://www.kinetics-online.co.uk/html/uk_law.shtml
     
  8. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    See http://www.kinetics-online.co.uk/html/uk_law.shtml
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    suspect as soon as it's powered, you're looking at signals and so on

    like those mobility carts for the old people
     
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    suspect as soon as it's powered, you're looking at signals and so on

    like those mobility carts for the old people
     
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Don't think so. An electric bike depends on the same signals as a pedalled bike - arm signals. And not all mobility carts have indicators, only the really lethal 10 tonne ones...
     
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Don't think so. An electric bike depends on the same signals as a pedalled bike - arm signals. And not all mobility carts have indicators, only the really lethal 10 tonne ones...
     
  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I don't know the law regarding power output, but an electric bike would certainly not be classed as a moped even if it had no pedals at all. A moped is a vehicle with an IC engine.
     
  14. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I don't know the law regarding power output, but an electric bike would certainly not be classed as a moped even if it had no pedals at all. A moped is a vehicle with an IC engine.
     
  15. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Your local bike shop are wrong. A to B here:

    AtoB