Looking for advice re new bike for commuting (warning has ebike content too)

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Rykard

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current bikes are ok, other than will probably need tyres & tubes, just the body is not what it used to be. how did you build an ebike? I think pedal assit seems to be the way to go.
 
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Rykard

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Where's the best place to look for 2nd hand ebikes
 

Smudge

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Somerset
Where's the best place to look for 2nd hand ebikes
For sale threads in ebike forums like Pedelecs, plus Ebay & Gumtree. Plus keep an eye on HotUkDeals, sometimes there's good deals for new ebikes that get posted on there.
Biggest caveat for secondhand is the battery, how many times its been charged and how its been looked after. Its a big expense to replace one.
 

Skanker

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On my yacht
Be careful with electric front wheels as they can cause damage to the fork tips if they produce too much torque. I broke a nice set of forks learning this a few years back.
Make sure your forks have no cracks or damage on the tips where the axle sits.
Also most electric wheels from home build kits have 12mm axles so check your forks have a big enough space between them as making the gap bigger will make the tips weaker and they are more likely to break.
Result - Heavy face-plant (from experience)
 

Zanelad

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Aylesbury
I'd say stick with what you've got for now and see how you get on. I feel a hypocrite though as I bought an e bike for my commute. It's further than yours at 11 miles each way and I'm 11 years older ^_^. That's my excuse, anyway.

I use flat bars and didn't consider drop bars. I shower each morning and find that I'm still sweet smelling when I get to work. I'd rather leave a few minutes earlier and ease the pace than bust a gut and get hot and bothered.
 
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