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Budget electric bike £354.95 inc del @ Wilkinsonplus

£354.95 @ Wilko (Wilkinson)
Well if fuel prices are getting you down and you are too lazy to use a normal bike, then one of these might fit the bill (no road tax either). These seem to be around the £500 mark on Amazon/Tesco. … Read More
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6y, 3m agoFound 6 years, 3 months ago
Well if fuel prices are getting you down and you are too lazy to use a normal bike, then one of these might fit the bill (no road tax either). These seem to be around the £500 mark on Amazon/Tesco.
Btw there is a £10 off code on this site to get the price quoted.
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#1
Amazon reviews here

Mixed but not as massively unfavourable as I was expecting for such a cheap electric bike
#2
Isn't there a website somewhere where you can compare this "Meerkat" electric bike with other electric bikes??? :)
#3
Quidco 5% too
#4
Unsafe at any price - a few of the reviewers on Amazon received bikes missing a brake pad! Imagine trying to stop a bike with a lead-acid battery Flintstones-style... Surely a motor-vehicle is worth spending more on?
#5
If I didn't live 70 miles from work I might look closely at this, got to be worth the saving on public transport for anyone who uses the train for a short commute.
#6
If you buy understand what this is. It is battery ASSISTED (it won't whiz you up and down hill at 15mph) and then VERY heavy to pedal once the battery is flat.

May suit some but don't be misled.

Low price for this sort of thing though.
#7
My commute to work (Central London) is 15 miles and I'm very tempted by one of these bikes. I wouldn't dare risk riding a moped/motorbike into work but now that crazy Boris has built 'bike superhighways' down the side of the A13 these bikes are looking like a pretty attractive option! :)

Voted hot for the price BTW - have just done a quick bit of searching and this seems like a pretty competative price for similar products
#8
Lots of info' on this site http://www.atob.org.uk/questionselectric.htm along with buyers guide and prices.
#9
marty-401
Lots of info' on this site http://www.atob.org.uk/questionselectric.htm along with buyers guide and prices.


Based on that this one is pretty hopeless.
#10
davesherman
My commute to work (Central London) is 15 miles and I'm very tempted by one of these bikes. I wouldn't dare risk riding a moped/motorbike into work but now that crazy Boris has built 'bike superhighways' down the side of the A13 these bikes are looking like a pretty attractive option! :)

Voted hot for the price BTW - have just done a quick bit of searching and this seems like a pretty competative price for similar products


Even if their (inevitably optimistic) claims on range are correct it wouldn't get you home again on single charge. I think at best this one's for Miss Marple to get to the shops.
#11
Besford
Even if their (inevitably optimistic) claims on range are correct it wouldn't get you home again on single charge. I think at best this one's for Miss Marple to get to the shops.

I'd be able to plug it in at work so wouldn't be too much of a problem.

If only this one was a bit cheaper... http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gocycle/2010-electric-bike-ec022006:)
#12
davesherman
Besford
Even if their (inevitably optimistic) claims on range are correct it wouldn't get you home again on single charge. I think at best this one's for Miss Marple to get to the shops.


I'd be able to plug it in at work so wouldn't be too much of a problem.

If only this one was a bit cheaper... http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gocycle/2010-electric-bike-ec022006:)


Even shorter range. I'm afraid for your purposes you need a serious bit of kit and that isn't going to be cheap.
#13
My expereince of these has been that the extra push from the motor doesn't quite compensate for the extra weight.

While £355 is a low price for an electrically assisted bike, lead acid battery technology reflects this. When you can pick up a used scooter or a really good commuting bicycle for barely any more money, I struggle to see what problem one of these solves.

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