Touring Europe on an ebike

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Touring Europe on an ebike

Postby australiantourer » Tue May 30, 2017 12:02 pm

Has anyone toured in Europe on an ebike? My partner has just discovered ebikes, and I think it could allow us to be touring-compatible (ie: with me on conventional bike, which I would take with me on the plane). We would like to ride some Eurovelo routes for 2-3 months. Rental costs are about $30 per day, so that soon becomes prohibitive. We could take her ebike over on the plane without a battery (probably!), and buy a new one there. However, the battery supplied costs $6-700 (HerrAkku 36 v 11 AH). Maybe there are cheap batteries that would be ok for 3 months/3000 kms -- any opinions? It does not seem possible to send the current battery over as a parcel due to dangerous goods status. Maybe we could find a secondhand ebike over there, though I don't know if you can test a lithium ion battery. Any ideas or experiences? My apologies if there is a thread for this -- I can't find one.

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Re: Touring Europe on an ebike

Postby PA » Tue May 30, 2017 1:00 pm

See if there is a user forum for the brand of bike she has then ask if someone has a battery you could rent/borrow for the time you are there. Worst case buy the required battery new then sell it to another user.

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Re: Touring Europe on an ebike

Postby Aushiker » Tue May 30, 2017 2:13 pm

I would suggest asking at

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Re: Touring Europe on an ebike

Postby uart » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:19 pm

My brother wants to do a similar thing, but touring in the US (again he on his normal bike and his wife on an ebike). He has looked into it and decided that the most economical way is to take her existing bike without the battery pack, and buy a pack over there.

I think he is fortunate in that the particular pack required is fairly generic and the cost to buy it in the US is not too high. He reckons that he'll be ahead (on renting) even if he gives the battery away when it's time to come home.

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Touring Europe on an ebike

Postby Aaronsoole » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:18 pm

150 for 36v, 10 ah Hobby King batteries, close to no voltage sag at any ebike load, light weight and long life as long as you know how to handle them safely.

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