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THE BEST E-BIKE

ELAINE PILLEY

Gocycle-GX-2020-5
Gocycle-GX-2020-5

I am thinking in investing in a Moustache.

Rather than a dog.

My husband isn’t so keen. He wants me to get a tern. And himself some pythons. And a dog.

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Moustache-Sam-28.3

Since we discovered e-biking on a trip to the Cotswolds, we have both decided to treat ourselves to e-bikes. We were directed to two specialists, Sigma Sports and Fully Charged. And subjected to a lot of Bosch.

“The Samedi 27 Xroad 1 is a chameleon who knows how to blend in anywhere, whether it’s getting you to work, doing the shopping, or for your weekend rides in the forest,”  said the  very fit young man at  Fully Charged, pointing out the bikes Bosch motor. and fixations compatibilities (lights front and rear!). He introduced me his little Tern cargo bike  while husband squeezed some Pythons (tyres).

Hill-flattening, headwind-blunting, healthy for mind, body, soul, planet and wallet, e-bikes are becoming part of more and more families.

Choosing a bicycle is a bit like choosing a dog,.  Except you don’t need a license for a two-wheeler.

And you go to a recognized dealer rather than a pet shop, rescue centre or RSPCA shelter.  Owning and looking after dogs and e-bikes are the same except you don’t need to wear a helmet for dogs.

E-bikes are now man’s second-best friends. We are all becoming PAC owners. Pedal Assisted Cycles are like dogs. They both pull you along and get their owners much-needed fresh air and exercise. And just as expensive. But they must never be considered toys.

The selection and buying process is also very much the same.

It’s so easy to pick the first one you see. But the cutest is not always the best.  And the one which seems to plead to you to take it away with you to freedom may not be the right one for you. That’s why, whether you fancy a hybrid or a mongrel, you consult the experts. You need professional advice on compatibility. Sigma are the Crufts of E-bikes. They only show the very best.

SIGMA SPORTS recommend several additions to your family :

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Specialized-Como-SL

SPECIALIZED TURBO COMO SL 5.0 ELECTRIC HYBRID IdeaBIKE 2021 (£4250)

Ideal for both town and country.  Street-wise but at home in the country, this popular pet is as cool  and precious as a  chow chow. It doesn’t cost as much as a Samoyen or louchen but provides the same sense of proud ownership. Has seemingly exhaustless reserves of energy.

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Cannondale-Cujo-3-275and-Mountain-Bike-2021-Midnight-Blue

CANNONDALE TRAIL NEO S 2 ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE 2021  (£2719)

Versatile , solid and capable. In many ways the Irish wolfhound of the electric-bike world. Easy to control with a trustworthy body, mixes well with other bikes and had a serious as well as playful side. Before you decide, feel its strong mudguard mounts and sturdy kickstand.

BRAMPTON H2L FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE (£2725)

As energetic as a Beagle. as sociable as a bearded collie, as faithful as Golden Retriever and fearless as a German shepherd, it will happily go anywhere although can get lively in open spaces and remote places and is prone to potholes.

Bianchi-E-SPillo
Bianchi-E-SPillo

BIANCHI E-SPILLO CLASSIC ALTUS ELECTRIC HYBRID BIKE 2020 ( £1160)

As nippy as a Jack Russell and as just as tenacious. Once it gets on the road and get the tarmac between its teeth, it won’t let go. Great at finding everything from shops to pubs and trails and very children-friendly.  So basically a Cavalier King Charles with handlebars. Or a daschund with a luggage rack. Has a good motor on it and  copes with all terrains. Compatible with most body mass/fat indices and bottom sizes.

But there is no doubt about who wins the Best of showrooms. Go Cycle is the Supreme Champion. The e-bike equivalent of a cross- between a St Bernard, an Argentino and an Afghan.

Sleek to look at and maybe not for the beginner, it responds poorly to lack of attention and needs plenty of exercise.  It hardly makes a noise and folds away within ten seconds so you would never know it’s there on long car trips.

Go Cycle is based in Chessington, Surrey and its founder,  Richard Thorpe , used to be a designer for McLaren Cars.

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Gocycle-G4-Electric-Bike

The new £4000-5000 three-model Generation Four family (G4, G4i and G4i+) are specified with a new G4drive™ electric motor, an all-new carbon fibre mid-frame, a single-sided carbon fibre front fork, a fully-integrated USB port for phone charging on the go, new high-performance MotoGP-inspired tyres and low energy bluetooth, for an improved App connectivity.

There is only one thing more status-enhancing than  carrying around a löwchen puppy being pulled along by a Tibetan mastiff or Black Russian terrier and that’s sitting on top of a brand new G4.

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Gocycle-G4i-white-05

It pays to take your time saddling up.

But always remember e bikes and dogs are very alike in another way.

Neither, once you have bought one, come with pedals.

Contact your nearest luxury E-bike specialist. They won’t sell you a pup.