After travelling my usual 22km round trip ride to work I measured the power usage (at my current rate) to recharge the battery back to full.. complete electricity usage came to 4.1 cents – for 22km, not too shabby I think. Thats with me pedalling a fair bit, but not all the time, but a fair bit of throttle use. Measured a use a second time the following day and got 3.92 cents of power used.
Well I rode home while it was raining and the greenewheels bike worked just fine, eve though it was cold and wet. Although in the description it says it is fine in wet weather I was a bit nervous about the electrical connectors until I actually rode 11km in fairly rainy conditions.
Also took the bike for a spin without the battery, using it as a normal bike, it was fine. Was a bit tired at first as I took off at ebike speeds, but once I slowed down to normal speeds was jus a nice bike (with 6 speed gears) to ride around on.
I’m guessing this supplier, or one of the similar variants are where the greenewheels bikes are sourced.
Also interesting that greenewheels got support from the Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, in my opinion making excellent use of the scheme to start a business that I hope goes well and keeps growing.
Well I purchased a red flashy light and a headlight and a bike computer from torpedo7, the lights so I feel safe riding home at night and the computer so I can measure the speed.
So far the Ebay spiel on the bike rings true.. I measure 24 and a bit km/h on the flat with my Union 10 bike computer, up to about 29 km/h if I pedal a bit.. I could probably go faster but I am lazy and don’t want to get too sweaty.
The Bike computer is fine except for its use of cable ties to bind the computer the the handlebars.. not much room for installation errors without getting more cable ties, but then again it was a very cheap one, and otherwise seems to work just fine.
Next step to get the hang of the odometer and do a proper range test.
Interesting to see the pricing for the Wisper 905e as they are sold in Australia. These bikes are similar, although not the same as the greenewheels electric bike (e.g. 7 speed gears instead of 6 speed). They appear to use the same frame and motor, but a quite different control scheme, possibly as they were designed to be sold in the EU where a quite different set of laws apply to power assisted bicycles.