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    I'm no expect, but isn't it the case that many of the new-breed of electric bike doesn't look much different to a regular bike?

    I'm not sure I'd notice one of these (just picking a random electric bike from Evans) as being electric if I saw it out and about - https://www.evanscycles.com/speciali...hoCPk4QAvD_BwE
    Fair point actually, though it's mostly road bikes round here.

    I did have one overtake me going under a bridge along the canal which looked like a perfectly normal bike but sounded more like a motorbike and seemed to leave behind diesel fumes, so must've had a little motor somewhere? Fairly illegal presumably.
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      I'm no expert, but isn't it the case that many of the new-breed of electric bike doesn't look much different to a regular bike?

      I'm not sure I'd notice one of these (just picking a random electric bike from Evans) as being electric if I saw it out and about - https://www.evanscycles.com/speciali...hoCPk4QAvD_BwE
      It's all about the downtube they're oversized making them really easy to spot if you're painfully sad.

      The G-something bike is very clever as all its gubbins is stored in the 'bottle' on the downtube, so that does look like a normal hybrid bike.
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      It's all about the downtube they're oversized making them really easy to spot if you're painfully sad.

      The G-something bike is very clever as all its gubbins is stored in the 'bottle' on the downtube, so that does look like a normal hybrid bike.
      I have the Gtec sport..and yes the battery looks like a water bottle. Although I am pleased with and it only cost me £500 second hand ( but not used) I would get an Ebike with gears as the Gtec doesnt have any.
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      I have the Gtec sport..and yes the battery looks like a water bottle. Although I am pleased with and it only cost me £500 second hand ( but not used) I would get an Ebike with gears as the Gtec doesnt have any.
      Aren't they belt drive as well?

      Super smooth and quiet but single speed.
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      It's all about the downtube they're oversized making them really easy to spot if you're painfully sad.
      I've had four electric bikes but all lead-acid so no chance of disguising them. Although one had its batteries incorporated into a topbox on the back, the large hub housing the motor was the giveaway. Lithium Ion is a game-changer in this respect along with more compact motors, allowing designs such as this
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      I have the Gtec sport..and yes the battery looks like a water bottle. Although I am pleased with and it only cost me £500 second hand ( but not used) I would get an Ebike with gears as the Gtec doesnt have any.
      How do the ones with gears work? Can you change gear whilst in electric mode? What happens if you change down instead of up?
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      You can have derailleur gears and even hub gears housed in the same unit as the motor.

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      What happens if you change down instead of up?
      Um... you go into a lower gear?
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      It's all about the downtube they're oversized making them really easy to spot if you're painfully sad.

      The G-something bike is very clever as all its gubbins is stored in the 'bottle' on the downtube, so that does look like a normal hybrid bike.
      Tip: go for a mountain bike, not a hybrid. With the extra weight they handle much better with fatter wheels and tyres. I made a choice mistake.


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      Aren't they belt drive as well?

      Super smooth and quiet but single speed.
      Yes they are a belt drive and super smooth...great for towns not so good for Sussex hills as going up is great but you have to just free wheel down as you cant change the driver to driven ratio.
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      You can have derailleur gears and even hub gears housed in the same unit as the motor.

      Um... you go into a lower gear?
      Be wary of hub gears. I made a mistake. Derailleur are more reliable and easier to fix.


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