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My old electric bike crossed the rainbow bridge so I bought a city ebike, the only problem is its very hilly were we live and the city bike was not powerful enough to cope. The owner of the bike shop convinced me that to cope with the hills were we are I needed a really powerful mountain bike ..... costing lot more money. I tried it around the streets by the shop and was totally hooked. So at the age of 78 I am now into mountain bike riding, how is that for stupidity? :grin2:
 

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I think you are stupidly wonderful, what difference does age make to doing or having something you enjoy, it麓s how you feel inside that's important and if gives you pleasure that means it will make you smile and if you smile or laugh the world laughs with you not at you. Well done Gitty, better spent on a few years happiness than sitting idle in the bank.
 

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Do you use it on the flat as well as downhill ? Just askin' 馃ぃ
Very much so, our local bar/restaurant is a kilometre along a flat lane from us. :grin2:
 

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Brilliant! Sounds great. I keep wondering about getting one. They just seem to cost a fortune for a decent one and I would only use it here at home. The chancellor will argue that I have two normal push bikes (one folding) and an exercise bike all of which I hardly use. I just wonder with my knees being shot if I might be more tempted to get out on one of them as I gather they are still good exercise. Mind you cycling in any direction from here is a good workout. Flat it isnt.
 

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My old electric bike crossed the rainbow bridge so I bought a city ebike, the only problem is its very hilly were we live and the city bike was not powerful enough to cope. The owner of the bike shop convinced me that to cope with the hills were we are I needed a really powerful mountain bike ..... costing lot more money. I tried it around the streets by the shop and was totally hooked. So at the age of 78 I am now into mountain bike riding, how is that for stupidity? :grin2:
Gitty has had this bike for nearly 2 years, that means he's knocking on 80 now.
How it going old chap, are you still peddling or cruising up them thar hills with a big smile on your face?
 

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Is this him?

 

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Is this him?

Probably not, but I bet he wishes it was,
 

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Gitty has had this bike for nearly 2 years, that means he's knocking on 80 now.
How it going old chap, are you still peddling or cruising up them thar hills with a big smile on your face?
Hi Jan.
No, no mountain bike any more as I had an accident and damaged my hip.......not riding my bike....so hip is now its held together with screws and a plate.

But now have a different bike with 20inch wide wheels on a chopper style which I think is more sensible for my age as I don鈥檛 want to go through all the pain and recuperation I had to go through just to walk again.
 

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I am so sorry, did you tell us that when it happened and I have forgotten? I had no idea you were older than me, always thought of you as a cheeky young thing. You haven麓t mentioned Nancy for a while (I think that's the dogs name) is everything well there.?
 

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I am so sorry, did you tell us that when it happened and I have forgotten? I had no idea you were older than me, always thought of you as a cheeky young thing. You haven麓t mentioned Nancy for a while (I think that's the dogs name) is everything well there.?
Hi Jan
I don't think I mentioned my accident but my memory is terrible now anyway.

Re. Nancy, yes we still have have her and she is 6 now and just as nutty. She caught her first rabbit a few days ago so now she is in serous hunting mode all the time now. I hope she doesn鈥檛 catch another one but we do have a lot of rabbits here.
 

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Hi Jan
I don't think I mentioned my accident but my memory is terrible now anyway.
Re. Nancy, yes we still have have her and she is 6 now and just as nutty. She caught her first rabbit a few days ago so now she is in serous hunting mode all the time now. I hope she doesn鈥檛 catch another one but we do have a lot of rabbits here.
As long as she sticks to chasing rabbits and it麓s a safe place with no roads, why worry, it麓s when roads are nearby you really need to keep her under control because once they start chasing their road sense is nil, I can speak from experience with one of our dogs, he was badly injured, the vet fixed him up and he lived a very happy life for another 10 years, chased rabbits again in the Yorkshire Dales well away from any roads.
 

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I bought an electric mountain bike last spring. Brilliant! If it鈥檚 a mountain bike the rules don鈥檛 apply! You use it off road don鈥檛 you! ;) . On road you are limited to 250watts of power and a configuration that means that you have to pedal. That is the electric motor only 鈥渁ssists鈥 you. You can get mountain bike up to 3000watts and a throttle so you don鈥檛 need to pedal. Mine was 1000watts.

I鈥檝e sold it now though (拢50 more than I paid). Tried to get the wife to have one but it scared the life out of her. We have got two road legal folding all terrain ones now that fit into the estate and van garage. Must be getting old/hen pecked. :D
 
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I bought an electric mountain bike last spring. Brilliant! If it鈥檚 a mountain bike the rules don鈥檛 apply! You use it off road don鈥檛 you! ;) . On road you are limited to 250watts of power and a configuration that means that you have to pedal. That is the electric motor only 鈥渁ssists鈥 you. You can get mountain bike up to 3000watts and a throttle so you don鈥檛 need to pedal. Mine was 1000watts.

I鈥檝e sold it now though (拢50 more than I paid). Tried to get the wife to have one but it scared the life out of her. We have got two road legal folding all terrain ones now that fit into the estate and van garage. Must be getting old/hen pecked. :D
Sounds good but I dont get why they are so expensive. About the same price as I paid for my Honda Scooter (not far off 拢3k) last year which will do 60 mph and we did 5000 miles on it last year. If they were a few hundred quid I would have one but not cheap I gather.
 

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Sounds good but I dont get why they are so expensive. About the same price as I paid for my Honda Scooter (not far off 拢3k) last year which will do 60 mph and we did 5000 miles on it last year. If they were a few hundred quid I would have one but not cheap I gather.
Much of the cost is the battery Barry. You can pick them up with a shot battery quite reasonably on ebay. Then buy a new buttery if it's for you. Bought mine on ebay 拢500, turned out excellent battery sold it no commission classified for 拢550.
 
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Much of the cost is the battery Barry. You can pick them up with a shot battery quite reasonably on ebay. Then buy a new buttery if it's for you. Bought mine on ebay 拢500, turned out excellent battery sold it no commission classified for 拢550.
Was that a while ago? When I was looking yesterday they were like 拢1500-拢3000 for anything with half decent range that didnt look like it would fall apart if I sat on it. I suspect prices like motorhomes, cars and motorbikes have sky rocketed.
 

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Last May, I bought a 2yr old one of these (900 miles on clock) for 拢500. New list price now 1290. Obviously the ones for 3,4,5 grand made in Germany are more refined but I couldn't fault that one.

I was scouring and sniping ebay for weeks.

 
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