Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 15, 2018

Meet Bluebell

As some of you will know , I really struggled in some of the headwinds on our last long tour. DH said to me , he thought I should consider getting an e-bike. In the Netherlands and Germany, they are an everyday site. I have always said , not until I am seventy.

When away we met a Dutch couple and the wife had an e-bike so I could talk to them and discuss what it is like really touring. I also looked in a few cycle shops in the Netherlands, so I could get some ideas.

When we got home , I messaged a lady I now who has an e-bike and asked where she got hers and she recommended going to talk to the chap in a local shop. He was very helpful and I got further ideas but realised that the brands he sold while good were not quite the same thing as a touring bicycle.

I was in a bit of a dilemma as I do like Koga but last time I looked they had carbon forks. Not ideal in my opinion but I phoned Cyclesense   to talk to Dave in this family business. It was funny really because he said he had been going to ring me but thought it was cheeky.

So I said I needed advice on an e-bike and he told me that he had just had a delivery and one of them was a Koga World Tourer in my size and an e-bike. I told him of my reservations but he said the new model doesn’t have the carbon forks. So we chatted a bit more until I asked the question “What colour is it? ” Blue . Well that was it. It was meant to be.

In my childhood , I always had blue bikes  from my very first trike made up from bits but painted blue. So now in my second childhood, I have a blue bike.

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I got Dave to change the saddle as I do like the one I purchased a couple of months ago and brought he home.

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Even the battery has been colour co-ordinated.

During the week, being back to work, I was only able to manage short rides of 10-15 miles and so yesterday , we decided to do a long ride.

So we set off to Northallerton, 23 miles and then decided we would ride back through Darlington and up to Cozy Coffee near Coatham Munderville. I had no idea of the distance but felt good. For the first time ever, I have seen DH with a sweaty face as he rode up the hills behind me. On the flat , mostly I turned off the assist  and just rode  and was doing well. In total by the time we returned home, we had ridden 66 miles and I still had 3 bars of battery charge left. I was so delighted I phoned Dave to tell him.

I have to say that I used the gears in the same way as I usually do and only had it in eco mode except for once turning it up higher accidently when I was approaching a roundabout.

In the park the cygnets seem to have diminished on number and I was only able to take a photo of this one. I do hope the others are just hiding in the rushes.

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weekly total 123.4 miles YTD 2533.3

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  1. My sister and hubby always take their bikes away with them in the caravan. They were finding cycling a bit hard going, both 60 almost 70. They changed them for e bikes, don’t know the make, but now they love cycling again.

    • hi Ilona – ordinary day to day cycling isnt a problem but going on our long rides has become more difficult for me to keep up with DH. This means he isnt slowed down and I can keep going much longer . trying it out on a solo cycle tour hopefully in a couple of weeks.

  2. Now there’s food for thought, Brenda. I will be interested to see how you get on with your e-bike re how many miles it does before the battery goes flat, how easy it is to charge up, etc. I’m sure those of us of a certain age will be considering one of these in the not too distant future!!

    • I am riding it to see just how many miles I get unloaded so I will let you know how many as I will ride it until its onto its only cell. The info on the Koga says 140kms that’s over 85 miles on the eco setting. I hope to go off early in August for a few days fully loaded. I need a hook up set up that DS1 is sorting out for me.

  3. I am trying to persuade Mrs T to get one so I was interested to read that you got 66 miles out of yours with battery to spare. This seems to be more than I have heard of people getting before but I would imagine that you do more unassisted pedalling than most.

    • the website says 140kms on a full charge in the eco mode which is the least assisting mode. I have been riding as much as possible unassisted but this morning kept it on all the time as the wind was a bit blowy. I find I am riding much faster this way giving DH a really good workout heehee. Loving this .


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