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    Electric bike banned from sale in the UK

    And the only reason is because it can do 28mph when the legal limit for 'assisted' bikes is 15mph: UK government says no to turbo e-bike ? reghardware
    What a shame because it looks great too!

    specialized_1.jpg

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    Surprises me the government didn't allow them and hammer them for tax, insurance, license etc.....

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    I have hit 35mph on my road bike anyway. One of the people I go with has hit 43mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    I have hit 35mph on my road bike anyway. One of the people I go with has hit 43mph
    Some of my previous car's have struggled to get to 43mph!

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    I once hit 52, before I bottled it and made a grab for the stoppers.
    It was whilst downhill riding in Cumbria. Scary but exhilarating at the same time.

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    I have been pulled over for speeding on a bike before, as I was overtaking a car going about 20 and I had hit 38. The fact that the previous week that section of the road was marked as 50, the new signs were hidden by overhanging trees ... well, it didn't help that I had a day pack on with some of my training weapons in for a self-defence demo I was doing later that day. The 'gun' was carved in wood, the knives were clearly rubber and the linked chains were plastic. The main problem they had with the speed was that push bike brakes are just not up to sudden stopping at high speeds. That is the main argument against the assisted bikes and for good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I have been pulled over for speeding on a bike before, as I was overtaking a car going about 20 and I had hit 38. The fact that the previous week that section of the road was marked as 50, the new signs were hidden by overhanging trees ... well, it didn't help that I had a day pack on with some of my training weapons in for a self-defence demo I was doing later that day. The 'gun' was carved in wood, the knives were clearly rubber and the linked chains were plastic. The main problem they had with the speed was that push bike brakes are just not up to sudden stopping at high speeds. That is the main argument against the assisted bikes and for good reason.
    28 seems to be the best (measured by GPS) that I've got upto. Think I need a racing bike with decent gearing not a mountain bike with great big chunky tyres :-( (added) or a longer downward hill.
    Last edited by Davit2005; 29th March 2012 at 03:33 PM.

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    It looks like that Spesh has 120mm disk brakes, so they'll be fine!

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    I got passed by an electric bike a couple of weeks ago. I don't hang about, even on a single-speed with 700x23c tyres I'm pretty nippy. But this thing just went passed me at about 30mph or so. They're supposed to be speed-restricted, but there's obviously ways around it.
    Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 29th March 2012 at 03:35 PM.

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    That looks really nice Presmuably if the 15mph restriction is the only thing stopping it then Specialized will simply release a 'restricted' version limited to that speed for the UK?

    Having said that there's no way I'd spend nearly £5000 on a bicycle even if it was capable of 28mph!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Having said that there's no way I'd spend nearly £5000 on a bicycle even if it was capable of 28mph!
    Agreed! I only paid £1400 for my Yamaha YBR125 and it gets up to 70mph happily...
    motorbike > pushbike anyway

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    Thats a strange one. As I understood it the law allowed powerful (<250w or <15mph non pedelec) electric bikes to be sold but only for use on private property.
    I.e you can buy one but it would be illegal to use it in public. (you could however use it on private property e.g your farm or your mile ling driveway).

    I would assume this is actually the case here rather than the bike being totally banned from sale??

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    I just presumed a restricted electric "assisted" bike was OK for road use. I might be wrong.

    Anyway, good job there's so much regulation - how dare someone have the audacity to commute in an efficient way.

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    I'll bet it can't make 28mph on the flat with me on board

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    I have hit 35mph on my road bike anyway. One of the people I go with has hit 43mph
    I'd love to see a road bike trip a speed camera. Sods law says I'd get done for it though simply by virtue of being in the picture. I'm also pretty sure road bikes can't trip the cameras. Something about them not being large enough for the camera to 'see' or something. It's probably guff though.

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