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Gazelle Innergy

Rider's view - Gazelle Innergy

In the final post from last weekend’s Lake escapade in the now forgotten oppressive heat, here are some of the electric bikes at the festival, ranging from the subtle Gazelle Innergy to a slightly scary e-velomobile. The only one I rode was the Gazelle, and there was no obvious indication of the electric motor other than the large front hub and handlebar mounted LED panels. The battery is hidden discreetly under the rear rack.

I would have liked to ride it up a hill, but there were none ! It felt quicker accelerating than a normal bike without any feeling of power surges, perhaps because the motor power supplied is proportional to the pedalling effort – so it seems that you are the one doing all the work !

I didn't see any pedalling happening at all on this one ...

There was a range of these "Ezee Sprint" Chinese made bikes.

A Dahon folder with a friction drive on the back wheel...

Some experimental looking road bikes.

From an eco-friendly view point I think it’s worth remembering that, unless you are fortunate enough to be generating e.g. solar electrical power at home, in this country these bikes are mostly coal-powered, and their exhaust comes from a smoke stack far away – but that may be far too cynical of me…. they are at least a better prospect than the noisy 2-stroke petrol engine assisted bikes that seem to be getting more popular around Newcastle and the Lake.

Yikes ! - you wouldn't get me into one of these ...

e-velomobile cockpit.

Charge here ?

Interesting, but for me – legs rule !

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Dutch ID on a test ride (not me).

One of the interesting bikes I came across at the Living Smart festival was this hub geared cargo bike by DutchID – though I only took it on a very brief ride courtesy of the owner, I really enjoyed the concept and the ride. The most intriguing thing for me was the rigid front cargo rack that is attached to the frame, including curved front down tube extensions that support the weight of cargo.

The extended curved down tube.

This bike was fitted with Basil crates front and rear by the Newcastle owner. I would not even think of writing a review on such a brief encounter, though I came away very impressed with the concept. It was a strange feeling to turn the bars and have the rack and crate remain dead centre. The bike would surely be more stable when loaded than similar bikes with fork mounted racks. I found it a very easy bike to ride and really loved the upright handlebars, functional appearance and high riding position.

Plenty of carrying capacity here.

Thanks to the owner for the ride, it’s one that’s really worth investigating !

Love those 'bars !

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Here are some photos of cycling attendees and bikes today at the Living Smart Festival, Speers Point, aimed at promoting sustainable living. There were also displays of Electric bikes as well as some nice Gazelle bikes, which I will show in another forthcoming post. It was an enjoyable day apart from midday temperatures in the mid 30s Celsius.

There was valet parking for bikes, though I was unable to ride there on this day :

Valet parking ... it's a start

Gazelle Innergy electric assisted

by the lake

looking good

 

my favourite

 

 

 

 

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