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With comfort as a priority it may be worth you looking at a Dutch style step through bike such as a Gazelle Orange. My wife has a non electric one and finds it really comfortable and easy to ride. For the plan you have in mind an electric variant like the C310 HMB this may be suitable.

 
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With comfort as a priority it may be worth you looking at a Dutch style step through bike such as a Gazelle Orange. My wife has a non electric one and finds it really comfortable and easy to ride. For the plan you have in mind an electric variant like the C310 HMB this may be suitable.

Thank you.

On my first pass through the myriad of options I glanced at Gazelle and was quite taken with them, helped that my local e-bike dealer in Chichester sells them!

That you for the recommendation.... definitely going to look further.
 
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So ....

Popped down to the Bike shop today to have a look and a ride on a Gazelle .... only to have a look....

and came home having ordered 2 * Specialised Turbo Como 4.0 :shocked

The moment I sat on it it felt just so right and for Jo and her arthritic knee(s), well, she just fell in love!
 
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So ....

Popped down to the Bike shop today to have a look and a ride on a Gazelle .... only to have a look....

and came home having ordered 2 * Specialised Turbo Como 4.0 :shocked

The moment I sat on it it felt just so right and for Jo and her arthritic knee(s), well, she just fell in love!
Brilliant.
I’m sure you will both love the bikes.
I’m tempted about buying one for myself.
Waiting to try the Specialized Vado SL.
 
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Brilliant.
I’m sure you will both love the bikes.
I’m tempted about buying one for myself.
Waiting to try the Specialized Vado SL.
I liked the Vado but being old and rickety I felt just a little bit more hunched over the handle bars than with the Como.

The Gazelle had the same very swept back handlebars of my Pashley, which I was trying to get away from, and the frame felt just that bit bigger and more ungainly.

I liked the Treks but did not feel as relaxed as on the Como. It was really just sit on it and fall in love.
 
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So ....

Popped down to the Bike shop today to have a look and a ride on a Gazelle .... only to have a look....

and came home having ordered 2 * Specialised Turbo Como 4.0 :shocked

The moment I sat on it it felt just so right and for Jo and her arthritic knee(s), well, she just fell in love!
Awesome. So LEJOG planning starts now. :thumb :thumb :thumb
 
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Awesome. So LEJOG planning starts now. :thumb :thumb :thumb
This is East to West ...

I don't think I can persuade Jo to think about another LEJOG for another 20 years .... she did say at the time "Never again".... so I was giving it 50 years :D
 
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@GrannyJen , you did leave with 2 bikes but i guess also with empty pockets...:D
 
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We love our Moustache Samedis - I've got the X Road FS version. Great on and off road - even taken it thru the jump park with the kids! Have got a crate on the rack and 2 panniers that clip on the sides really easy - plus a short bungee tow rope for no2 son when it all gets a bit much!

 
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Hi. I have had a trek 7 mtb for over 2 years, my advice for a lady rider especially, is decide where you want to ride, road, gravel tracks, steep downhills, rough ground etc. Most electric mountain bikes are much heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre, they have wide handlebars to compensate but this can be tiring on the shoulder girdle. You also need to take into account the extra weight, it is a trade off for help on uphills compared to having to brake constantly on the downhills as you build up a lot of speed very quickly. A hard tail Emtb once bounced off line is very difficult to handle. I have the bruises to prove this!!
 
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Hi. I have had a trek 7 mtb for over 2 years, my advice for a lady rider especially, is decide where you want to ride, road, gravel tracks, steep downhills, rough ground etc. Most electric mountain bikes are much heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre, they have wide handlebars to compensate but this can be tiring on the shoulder girdle. You also need to take into account the extra weight, it is a trade off for help on uphills compared to having to brake constantly on the downhills as you build up a lot of speed very quickly. A hard tail Emtb once bounced off line is very difficult to handle. I have the bruises to prove this!!
This where my full suspension comes in - feels so much more stable than my previous mountain bike
 
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This where my full suspension comes in - feels so much more stable than my previous mountain bike
Very true, but the extra money has to be weighed up against the areas where you are going to use them, eg Peak District V south downs
 
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Very true, but the extra money has to be weighed up against the areas where you are going to use them, eg Peak District V south downs
Agreed, but the whole ride experience is different I think with full suspension - it feels agile and always in control which seems crazy for such a big bike. You sail over pot holes etc and don't even bat an eyelid. Since lockdown I've hardly used the car and think I will continue that way & I can cart a weeks shopping no problem - I did 75 miles on one charge, mixed use and plenty of lazy turbo....fully loaded. Next add will be a trailer I think. Can just about get it up and on the T6 rack for when we do start getting back to normal - but its reignited my love of bikes and I've found a lot of new areas and tracks that I didn't know existed - so much fun flying thru a forest then pulling up to the supermarket the other side to get the food shop!
 
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A big consideration but if we were to do it by E-bike then we would be doing it very leisurely, probably looking at about 30-40 miles a day, circular progress, possibly a half way stop with time in the van allowing the batteries to get charge.

I can echo the praise being given for the moustache range of e bikes. I have had one for over two years now and I have an range of c100 miles on mine so no issues with charging at all. When I am travelling, I carry a pannier for my drinks, snacks, waterproofs etc and also I can carry my charger. When I stop for a leisurely lunch, I can plug in the battery for a quick charge up if necessary. When I was in Italy last year, it was common to see people eating outside at restaurant tables with their batteries on charge and I have found pubs here very happy to oblige .. although I have only done it twice! When I forget to get sufficently juiced up. It all tops up very quickly I find.

There is an excellent stockist in Yattendon near Newbury https://www.velospeed.co.uk/. The stockist there has several bikes to try out .. you can go out for a good test run and there’s plenty of advice and guidance.
 
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sorry about that .. I couldn’t get the text in the right box .. too many thumbs I think!!!

Two penneth worth ..a little late but still ....

I can echo the praise being given for the moustache range of e bikes. I have had one for over two years now and I have an range of c100 miles on mine so no issues with charging at all. When I am travelling, I carry a pannier for my drinks, snacks, waterproofs etc and also I can carry my charger. When I stop for a leisurely lunch, I can plug in the battery for a quick charge up if necessary. When I was in Italy last year, it was common to see people eating outside at restaurant tables with their batteries on charge and I have found pubs here very happy to oblige .. although I have only done it twice! When I forget to get sufficently juiced up. It all tops up very quickly I find.

There is an excellent stockist in Yattendon near Newbury https://www.velospeed.co.uk/. The stockist there has several bikes to try out .. you can go out for a good test run and there’s plenty of advice and guidance.[/QUOTE]
 
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sorry about that .. I couldn’t get the text in the right box .. too many thumbs I think!!!

Two penneth worth ..a little late but still ....

I can echo the praise being given for the moustache range of e bikes. I have had one for over two years now and I have an range of c100 miles on mine so no issues with charging at all. When I am travelling, I carry a pannier for my drinks, snacks, waterproofs etc and also I can carry my charger. When I stop for a leisurely lunch, I can plug in the battery for a quick charge up if necessary. When I was in Italy last year, it was common to see people eating outside at restaurant tables with their batteries on charge and I have found pubs here very happy to oblige .. although I have only done it twice! When I forget to get sufficently juiced up. It all tops up very quickly I find.

There is an excellent stockist in Yattendon near Newbury https://www.velospeed.co.uk/. The stockist there has several bikes to try out .. you can go out for a good test run and there’s plenty of advice and guidance.
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Thank you but too late :)

I placed an order for two specialised Como 4.0 bikes Wednesday.
 
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Slightly off-topic, but the bike I really want an excuse to buy, but haven’t quite found one yet, is the Tern GSD.


At about 4 grand, these are expensive, but enormously flexible - see the little animated GIF on their page - and very nice to ride. Slower, but otherwise more capable, than many motorbikes, which makes the price seem a bit less extreme! And you can ride them over pedestrian bridges, and, of course, without a license. :)

Since you can put six paniers on these things, and, with two batteries, have a range of over 100 miles, my dream is to do a camping tour of the Lakes and Scotland on one...
Going to test ride the Tern HSD next week.
Yes, I’ve caught the ebike bug. My wife’s bike has blown me away, how good and much fun it is. I took it out last week and couldn’t stop smiling...

I was looking at the Riese and Müller Multi-Charger. But, the shop has said the Tern is the most versatile bike they sell for general city/commute riding.
I’ve had a look and the Tern is an interesting bike.
 
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