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One of the very few things that I regret about living here is that I hardly ride my bike any more. When I am in Normandy, I have a routine 20-odd kms a day, flat and easy, just to attend to the necessities of life, like buying a baguette. Here it’s a 200m walk, which is exactly what I wanted. So it would be stupid to complain. But I miss that routine element of daily exercise, and the more I do miss it, the more unfit I get.

One issue for me is that I really hate riding up hills unless I have a serious motive for getting to the top of them, and any route out of Port-Vendres involves going up hills.

I’ve tried to think of a serious reason for regular rides from here (like a mistress in Banyuls, say) but found no inspiration. So I am beginning to think that I need to just do some casual riding, and make it more approachable.

Which is a very long way round to say: lots of people suddenly seem to have electrically assisted bikes nowadays, so does anyone here have any useful advice?
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I tried one last week belonging to a friend and was very impressed. I do quite a lot of cycling as it’s a flat and delicious ride from my gate to the coast, or around the local vines and cherry orchards, so it wouldn’t do for me quite yet as it would make me lazy, but would be a perfect choice for someone wanting to get back into cycling.

The motor turns on and off easily, via the handlebars, and although there weren’t any real hills around when I tried it, my friend says it handles them very well, so you should be fine in and out of PV. Also, they are not the great clunky things you would image but aesthetically pleasant to ride and handle.

The only downside? The price. I haven’t looked into it but apparently they are pretty expensive. My friend bought hers in the UK for under a thousand pounds but says they are usually much more expensive.
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The Auto 5 franchise, also called Norauto sells extremely heavy and well-made electric bikes far cheaper than anyone else.See their website. Fun bikes at Ceret sold me a Kalkhoff which had a dodgy BionX power system and went back to them, but I am very impressed with my wife's folding Plimoa bike, which is around the €1000 mark and is a delight to ride, despite having only six gears. I would advise against buying second-hand, unless from a dealer with a guarantee as battery problems are legion and can appear out of the blue. If you intend to put an electric bike on the back of your car, you will need a rack connected to the tow hitch and a way of wheeling the bike up onto the rack. The great weight of these machines makes them uncongenial to lift. You can buy a kit on eBay to convert your present vélo into an electric bike, but it needs to be a very sturdy frame to begin with. Lightweight aluminium racing bikes will be compressed out of shape by rear-mounted kit wheels. Favour mid-mounted motors over wheel-hub motors.
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Véloland 863 Chemin de la Fauceille, where all the car concessions are, has a huge range of bikes. Electric and steam-driven.
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You must have already thought of what I'm about to say, but if you don't want to do the hills, you could put the bike in the back of the car or on a bracket outside and then drive to a nice place where you want to go cycying. Or you could even take it on the train with you, to Argelès, for example, and then set off for your ride, although I know trains are not as frequent as we would sometimes wish.
Anyway, just a thought and much cheaper than buying an electric bike
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To me nice and flat is an oxymoron, except when I want to cycle. I cycled to Banyuls via PV recently, but drivers were generally so inconsiderate I would not do it again by choice. Next time I went via the D86, but that was seriously hilly. Heading north via Collioure to Argeles and the flatlands beyond is much easier.
Why not skip the electric option like I did and get yourself a bright red Ducati. Blast up those hills and if the women are uninspiring in Banyuls, try Cerbere or even Spain!
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[quote="Richard and Sharon]
Why not skip the electric option like I did and get yourself a bright red Ducati. [/quote]

I’m looking for exercise, not hormone therapy.
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I’ve just read an article in the Connection saying that grants of up tp 200€ to buy an electric bike will end next year.
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I’ve just read an article in the Connection saying that grants of up tp 200€ to buy an electric bike will end next year.
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Allan wrote:I’ve just read an article in the Connection saying that grants of up tp 200€ to buy an electric bike will end next year.
They are always ending, and they always seem to be extended.
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