It’s Not the Battery – It’s the Tyres

November 5, 2016 Company News Cycling News

Battery ConstructionWe have had several cases this year of battery complaints.  The bike does not go as far as it used to on a charge.  In one case, I was inveigled to drive 40 miles to an isolated farm and pick up a bike that was not working properly.

The bike came back to us and the battery put on test with the same results as the other batteries in these cases. All delivered their designed capacity! So, we carried out the remedial action and the owner came the 40 miles and collected her bike. Later, she reported that it is going fine now.

And what was the remedy? We pumped up the tyres.

The recommended tyre pressures for the Axcess Mustang, Hunter, Exmoor and Shetland is 45 – 60psi.  For the 700c wheeled Eriskay and Camargue it is 55 -80psi. Although it is often hard to find, the recommended pressures are embossed on the wall of tyres.

A tyre which feels soft when it is squeezed between thumb and fore finger is probably less than 20psi, while a tyre at 25 psi can feel quite hard. To get the best out of an electric bike and its battery, you need to use a gauge to ensure the tyres are sufficiently inflated. The bike really feels more lively when the tyres are inflated to the maximum recommended pressure. Underinflated tyres increase the rolling resistance of the bike.  That is, quite simply, that it just takes more power to propel the bike along at a given speed.

Take care if you use the garage forecourt air line to inflate bike tyres as they are very powerful and deliver a great deal of air. 12 Volt  car accessory pumps, foot pumps and bike style stirrup pumps can all be used. Perhaps the most important feature is that the pump is fitted with a manometer (pressure gauge.) The little hand pumps are the most difficult to use and are probably best left for roadside emergencies.

So, pump up the tyres to get the best performance and range out of the battery.

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Having reached the age of 71, I decided that having retired I would get myself a bike again, and after much thought and also a lot of time on the internet, I decided that an electric bike would suit me better, and also that a folding bike would be useful as I could go places with my bike in the car, without the hassle of removing a wheel each time, also living in a flat a folding bike in It's bag is a lot less obtrusive. While on the Internet I came across 'Axcess Electric Bikes' site, this was not only very helpful, but gave a very wide choice of bikes, both in style and price. I drove up to Honiton to have a look at them for real. On arrival I saw a second-hand bike outside which I really liked, but It was not a folding one and I had to remind myself that I had decided on a folding Bike. On going in The showroom I was greeted by a very friendly lady who as it turned out was very helpful and knowledgeable. There was no pressure to buy and was encouraged to take my time to look at the stock. I decided to buy a New Axcess Shetland and asked to take it with me. The Gent who was working on the bikes in the workshop area, said that he would check it over immediately, and he also demonstrated how it folded and fitted in the bag which I also purchased. I was allowed to take it out for a test ride before purchase. It is a lovely bike, as has a really firm feel to it, and ideal for what I want. Being a folding bike it has a step through frame which I find easier a feature that even my Sister likes. (Come to that she did not want me to take the bike away with me when I visited her.). I use it for shopping, going on photography outings, or just going for a ride. I am still amazed as to how effective the battery assist is. The ratings only go up to very good, but I would rate both the bike and the firm as excellent. Should I decide to buy another Bike in the future, I shall go straight to Axcess Elctric Bikes of Honiton. Since retiring from a very physical job I found my knees were getting stiff, cycling has cured that. Thank You
Very happy with my Shetland electric bike . I spent many hours searching web sites to ensure the bike i bought would not be difficult to get spares for after a few year, especially the battery. Axcess were so helpful and i feel confident that if i had any problems they could sort it. If you are thinking of getting an electric bike you can buy with confidence from this company .
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