Hello from Brad & Marion keen electric bike riders

Electric bike couple replied on 20/02/2021 12:08

Posted on 20/02/2021 12:08

Hello eveyone.

We have been campers for many years and just moved over to caravaning. We hired a couple of motorhomes but felt that the added flexibility with caravans outweighed the faff of towing.

So we have invested in a new Swift and now (Feb 21) have it on our storeage site in lockdown. One thing we found during research was that carrying cycles does not seem to be widly addressed by manufacturers, except Swift. Which we found really surprising.

We moved into electric bikes in 2018 and found that they bring back all the joy of cycling we had in our youth. Hills - bring them on - we power up them aot eve puffed at the top.

Just as with caravaning there are many pitfalls in buying an electric bike and we have benefited by listening to experienced caravanners so if you are think about an electic bike and have any questions let us know we will be happy to help. Its what we can give back for all the great help we have had.

We hope to link up with other cyclists, electric or not, as we travel round this year and start more discussions with other cyclists who are in the Club.

So if you see a Swift 560 with 2 electic bikes on the back when you are on a site wave to us or come over and meet us, We look forward to meeting you all over the coming years.

Cornersteady replied on 20/02/2021 20:36

Posted on 20/02/2021 20:36

Hello and I share your enthusiasm of ebikes and thanks for the offer of helping.

I have thought about taking the bikes with me and we too have a swift with the mounting points already there. One question, or rather a worry, is about having all that weight (of two bikes near 50Kg?) tight at the back of the caravan and will that affect towing? 

Cornersteady replied on 20/02/2021 21:12

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:05 by davetommo

It will certainly use up a lot of your payload. Caravans these days don’t have much payload.

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:12

Yes that is true, thanks, but what about stability, won't that amount of weight at the back affect nose weight? I suppose as Swift have the mounting points ready it's been thought out?

Tinwheeler replied on 20/02/2021 21:18

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:12 by Cornersteady

Yes thanks, but what about stability, won't that amount of weight at the back affect nose weight? I suppose as Swift have the mounting points ready it's been thought out?

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:18

Mmm, but were they thinking of lekky bikes or ordinary pedal bikes? Even with batteries removed, lekky bikes are a hefty lump.

Cornersteady replied on 20/02/2021 21:21

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:18 by Tinwheeler

Mmm, but were they thinking of lekky bikes or ordinary pedal bikes? Even with batteries removed, lekky bikes are a hefty lump.

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:21

yes the batteries are only a few kilograms, the main weight is the motor.

davetommo replied on 20/02/2021 21:23

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:12 by Cornersteady

Yes that is true, thanks, but what about stability, won't that amount of weight at the back affect nose weight? I suppose as Swift have the mounting points ready it's been thought out?

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:23

Have to admit when I have seen the swift with mounting points the thought of stability has often crossed my mind. Even with non e bikes. I have read some people say that stability is ok. Don’t think I would risk it.

 

davetommo replied on 20/02/2021 21:26

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:21 by Cornersteady

yes the batteries are only a few kilograms, the main weight is the motor.

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:26

When you lift them without the batteries you do notice the difference.

Cornersteady replied on 20/02/2021 21:42

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:23 by davetommo

Have to admit when I have seen the swift with mounting points the thought of stability has often crossed my mind. Even with non e bikes. I have read some people say that stability is ok. Don’t think I would risk it.

 

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:42

yes exactly the same for me. I suppose you'd have to put them on and see what effect they had on the nose weight then rearrange inside to get that right again?

car rood mounted might be better but difficult to lift them up on my high Kia.

davetommo replied on 20/02/2021 21:56

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:42 by Cornersteady

yes exactly the same for me. I suppose you'd have to put them on and see what effect they had on the nose weight then rearrange inside to get that right again?

car rood mounted might be better but difficult to lift them up on my high Kia.

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:56

I used to use roof with normal bikes but had to stand on caravan step to put them on. Wouldn’t risk it with e bikes, as I could imagine ending up on my back with a bike on top of me. 
OH and I purchased a cpl of folding e bikes for using while away in the caravan. As there are just the 2 of us the rear car seats can be folded and bikes put in the car. While not as good as full size bikes it a compromise. I am not happy putting them on or in the caravan due to weight issues, and I have a weight upgrade for my van.

 

AnotherDavid replied on 21/02/2021 08:53

Posted on 20/02/2021 21:23 by davetommo

Have to admit when I have seen the swift with mounting points the thought of stability has often crossed my mind. Even with non e bikes. I have read some people say that stability is ok. Don’t think I would risk it.

 

Posted on 21/02/2021 08:53

I am sure in theory carrying  bikes on the rear is a bad idea  DT but in practice it's never been a problem for me. We have towed many thousands of miles(probably  50+) with rear mounted bikes, even with 2 e bikes  albeit not the heaviest models.  More recently oh bought a folder and that goes in the car and a heavier "city" type travels on the van rack. I have used every method: in the car, on the car, on the towbar, in the van and on the van and the rear rack beats all for convenience. We had a tour of the Swift factory years ago and before the started fitting mounting points on UK Van's they said they would be unable to sell  a van in their Dutch market without.

I am a great believer that instability has more to do with right foot than any other single factor and a rear rack .was top of my wish list when we changed the van.