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8Mar/116

Turbo Snakes a Reptila (1100), Part 1-Bob Stalks His Prey

Another great extended test begins today.   After getting my order confirmation from NYCeWheels last week, the shipping company has called to schedule the delivery of my new Gepida Reptila 1100 this afternoon.   To say I am excited doesn't do justice to the word.   Watching the Gepida video of Peter demonstrating this bike has fueled my fire to grasp it.   If you haven't seen this clip on NYCeWheels website or Facebook page, I suggest you have a look.   I am already impressed with this new electric-motored bike, and I haven't even ridden it yet.

Bob waiting for the Gepida Reptila 1100

Bob waiting for the Gepida Reptila 1100

If you've read my articles on the Brompton folding bike, then you might have a feel for the reason I titled this story the way I did.   The name of this bike is just so cool.   I will make every attempt to add reptile references to the titles and story lines.   I am even thinking about getting a snakeskin to attach to the top tube of my new bike.   I'm still debating on if a pair of large fangs on the handlebars would be too much.
So here is the bite to this series of articles.   Bert is a 'nice' guy.   Bert is the top Gecko at NYCeWheels.   Bert knows I have been riding my E-bike for over three years.   Bert thinks I can evaluate this bike and convey its quality and worth.   Bert sends me the bike fully assembled and ready to ride.   Bert lets me give it the full shakedown and then tell you how cool it is.   Bert expects you to believe me and then you rush over to get your own Gepida Reptila 1100.   Sounds simple enough to me.

Lets do this!

Since before, and after, my wife and I purchased the electric-assist bikes we have now, we have test ridden many different ones.   I have reported on many of them on my own blog site.   I have a long relationship with bikes and electro-mechanical things.   I have devoted my life to the repair and modification of transportation machines.   I think Bert is correct in thinking that my opinion on such matters can be trusted.   As he, and you found in my Brompton blogs, I will tell you the straight story without the salesperson slant.   I'm a mechanic, not a salesman.

Enough of that, on to the bikes.   The electric motored bike I ride is the least expensive one on the market.   Fairly low quality and very heavy, I have still been happy with it.   I have found that most people wouldn't.   They wouldn't put up with the mechanical problems I had to overcome to make it dependable.   Most people want an E-bike that is built well and exhibits no problems.   That is kind of a by-product of cost.   I tell people you don't want the cheapest, and you don't need the priciest.   Somewhere in between those extremes is the machine for you.   The Gepida Reptila 1100 fits into that category.   With it's European quality and it's mid-range cost, it should be a perfect fit for most people who are looking for an electric motored bicycle.   That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Chances are if you are reading this, you have a fairly good idea what an electric bike is and why you want one.   They go by many names.   I have found I like the term 'E-bike'.   Also used are--Electric bike--Electric bicycle--Electric assist bike--Bike with an electric motor--Pedelec--And others.   Some of these have to do with your ability to power up the motor without pedaling.   There are many brands and types of E-bikes.   The best and most popular use a brush-less motor in the hub of the front or rear wheel.   A lithium type battery is the strongest and lightest one available.   There are different type of lithium batteries, the Reptila uses a lithium-ion.   But all in all, it is a bicycle, with a seat, pedals, and wheels.
So check out that video, search the NYCeWheels site for info, and follow along here as I power down on my new Gepida Reptila 1100.

In the meantime you can read Harrison's first review of the Gepida Reptila

Turbo Bob

 

"I took to calling my bike my friend.   I carried on silent conversations with it.   And of course I paid it the best attention.   Which meant that every time I returned home I stood the bike upside down, searched for a clean rag and polished the hubs and the spokes.   Then I cleaned the chain and greased it afresh.   That operation left ugly stains on the stone in the walkway.   My mother would complain, beg me to put a newspaper under the wheel before starting to clean it.   Sometimes she would get so incensed that she would say to me, in full sarcasm, 'I'm surprised you don't take that thing to bed with you!'   And I would retort---'I would if I had a decent room and a big enough bed.' "

Henry Miller, My Bike and Other Friends.

  • http://www.electricbikesexperts.co.uk Electric Bikes Experts

    Great to hear a review of the Gepida electric bikes. There’s only one exclusive dealer here in the UK, and I was wondering how it compares to some of the Panasonic-powered bikes? Or even the BionX? What do you tihnk?

  • Turbo Bob

    Hey E-Bike Experts, so far I am highly impressed with the fit and finish of this bike. The power system is quite advanced and efficient. As I spend more time with it, I will be able to give out complete info on the Reptila. The posts will continue with all I find. Thanks for the interest, Turbo Bob.

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