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22Mar/111

Turbo Snakes a Reptila (1100), Part 2-Bob Digs His Claws into a Gepida Reptila 1100

The rumble of a large truck was my first clue that my new Gepida Reptila pedelec had arrived.   I was coiled and ready to strike, but by the time I had slithered out front, the driver had already opened the back door and I could spy the package he was delivering.   Although large, it was not difficult for me to help him maneuver it into my garage.   With a quick signature, he was gone as quickly as he appeared, and it was time to see what was inside waiting for me.
The box label confirmed it was the Gepida Reptila 1100 I was expecting.

Bob Un-packing Gepida Reptila

Bob Un-packing Gepida Reptila

After opening the top flaps of the box, I lifted out the box of pieces I was to install myself.   A pair of pedals, that was it.   Also in the box was a pedal wrench, a set of allen wrenches, a pair of battery keys, and the battery charger.   The electric bike was as close to 100% assembled as you could get.   I laid the box on it's side and slid out my new bike.   Setting it upright unto the kickstand, I got my first chance to see this Reptila.   Very nice.

It actually took longer to remove all the packing material from the bike, then to do the final assembly.   And the bike was well packed.   Lots of padding was tie-strapped to all parts of the bike.   It made the journey with no damage or problems.   I clipped off the tie-straps in such a way that would allow me to re-use them on other projects, I'm all about recycling.
The pedals go on easily.   They are marked R and L.   The left side pedal has threads that turn the opposite way of normal.   The pedal wrench made quick work of securing them.   I do like to use a little anti-seize on the threads, but any kind of grease is better than nothing.

The supplied allen-wrench is for tightening the handlebar stem.   Straighten the stem to align it with the front wheel, insert the long end of the allen wrench through the stem (there is a hole for it), and use a box end wrench or crescent wrench on the end of the allen to get enough leverage to tighten it securely.   It does have to be fairly tight.   That's it, the bike is assembled.   We'll talk about the seat and handlebar adjustment after we start the battery charging procedure.

Your new Gepida electric bike will come with one battery and one empty battery housing.   Using one of the keys, figure out which is which.   As you look at the battery, you will notice one end has a button and a group of lights.   This will allow you to determine the state of charge.   Push the button, and the number of lights that light, will give you an idea of how fully charged it is.   These lights will also show you when it is charging and when it is done.   Before plugging the charger into the wall socket, plug the other cord into the battery.   Make sure the battery is on a solid surface, and you can see the lights on the end.   It is a good idea to wait 10-20 seconds after plugging in the battery before you plug the charger in to the wall socket.   This will let the two units know they are one, and reduce chances of problems.

Once the charger is plugged into the wall socket, you will see the lights come on in sequence.   When the light go out, it is fully charged.   The book says the battery will fully charge in 4 1/2 hours, but your first charge might take a little longer.   Also, it might take up to five charge cycles (charge and then discharge while riding), before the battery reaches full strength.   Gepida gives you the option of purchasing a second battery to double the electric-assisted range.  You probably won't need it, but if you do, they say up to 70 miles with a pair of batteries is possible.

If you have seen the Gepida video on the NYCeWheels site, then you will know how easy and cool the handlebar adjustment is.   Find a spot you like, and change it around until it feels just right.   Same for the seat height.   I like the front of the saddle a little higher than the rear.   Use one of the allen wrenches to change that if you like.   Pinch the tires to make sure they are full.   Go for a short test ride.   Fiddle with the few adjustments until they are comfortable.

Two more quick things before I finish today.   Setting and operating the computer / dash display is pretty simple.   Check the manual on NYCeWheels website for details.   Also, watch that video for a few tips.   Make sure to set the speedometer for MPH, if that is your preference.   It comes in KMH, which is not mine.   Also, set the clock and learn to get through the other menus.   The other thing is the valve stems on the tires.   Mine came with European spec stems.   Bert at NYCeWheels tells me that standard American spec Schrader valves will be on all future bikes he ships.   These European ones are a little like a Presta valve, but work a little differently.   The supplied air pump fits them fine.   It wouldn't be hard to install some standard tubes, and I just might.   If I do, they will be the thorn-resistant ones, filled with green goop.

So you can see, getting your new Gepida Reptila 1100 shipped to you and making it ready for daily use, is a breeze.   I have over a hundred miles on my new bike already.   I am loving the feel, power, and comfort of my Gepida Reptila.   Plenty more on this fantastic European E-bike is coming your way soon.

Turbo Bob, San Diego  CA

"Just as the idea of classic Greek culture was the most perfect harmony of mind and body, so a human and a bicycle are the perfect synthesis of body and machine."

Richard Ballantine, Richards' Ultimate Bicycle Book.