I've inherited some e-bikes......

Rutland Mick

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Hi - I'm Rutland Mick and I work for Rutland County Council - we've recently taken delivery of 5 e-bikes and are operating a rental taster programme - People generally hire a bike from us for a month to give them the opportunity of trying out an E-Bike.

The bikes arrived with no manuals/instructions and I'm having to muddle my way through questions - the summer was easy, I found the on off switches to turn the 'E' on however now the nights have drawn in I am unable to find how the lights operate on my Free Go Wren - there's no obvious on/off switch on the rear or front light and no obvious switch on the main panel on the handle bar

It may be blatantly obvious but can anyone help ?

Cheers

Mick
 

vincent

Well-Known Member
does your pas switch look like this? this one has a button for it, could the key need to be turned further?


 

vincent

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manual

not sure that manual link will work but it says just press the button..
not sure these will be the right manual or video, could be diffrent
 

Rutland Mick

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Hi Vincent - Thanks for the video, the Free Go Wren on the video is slightly different to the one I have. (Hopefully) I've attached photos of the key slot in the battery and also of the control panel on the handlebars if that might help you or anybody else reading this thread
 

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AHicks

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USA
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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
On some I've ridden, you just hold the "up" button down for a few seconds to turn on the lights. In your case, maybe the + button?
 

Rutland Mick

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Happy New Year to you all
Here's another general question - What's the battery life on an electric bike ? And would you recommend a yearly service ?
The bikes that are being hired out (at £40 per month) don't get constant use and I'm not sure what mileage that they will do

Any suggestions ?
 

AHicks

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Region
USA
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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
Regarding the battery life, run them til they drop. I would expect 3-5 years if there's no abuse. If you get lucky, maybe longer. When you see one that will no longer go as long/far as it used to, you've identified a bike that needs attention. Make absolutely sure it's receiving a full charge, with a known good charger, and if there's still an issue, you're likely up for a new battery.

If wanting to assure riders a good experience, with no long walks home involved, I would likely service a bike, or ride it to check if it needs service, at least monthly. Maybe even weekly depending on fleet failure rates and conditions. Annual service might be asking a bit much.....