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PaD

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With Lovelec Diadem in Tłuste, Mazovia, Poland. I now take daily 40+ km (25+ mi) rides for commuting, fitness and fun. I enhanced Lovelec with proper winter tyres, strong lighting, a Mirrycycle, better saddle, better pedals etc etc. I have chosen this e-bike for the coming winter as it gives great range at good average speed (the bike is "restrictable on demand") and comfortable riding position. It is also quite cheap and simple in maintenance. I even ordered a spare 576 Wh battery so inexpensive it is compared to the Western standards.

Cold and strong headwinds are issue here now. I took the photo from inside a bus shelter where I was taking some rest after riding into headwind on the PAS 3 (this is effectively a Turbo mode as PAS 4 or 5 take no apparent effect greater than PAS 3).

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Here, with Turbo Vado 5.0 on another regular ride in a nearby village. Again, resting in a bus shelter. I must say Turbo Vado 5 has hopeless battery range even if it is a 604 Wh battery. There's no fun riding in Eco mode on the fast Vado; it becomes only agile in the Sport mode but the battery is used up definitely too early. So no real winter rides with Turbo Vado. Beautiful e-bike, so fast, comfortable and cutting fly-overs like a knife cutting butter but the range anxiety is beyond belief here...

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Good to hear your Lovelec works fine for you. Sad to hear the range problems with you Vado.
 

steve mercier

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With Lovelec Diadem in Tłuste, Mazovia, Poland. I now take daily 40+ km (25+ mi) rides for commuting, fitness and fun. I enhanced Lovelec with proper winter tyres, strong lighting, a Mirrycycle, better saddle, better pedals etc etc. I have chosen this e-bike for the coming winter as it gives great range at good average speed (the bike is "restrictable on demand") and comfortable riding position. It is also quite cheap and simple in maintenance. I even ordered a spare 576 Wh battery so inexpensive it is compared to the Western standards.

Cold and strong headwinds are issue here now. I took the photo from inside a bus shelter where I was taking some rest after riding into headwind on the PAS 3 (this is effectively a Turbo mode as PAS 4 or 5 take no apparent effect greater than PAS 3).

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Here, with Turbo Vado 5.0 on another regular ride in a nearby village. Again, resting in a bus shelter. I must say Turbo Vado 5 has hopeless battery range even if it is a 604 Wh battery. There's no fun riding in Eco mode on the fast Vado; it becomes only agile in the Sport mode but the battery is used up definitely too early. So no real winter rides with Turbo Vado. Beautiful e-bike, so fast, comfortable and cutting fly-overs like a knife cutting butter but the range anxiety is beyond belief here...

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Yes a second battery is always onboard my bike now and sometimes even a third. As the temperature drops so does my range and quite noticeably. I am thinking about buying a second set of wheels to keep my Ice spiker tires ready at all times when the temperature is close to freezing.
 

steve mercier

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Started today Steve. Already down. Played in Leeds 60 miles away. Twenty pounds entry fee, £20 fuel and £18 meal. I don't drink, tea and coffee free. Won £40 highest break (87) First frost and ice of the autumn tonight so last few miles off the motorway was tricky. Excellent day all round.
a great way to spend the rainy days!
 

RabH

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Final day of my mini break from work and it was the coldest yet due to a bitingly cold easterly wind, I set off into the wind because I wanted it behind me on the way home! Just over 40 miles today, I have been very lucky to get 4 rides done in 5 days :) My 2019 total is now 3,449 miles, my best since 2012 and its all down to my amazing bike:D Not many photos today because of the cold! Back to reality tomorrow...
 

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steve mercier

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Final day of my mini break from work and it was the coldest yet due to a bitingly cold easterly wind, I set off into the wind because I wanted it behind me on the way home! Just over 40 miles today, I have been very lucky to get 4 rides done in 5 days :) My 2019 total is now 3,449 miles, my best since 2012 and its all down to my amazing bike:D Not many photos today because of the cold! Back to reality tomorrow...
Great Pics Rabh!
 

Stefan Mikes

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Every morning, I try to extend my daily trips. To be able to start working at decent hour, I set off for biking well before the dawn. Last night, I gave my Turbo Vado 5 another chance. The bike is factory equipped with a 600 lumen Supernova headlight yet to feel confident in the total darkness. I mount a 1700 lumen CatEye light on a spare bracket and also Knog Blinder Road R70 back on the seat-post. Car drivers see me too well and I found they seem to respect me more than they used to before :D

It's really cold at night with temperatures close to the freezing point now and persistent southerly winds are blowing (8 knots is a typical figure), so my return way is always upwind. This time, I decided to ride entirely in the Eco mode. And there was part of the route where the Vado really shone.

I use a Czech website and an Android app Mapy.cz which is free, includes route planning and GPS navigation, is in English and is good for whole Europe, I think. It even gives you weather forecast per route at given route point so you know what you are getting into (temperature, precipitation and wind); and it records your actual route (that is why I said bye-bye to Endomondo Premium). I normally select "Road bike" for route planning but was curious what the "MTB" mode could offer in our flat terrain. And I learned ;)

I was sent by Mapy.cz into single track, unpaved country roads and into the fields. The roads were muddy and damaged by tractors but the mud has hardened due to low temperature. Then the Vado shone up! 29x2.0 tires, rigid fork, the bike geometry taken from MTBs, and the bike just zipped through all the muck! Very stable ride, full control, easy to find and follow the line. No suspension yet the ride was very smooth, mud, gravel or nasty little stones embedded in the ground.

The battery range for Vado 5 is still the weak point. 57.2 km (32.7 miles) under those conditions leaving me with 20% of battery in Eco mode. As the last 5% are unusable, this sets the real range to some 68 km (42 mi) of practical maximum range, which is not an impressive figure.

Yet to see gorgeous sunrise over the fields was worth of the trip ;-)

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PaD

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Yesterday at lunch time I realized that it was 8°C outside and the sun was breaking through the clouds. Rolled the bike out just before one o’clock.
Nearby I spotted a hot-air ballon. Not common here this time of year. Then rode to my bike shop to ask about brake pads and then back through town to Djurgården where the picture of the sail ships was shot. I’ve been out sailing half a day with the black boat in the center of the picture.
Then in to the city center for a coffee and a sandwich. Passed the winter decorations on my way to the café.
28km.
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steve mercier

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Yesterday at lunch time I realized that it was 8°C outside and the sun was breaking through the clouds. Rolled the bike out just before one o’clock.
Nearby I spotted a hot-air ballon. Not common here this time of year. Then rode to my bike shop to ask about brake pads and then back through town to Djurgården where the picture of the sail ships was shot. I’ve been out sailing half a day with the black boat in the center of the picture.
Then in to the city center for a coffee and a sandwich. Passed the winter decorations on my way to the café.
28km.
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Pad when it snows you can stay indoors and watch Wallander re-runs. (-: That is what we will do.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Are you mostly taking bike lanes in Stockholm, @PaD? Tell more about how it's riding in the capital of Sweden! Will be delighted to listen.
By the way I love when someone posts maps of their route.
P.S. Are you on Endomondo or Strava?
 

Saratoga Dave

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I agree. Going out and getting lost in an area you thought you knew is great! I've discovered more riding trails and paths in the last year or two than I ever thought were out there.

In the meantime, it's starting to get just a bit tenuous around here. Today was sunny and right around 40 degree Fahrenheit, but the snow from earlier in the week persists out on the Erie Canal trail along the Mohawk.

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