Although hot water problems are a pain, there are some things you can check yourself before contacting a local plumbing service. In this post we look at common issues, troubleshooting and when to call a plumber.
This free back-review from September relates to the previous model, but includes some very useful background. Can they be winkled out of their nasty little hatchbacks with something as tempting as the Cytronex Trek FX? This bike is brainchild of Mark Searles, a designer who has studied the electric bike market with some care, producing an interesting machine, which is unique in several ways, and — crucially — a most appealing bike to ride.
The basis is a Trek 7. Putting a bloody great battery and clanking hub motor on a bike like this would be a mechanical travesty, but Mark has taken an altogether smarter route.
This motor weighs very little, and looks little bigger than a hub dynamo. The battery is NiMH, and secreted in a largish water bottle-style container which sits in a standard bottle clip on the frame.
Of course, fitting a motor is only half the battle, and many designs have slipped up in the area of control. The Cytronex has a most unusual — and at first sight rather alarming control system.
The bike is fitted with bar ends, each of which has a small button in place of the end cap. Pressing the right button turns the motor on, with the left button giving the option of full or low power. Touch either brake lever,and the motor is turned off. The whole thing sounds a bit dodgy, but a quick trial at Presteigne confirmed that it not only worked, but worked smoothly and predictably.
How does the Cytronex perform in real traffic and real commuting? Coupled with the eerie silence, the effect is delightfully understated, but the effect is there alright, whisking speed up to the mph zone quite quickly.
From this stage,further progress depends on the conditions.
If you hit a hill, speed drops to perhaps 13,12mph or a little less, depending on the severity of the gradient. And there are plenty of times — a switchback road, for example — when this ability to keep the motor idling is useful, helping to speed you over the crest.
All the same,it would be nice to know when the motor is on. Touch a brake lever and the motor stops. The system is intuitive, and takes very little time to acclimatise to. In practice,on generally flat roads, the power stays off in town, but is engaged for about half the time on the open road, although the motor rarely works very hard, except on hills.
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The complete buyer’s guide to power-assisted bikes. Independent reviews and the technical bits the manufacturers don’t want you to read!
The A to B Buyer’s Guide is our top eight (the number varies), drawn from the electric bikes we have actually tested in the magazine.
Not all power-assisted bikes are listed here, but there’s a full list of prices and stockists in our comprehensive.