Time To Roam magazine recently reviewed our electric bicycle the Journey in their August/September issue.
“I do a lot of bike-riding. I ride with the kids, ride for exercise and even occasionally ride in races, so I’ve got a pretty high opinion of my riding ability. So I’m still haunted by the time two caravanners staying at our local park rode leisurely past me up a steep hill on their folding bikes as I huffed and puffed on the carbon fiber racing bike I’ve never admitted to my wife exactly how much it cost.
They were both riding the TEBCO Journey (I caught up with them on the next downhill) and laughed when they commented on how well they did up that last hill. TEBCO (The Electric Bicycle Co.) is the first company to start building and importing electric bikes into Australia, back in 1996. And not just run- of-the-mill rip-offs, the company designs, tests and builds its own bike frames and then fits them with top quality components from the likes of Shimano and Samsung.
The Journey is the company’s only folding bike and to give it the best test, I booked into the stunning Pottsville South Holiday Park and asked some fellow nomads to have a ride. The version we tested is fitted with a 250W brushless motor with pedal activation (another version with a 200W motor has a throttle). It takes some getting used to, as the motor kicks in only when you pedal so on the first stroke you get a little kick of power which made all of us yelp with pleasure. It’ll go up to 40km on a single charge, at speeds up to 26km/h. It weighs 17kg.
After that initial kick the bike pedals smoothly and you can generate power with a leisurely half-turn of the pedal”