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Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

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Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

Holland is famous for cycling and apparently there is a huge range of electric bikes already in common use there..whereas most bike shops in the uk only have about half a dozen choices, if that.

I would like to combine finding a great electric bike with a holiday in the Netherlands. Does anyone have any advice, please? We could go to any small, or large town. We would like to go in July.

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Nijmegen, The...
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1. Re: Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

https://defietser.nl/

A bike test center where you can test all kinds of bikes. It is situated near the Veluwe, one of the Netherlands most beautiful National parks. So a perfect location for a short holiday.

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3. Re: Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

The issue is that bricks and mortar shops need to be able to service and give warranty as well, so they usually limit themselves in the number of brands they sell. As with almost everything these days the choice online is usually wider than in the real shops. I would do some proper research first and see if you can find one or two brands that you're particularly interested in, and then look for the dealers that have them. Have you thought about warranty issues? If you have any issues in drive train or battery/electronics there will be no-one near you that has access to service data or spare parts. Personally I'd stay away from anything that isn't sold near where you live.

Amsterdam, The...
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4. Re: Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

This is a bit off a travel topic but I have a Batavus e-bike so perhaps I can share my experience. My bike is my primary form of transportation so I don't mind spending whatever it needs in maintenance etc to keep it roadworthy .

I once bought a cheapish bike over the internet and will never do that again. It broke and I had to go all the way to Hoofdorp (about 20km) to drop it off and pick it up to get it fixed under warranty. It cost me trice what it would have to get the bike shop around the corner to get it there and back.

So I bought this bike from a shop about 2km away. I have had a few issues with the bike and the local guy was very helpful. In the end it was picked up by Batavus and they took the bike back to their factory.

My point is that you are always better off buying local and supporting your local bike guy. I totally agree with what ASW said there.

I see there are a couple of bike shops in Hertford and also a Halfords. So by all means come here and try lots of bikes out. That De Fietser place looks fantastic so I would definitely go there to try one out but if you buy a bike then make sure you can get it serviced locally at home otherwise it will be a big headache.

Your normal bike guy might not know much about servicing electric bikes. They are not that complicated in general but someone who knows nothing about sensors, motor controllers, electric motors etc would be a bit lost.

How will you get the bike back to the UK? By car?

Just one last piece of advice about e-bikes. Don't believe what the blurb says about battery life. If it says 150km range then that would be on the lowest power setting with a gale behind you and if you weigh the same as a pregnant gnat. Half or even quarter that and depending on what you want to use the bike for. Replacement batteries are also eye waveringly expensive and they don't last forever just like any other LiOn battery.

They are great though. If you need more advice best to PM me and take it off this travel forum.

Amsterdam, The...
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5. Re: Going to the Netherlands to buy, an electric bike

Go to Gazelle e Bike experience centers- google it

https://www.gazelle.nl/experience-center

They are quite the best makers and also serve the purpose of going to Waalwijk or Groningen etc which will give you different city experience

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