E-Bike Rental in Sydney

Hi all,

I would like to start riding a bicycle to work, but im afraid doing 26km in the mornings would be a bit too much for me.
So i was thinking that e-bike should do the trick. But i have never tried one.
So here is my question: does anyone know of an e-bike rental in Sydney? I would like to test it for a few days before buying one. All the options i found were for food delivery guys.
I would like to test some common bicycle brand ones (merida, giant, gt etc), which i could actually buy in shop.
Thanks!

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  • +1 vote

    Hey mate, you can find Lime bikes through Sydney. https://www.li.me/electric-assist-bike

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      I think lime bikes are probably fine for a 1-5km ride around the city, but 26km on them is asking for trouble. Good place to start if you just want to try an e-bike.

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    I've seen signs for this exact thing at 99Bikes (https://www.99bikes.com.au/). They'll also reimburse the rental fee if you buy from them.

    I don't think they sell all the brands you've listed though.

    I've also had a few popup ads on facebook about long term e-bike rentals. I think they're targetting ubereats/menulog drivers, but no harm in looking them up for a commute rental.

    Edit: I think this is the company advertising on facebook/gumtree: ezyriderbikes.com.au

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    There's the bike library in Newtown.
    I know someone who used to do long weekend rides, and would grab one of these so his gf could keep up with him. Seems neat to try if it's still available, though you wouldn't be able to test different models or anything.

    Sidenote, I've been commuting on an e-bike overseas. only a 5km ride, zipping around various streets and footpaths. Takes around 15mins or so but I feel healthier for it. So 26km should be a decently long ride and get you fitter.

    People think ebikes mean you don't do exercise, like a motorbike or something. Not true. They save you from pushing harder up hills or when starting from stop (this is actually great for moving around the city because you can immediately get enough speed to balance). But there's still a bit of resistance, about the same as a good bike moving at speed on a flat surface, and remains there pretty constantly, so on a flat surface they feel like normal bikes if you keep moving. You just go faster.

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    26km I would look for something with a 12ah battery if running 32volts. Double if not charging to full at work. Less if pedaling.

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      I (sort of) know bicycles and cycling, but no idea of volts and amperes. Hadnt even considered to look things from this side. Thanks for the insight.

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      32v? Most common are 24, 36, 48v

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    Sydney Electric Bikes has two outlets - Pyrmont and Thornleigh - where you can hire. From memory they also deduct the hire fee from the cost of a new bike if you purchase.

    http://www.sydneyelectricbikes.com.au/Contact/contact.html