I've written previously about one of my trips in Israel and Europe with my Freedom Ebike and wanted to share another travel experiences which illuminates the amazing freedom and flexibility that our electric bike kits give you, especially when installed on a Brompton folding bicycle.
When I was in Australia recently I had to spend a couple of days in the NSW country town of Collarenebri, where I am installing a number of solar PV systems. My house in Coogee in Sydney is about 10km from the Airport and my flight left at 7am.
Having had bad experiences with taxi's to the airport in the past and not wanting to wake up any earlier than necessary I managed to pack all my luggage into the Brompton front luggage bag and a small backpack and ride to the airport.
The ride was pleasant and at 25 minutes, quicker than a taxi (15-20 min) when you include waiting time. I also saved about $35 in taxi fare!
I also discovered a lovely bike path along the Eastlakes wetland.
I rode right up to the lady at the check-in desk where I repeated my trick from Munich Airport and surprised her by folding the bike in front of her and placing it in the bike bag for check-in.
As I've mentioned previously, the Freedom Ebike is the only electric bike you can practically and easily fly with because:
1) at 13-15kg for the Brompton Freedom Ebike it doesn't take up your whole luggage allowance.
2) its the only one with a battery that is in the least restrictive category for flying under TSA regulations (ie treated the same as a mobile phone battery). You can take as many as you can carry on the plane. This is because each battery pack is 91Whrs, which is below the 100Whr (8gm lithium equivalent) threshold.
Batteries over 100Whrs are subject to greater restrictions and over 300Whrs (which many ebike batteries are) are prohibited.
When I arrived at Moree airport I put the bike in the trunk of the hire car and drove to Collarenebri where the bike gave me a quick, easy way to explore the town.
On the way back after returning the hire car I got a lift to Tamworth (where I had a property settlement) with the bike in the trunk. I then had another early morning flight back to Sydney and looked up the route on google map. It was a reasonably bikable 14km.
Unfortunately it was pouring rain with localised flooding so I resigned myself to catching a taxi which was as slow and expensive ($40) as expected.
When I arrived back in Sydney it was sunny so I unfolded my Freedom Ebike and repacked my luggage and bike bag into the Brompton bag and back pack.
I then rode 6km to my parents in law in Victoria Park where I dropped off some luggage and had a drink and quick recharge of the batteries (literally and figuratively!).
I then rode 5km into the city where I paid the stamp duty at one office in the city center and then lodged the property transfer documents at the Land Titles Office on the edge of the city. This was by far the cheapest and most efficient way to do these errands in the city as parking is horribly expensive and the taxi ride is about $40.
I then rode another 5km across the Sydney Harbour Bridge (saving a $4.50 toll) to the office of a company I advise. I folded the bike under my desk and recharged the battery.
At the end of the day I then rode 8km back to my parents in law where I had dinner, collected my luggage and put the bike in the trunk of our car for a lift home with my wife & kids.
On this trip the Freedom Ebike saved me at least $150 in taxis and or tolls & parking charges and was the quickest way to do all the things I needed to do. It gave me quick, cheap and healthy personal transport where-ever I was and was flexible even when weather prevented my riding.