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Richard Peace

Richard Peace took to full-time outdoor writing/photojournalism after stints in an office and as an English teacher abroad. His cycling route guide books include the best-selling Ultimate C2C Guide and the Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner plus Electric Bicycles. He has written for various media about many aspects of cycling

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2 years 3 days ago

I was really happy to have my Flit bike, in bright tangerine orange, arrive a few weeks ago.  Due to lockdown and the weather I've not had much cause to ride it yet apart from a couple of test spins, but the main thing I love about it is the intelligence of the design - the fold method with the offset headtube is brilliant, the battery in the main tube works perfectly and is basically invisible.  After just a little practice I take about 30 seconds to unfold it and slightly more, maybe 40 seconds to fold it again (getting the front wheel to hook on is a knack).  The motor is 'enough' - and I've found the single gear just fine for skimming along at 25kph on the flat.

As for shortcomings - with the narrow bars the steering is very 'alive', and obviously the small wheels make the ride a bit more jiggly than a 29er on fat rubber, though it's not uncomfortable.  I also agree the rear swingarm/brake/elastomer unit is exposed to spray from the rear wheel, but short of fitting rigid (and strong) guards like a Brompton there's not really a solution to that.

Basically, I love it and wish I had a reason to commute on it every day...

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