Today I want to show you how I commute to work using my foldable e-bike. Actually it was my first day at work so I was a little bit unsure if it will pan out. Esp. if my new boss would accept that I bring my e-bike and put it into the office. Because I had already done some location scouting beforehand I already knew…
- that there is a bike stand in front of the office,
- that the janitor would not allow me to bring it inside (to put it into a storage room etc.) and
- how long it will take me to get to the office.
and the janitor is watching closely
(actually he was already complaining about a bike that is not “parked” correctly)
I definitely did not want to leave my expensive e-bike outside for the whole day so I planned to bring it into the office.
I also did not want to ask my boss because I knew he might not accept things he does not understand. Sometimes it is better not to ask.
My Setup for Commuting
I use a foldable e-bike, the Fiido D4s. I had an extra battery just in case I run out of energy. Esp. when I have to be on time in the morning this would be unfortunate.
I had two Ortlieb Front Roller bags for my lowrider to bring office stuff, food, water etc.
Why didn’t I use a rear rack?
- I hit the rear panniers with my heels (on a small bike)
- the lowrider is more lightweight
- it is easier to take something out when stopping (no need to step down from bike)
- and the bike is more compact folded
My Transport Bag
Then I also had a 26 inch transport bag. There I wanted to later put the bike to take it to the office.
Here you can see my route:
It is nice because most of it is without traffic lights so I can go very fast. And it is on an island which is scenic (Donauinsel). It just took me 30 minutes, much faster than with public transport.
About my workplace
Here you can see where I work:
I was already very close when I took this picture.
Folding the bike
Bofore folding the bike I removed the smartphone holder and the bike mirror. I didn’t want to damage anything when I put the bike into the transport bag that’s why.
Then I folded the bike before entering the building.
It fits easily into the bag because it is a 20 inch bike and the bag is for 26 inch foldable bikes.
How it went
After my first day at work I can say I was pleasantly surprised. Nobody noticed that I had a bike with me (because it was inside the bag). Here you can see a picture:
As you can see I actually could have even charged my bike but this I did not dare.
It was good not to leave it outside even though I have a bike alarm and a good lock.
Also because it was supposed to be raining and this is not so good for the electronics.
It was a very good experience so I plan to continue commuting to work using my e-bike. Only if the weather is very bad, I will take the bike with me on the train. It is foldable anyways.
I hope this was interesting for you… if you have any question (for example about my commuting setup or my bike) please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. CU next time & happy commuting!
Fiido D4S (banggood / EU) Fiido D4S (banggood / US) Fiido D4S @ amazon.de M-Wave Mirror (attached to the side) @ Amazon M-Wave Mirror (attached on top) @ Amazon @amazon.it @amazon.fr M-Wave (side mounted, amazon.de) M-Wave (handlebar mounted, amazon.de) Ergon GP1 Rohloff/Nexus @ Amazon @ amazon.it @ amazon.fr @ amazon.de @ Aliexpress Phone Holder (Amazon) Phone Holder (amazon.de) Phone Holder (amazon.co.uk) Phone Holder (amazon.fr) Phone Holder (amazon.it) @ Aliexpress Bike Rack 20 Inch (decathlon.de) Bike Rack 20 Inch (decathlon.co.uk) Matching Backlights (decathlon.de) Ortlieb Front-Roller Bike Panniers Rack for Disc Brake Bikes (Amazon) Rack @ Aliexpress XLC Lowrider @ Amazon XLC Lowrider @ amazon.co.uk XLC Lowrider @ amazon.de XLC Lowrider @ amazon.it XLC Lowrider @ amazon.fr Kotschützer @ amazon.de Mudguards @ amazon.co.uk Mudguards @ amazon.it Mudguards @ amazon.fr Mudguards @ amazon.de 36V 13.6A (10s4p 18650) –> same size as D4S battery!!! 36V 12Ah Battery @ aliexpress Cassette Removal Toolkit (Amazon) Toolkit @ amazon.de Buy Crank (Aliexpress) Chainring (choose 58t) KMC Chain (choose X8) Multipurpose Grease (for bearings, not for the chain!) WD40 (for chain) 16mm wrench (to remove pedals and for crank puller) 8mm allen key (for screw) Shimano SL-M315 Rapidfire Plus 7 speed Shimano Altus RD-M310 Derailleur DNP 11-34T Flywheel Rhinowalk 20 inch Transport Bag (Amazon, buy the version for foldable bikes) Rhinowalk 26 inch Transport Bag (recommended for D4S, esp. if you upgrade tires/rack/etc., look for the version for foldable bikes) Rhinowalk Transport Bag for Scooters Schwalbe Big Ben Plus 55-406 (Amazon) Schwalbe Big Ben Plus 55-406 (amazon.co.uk) Schwalbe Big Ben Plus 55-406 (amazon.de) Schwalbe Big Ben Plus 55-406 (amazon.fr) Inner Tubes (Amazon, look for 20×2,15′) Toplink Joeblow Sport Pump (Amazon) Internal Alarm (Amazon) Internal Alarm (amazon.co.uk) Internal Alarm (amazon.de) Internal Alarm (amazon.fr) Alarm + Light (Amazon) Alarm + Light (amazon.co.uk) Alarm + Light (amazon.de) Alarm + Light (amazon.fr) Battery Alarm GPS Tracker 2G (Amazon) Samsung SmartTag Plus @ Amazon Samsung SmartTag Plus @ amazon.de Samsung SmartTag @ amazon.co.uk Samsung SmartTag Plus @ amazon.fr Samsung SmartTag Plus @ amazon.it Apple AirTag @ Amazon Apple AirTag @ amazon.de Apple AirTag @ amazon.co.uk Apple AirTag @ amazon.fr Apple AirTag @ amazon.it Black Kickstand @ Amazon White Kickstand @ Amazon Black Kickstand @ amazon.co.uk White Kickstand @ amazon.co.uk Black Kickstand @ amazon.de White Kickstand @ amazon.de Black Kickstand @ amazon.fr White Kickstand @ amazon.fr Black Kickstand @ Amazon.it White Kickstand @ Amazon.it Kickstand @ Aliexpress
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