Join Us For Some ebike FunIt's an amazing time right now. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to electric bike models but too much choice can feel a little overwhelming. You want to make sure you make the right choice and choose the best electric bike for you and that's exactly what we want.You have to test ride a few because you can't tell what something feels like by drewling over an amazing image and reading a list of specifications or even listening to what others have experienced. Although not irrelevant by far the most important thing to do is get hands, feet and bottom (optional) on ..
Lost Your Driver's Licence? Electric Bikes May Be the Solution!These days, you can lose your UK driving licence quite easily. By this we don’t mean that it’s easy to misplace, although that can happen too. Since 2012, the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has denied or revoked nearly 43,000 car and motorcycle licences due to poor driver vision. This obviously does not include the drivers who lost their licences for other reasons, such as:Medical groundsUnder the New Drivers Act 1995, which revokes the licenses of new drivers who collect six or more penalty points within their f..
A Guide to the Riese & Muller e-bike Range for 2018Riese & Müller, the internationally renowned manufacturer of premium e-bikes and folding bikes, has a new range of innovative products for 2018. At the top of the list are the Supercharger and the Tinker.The Riese & Muller Supercharger 2018The Supercharger has an extremely sporty look with a coordinated colour scheme, two Bosch PowerTube batteries (optional) integrated into the frame and an ergonomic seat position.Like all of its models, the Supercharger is equipped with the trademark Riese & Müller Bosch drive system. T..
Roads Minister Jesse Norman Rides a Raleigh Captus e-bikeAnd this isn't just any Raleigh Captus. This one has been fitted with some special equipment designed to evaluate how, where and when potholes form so that preventative measures and speedy cost effective repairs can be organised.How will this work?The innovative technology will monitor tarmac on certain road and cycle routes by recording and analysing sequences of photos over time and cross reference the change in condition with other factors such as weather.Why a Raleigh Captus Electric Bike?Simply put it's value for money. For £1750 th..
European Commission Commencing Investigation on Chinese E-Bike DumpingThe European Commission recently published a notice that they would be commencing an anti-dumping investigation into imported e-bikes originating in China.According to the October 20 Notice, the European Commission received a complaint from the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) about China’s alleged dumping of ebikes.The term dumping is used to describe a process where imported items are sold below the cost of production or home market prices. This process damages domestic e-bike makers and potentially threat..
Can the Smog Free Project make riding ebikes even more enjoyable? The Smog Free Project is a unique approach to the problem of pollution in cities and could improve the ebike experience even more in the future. Artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde began work on this issue in 2013 and unveiled his solution - the Smog Free Tower - in his hometown Rotterdam in 2015 before installing it in Beijing the following year. He aims to promote the concept of ‘schoonheid’ - the beauty of cleanliness - and to improve life today through creativity and technology. The ethos of the project i..
The Toshiba SCiB Lithium Battery and eBikesToshiba uses a secret(ish) new material (in its Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB)) for the anode called titanium niobium oxide. The implications of this new technology are exciting for e-bikes because the batteries could allow ebikes to travel up to 3 times the distance they currently are able to manage on a single charge. The technology also allows the battery to be fully recharged again in a matter of minutes. It's easy to see how this could make e-bikes more practical for longer journeys, easier to use, and simpler to manage with less thought ..
E-bikes for Shorter People We all know how important a well-fitting bike can be, but many shorter cyclists say they find it tricky to find a model that suits them. As a result they may experience problems with posture and find it harder to pedal comfortably and safely. Electric Bikes For Shorter Cyclists Riding an e-bike can be both a hindrance and a help on this front. The extra assistance from the motor will help to make pedalling easier but the added equipment (eGroupset) makes the machine heavier and potentially more difficult to push around until you know how.This doesn’t ..
Bosch Presents Patent for Anti-Crash SystemGerman company Bosch has submitted a patent application for both a method and a device that are designed to prevent riders from falling off of their e-bikes.Bosch designed for electric bikes.Apparently designed for electric bicycles, the manufacturer claims to have put together a counter-torque device that uses sensors to alert the system when a rider has tackled a jump with a little too much force.To correct forward or backward momentum, the torque system will make an adjustment to rider trajectory that is counter to the lift direction, causin..
A look at the new Panasonic eMTB systemPanasonic Cycle Tech Co., Ltd. have designed a new mountain e-bike engineered for high performance. The XM 1 electric assist vehicle has a battery integrated into the frame for added simplicity and functionality and a newly developed sports drive unit. Panasonic say that sports drive realises a smooth and powerful assist feeling via a direct drive mechanism that transmits the assist force to the crank axis. The new drive unit is designed to allow for use in town and stop start journeys and for use with a different mode suitable for continued travel..
Visit Any Of Our Stores in November.......and test ride an ebike for the first time to receive a free set of Veloman lights.It's winter...Brrrrrrr....it's getting cold and dark and we would like to help cyclists be safe while promoting the many benefits of electric bikes.What eBike Lights are we giving away?While we do have special ebike lights, these ones will attach to any bike and help to keep you safe while cycling this winter.They are VeloMan powerful Dual LED lights with a silicon based skin to protect and mount the light.Why Are eBikes Great For Winter?Electric bikes are great for winte..
Special Electric Bike Demo DaysOf course you can visit any of our stores any time to test ride to your hearts content and ask as many questions as you like to help you choose the right ebike for you. We do however have special promotion days to showcase electric bikes from a particular manufacturer or genre and in this new list for (mostly) 2018 models you will find our upcoming electric bike demo days and demo day offers.Riese & Muller demo days@York Store - October 31st 2017@Cambridge Store - Saturday November 18th 2017@Bristol Store - Saturday November 25th 2017@Oxford Store - Satu..
The UK may introduce an eBike subsidyRoads minister Jesse Norman indicated that a subsidy for electric bikes is being considered along with the current subsidy for electric cars.eBikes To Help Combat the UK Health CrisisJesse wants to force local councils to encourage an increase in cycling to counteract the effects of pollution and inactive lifestyles.A Safe Place for a 12 Year Old To CycleHe would like to see a transition to a world (presumably he meant the UK) where 12 year olds can cycle safely. There won't be an increase in funding for cycle infrastructure but the government could put mor..
Bosch Announce They Are Buying COBICOBI design and manufacture technology to allow cyclists to make their smartphone the centre of their cycling life handling communication, infotainment, and linking to many useful apps. There is also an element of cycle security.Of course the biggest success for COBI has been in combination with electric bikes and so they already produce an interface for Bosch powered ebikes.The COBI hardware attaches to your electric bike and they have integrations for Bosch and other ebike systems....although this may not continue once Bosch are the owners. COBI Main F..