The Ultimate Guide To E-Bike Touring Preparation

The joy of e-bike touring

The recent surge in the popularity of e-bikes is more than likely as a result of our growing desire to embark on fun-filled cycling tours of the country, without having to overexert themselves.

But when you’re gearing up to enjoy the stunning cycling routes of the UK, how do you ensure that you and your brand new e-bike are prepared for the journey ahead? These e-bike touring tips will help you along the way.

E-Bike Touring

Charged and ready to go

E-bikes are becoming one of the most popular bikes to use on a cycle tour. This is because they aid you uphill and can assist you if you get tired part way through your journey. It’s also possible to use other popular biking features on an e-bike, such as installing wide tyres.

You’ll typically travel up to 60 miles per day on a tour. So it’s crucial that you’re prepared for the journey ahead and this means fully charging your e-bike’s battery before you take to the road.

The latest batteries mean that there’s no need to wait for your battery to be completely depleted before charging it. In fact, there’s no problem with popping it on charge for 10 minutes if that’s all it takes to complete its charge.

Plan your stops around charging points

Dedicated e-bike charging stations remain few and far between in the UK but there are efforts being made to increase numbers. Earlier this year, Bosch announced that it was trialling power stations along multiple cycle trails in the UK.

Thankfully, there are alternative ways to ensure that your bike has got enough juice to get you to your next destination.

By stopping at locations which have power sources, such as hotels, restaurants, and camping grounds, you’ll be able to remove the battery from your bike and charge it up via your charger.

However, this does mean that you need to carefully plan each of your routes, the miles you’re going to travel and set each of your stop points before you leave your current destination.

It’s also worth noting that it’s not unheard of for e-bike cyclists to knock on doors to ask if they can use the homeowner’s power to charge up their bike’s battery. But, with the British public keener than ever to be more environmentally-friendly, you should find that most locals will happily help you out.

Back up batteries

The average e-bike battery takes between two and four hours to fully charge. The larger the battery capacity, the longer a full charge takes.

Bosch guarantees their batteries for two years or 500 full charges, depending on which comes first. Despite this, Bosch state that their batteries are good for up to 10 years or 1500 full cycle charges.

But this doesn’t mean you should solely rely on one battery throughout the course of your UK cycle tour. Having at least one back-up will ensure that you’ll make it to your next destination. However, for ultimate power and peace of mind, it’s wise to travel with multiple spare batteries.

Travel with spare parts

Throughout the course of your cycle tour, your e-bike may take a fair few knocks and bumps. Ultimately, this will take its toll on your bike and essential maintenance will be required.

E-bike touring means you’ll be travelling a considerable distance every day, you should check the condition of your e-bike’s brakes and brake pads on a daily basis. The braking material of the brake pads which sits on each side of the rotors on the tyre should be a minimum of 1.5 mm. When they fall below this, you’ll need to replace them.

As with standard bikes, it’s not unknown for e-bikes to get punctures. Although, the additional weight of an e-bike, along with the weight of your cycle trip essentials can result in your e-bike experiencing punctures more frequently than you’re used to.

If you stick to cycle trails and paths rather than going off the path, you’re less likely to get a puncture.

It’s also worth investing in puncture resistant tyres (most of 50cycles’ e-bikes come fitted with them as standard) to make your cycle tour of the UK less problematic, especially as UK trails are packed full of brambles, thorns, and similar puncture-inducing objects.

Anti-theft protection

A bike is stolen every six minutes in the UK, according to the Evening Standard. As electric bikes are more expensive than standard cycles and thus have greater value, they tend to be more attractive to thieves. It is, therefore, essential that you take precautions when you park your bike up.

Cyclists who’ve toured around the UK on electric bikes suggest chaining them together. Keeping your e-bikes close to your tent if you’re camping out for the night as this will deter thieves.

It’s also a wise idea to remove the battery from your bike. The battery is the most costly part of an e-bike and will be much more attractive to thieves than the frame on its own.

Road safety

Cyclist Gary Corbett claims that England is the least safe country that he has ever travelled through on an electric bike. With this in mind, it’s recommended that you carefully plan your daily route and research the safest way to get to your next destination. 

The good news is that research carried out by VeiligheidNL found that e-bikes are just as safe as traditional pedal bikes. We actually think they’re safer. However, you’ll still want to take precautions to keep both yourself and your valuable e-bike safe from harm.

Post-tour maintenance

Once you’re back home from your cycle tour around the UK, you’re sure to want to spend a few days recuperating from your adventure. However, it’s important that you don’t neglect your e-bike during this time.

After being out on the road for several days or weeks, take the time to thoroughly wash your bike down with a specialist bike cleaner. You should also apply lube to the chains to prevent them from seizing up.

In addition, remember to top up the charge in your battery as this can help to extend the overall battery life, which will be beneficial when it comes to preparing for your next cycle tour.

Touring by electric bike is a great way to explore the UK, particularly as they make cycling up hills and mountains or along stony and uneven pathways easier than ever. But, you need to fully prepare for your journey and take action before, during, and after your cycle tour to keep your bike in optimum condition.

Bosch CX 2020

Bosch has announced their new motor, Bosch CX 2020, which replaces the enormously popular Bosch Performance CX.

Bosch CX 2020 exploded viewBosch has been in the electric bike motor business for ten years now. Their range of motors has powered e-bikes for scores of brands including Cube, Scott, Kalkhoff, Riese & Müller and Haibike.

Their Performance CX motor was beginning to show its age in recent years, with limited battery capacity, excess noise and a less-than compact size and weight.

So what does the Bosch’s new CX 2020 system bring to the party?

Has it made Bosch Performance CX obsolete?

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Save up to 42% on your electric bike with Green Commute Initiative cycle to work scheme

Electric bikes are incredibly useful but they are often more expensive than traditional pedal cycles. Fortunately, help is at hand from the Government-backed cycle to work scheme, via the Green Commute Initiative.

It helps reduce and spread the cost of electric bike ownership. You’ll save of up to 42% if you’re higher-rate earner! Continue reading “Save up to 42% on your electric bike with Green Commute Initiative cycle to work scheme”

Haibike Flyon delivery delay disappoints customers

Has the Haibike Flyon delivery delay affected you?

We heard on the dealer grapevine that there is a problem with Haibike Flyon models reaching dealers in time.

We don’t know the full details, but it seems dealers are being informed that certain Flyon models will not be shipped until OCTOBER, a time when the cycling season traditionally draws to a close.

It’s also when NEXT SEASON’S models start to appear. Continue reading “Haibike Flyon delivery delay disappoints customers”

Great electric bikes under £1000 – Your High Quality Trade-In E-Bike Destination

You can buy electric bikes under £1000, and it usually comes down to two options:

1. Something new that’s cheap but is probably not a great electric bike
2. A used bike that’s already proven its reliability

At 50cycles, we can’t offer any of the first type. Our cheapest new bike is the BH Easygo Volt at £1295.

We now have a supply of high-quality used bikes that have been returned to us for refurbishment and resale.
Continue reading “Great electric bikes under £1000 – Your High Quality Trade-In E-Bike Destination”

Trade in Electric Bike for a New 2019 BH E-Bike

Trade in electric bike at 50cycles. Electric bike trade in at 50cycles. We now accept trade-ins on electric bikes in part-exchange for a new 2019 E-Bike.

50cycles Trade In Electric Bikes

We’ve had a huge increase in enquiries about electric bike trade-in lately

Many of you own bikes that work but are showing their age. You still want to cycle, but more range, power or riding something a little different appeals.

So it’s time to announce that yes, we do now accept trade-ins and can offer part exchange deals when buying a new model from 50cycles (we’ve even created this new web page to get things moving) Continue reading “Trade in Electric Bike for a New 2019 BH E-Bike”

2019 BH Evo City Pro: Powerful replacement for the Kalkhoff Pro Connect

BH Evo City Pro Electric Bike from 50cycles
BH Evo City Pro

We followed up our BH Evo Jet hill climb video with this tour of the excellent new BH Evo City Pro.

It’s similar to the Jet but with a larger battery capacity (meaning longer range) and it’s fully equipped for a touring and commuting role.

BH Evo City Pro – the new Kalkhoff Pro Connect?

This BH model caught our attention immediately. It’s very similar to our best-selling Kalkhoff Pro Connect model, which we offered 2008-2018, selling several thousand in the UK.

If anything though, the City Pro has even greater potential. It’s definitely more powerful and more elegant because (unlike the Kalkhoff Pro Connect) it tucks the 600Wh battery into the frame.

Continue reading “2019 BH Evo City Pro: Powerful replacement for the Kalkhoff Pro Connect”

2019 BH Evo Jet E-Bike Hill Climb in Richmond Park, London

The first thing we do when a new e-bike arrives is take it for a test ride up a nice big hill. There’s no better way to get a sense of an electric bike’s potential than cycling straight for places other cyclists fear to pedal.

One such place is Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park, London. We’ve been testing bikes on this climb for years. Kalkhoff, Oxygen, Haibike, Focus e-bikes have all had their first UK outings there.

It’s a good spot because it’s popular with other cyclists (especially at weekends), it’s relatively free of motor traffic and it’s easy to film. About 50 yards further East there’s an off-road track that’s handy for test rides too.

We took the new BH Evo Jet on both of them last Sunday and were thrilled by the results. The BH Evo E-Bikes are the first we’ve had that pack a 48 volt motor and battery as standard. Continue reading “2019 BH Evo Jet E-Bike Hill Climb in Richmond Park, London”

An elegant step-thru electric bike from BESV, the new CF1

The very latest addition to our line-up is the BESV CF1 step-thru electric bike. BESV also make the formidable TRB1 Urban e-bike (Brose motor, huge battery capacity) and the PS1 (compact, Carbon frame city bike par excellence).

BESV CF1 Step-thru electric bike
BESV CF1 Step-thru electric bike

Continue reading “An elegant step-thru electric bike from BESV, the new CF1”

Electric bikes for Deliveroo riders

Electric bikes have the power to make a real difference for the nation’s delivery riders. We caught up with a very busy Deliveroo rider recently to see how it’s helped. He’s now making more money than ever because he’s able to deliver more orders, more quickly without wearing himself out on his shift.

Pick the right e-bike for deliveries

Not all e-bikes are up to the job though. A very large battery capacity is essential to keep going through the day and night. Riders also require strong assistance that can take on steep hills, heavy loads and stiff headwinds. The bike also needs to be tough enough to carry extra weight and dependable because the rider’s livelihood depends on it working well.

We’ve trawled Deliveroo rider forums and it sounds like it can be a tough job most of the time. They’re against the clock, they have to deliver whatever the weather conditions and pedalling uphills and stopping and starting at crossings and junctions really takes it out of them. Riding an electric bike on a shift has the potential to iron out these problems and make it a fun and profitable job.

E-Bikes help you make money, save your time & energy

Yes, the initial outlay on an electric bike is significant, but the gains soon outweigh the cost for riders who are smart enough to invest in one.

Jimmy, our Youtube star, rides a BESV TRB1  e-bike which he’s found to be ideal for the job – it’s fast, robust and comes with the largest single-battery capacity of any bike we’ve ever stocked, at 756Wh. Which means mileages well into the 50-mile range. That should cover even the busiest of shifts, whatever the terrain.

We have other bikes that are good for this work but none quite matches the TRB1 for power, speed, strength and stealthiness. Well-equipped too with decent front and rear lights, air-sprung forks, a luggage rack and fat tyres.

We only have a very limited number available between now and Spring 2019 and we can offer all Uber Eats, Deliveroo riders, etc £1,000 off the RRP £3995 – we want these bikes out on the road, making you money and earning good reviews.

Call Mark on 01509 278393, contact us online or request a free callback to learn more about this game-changing e-bike today.

Also read who benefits most from electric bikes