Electric bike benefits
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...
The formidable Winora Yakun Tour has been my favourite electric bike for a long time. But now there's a new contender for best electric bike. I rode the BESV TRB1 Urban e-bike around 50cycles' home town, Loughborough, this weekend and was more than impressed.
We've found the electric bike we and our customers have been looking for
We're often asked "so what's your lightest electric bike?" and "sounds great - how heavy is it?" Seems weight is a big factor for people buying an electric bike, up there with price and range. Most of our e-bikes weigh in well over 20kg. A couple of this year's dual-battery models tipped the scales nearer 30kg. Even that's light compared...
Electric bikes in London are one of the best ways to travel around the capital. Cheap, practical and fun, electric bikes offer many advantages over other London transport options.
If you're tired of waiting for buses, sick of squeezing onto the tube, fed up with waiting in traffic or too tired to pedal cycle everywhere, an electric bike is for you. Electric bikes in London have the power to boost your range, improve your mood and deliver you at your destination feeling fresh and ready to go. Not tired and ready to drop, or in need of a shower.
Electric bikes are wildly popular across Europe. Nearly three-quarters of a million were sold in Germany in 2017, about half of all bikes by value sold in the Netherlands are now electric. Visiting Zurich recently I noticed there were more electric bikes than pedal cycles on the roads. But of all the big cities in Europe, London is the most suitable for electric bikes. Here's why...
Electric bikes have the power to make the UK better I had a realisation the other day, while riding my Winora Yakun electric bike along the coast to Brighton and back. Electric bikes make things happen more quickly. I can fit more things into a day when I'm on my electric bike. But hold on, isn't that what cars are supposed...
A customer asked me today if we can price match with another electric bike shop.
The answer is almost always yes. We do offer electric bike price matching, but with a couple of exceptions.
If another retailer is offering an unreasonably low price, we cannot reasonably match that. The retailer is most likely losing money on the deal and we're not interested in competing in that market.
Or, it could be that the bike on offer is not new. Perhaps they're trying to clear a bike returned by a customer? Maybe it's shop-soiled or an ex-demonstrator?
We are upfront about this and list all our ex-display electric bikes separately often with generous discounts on ultra low mileage, good-as-new bikes. We have electric bikes from Cube, Giant, Riese & Müller, Beatbike and electric mountain bikes from Haibike. Continue reading
News today of something I've long suspected."Young couples trapped in car dependency" says the BBC headline. "You spend hours in traffic ferrying yourself and your children around because your estate has no shops; no pub; no doctor; no school; no jobs" the report adds.
Ditch the car, get an e-bike
Of course, at 50cycles Electric Bikes we offer a viable alternative. Rather than accepting a lifetime spent fuming in traffic, young couples should explore which electric bikes are best if they find themselves trapped on a UK housing estate.
Developers are surrounding Britain's towns with housing estates that are simply not liveable. They lack basic amenities or sense of community. Town centres are miles away at the end of busy roads. Residents sometimes feel obliged to climb over fences to get to where they want to go. They're literally scaling the walls to escape! Continue reading
The poor, misunderstood e-bike They've been around for years but several misconceptions about what electric bikes are and how they differ from pedal cycles persist. These are questions and comments we often hear when people encounter electric bikes for the first time, in our store or out on the road and trails. We're going to try to settle some of...
Melanie Reid writes in today's Times about how electric bikes are emerging as a favourite gift this Christmas.
"When things come in clusters, you know you have a trend on your hands. Randomly, at least three girlfriends have announced they want an electric bike for Christmas."
She continues with a brisk summary of the benefits of electric bikes: how the rider feels younger, is transported back in time to the youthful joy of cycling, "the feeling of being nine years old again and everything works". Continue reading