Electric bikes: THE catalyst for making the UK a better place to live

I had a realisation the other day, while riding my Winora Yakun e-bike along the coast to Brighton and back.

Electric bikes: THE catalyst for making the UK a better place to live 1Electric 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 to be good at? Sort of, but every time I get in a car to go somewhere I’m sealing myself up in a metal box (an unbearably hot metal box at this time of year), wait in queues of traffic, hoping I’ll find somewhere to park.

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Common misconceptions about electric bikes

The poor, misunderstood e-bike

Common misconceptions about electric bikes 2They’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 them here.

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A history of folding electric bikes

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Our latest folding electric bicycle, the Hercules Rob Fold F8 with Bosch motor

A new folding electric bike joined our range this week, the first in many years. The Hercules Rob Fold F8 from Germany has it all – Bosch motor, 400Wh or 500Wh battery capacity options, 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears, lights, luggage rack, kick stand, hydraulic brakes, mudguards. Continue reading “A history of folding electric bikes”

An electric bike Christmas

christmas electric bike wrapped
Only problem is getting it down the chimney

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 “An electric bike Christmas”

Riding to School on an Electric Bike

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2016 Haibike Sduro Hardfour RX 24″ Electric Bike – for kids 8 years and up

There are kids electric bikes now?

Electric bikes have long been popular with older riders, people who would otherwise write off cycling but find that electric bikes are a great way to get around.

But what about cyclists at the other end of the age scale? Why would a child want to ride an electric bike? Do kids electric bikes even exist? Should they? Continue reading “Riding to School on an Electric Bike”

Precision Electric Bike Fitting

Our Bristol store has just installed an electric bike fitting system. This precision allows for the comfiest and most efficient cycling position on the bike. For 10 minutes of your time, you can be certain that any back, wrist, hip or knee pain is non-existant with the correct saddle and handlebar measurements being presented to you.

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Full Stock of E-Bikes for Summer & New Video Reviews

Fully stocked in time for Summer

Several large shipments from Kalkhoff have arrived this month, with enough bikes to meet demand for our most popular models through the height of the season.

Electric bike stock

Best-selling models like the 2016 Agattu Premium 8G with Belt Drive and new Pro Connect 9G (with larger 14.5Ah battery) are available in all frame styles and sizes once more. 

The latest Integrale 10-speed is here in good numbers too, as are other Impulse Evo models like the Integrale S11, Integrale S10 and the Include Premium
 
The new Integrales and Includes all come with our largest 17Ah integrated battery pack, Smart Navigation and more powerful Impulse Evo and Evo RS motors. See our video review story below for more on these models.
 
We even have a couple of Small and Medium Tasman 17Ah step thru back in stock for the first time in months. 
 
The Tasman is a very well equipped town bike, with 8-speed hub gears, adjustable stem, built-in lock and attractive black and bronze paintwork.
 
 
But not so many of these…
 
However, there are very few of the Pro Connect 10, semi-folding Sahel Compact and Integrale 8 Belt left in stock, only low single figures in certain sizes, none in others. 
 
So, if you’re interested in any of these models, they’re likely to sell out soon. And with good reason, they’ve picked up some glowing, enthusiastic reviews this year.
 
All prices include VAT and free UK shipping, of course, and all bikes are fully-equipped with lights, luggage rack, kickstand, EU/UK charger, ergonomic handgrips and saddles, 2-year warranty and the support of the Britain’s most experienced e-bike supplier.
 
 
Loughborough Showroom

Loughborough Showroom Saturday Opening

One of the best things about our relocation has been the creation of a much-improved, dedicated showroom area. Improved accessibility also means we’ve been able to open on Saturday on a regular basis in Loughborough for the first time.

 
Anthony, previously manager of our busy Bristol showroom, will be on hand to show you around the bikes, send you off on your test rides and even, so I’m told, offer you a hot drink.
 
Our Loughborough showroom is open 10am – 4pm tomorrow and every Saturday this Summer. 
 
50cycles Electric Bikes
1 Charnwood Business Park
North Road
Loughborough 
Leicestershire LE11 1LE
Google Map
 
If you’re having trouble finding us, look out for the ‘Skytrex’ sign on the corner of our building. There’s parking right outside. Contact anthony.douglas@50cycles.com if you’d like to visit tomorrow.
 

You have to see these Kalkhoff E-Bike videos from California

New Wheel Include ReviewThe New Wheel electric bike store in San Francisco does a roaring trade in Kalkhoff e-bikes. As you’d expect from a Bay Area business, they’re very slick and have recently produced a series of exceedingly professional and informative video reviews of three key 2016 Kalkhoff models, all of them using the Impulse Evo system.

We’re so impressed we’ve dropped them into the review pages. You can see their Integrale S11, Integrale 8 and Include Premium 8 videos on our respective review pages.

If you’re reading this email on the West Coast of the US, you should definitely pay The New Wheel a visit and give them your business. 

Which of our current bikes would you most like to see a video review of on our website? Some of our team are keen to see what we can do. 


 
£100 Off Friends & Family Code FFJUN 
Fantic Friends and FamilyWe’ve created a new voucher code that you’re welcome to use on your next bike or to share with friends and family. 
 
The code FFJUN is valid on new orders including an electric bike placed through our website, over the telephone or in one of the 50cycles showrooms. 
 
It’s worth £100 off any Kalkhoff, FOCUS or Fantic electric bike from now until the end of this month.
 
If you have any problem with using the code on our website, please call 0333 900 5050 and we’ll help you apply it to your order.
 
We are issuing this code on the understanding you are already a 50cycles customer, owner of a Kalkhoff, FOCUS or Fantic electric bike or pedal cycle, and you will share it with close friends and family. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts and is not for general distribution online or in social media, nor can it be applied retrospectively to existing orders.  Offer valid until 23:59:59 on 30th June 2016.

That’s all for now, thank you for reading. 
The 50cycles Team

Electric Mountain Bike Review

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Focus Thron 2.0 electric mountain bike at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton
We’ve always put electric bike reviews at the centre of our website. I remember the first review we ever received, from one of our Honda Step Compo owners, back in 2003. But this one is one of the best.

So that’s how 500 miles feels, in a little under 8 weeks I have covered this distance since taking delivery of my Focus electric mountain bike. Continue reading “Electric Mountain Bike Review”

Electric Bike Catalogue Revealed

We produced this simple 8-page electric bike catalogue covering the range of Kalkhoff and Focus electric bikes we’ll be offering in 2016.

It contains some stirring words about why you really want to own an electric bike, a summary of the various motor systems on offer, prices, details of our showrooms and contact details plus a handy size guide that will help you find which frame option is best for your height. Continue reading “Electric Bike Catalogue Revealed”