50cycles Electric Bike Blog

Electric Bike news, reviews from the UK e-bike market leader.

  1. New! Larger Capacity Panasonic Electric Bike Batteries

    E-Bike Vision 26V 25Ah battery pack for Kalkhoff, Flyer, BH, Raleigh electric bikes 26 Volt 25 Ah battery pack for electric bike

    Panasonic's 26 volt electric bike system ruled the roads up until about 2012. We sold thousands of Kalkhoff Agattu, Tasman, Pro Connect and Sahel fitted with 26V Panasonic packs - a mere 10Ah in the early days, then 18Ah and finally 24Ah. Initially these came from Panasonic but around 2011, Kalkhoff began including their own higher-capacity batteries from German manufacturer BMZ. As Kalkhoff have focused more and more on their own Impulse electric bike system, supply of 26V Panasonic-compatible batteries has become less certain. But not to worry, another German manufacturer has spotted an opportunity in the shape of several hundred thousand electric bike owners across Europe riding Kalkhoff, Raleigh, BH, Flyer and several other brands that rely on these battery packs.

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  2. Greatest Cycle Race in the World Sees Pedal Powered Word Premiere of New Film "Bicycle"

    Greatest Cycle Race in the World Sees Pedal Powered Word Premiere of New Film "Bicycle"

    "Bicycle" is a 90 minute documentary which has it's Public World Premiere at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling on Friday 4th July ahead of the ceremonial start of the Tour de France with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in attendance. Continue reading

  3. Keeping your Bike Safe when you are Out and About

    As cycling enthusiasts, our bikes mean as much to us as most motorists cars do to them. However, a bike is far easier to steal than a car (well, the vast majority of cars anyway), and there is less of a stigma attached to bike theft than there is to car theft (they don't call it 'Grand Theft Pedal'). As such, it's important that when we leave our bikes, we keep them as secure as possible, and in many cases a conventional bike lock just might not be enough to dissuade potential thieves. Continue reading

  4. 50cycles Electric Bikes supports Brighton's Big Screen

    Brighton's Big Screen
    Brighton's Big Screen Launch Evening, 12th June 2014

    Brighton is not short of attractions but each Summer sees one of the best spring up on the beach, a huge screen playing classic movies, new releases, hosting film festivals live events and, of course in 2014, World Cup matches. 50cycles were invited to sponsor Brighton's Big Screen and we jumped at the chance.
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  5. 7 Reasons to Get Your Bum in The Saddle

    7 Reasons to Get Your Bum in The Saddle

    As a hobby, cycling is one of the most cost-effective, healthy and social you could possibly choose. Not only that, but it can also be worked into your day-to-day life, as an alternative mode of transport for the daily commute for example, or as an activity you can share with your friends and family. There are no really convincing reasons not to get involved in cycling, especially with modern advances in technology meaning it's now just as, if not more safe than driving. But there are plenty of reasons to convince even the most stubborn of us to saddle up. Continue reading

  6. Kalkhoff emerges as European electric bike market leader

    Kalkhoff bikes have a deserved reputation for performance, reliability and innovation and they've picked up many awards this year from organisations like ExtraEnergy (the Impulse Ergo and Pro Connect Xion were both category winners along with the sold-out Sahel Compact), as well as magazines like ElektroRad in Germany and the Electric Bike Buyer's Guide here in the UK.

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  7. New Electric Bike Showroom Opens in Brighton

    New Electric Bike Showroom Opens in Brighton

    50cycles are delighted to announce that they now have a shop in Shoreham-by-Sea! Continue reading

  8. Edinburgh Electric Bikes - Test Rides in Scotland

    Edinburgh Electric Bikes - Test Rides in Scotland

    We've got a new test ride location in bonny Scotland... Continue reading

  9. Sahel Harmony electric bike: One year in and still my favourite

    Sahel Harmony electric bike: One year in and still my favourite

    I've been riding a Sahel Harmony on an extended test for over a year now, ever since unboxing it at last year's Eden Project electric bike event. It was one of the very first production electric bikes to use NuVinci's fully automatic gearbox so I thought it important to see how reliable such a sophisticated piece of cycling technology would be in daily use. Continue reading

  10. Five Gorgeous Bike Trails and Routes for the Bank Holiday Weekends

    Five Gorgeous Bike Trails and Routes for the Bank Holiday Weekends

    With Summer merely months away, the Easter holiday already upon us, and the cost of holidays abroad skyrocketing to heights that few young families can logistically afford, the idea of getting away for a long weekend (or even a whole week) for a relaxing break in the great British countryside might very well be on many minds. Continue reading