Electric Mountain Bike vs The South Downs Way: Everybody wins.

Focus Thron Premium Impulse 2.0 Electric Bike
The  Focus Thron Premium Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike with Impulse 2.0 motor and 17Ah battery pack – also used by the 2014 Kalkhoff electric bike range – picked up ExtraEnergy’s Offroad Award this year. One of them has been sitting in our Shoreham-by-Sea showroom looking menacing and today was the day I decided to take it out on the South Downs Way to see what it can do. “What can’t it do?”, more like! Continue reading “Electric Mountain Bike vs The South Downs Way: Everybody wins.”

Must-Have Bike Gadgets

As cyclists, once we’ve kitted ourselves out with the essentials (the helmet, the repair kit, the clobber, and of course the bike itself) there is often the question lingering at the back of our minds; “What else is there to spend my hard earned money on?” Well you could always invest it, save up for a holiday or buy a new TV, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, why not indulge your passion and consider any one of the innovative and exciting bike gadgets listed below? Here we’ve collated some of our favourite accessories, tools and quirky accruements, any of which should have the modern, gadget loving cyclist frothing at the gills. Continue reading “Must-Have Bike Gadgets”

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

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 “Keeping your Bike Safe when you are Out and About”

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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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 “7 Reasons to Get Your Bum in The Saddle”

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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