Presteigne event update

Presteigne event update 1
2007 Tour de Presteigne will take place on Sunday May 13th as part of ECOearth 2007. I don’t have any more details on ECOearth yet, but last year it was an entertaining fair with stalls showing off various eco products such as ground source heat pumps, sheeps wool insulation, water recovery systems etc. as well as more fun things such as mobile sculptures made from scrap metal and pedal powered electricity generators for the kids to power their own computers games.
The bike part of it will consist of stalls showing electric bikes, with the opportunity to try them (50 Cycles will be there) . On Saturday evening there will be a musical event at the Legion, Presteigne featuring John Louis at the amazing French macadam Electric Powered Piano.

On Sunday morning there will be a short hill climb just half a mile out of town, followed by a leisurely 12 mile ride around the picturesque small roads and bridleways of the area. (For those that don’t know the area, there really are plenty of small, pretty, uncongested roads in this part of the world) .

At 3pm there will be a discussion followed by a question and answer session with some of the movers and shakers of the industry .

At 5.30pm the one hour rally will begin around the new course that links the Business park and the Industrial estate.

Organizer Pete Mustill is urging anyone of any age or fitness who owns an electric bike or especially anyone has built one, to sign up straight away. Tricycles, shopper bikes and general eccentricity are welcomed -it is a fun event and not just for speed freaks.
Entrance fee for competitors is £10, £30 for stall holders, which includes a stall , chairs and a power point.
Contact Pete Mustill on 01544 267163 or email:

“Electric bikes are taking off”

This article from the International Herald & Tribune’s Business pages enthuses about the potential of electric bikes and how the technology seems set to enjoy a massive expansion in markets in the industrialised and developing world. Certainly the most exciting and pro electric bicycle article we can remember seeing. Very interesting facts and figures about how many people are using them already.

Cambridge at rush hour

50cycles had a base in Cambridge for nearly two years and in many ways it is cycling Nirvana – lots of serious, separate cycle tracks, miles of riverside riding, plentiful parking and tens of thousands of of fellow cyclists. This sped-up footage of the junction just to the south of the main college thoroughfare illustrates how a town ruled by bikes works. Look out for how most large vehicles make room for cyclists, but a couple of drivers clearly couldn’t care less!

Is there anywhere else in the UK where similar numbers of cyclists can be seen at certain times of day?

Off the grid

Off the grid 2We delivered a Sprint 7 to Nottingham University’s eco house yesterday.

Located on a hill close to the department for the built environment, it’s well placed to catch both the sunshine (for natural light and power) and prevailing winds (to spin the turbines and test the double glazing). The same hilliness means an electric bike will prove useful for getting around the campus.

As a company, we’re looking into more ways to make electric cycling an end-to-end energy-efficient, carbon-negative way to travel, so knowing at least one of our bikes is not relying on coal, oil or gas to fill its batteries is satisfying.

We think it’s likely that there are many more out there though. Please get in touch if your electric bike runs off the grid.

The Times backs bikes

The Times leader of 21 February 2007 questioned why cycling isn’t being considered more seriously as an alternative to cars.

“More than half of all car journeys in London cover distances of less than two miles. The car is a creature comfort, but the experience of a short drive in Central London is not necessarily a comfortable one. Many drivers endure grinding stop-and-start, culminating in fury at not being able to find a parking space. They are short of time. Yet many of those who are unemcumbered by children or shopping would save time — and money — by cycling.On an average journey of four miles in Central London, cycling is the fastest mode of transport. And, fumes and accidents apart, it is much healthier. Regular cycling is said to halve the chances of suffering from heart disease. Campaigners argue that regular cyclists can achieve levels of fitness comparable to those of noncyclists ten years younger. It is a way to reduce stress and demonstrate an environmental conscience at the same time. How modern.”

The article goes on to criticise the poor provision for cyclists in the capital and other British cities. When The Thunderer leads with something like this, it’s fair to say the tide is most definitely turning in favour of cyclists. And of course electric cyclists enjoy all these benefits, but arrive even sooner, less flustered and arguably more safely.

Always in Always

Always in Always 5
Not long now until the pleasure of E Cycling is upon us. The wind created by the fast Electric bike makes it the perfect way to get around in the heat of the summer. The best of both worlds of getting fit if needed or the convenience of turning the power for full assistance while enjoying the view or being totally aware of the surrounding traffic.

Any people that own an Electric bike knows of the freedom E bikes can give and what a versatile form of transport it is. The benefits of both a pedastrian vehicle and motorised vehicle.

With Global warming we have discovered that Electric bikes are becoming less seasonal and more feasible during the winter months and more people are now commuting using an electric bike come rain, sleet or shine.

Power-assisted bicycles good for the heart?

There is some evidence that using an electric bike in power-assist mode is a useful form of exercise. Power-assisted cycling allows the rider to stay in a zone of useful aerobic exercise for extended periods of time; pedalling a normal bike brings a higher heart rate, but this cannot be maintained by many riders and may even be harmful (or off-putting) for those who are less healthy.

The research was carried out by the Institute for Transport Studies at the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University in Australia. Geoff Rose offered the following information on the research:

“The research involved fitting an individual with a heart rate monitor and comparing the readings when a standard course was ridden on a conventional and electric power assisted bicycle. The data for the journey on the E-bike highlighted that the peak heart rate was consistently lower than when on the conventional bike but still in the zone where there was cardiovascular benefit.”

Electric cycling may be ‘cheating’ but it keeps your heart healthy and beating! Clearly, more research needs to be carried out on this.

Carbon Neutral or Carbon Negative?

Why are we personally or why are companies content at the best to be Carbon Neutral?
If we all aimed to be Carbon Negative the world climate problem could be solved very quickly. Some people maybe unsure what is meant by this.

Not only does one try and save enough Carbon to offset ones own Carbon footprint but to take it a step further one can proactively save Carbon well beyond what one uses. Whether it be an individual or company. How can this be achieved? Well first of all you must look at your own footprint and make a conscious effort of neutralising your own by switching power suppliers, using renewable fuels for transport and recycling everything possible. Once this is achieved, by actively promoting a Green way of life and by taking a lead will make others aware of switching over power suppliers and using alternative methods of transport. If somebody then follows your lead and switches all there power supply to a green method or travels to work by bicycle or by using renewables you can calmly sleep at night knowing you are actually Carbon Negative.

It gives me great satisfaction that the people on this blog are most certainly Carbon Negative simply by helping to reduce the number of car journeys made per year in this country and therefore reducing Carbon Emmisions by thousands of tonnes. At 50cycles all our homes and Business premises are now switching to a Green Supplier and we will be making it easier for our customers to do the same in the future. If all other companies promoted and led the way in being Carbon Negative by whatever means whether planting trees or helping customers to be aware of Carbon saving ways we could all make a difference very quickly.

So please Lead the way and influence others to change there ways by showing them that a sacrafice in lifestyle is not needed to make a difference in the world. You do not have to be swampy and live in a tree to save Carbon if you do not want to. But simply leading by example should be enough if both individuals and corporations can do the same. Like throwing a pebble or a boulder in a lake the ripples will for ever be creating more no matter how big or small the cause.