The Cycle Show 2016 Preview

50cycles at Cycle Show 2016, Birmingham NEC

We’re exhibiting at the Cycle Show 2016 at Birmingham’s NEC and we’re bringing more bikes to see and test ride than ever before.

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2009 Kalkhoff electric bikes – factory fresh and ready to order!

More 2009 models now available to order for delivery in 7 working days
The following 2009 Kalkhoff electric bikes have now been manufactured and are ready for despatch to us. Once delivered, our workshop checks each and every bike before despatch. Allow 7 working days from your order for delivery or collection. Next day delivery is also available on many items.
For the first time ever, the Kalkhoff Tasman Crossbar version is now available in each of the Small, Medium, Large and X-Large frame sizes
We also have the Kalkhoff Tasman with Large step-thru frame is also ready to order.
We have the Pro Connect 2009 (now with the more refined Alfine gears) in Medium and X-Large, plus the Large step-thru version.
Finally, the first of the gent’s Kalkhoff Agattu F, fitted with Panasonic’s new front hub motor (a world exclusive for Kalkhoff this year), are now available too.

One of the most satisfying and rewarding purchases I have ever made

Here’s a recent testimonials for a happy Kalkhoff Agattu customer

I can sincerely say that this bike is one of the most satisfying and rewarding purchases I have ever made.I,ve had it for about a year and have covered many hundreds of miles.In the summer I completed the Sustrans cycle route from Cardiff to Holyhead a distance of 250 miles in 5 days over the wonderful hills of Brecon and Snowdonia. A couple of weeks ago I cycled the CtoC from Whitehaven to Newcastle through the Lake District and over the Pennines, approx 140 miles in sun, rain and snow.The Agattu never let me down and for an over-60 guy with 2 replacement hips and a replacement knee it has given me a freedom that is difficult to put into words. Thanks Kalkhoff. Barry from Surrey.

Electric bike hire comes to Stretton Climate Centre

Electric bike hire comes to Stretton Climate Centre 1Four of our excellent Agattus have just entered service as electric bikes for hire at Stretton Climate Care in Shropshire. Here’s their announcement:

After months of planning and negotiation Stretton Climate Care has announced the first electric bike hire scheme for the Strettons. Funded by a grant from South Shropshire District Council we have purchased four Kalkhoff Agattu electric bikes which are available for hire from Central Garage, adjacent to the railway station

The purpose of the initiative is to encourage greater use of bicycles as a mode of local transport and thus reduce carbon emissions.

With steep hills in the area, electric bikes seemed the ideal way to encourage both residents and tourists to leave the car behind when shopping or exploring the Long Mynd and surrounding countryside. Most residents who use their car to come shopping travel less then two miles, are often the sole occupant and on street parking can be a problem. Short journeys are more polluting too as the engine does not get warm.

By making four bikes available we hope to encourage local residents to try one out for a few days to see if they might go back to a bike. The bikes are light weight, with Lithium Manganese batteries giving an excellent range – some 30+ miles of average cycling for just a few pence recharging. They come complete with panniers, safety jacket, padlock and helmet. The technology is peddle assist so they are easy to ride, just like an ordinary bike, yet the powerful motor takes the strain.

Anyone over the age of 14 can legally ride an electric bike, there is no road tax, no parking fees and running coats are negligible.
We are delighted to form this partnership with John Mackenzie at Central Garage and hope this initiative will encourage more to hop on a bike for all those local journeys. As a further incentive to encourage this low carbon form of transport, The National Trust are offering for a limited period a voucher for free refreshment for anyone arriving at the Pavilion Tea Rooms on one of the bikes.

For further information and details of advance booking pick up a leaflet at the Central Garage (01694 723939), the Library or other paces where our free Home Energy Checkup cards can be found.

Stretton Climate Care website

Electric bike Autumn sale

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We’ve knocked £100 off the price of a selection of our Agattu options. The Agattu electric bike is an incredibly comfortable and capable pedal assist electric bike, loaded with useful extra like lights, a kickstand, luggage rack, front fork and saddle suspension, 7-speed hub gears and a comfortable riding position. It’s one of the very best electric bikes to reach the UK, according to reviewers and our customers.

See our Autumn electric bike sale page for more details.

New Kalkhoff Agattu Tricycle

New Kalkhoff Agattu Tricycle 3

We now have a tandem in our line-up so the next logical step had to be a three-wheeler. What you see here is a Kalkhoff Agattu modified to become an electrically assisted tricycle. The work has been carried out by a Norwegian company. We have to admit, the 3-wheeled Agattu does not come cheap at £2,995, but with attention to detail like brakes on all three wheels and differential gearing, it’s a good idea executed beautifully.

More details on our website Kalkhoff Agattu electric trike

Tour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report

We’re back from our third outing to the Tour de Presteigne event.

This year’s two-day event felt busier and better than ever. The exhibition was focused around a large geodesic dome in the town’s green and pleasant industrial estate while the race was held in the town centre with a twisting, turning course centred around Broad Street.

Last year’s event was marred by persistent rain which carried on for months afterwards, threatening to sink the whole country at one point. This year though conditions were near perfect for a cycle endurance rally, dry and cool.

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The starting grid: Lloyd (topless), Tom (black top), Dan (red top)

The format of the race stayed the same – the winner is whoever completes the most laps of the circuit in one hour. This years rally was split into two categories for the first time – modified (ie bikes with post-production performance enhancement such as derestriction, extra battery packs) and standard (ie bikes straight out of the factory as the manufacturer intended) – with perhaps the widest range of bikes yet and possibly the most riders. Certainly the most determined and Lycra clad.

We fielded four entrants this year, all riding our new Kalkhoff bikes.

Tom Gilfedder of 50cycles rode a Kalkhoff Pro Connect electric bike stripped down to its bare essentials, leaving little more than 17kg of prime German electric bicycle.

Lloyd Clarkson, also of 50cycles, started the race on Kalkhoff Agattu electric bike he had modified himself and named ‘Project X’, something he had been secretly working on in the company’s own Skunkworks for weeks.

Dan McIslay, an upcoming track cycling star, borrowed an Agattu for the event

Emma took to the streets of Presteigne on an extra-small Kalkhoff Pro Connect step-thru electric bike (finishing the race as the first female).

Peter Henshaw glided the top-spec Tasman around the course (probably one of the more comfortable ways to tour Presteigne, and at a sensible speed).

Also, a special mention for Dave Cockroft, who piloted his own Kalkhoff Agattu successfully around the course in a good time. Nice talking to you over the weekend Dave, keep up the good work!

Lloyd and Tom got off to a flying start, hitting and exceeding 30 mph on the first lap, even lapping the back markers before the end of the first lap. Lloyd’s rather revealing race costume helped stir some excitement from the crowd, as did the wheelies he was able to pull on the much-modified ‘Project X’ Agattu. Tom’s factory Pro Connect was neck-and-neck with Project X for the first half of the race, with other makes and models struggling to make an impression on the electrodynamic duo. However, this is when things started to get tricky…

While taking part in a little crowd interaction on a particularly tricky corner off Hereford Street, Lloyd lost a battle with a ‘safety’ bump and came off Project X at high speed, injuring his knee with spectacular effect. He also picked up a puncture shortly after. Despite this, Lloyd was able to continue (averaging around 20mph even with a flat rear tyre) finally completing the course on a standby Kalkhoff Agattu (the one we use for reviews and which many customers in the South East will have test-ridden recently).

Tour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report 5Meanwhile, Tom (pictured left, with 15 mins to go – it’s lonely at the front) continued his cracking pace to lead the pack by a couple of laps at this point. However, he too sustained a puncture in his front tyre (a usually impregnable Schwalbe Marathon that was beaten by a dirty great tack). Fortunately we were able to swap out the quick release front wheel from another Pro Connect within a couple of minutes (the donor Pro Connect had started the race ridden by A to B’s David Henshaw before a last-minute mod using a gear sprocket swapped over from David’s Brompton caused the chain to give!)

Despite this serious, almost race-finishing delay, Tom apparently regained and then kept his lead until the hour was up, ending the rally with a racing finish.

Some confusion over timekeeping and whoTour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report 6 was where on the final lap saw Tom Gilfedder gracefully concede the overall top spot to last year’s winner and one of our customers Ian Johnson on his modified eZee Torq (pictured right, with Tom, during discussions at the finishing line)

Happily, Tom still took first place in the standard category, winning a bottle of champagne and his place in Tour de Presteigne history.

After their flying starts and breathtaking pace throughout the first two thirds of the race, Lloyd and Tom would surely have taken the top two places had it not been for a pair of pesky rusty old tacks they picked up on the course.

Lloyd has vowed to fit absolutely puncture proof Specialized Armadillo tyres to next year’s incarnation of Project X. Special congratulations to Emma for finishing first among the female entrants this year.