2020 BH Electric Bikes: Focus on BH Atom Range

For many years our best-selling bike was the Kalkhoff Agattu. It went through many versions but essentially remained a comfortable, capable, much-loved step-thru electric bike.

We sold around 20,000 of them over the years and many of the early examples are still being ridden every day.

So many we put out a call for trade-ins of old Agattu for new electric bikes. We service and then list them on our website with other old Kalkhoffs and they always sell out within a few days.

But they do have their limitations. Kalkhoff never succeeded in properly integrating the battery pack into the frame and battery capacity was limited. Kalkhoff also utterly lost the plot with after-sales support in recent years, so we had to let them go.

So, what are our customers trading-in their beloved Agattus for? Continue reading “2020 BH Electric Bikes: Focus on BH Atom Range”

Electric Bike Insurance

Bicycle and cycle insurance from Cycleguard

So you’ve just received your shiny, new electric bike… but before you give it a spin, have you considered getting it insured?

It’s no surprise that electric bikes are fast becoming one of the UK’s favourite modes of transport, but such popularity can also have a downside. With more e-bikes on British roads than ever before; the number of reported thefts is also on the rise and whilst bike theft is bad, e-bike theft is even worse.

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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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Kalkhoff Integrale 10 wins 2016 ExtraEnergy Easy Pedelec Award

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.08.04ExtraEnergy have announced this year’s E-Bike Test awards and the Integrale 10 came out as winner in the highly-competitive Easy Pedelec Category. Continue reading “Kalkhoff Integrale 10 wins 2016 ExtraEnergy Easy Pedelec Award”

Kalkhoff Integrale E-Bike Reviews & Winter Clearance Offers

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It’s Kalkhoff’s flagship model for 2016 and it’s making new owners very happy.

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Kalkhoff Impulse and Bosch electric bike comparison

The Impulse and Bosch motor systems debuted around the same time several years ago and both have gone on to dominate the high quality electric bike market. They’re both highly versatile e-bike systems, powering commuter e-bikes, power-assisted mountain bikes and comfortable town bikes.

Both systems are into the second and third generations now, with increases in power as well as functional and ergonomic improvements. The latest versions even offer on-board navigation systems.

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Electric bikes safer in London

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A good electric bike will carry you across London in safety and style. Photo source: Kalkhoff.

What makes electric bikes safer in London?

My experience of riding both electric bikes and pedal cycles, as well as conversations with other ebike riders, offers an answer: Yes, emphatically so. E-bikes are safer, faster and more fun. Continue reading “Electric bikes safer in London”

What is an electric bicycle?

What is an electric bicycle?
What is an electric bicycle?

The New Wheel in San Francisco have produced this super little video that shows how an e-bike can have a powerful effect – improving your quality of life, your mood, your health and give you freedom you just do not get using public transport, schlepping around on foot or stuck in another traffic jam. Continue reading “What is an electric bicycle?”

Sting operation sees stolen electric bike returned to owner

December 10, 2009. Staff at 50cycles.com, a national electric bike retailer based in Loughborough, had a customer service dream come true when they were able to find and return a stolen electric bike to its rightful owner.
The story began several weeks ago when a customer in St Albans, Herts reported that his bike, a Kalkhoff Agattu supplied by 50cycles, had been stolen. “We went into bike recovery mode there and then”, says Lloyd Clarkson, customer service and sales manager at 50cycles.

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Within a couple of weeks, someone who lived less than half a mile away from the owner of the stolen bike contacted the firm to ask which charger would fit his newly-acquired electric bike. “His explanation for why he needed an extra charger was pretty vague”, says Lloyd.
“He wasn’t a customer who was known to us and didn’t seem to know a lot about the bike. We keep records for all owners and soon established it was pretty suspicious. He decided to buy a charger from us and gave us a delivery address – and so the trap was set!”
50cycles contacted the bike’s original owner to tell him that it was likely his bike would soon be returned to him. Lloyd and workshop manager Simon Sanderson (both pictured above) then travelled from Loughborough to deliver the charger in person.
A game of cat and mouse ensued as the gentleman seemed reluctant to produce the bike. Eventually, the 50cycles team persuaded him that they needed to check that the charger and bicycle would be compatible to avoid causing irreparable damage.
“Once I was able to see the bike and confirm the serial numbers matched up with the stolen one, we confronted him with the evidence and gave him two options: he could either explain this to the police or hand over the bike immediately”, says Lloyd. “Straight away, he conceded that the bike was not his and agreed to give it up. So we left with the bike and returned it to the very grateful owner, who lives a few streets away”
“We always knew we might be able to locate a stolen bike if we had a suspicious enquiry about a charger” explains Tim Snaith who, along with his brother Scott, owns 50cycles. “It’s very satisfying that it went so smoothly in practice. Thieves need to know that our electric bikes can be traced and linked back to the owner in a number of ways.”
The plan wouldn’t have worked without Lloyd’s persistence in dealing with the thief. “When I explained the situation, the look on his face was priceless”, he recalls. “Do you know what the funniest thing is? He’s looking for a refund for the charger we left him!”
About 50cycles
50cycles has given many thousands of cyclists their first taste of electric cycling. We’ve won a reputation for supplying the very best electric bikes with an after-sales service to match. Our website is now one of the most popular on the subject in the world and our bikes have won races, as well as glowing reviews from the press and enthusiastic feedback from customers.
50cycles Ltd is the UK distributor for the Kalkhoff range of bikes and has warehouses and offices in Loughborough, Leics and London.
For more information on 50cycles and its product range contact:
Tim Snaith, 50cycles Ltd, +44(0)203 355 8850 or email tim@50cycles.com

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Our end-of-season electric bike sale continues this week
  • £500 off our Can-Do folding electric bike
  • up to £300 off our renowned Kalkhoff electric bicycles
  • free Spooklight with the Agattu in this sale
  • we’ve slashed the prices of two IZIP models
  • and shaved £10 off Casco’s E.Motion helmets
visit the 50cycles Winter Sale Page to see all the offers
Magnificent Christmas gifts or thrillingly substantial end-of-year treats for yourself? You decide. Current offers end at noon on 17th December (the last date for Christmas delivery) or until we sell out of each model.