An electric bike Christmas

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Only problem is getting it down the chimney

Melanie Reid writes in today’s Times about how electric bikes are emerging as a favourite gift this Christmas.

“When things come in clusters, you know you have a trend on your hands. Randomly, at least three girlfriends have announced they want an electric bike for Christmas.”

She continues with a brisk summary of the benefits of electric bikes: how the rider feels younger, is transported back in time to the youthful joy of cycling, “the feeling of being nine years old again and everything works”. Continue reading “An electric bike Christmas”

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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Electric Mountain Bike Review

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Focus Thron 2.0 electric mountain bike at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton
We’ve always put electric bike reviews at the centre of our website. I remember the first review we ever received, from one of our Honda Step Compo owners, back in 2003. But this one is one of the best.

So that’s how 500 miles feels, in a little under 8 weeks I have covered this distance since taking delivery of my Focus electric mountain bike. Continue reading “Electric Mountain Bike Review”

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?”

Bristol 50cycles Showroom Free Car Park

Getting into Bristol by car is easy. The M32, A48 and A4 take you right into the heart of the city. This means that access from Bath, Cardiff, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire is all relatively pain free.

Once you’re in the city, finding parking isn’t that hard. There are various multi-story car parks dotted around the city centre, all within a 5 minute walk to our shop. Most of our customers use the Holiday Inn NCP multi-story just across the road from us. This is well sign-posted on all approaches into the city.

If you’re planning a visit of a couple of hours to find that perfect Kalkhoff Electric bike, and don’t like the idea of paying through your nose in parking fees we have free parking around the back of the shop.

To get to our car park, you need to use the following address.

50cycles Car Park, Barrs Court, Bristol, BS1 3JP

Bristol Showroom Car Park

Please call 50cycles Bristol on 0117 925 4419 before you plan to visit, so we can ensure that we do have a car park space for you at the time.

Atrocious air quality threatens cyclists and everybody else

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Air pollution forecast for 10 April 2015. Green is fragrant and fresh, purple is murky and mucky.

A mass of highly-polluted air is forecast to sit over the south eastern corner of the UK tomorrow and everyone in the affected area has been warned to avoid strenuous exercise until it has cleared. Continue reading “Atrocious air quality threatens cyclists and everybody else”