Electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival

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Lucy taking delivery of a folding ebike in 2007

50cycles has been supplying electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival for over twelve years.

We donated a single bike for Lucy, the Festival’s Green Initiatives Coordinator, to use in 2007.

We also hosted a World of Electric Bikes tent that year as a way to introduce e-bike technology to a new audience. Continue reading “Electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival”

The Ultimate Guide To E-Bike Touring Preparation

The joy of e-bike touring

The recent surge in the popularity of e-bikes is more than likely as a result of our growing desire to embark on fun-filled cycling tours of the country, without having to overexert themselves.

But when you’re gearing up to enjoy the stunning cycling routes of the UK, how do you ensure that you and your brand new e-bike are prepared for the journey ahead? These e-bike touring tips will help you along the way. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide To E-Bike Touring Preparation”

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.

Continue reading “The Cycle Show 2016 Preview”

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”

Electric Bike Sales in the EU and Asia [Infographic]

Here at 50cycles, we know that the popularity of electric bikes in the UK is increasing. Every day, more and more people are coming round to the electric way of life. But what about the rest of the world? This infographic showcases the growth of electric bike sales from 2008 – 2012, and highlight some interesting statistics that you might not have guessed. Continue reading “Electric Bike Sales in the EU and Asia [Infographic]”

Mail on Sunday Live Magazine Electric Bikes Review

Mail on Sunday Review of the Pro Connect 5Mail on Sunday Live Magazine Review
2 Aug 2009
Pro Connect S ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a beast of a machine – the off-road mode will genuinely haul you up a mountain gradient. It’s as light as a proper racer, with pro-grade gears, and easy-to-use modes let you choose your level of assistance.
Mail on Sunday Live Magazine Review of Wisper 905se City Electric Bike

Mail on Sunday Live Magazine
★ ★ ★ ★ ★The Wisper feels very powerful and it has the handling of a mountain bike. Range is up to 66 miles if you pedal on the flat, but in day-to-day use you’ll probably get 50 miles. Switch on the off-road mode to enable its 18.5mph top speed.Wisper 905se City Electric Bike50cycles Can-Do 3.0 folding electric bike featured in the Mail on Sunday Live MagazineCan Do 3.0 Folding Electric Bike

Mainstream coverage of electric bicycles continues and this is a good selection with the exception of the A2B bike which is a funny old thing, but not a great electric bike – maybe a pretty good short-range electric moped, but not a true electric bicycle.

Zero Motorcycles 24hr Electricross endurance race starts in San Jose

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The 50cycles team is out on the track in the bright sunshine and dust of San Jose’s 408mx motocross track. Ten teams are competing right now for the bragging rights of winning the world’s first all-electric 24-hour endurance race. Pictured are Lloyd and Dan from 50cycles, the only team to join the event from outside North America.

We’re posting regular updates from the race at

And here’s the view from the 50cycles.com team’s Zero X as 2009 Zero Motorcycles 24-hour Electricross Endurance Race starts in San Jose, California 4th April 2009. Watch the initial hair-raising laps of the first race of its type in the world. Hear that? No motor noise at all – that’s just the wind and the sound of the chain.

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UK TEAM FLIES OUT FOR WORLD RECORD ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE 50cycles to Ride Revolutionary Zero X Electric Motorcycle British electric bike specialist 50cycles sends a team to compete in the world’s first 24-hour electric dirt bike endurance race on 2nd April. 50cycles will compete against 10 other teams, all from North America, and World records will be set at San Jose’s 408MX Motocross Track on 4th and 5th April. The 50cycles team (including founding brothers Scott and Tim Snaith plus sales manager and all-round Eco Knievel, Lloyd Clarkson), will also meet the people behind Zero Motorcycles, the Californian manufacturer who built their bike and will run the 24-hour Electricross event. One of the most popular bikes on the grid will be Zero’s own ‘X’ – a 150-pound (68 kilogram), 23 horsepower, 50 foot-pound motocrosser with an advanced lithium battery pack that can deliver up to 2 hours of thrills. The bike itself costs USD$7,450 and additional battery packs, which charge in less than two hours, are just under USD$3,000. 50cycles will be bringing their bike back to the UK for demos and test rides this Spring, see www.50cycles.com/zero for more information.
Granted, the Zero X is a bit more expensive than a regular petrol-powered 250cc but basically requires no servicing, and can be upgraded with new batteries and software as they become available. It’s also virtually silent, which addresses a huge complaint that people often have when it comes to dirt bikes, and it looks like a hell of a fun ride. Customers should use the 50cycles promotion code MSR-UK-0101 when ordering their bike to earn a $50 saving. The first Zero Xs will be shipped to UK customers later this month, with the road legal Zero S street bike due later in Summer Follow the action online at
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Scott or Tim Snaith 50cycles@50cycles.com 9 Prince William Road
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Electric bike hire comes to Stretton Climate Centre

Electric bike hire comes to Stretton Climate Centre 5Four 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