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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Batribike at Bike Week Launch in London

Bright and early yesterday morning we had two folding electric bikes packed in the boot of the car and were off to London. Parking was pre booked outside the congestion zone and we would cycle the rest of the way. It was a chilly and busy morning on the roads of the Capital and even on the outskirts we could see big numbers of people riding bikes for their daily commute. Most of them appeared to be wearing cycling clothes.

The Batribike Dash Pro and Breeze were ideal for nipping through the traffic on the way down to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The embassy was kindly hosting breakfast and the launch of Bike Week.

Speeches began at 8.30 am. The Ambassador, Ms Laetitia van den Assum talked about Dutch cycling and how we could learn from the Dutch attitude to cycling she mentioned that they wear “normal” clothes for riding their bikes. Other speakers included Philip Darnton of the Bicycle Association, Ian Austin MP, former Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) and Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. Mr Goodwill said that the Prime Minister was committed to continuing the cycling revolution with increased spending per head and that the aim was to increase the number of journeys by bike that would be made wearing “destination clothing”.

At Batribike we believe that this is an area where electric bikes will really play an important role. Electric motor assistance makes it a lot easier for riders to wear their everyday clothes.

Ms Laetitia van den Assum and Robert Goodwill MP 
After the speeches everyone gathered outside the embassy for photos. We then crossed the road to Hyde Park and gathered again for pictures in front of the Albert Memorial.

The Batribike Breeze and Dash Pro with the Albert Hall in the background

The ride was led and marshalled by the Met Police. The sun had come out and the crowd of riders set off in good spirits, through Hyde Park, down Constitution Hill, round past Buckingham Palace, Down Birdcage Walk past the Barracks and on to Westminster. It was a lovely ride in iconic surroundings; the slower pace meant that there was plenty of time to talk to other riders. What a glorious assortment of bikes were represented from standard and hire bikes to folders of many sorts, electric and human powered, cargo bikes, a recumbent and many more.

Me on the Dash Pro with Steve Garadis from the Bicycle Association

Passing Buckingham Palace
We finished on College Green opposite the House of Lords entrance, with more time to chat and to share in everyone’s passion for all things bicycle.

All we had to do now was to cycle back past all the great sights, which was definitely no hardship! We were delighted to be representing the electric bike industry at this prestigious  event and we had great morning out on the bikes.

Ralph on the Breeze as we went back through Hyde Park

Monday, 18 May 2015

Batribike China Factory Visit

Steve has recently been back in China visiting the production facility for our main range of electric bikes. The visit was part of our on-going commitment to quality and maintaining the best choice of components for the Batribike brand.

Visits like this are a regular event and part of our strategy to keep the Batribike brand at the forefront of the electric bike business here in the UK.

Whilst most of the visit was business related he did manage to do some sightseeing and has brought back some lovely images.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

BA – Bicycle Association (of Great Britain) – AGM

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the BAGB AGM at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

It is quite a trip for me but the scenery and views on the way made up for the 4.5 hour journey. The weather was rather changeable with dull skies one minute and bright sunshine the next, we even had hail too.

Saw this vintage lorry at a filling station
Phillip Darnton OBE the Executive Director of the BA chaired the relaxed style meeting, which proved to be very informative with representatives from all areas of cycling attending.

Dr Ashok Sinha, Chief executive of The London Cycling Campaign gave an overview of the infrastructure changes that are improving things for cyclists in the capital. He believes that this will provide a model that will be adopted by other areas of the country.

Daniel Gillborn gave an overview of Cycle Scheme and stated that a high percentage of users are new or returning cyclists.

There was also an interactive presentation on British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme including a video of young riders who had started out on the programme and then had the honour of riding the start and finish of the Tour de France route amid the cheers of the excited crowds. I think that the commitment to cycling of these young riders is assured.

After the meeting it was back on the road again.

Fantastic walking boot sculpture in Oldham

Spectacular hill top views from the van

Craggy rocks on the hill top road

A vast expanse of sky

Sunlight on water near Barkisland

and finally ..... a rainbow in Huddersfield

Monday, 9 March 2015

Spring Cycle Ride

The weather has been glorious over the past couple of days. This morning the hint of sunshine prompted us to get out on the bikes and look for some Spring flowers. Working outside at home over the weekend was really warm and you can almost forget that actually it is only the beginning of March.

The crocuses were out in force in the local parks and along the cycle routes.

The wind was a bit chilly as we kept the bikes in low assistance and pedalled to keep warm. We weren't working our socks off, just pushing a little to exercise. We increased the assistance on the up hill return journey which really showed the versatility of the five stage, multi level, pedal assist.

The conduit, relocated from the town centre gives a great focus to one of the parks.

Beyond the agricultural college there was a tractor working the fields.

Finally, by the bridge over a little stream there were some daffodils on the opposite bank!

A lovely ride to start the week.

Friday, 20 February 2015

The London Bike Show

What a super time we had at the show last week. There was a definite buzz at the show and with some sunshine this week it seems that everyone wants to be out riding on two wheels.

Arriving on site for set up on Wednesday we were directed to Silvertown to collect an access permit. This designated zone was on a derelict piece of land but I loved the image on one of the buildings at the far end.

For the first time the London Bike Show had an 'electric bike village' with gazebos and flags lining one end of the test track to create a pit lane style test area. Show goers could talk to us about Batribike and then proceed through the stand to try a bike on the test track beyond.

We also had a stand in another area of the show, principally to demonstrate the Cykell tow ball mounted bike carrier, but we also had the new Storm MTB  and one of the new Francis-Barnett bikes on display.

The basket looked lovely with wine, flowers and chocolates to celebrate Valentines Day.

By the time we were all set up on Wednesday it was dark but coming out down the dockside loading ramp to see the lights of the O2 and the Emirates cable cars was fantastic.

We also had one of the Francis-Barnett bikes on the Datatag stand.

There was a huge amount of interest in all our products at the show. It was great to talk to so many people and point them in the direction of their local Batribike stockist.

Motorbike journalist and ebike champion Paul Blezard popped in on Sunday afternoon and was delighted to get the opportunity to try out both the Storm and one of the Francis-Barnetts. The fact that Batribike will be hand building these bikes in Lincolnshire is certainly creating a lot of interest.

The show had a wide variety of bikes and cycling disciplines on display to interest every possible type of cyclist.

This swirly bike frame was on the BikeBiz stand.

Opposite our gazebo was the Action Sports Tour, when they were running their performance (3 times a day) it was very noisy and anyone wanting to discuss electric bikes had to speak very loudly! However there was no getting away from the skill and bravery these guys showed with their jumps and tricks.

We had a great time at the show, it is always a shame to take down the stand at the end when it looked so good.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Batribike on BBC ALBA

Air An Rathad is a motoring programme on BBC Alba, the Scottish Gaelic channel. Along with reviews on cars and motorsport the presenters also take part in "whacky races".

Presenters Murray MacLeod, Donnie MacKay and Linda Mecleod were tasked with racing electric bicycles on the programme that aired yesterday evening (5th February 2015).

Whilst this was in no way a review of the bikes the presenters certainly had fun on the race which had them wearing fancy dress and collecting items around a race track.

The Batribike Diamond LS bikes were loaned to the show by Gordon Cullen of Easygo Electric Bikes Ltd who retails the Batribike range from his premises in Linlithgow and hires out Batribike electric bikes at several locations within The Helix Park (home of The Kelpies), The Falkirk Wheel, Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian and across “The John Muir Way”.

The Batribike Diamond LS

Monday, 2 February 2015

New Vintage Style Electric Bikes Wow at Expo

Batribike gave the trade a first look at the new Francis-Barnett electric bikes at the recent MotoExpo exhibition at Stoneleigh Park and we were delighted with the response. With regional assembly in mind, the open frame version was dressed with a food hamper filled with Lincolnshire produce.

MotoExpo is primarily aimed at the motorbike trade. There is a definite crossover between selling motorbikes and electric bikes. Many motorbike dealers are looking for an additional product and electric bicycles fall into this very neatly, especially for those already selling commuter type motorbikes.

It was great to see some of our existing dealers and some potential new ones as well. We were able to give them a first look at the new MTB style Batribike Storm which will be launched at the London Bike Show on 12th February.

The new Batribike Storm - looking good in white livery. Also available in matte black
We also launched the new Francis-Barnett vintage style electric bicycles at the show. Francis-Barnett is a motorbike brand that produced bikes from 1919 until 1966. They also produce an autocycle, which they called the Powerbike, this was essentially a bicycle with pedals and a very small engine.

In recent times Andrew Longfield who now owns the brand has been hand-building motorcycles near to the Coventry home of Francis-Barnett. For several years Andy has had a dream of producing electric bicycles following the ethos of the original founders who were targeting the need for reasonably priced personal transport.
The closed frame bike sat comfortably among the vintage motorcycles on the Dealer News stand.
Batribike will now be assembling the new Francis-Barnett electric bikes at our facility in Lincolnshire. The new bikes have a distinctive vintage styling with traditional curved handlebars and upright riding position and were very well received at the show. With 7 speed hub gears and five levels of pedal assist they are a quality, hand built, mode of transport for the modern era.

At Batribike we were delighted with the response to the new retro style, it seems that retro and vintage are very much on-trend at the moment and we eagerly await the May start date for assembly.