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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Electric Bike Test Track at The Gadget Show Live!

The electric bike test track is a feature event at the show and several manufacturers volunteered bikes and their time to "man" the stand and give hundreds of showgoers the opportunity to test ride an electric bike.
The Granite Pro proved very popular

We have had a brilliant few days at the NEC show, and for many it is not over yet. Monday was set up day and we arrived to a sea of green carpet that was to become the Electric Bike Test Track. After a bit of ummimg and aaahhing and some head scratching the track was marked out with a bit of chalk. The carpet fitters came back and cut out the shape and stuck down the edges.

Tuesday was Press and Media day and things could have been quite quiet but the test track was busy all day. The new Granite Pro in orange was extremely popular with riders asking to try out the "cool" orange bike. Over 250 people filled in the disclaimer and had a chance to glide round the track.

Discussing the bikes in the Batribike area 

Wednesday was the first proper open day of the show and again the test track was busy with more than twice as many riders as the day before - with the weekend to come I think things could get really manic.

We are delighted that Batribike dealer Trikes and Bikes were able to come along and are making it possible for us to attend the event, our thanks to them. Based at Sutton Coldfield they are passionate about all things bike and have links with Bikeability.

John Horton of Trikes and Bikes
The show will be on until 6.00 pm on Sunday so there is still plenty of time to visit the show and enjoy the electric bike test track.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Meeting Cycle Policy Makers in Westminster

BEBA (British Electric Bicycle Association) gets the opportunity to attend all sorts of events either to promote electric bikes or to meet with influencers of policy. Yesterday I put on my smart gear and hopped on the train to London as I was representing BEBA at the APPCG meeting.

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) has a cross party membership of MP’s and Peers who promote all forms of cycling both inside and outside the Houses of Parliament.

Portcullis House
The meeting was held at the aptly named Portcullis House (it really does look like a portcullis) just across the road from the Houses of Parliament. It was the second time I had been to this venue, which is truly amazing inside. The meeting rooms are on the first floor situated, around a balcony that looks out on a tree filled central indoor space.

Robert Goodwill MP (foreground) and Julian Huppert MP
Julian Huppert MP chaired the meeting and the speaker was Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. The number of attendees from all levels of cycling that were there underlined the importance of Robert Goodwill’s position.

The Minister has openly promoted cycling saying that he wants more ‘everyday’ cyclists making shorter journeys in ordinary clothes. This is obviously important to us as electric bikes really do fit the bill for ‘everyday cyclists’.

The Minister spoke about funding and supporting infrastructure to continue the increase in numbers of cyclists. Then there was a short window of opportunity for questions. There were several about infrastructure and roads and a couple on cycle training schemes. Kevin Hickman took the Minister to task for failing to provide proper cycling facilities for people with disabilities. Robert Goodwill was interested in the question saying that it was not something he had come across before and advised that he would look into the situation.

By sheer luck I managed to get the last question slot. I stated that electric bikes are inclusive and are getting people who would not otherwise consider cycling out on bikes. I then asked the Minister about ratifying the laws surrounding electric bikes. I was delighted that he was nodding during my question, he clearly understood about electric bikes and that they were inclusive and he agreed about the need to clarify the law.

Everyone else who had a question to ask will have to email them in for consideration so I was elated to get in the last of only nine questions to be put to the minister.

What a day! After chatting to some of the other attendees it was time to hop back on the train for home.
As I came out of Portcullis House the sun was shining on the London Eye and  the former County Hall building which now houses the London Aquarium

Monday, 17 March 2014

Thames Path and NCR1

The Thames Path opened in 1996 and follows the route of the Thames for 184 miles from its source in Gloucestershire to the Barrier at Charlton in London. Some parts of it are for walkers only and other parts cater for cyclists too.

On a gloriously sunny day yesterday we started at the Thames Barrier and joined many Londoners and tourists enjoying the route along to the Emirates Airline cable car next door to the O2 at Greenwich.

The sunshine made the whole scene very photogenic and it was great to see so many people enjoying the views.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Batribike at the London Bike Show

We have had a fantastic few days at ExCel on the Datatag stand. The show started at lunch-time on Thursday with many attendees from the press. This was ideal for us as we were promoting our fantastic news. As from today (Monday 17th February 2014) all bikes leaving our warehouse will be fitted with the Datatag “Stealth” Pro security system.

Batribike is the first electric bike brand to take the unprecedented step of offering this security on every bike in their range.

The system includes UV etched identifiers that are only visible when using a simple UV torch.

The bikes will also be marked with hundreds of microdots, which contain a unique number and a tamper-proof sticker, again with unique identifier and a scannable QR code.

The number of visitors crowding onto the Datatag stand showed just how popular the system is with bike owners.

Datatag are delighted with the partnership and have been promoting the collaboration.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Fun at the MotoExpo in Birmingham

We have just come back from a busy time at the MotoExpo trade show at the NEC in Birmingham. We are more used to attending shows that have lots of bicycles on display so it was a nice change to see the huge range of motorbikes available to the trade.

There was a section dedicated to historic two wheelers provided by the National Motorcycle Museum. It was interesting to see that the early examples were really based on bicycles with curved Dutch-style handlebars.

To add humour to the occasion a dancing Michelin man definitely put smiles on faces.

Opposite our stand there was an electric drag bike designed to go very fast over a short distance. It had broken the British record for an electric bike at 97 mph. The drag bike’s batteries were exhausted in less than a mile. It’s battery technology is very different to that of Batribike electric bikes where the aim is to make the battery last over many miles with a maximum top speed of 15.5 mph.

In addition to the electric bikes on display there were many conventional motorbikes. The Coca-Cola scooter took my eye as did this enduro bike.

It was a very enjoyable three days and it was good to see and chat to some of our Batribike dealers - who also sell motorbikes.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Wet Weather Riding – Be Prepared

Electric bikes aren't just for the dry summer months, they are a bit like puppies, an electric bike is for life! With that in mind I have been thinking about the change in the weather.

Whilst it isn’t as freezing cold as it could be, there is a serious amount of water out there at the moment. But the wet weather needn’t stop you riding your electric bike there are just a few things to bear in mind.

The right clothing is important, make sure you have suitable waterproofs to keep out the worst of the wet. Gloves are important too, make sure your hands are warm and dry, this will keep your joints mobile and ensure that you can operate all the controls properly.

Batribike electric bikes come with mudguards that will keep the worst of the road spray away from you the rider. Make sure they are correctly aligned to work at their optimum. Make sure that your tyres are in good condition so that they get the best grip on the road or track surface. Check that your brakes are working properly and that the water has not washed grit between the brake pads and the wheel rims.

Remember that it takes longer to stop in the wet and that puddles can often hide a nasty pothole. It is best not to ride right against the kerb, ride slightly out so that you miss the painted lines which can become rather slippery in the wet. Remember that it is dangerous to ride any bicycle through floods. 

Visibility is key at this grey time of year, make sure that other road users can see you. Wear something bright and you might even need to have your lights on during daylight hours.

It’s all common sense really, enjoy your riding, be prepared and stay safe!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Full speed ahead for 2014

What a fantastic year it has been for Batribike. Our dealer base has grown from strength to strength and we have been lucky enough to have been involved in some really interesting projects.

The electric bike events at The Eden Project, in Bristol and Great Yarmouth really spread the message about how enabling these vehicles can be.

The All Party Parliamentary Cycle Ride from the Dutch Embassy to Westminster was all about cycling too. Then, to be part of RideLondon and to cycle the eight-mile route as the streets of London were closed for the first time for this type of public cycling event was so exciting.

Of course the airing of the BBC TV programme The Apprentice must be top of the list. The publicity that it generated, not just for Batribike but for electric bikes in general was phenomenal.

Looking forward to 2014 we have brand new dealers, So Many Bikes based in Oldham, starting with us straight after the New Year.

The National Trust at Fountains Abbey has just taken delivery of a Batribike Trike. This will be used for the site manager to get about on. The existing truck that they had been using was too large for some of the walkways and was meaning that visitors had to get off the path to let it through. When the team from Batribike was there yesterday there was huge excitement with everyone wanting to have a ride on the Trike.

Here's looking forward to lots more exciting blogs to come in 2014.

Wishing all my blog readers a Happy Christmas.

Santa's all fired up for an electric bike ride
A Christmas Robin endorses the Dash