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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December Sunshine

This morning started overcast and dull at the main offices in Lincolnshire, however, as Ralph and I travelled back to Essex the weather brightened and the sun came out.

A very large sky above the green fields

One of the good things about travelling about the country is enjoying the views, sometimes even places that you have travelled past many times can look different when the light is right.

The last vestiges of Autumn colour
This morning the light and the colour of the sky were superb. It was just right for taking pictures so I snapped away through the van window whilst Ralph was driving.

The sun is low in the sky giving huge shadows even though it was nearly noon
I was using the camera on my new phone and I am really impressed with the quality, the details on these silos and church belfry stood out really well.

The colours on the brick church at Ford End reflected the Autumn shades and really stood out  against the sky.

And finally the lone Pine, it really was a lovely journey this morning.

Monday, 8 December 2014

New Warehouse Goes Up

The last couple of weeks have been very exciting and busy. The concrete base for the new warehouse was in at the beginning of November and we were waiting for the construction to begin.

We knew that timings were going to be tight. The weather was unfortunately not helping as it was decidedly damp, well, actually raining, when the building and constructors arrived on the Monday. Our next delivery was due that week too and we wanted to put some of the stock straight into the new building.
The new warehouse in the Lincolnshire sunshine
The building was watertight by the end of Wednesday and we got a dehumidifier and space heater in there straight away to dry it out ready for the delivery the next day. The delivery included the new 24” wheel version of our popular Diamond step through electric bike. This is a scaled down version of the bike, which is brilliant for the shorter rider. We were able to announce this straight away on the website.

The first stock arrives ready to be sorted and stacked
The gas for the space heater had been working very hard overnight to dry out the warehouse.
The announcement of the 24” Diamond was closely followed by the news of the brand new Batribike model, the Storm. The Storm is a full suspension MTB style electric bike that will be hand built in our new assembly area in the old warehouse. The Storm will be available in the Spring.

It really has been an exciting couple of weeks.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Batribike Supports Help for Heroes

Early in the year through a contact at Help for Heroes we were put in touch with the Recovery Career Services.

This is an organisation that helps wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel to find a new, fulfilling career that meets their own individual needs, and assists them in moving on with their lives. Leaving the Armed Forces can be a challenging prospect, but leaving when the decision has been forced upon you due to serious illness or injury can present a far greater challenge.

Batribike has been a partner organisation to Recovery Career Services since early in 2014. Batribike is delighted that we have been able to offer Armed Forces personnel the opportunity to experience working with a small team across many areas of the family run business.

Obviously we cannot go into detail but one young man has already spent time in our workshops learning about bicycle maintenance and how an electric bike works. We wish him well for the future.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Electric Bikes at the tip of Cornwall

Batribike electric bikes stockist Top Gear Ltd is based at the in the southwestern most corner of England. The showroom is located at Penryn, close to Falmouth, where customers can test ride a range of Batribike models. Top Gear’s website, Cornwall electric bikes, gives details of special open days and other events.

Owner Peter Williams not only promotes the concept of electric bikes but also enjoys riding them. The area’s outstanding scenery makes it easy to understand why so many people take advantage of two-wheeled transport to connect with the views.

Locally there are many lovely cycle routes; the Devoran to Portreath coast-to-coast trail is probably the best known. The trail passes Elm Farm Bike Hire Centre where a Batribike electric bike is based. From here riders can easily assess the benefits of electric motor assistance and enjoy the feeling of freedom that cycling can bring.

Top Gear special offer – For anyone who hires a Batribike Diamond at the Elm Farm Bike Hire Centre and then decides to purchase. Top Gear will reimburse you the cost of rental for one day against the full cost of a new bike.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Batribike Expansion Continues

At Batribike HQ we are gearing up for the delivery of our new 24" step-through electric bike. The new bike has been developed in recognition of the need for a stylish bike with a traditional look for the shorter rider.

To accommodate the new bikes we are expanding our warehousing space. The exciting news is that the concrete base is in and we are awaiting the construction of the new building.

This afternoon the early fog had cleared away to leave blue sky and sunshine so I nipped out to take some pics of how things are progressing.

If you look closely you will see that we did have some assistance with laying the concrete edge which links the main slab to the access road!

Those naughty dogs!!!

Watch the website for information on the new bikes once they have arrived.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Filming with the Caravan Channel at the NEC

We had a very exciting day at the Motorhome and Caravan Show yesterday. We are at the NEC in Birmingham all week and have been very busy talking to lots of showgoers about the Batribike range of electric bikes and demonstrating the Cykell tow-ball mounted bike carrier.

Yesterday at the end of the show the Caravan Channel were on our stand filming all about folding electric bikes and featuring the new Dash Pro.

Presenter John Wickersham was very excited about folding electric bikes and had several questions for Sue on how they worked.

We are looking forward to seeing the programme when it airs which we think will be on Monday 27th October at 8.00pm. The Caravan Channel is on Sky 192 or Freesat 402.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Batribike at the Cycle Show

Getting organised for the Cycle Show at the NEC had kept us busy for some time. This year we had taken a bigger stand and therefore our display needed to be bigger. With everything ready we trekked off to the NEC in Birmingham with two fully loaded vans.

I am delighted that everything went together well and the stand looked very smart. We had extra seating and a table this year which gave us a chance to sit down and chat with our visitors.

The electric bike test ride area was laid out slightly differently this year and we were able to have our gazebo just across the aisle from our stand. We had five bikes in the test ride area where Ralph and Debbie were able to set riders off around the test track. There was a nice hill too, which was optional.

Considering the size of the test track the mileages on the bikes were impressive. The Breeze we can only estimate as it has no means of recording distance, but we are estimating 40 miles. The Dash was 41.4 miles and the Dash Pro 48.6. The Diamond Pro achieved 47.1 and the Granite Pro was most popular at 52.2 miles. This gives a total for the four days of 236.6 miles! This is an amazing 100 miles more than last year.

We talked to lots of people over the four days, from existing dealers to potential dealers and existing customers to potential customers. It was lovely to hear everyone’s stories and enthusiasm for our electric bikes. Thank you to everyone who came to see us.

Datatag were at the show with their own stand explaining how the system is very effective as a theft deterrent. Batribike electric bicycles and electric trikes all come with Datatag fitted as standard. The orange Granite Pro featured on the data tag stand.

The Cykell tow-ball mounted bike carrier had a huge amount of attention too. We have an excellent display stand that has a tow-ball on it so that we can demonstrate exactly how the system works. The advertising panel on the stand shows the rack mounted on a roller coaster - it really is that secure! Everybody that saw it was impressed by it’s quality and ease of use. I am sure it will be THE name in cycle carriers in the near future.

Now we have a short time to recover before we are back at the NEC for the Motorhome and Caravan Show in less than two weeks time.