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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Out and About with Batribike

The Batribike team recently attended electric bike demo days in the South. We were invited demonstrate our range of electric bikes at open events in Exeter, Bude and Torbay.

The far South-West is a significant distance from our base just north of Lincoln so it was great to be able to visit some of our other stockists in that area too.

Heading over the Tamar Bridge into Cornwall
First stop was Top Gear Electric Bikes at Penryn near Falmouth. It was great to chat with Peter and to personally deliver the latest 2016 leaflets.


Whilst we were there, almost at the very tip of Cornwall, we took a quick trip out on the Pendennis peninsula.




The next day we were at Route 2 Bike Shop at Topsham near Exeter. The weather was glorious. As well as demonstrating the bikes I managed to take a few pictures of the bikes looking stunning on the quayside. Thanks to Liz for looking after us so well.


The EU built Lindsey-West in front of the "Lighter"
The Lindsey-West electric bike on the quay
The Francis-Barnett in front of the "Lighter" 
The Francis-Barnett vintage style electric bike on Topsham Quay
Wednesday was not quite as sunny but the welcome was warm at Bude Bikes. With the gazebo up and the flags out there was a festive atmosphere. Lots of people took the chance to come down and test ride a range of the electric bikes on display. We were gratified to hear the oohs and aahs of excitement as they rode off on the test ride route. Thanks to Neill, Neil and the other Neil, so convenient that we can’t get the names muddled!



At the end of the day when the shop was closed and we were all packed away I thought it might be quite nice to just pop down to see the Atlantic. It was a rather nice evening, one of the bonuses of visiting our stockists is getting to see more of our great countryside.



Evening on the Atlantic Coast

Our final demo day in the area was at Torbay Scooters and Bikes in Paignton. The weather had taken a bit of a turn and I have to say it was quite chilly. The shop is sited on one of the main routes through the town and so we were not only talking to customers that had come especially for the event but also to those who were just passing by and were intrigued by electric bikes. Thanks to Steve and Tony for their welcome even on such a dull day.



On Friday we were heading away from the west but continued along the south coast to Bournemouth. Colm at the e-Cycles Centre was pleased to see us even though we arrived with the torrential rain – so no pictures here!

And then we were off to do battle with the M25 and home for the weekend. A brilliant week thanks to our fantastic Batribike electric bike stockists and to all of those that came to talk at our demo days.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Free electric bike insurance

We have been getting enquiries about electric bike insurance both to our main offices and via our dealers. Previously we could point customers to an insurance that was arranged through BEBA the British Electric Bicycle Association, however since the amalgamation of BEBA with the BA (Bicycle Association of Great Britain) this was no longer available.

We are always looking at ways to improve the package we offer and it seemed that electric bike insurance was something that matters to our customers. We looked at what was out there and talked to some insurance companies.

I like Lexham Insurance, they have a similar ‘family company’ attitude to Batribike and they specialise in two-wheeler insurance. The instant quote system on their website is very easy to use and is not Postcode weighted. I like this simple easy to use approach.

I met up with Andy Goodson the Sales and Marketing Director at Lexham and we discussed what was possible.

I think that the package we have come up with has all the important features and benefits that our customers are after. We are delighted that we are able to give away one month FREE electric bike insurance with every new Batribike, Francis-Barnett and V’Lec from 21st March 2016.

At Batribike we understand that an electric bike is for many a considered purchase. When we are out and about at shows we talk to customers and potential customers about their concerns. What we hear a lot is that they want to know how to keep their bikes safe.

There are ways of making it more difficult for those unscrupulous people out there to take or pass on your beloved ebike. We have been fitting the Datatag UV “Stealth” PRO Cycle System to all the bikes in our model range for two years. (We are the only electric bike company in the UK to be doing this.) The Datatag marking system makes it almost impossible to remove all the identifying marks on a bike making it much more unattractive to thieves.

The Datatag system is recognised by Lexham Insurance and they offer a 10% discount on premiums for bikes fitted with this system. This discount is available to all Batribike customers with the Datatag fitted, so even if you purchased your bike before the free insurance start date you can still benefit from the discount.

I believe that with the free electric bike insurance and the fitted Datatag Batribike is offering an excellent package alongside a quality electric bike with excellent warranty and UK backup. At Batribike we are very proud of our brand and are always striving to produce the best product in our price range.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

e-Bikes and bike carriers in London

Last week I was out and about visiting a couple of our e-Bikes stockists in London.

In November I was pleased to be invited to Nationwide e-Bikes training day in Taunton where I met the staff of the London store, so I was pleased to get the opportunity to visit the Nationwide e-Bikes London shop in Sutton and meet up with Roland again.


The spacious store is directly opposite a lovely park with cycle paths for a great test ride.

The Batribike Granite Pro and Dash Pro outside Nationwide e-Bikes Sutton
Lots of electric bike owners want to know the best way to transport their bikes when going further afield. The Red Dot Award winning Cykell bike carrier is towball mounted and very easy to use.

I was happy to call in at Cycling Made Easy in Coulsdon where they have a special demo mount so that they can easily demonstrate the features of the rack.
The two bike Cykell bike carrier locks onto the vehicle and the bikes for security (Also comes in a three bike option)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Visit to Batribike folder bag manufacturer

At Batribike we are very proud of the fact that our storage bags for the Breeze and Dash Pro are manufactured here in the UK. Last week I was delighted to be able to visit the factory down in the West Country.

The bags are specially made for us using fabric that has a waterproof coating on the inside. The bag can then keep your storage area clean. The bags have a heavy-duty double ended zip which allows the whole side of the bag to fold down making it very easy to fit the folded electric bike.





When I visited there were some bags being made that were very similar to the Batribike ones. The fabric is cut out to templates on the ground floor and then all the stitching takes place on the first floor. Thanks to Chris and the Team for making us so welcome.

Once the visit was over there was a chance to get out and about and we pointed the Batribike van towards Westward Ho! To get a quick view of the crashing Atlantic waves before the sun went down.







Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Francis-Barnett Electric Bike Launch in Coventry

Today we have been to Coventry, the home of the Francis-Barnett brand. We were at the Coventry Transport Museum for the press launch of the Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes.

Vintage bicycle display at Coventry Transport Museum
The new Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes ready for the photo shoot
Yesterday the weather forecast was pretty grim, however the sun was out as we travelled there this morning, but it soon turned overcast.

Batribike was delighted to be promoting the launch alongside Andrew Longfield the present owner of the Francis-Barnett brand. Andrew was at the museum when we arrived. He had brought along both a vintage and a more modern but retro styled motorcycle from the brand to complement the new classic electric bikes.


The photographers get down for the low angle shot
We were able to set up some great shots of the bikes straight away. It was fantastic to have the participants wearing vintage style clothing and to have the support of jitterbug dancers who did an impromptu hop to the sounds of the vintage record player.

Jitterbug dancers
Unfortunately before we finished the rain put in an unwelcome appearance, but with the help of the odd umbrella spirits stayed high for the live interview for BBC radio Coventry and Warwickshire. The presenter also filmed some footage of the bikes in action.

Waiting in the rain

BBC Radio interview of Steve Coulson from Batribike
One of the dancers, loving the idea of a classic electric bike
Andrew Longfield of Francis-Barnett and Steve Coulson of Batribike under the Whittle Arch commemorating the inventor of the Jet Engine
We adjourned to the inside of the museum when all the press photos had been taken. What a fabulous collection and display of cycles and transport the museum has, a free resource for the people of Coventry. The museum has a Francis-Barnett autocycle on display and we were able to stand the new vintage style electric bikes alongside for another photo.

The camera high up on the tripod to get the shot
I am delighted to say that after all that work we finished the morning in the museum café for coffee and cake. Certainly an outing to remember!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cycle Show 2015

Meeting everyone is a very important part of the Cycle Show and what a busy time we all had! We take everything we need to build our stand, even down to the carpet tiles for the floor. We are quite precious about the stand and want it to display our bikes to the best advantage.


We had the stand all set and ready by the end of Wednesday. Thursday is trade and press day and it was great to see so many Batribike stockists on our stand and to be able to show them the new Francis-Barnett vintage style classic electric bikes.

The very popular Storm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday were public open days and once again we were very busy talking about the bikes and demonstrating the Cykell towball mounted bike carrier.

The test ride area was absolutely crammed with over 100 electric bikes to try on the outside track that had a purpose built up-and-down ramp. With so much choice for customers we were delighted with the response to the Batribike range. Many riders came back to have another go on the Storm saying that it beat the competition hands down.

Ready for the start of another busy day in the test ride area
We keep a check on how far the demo bikes have been ridden over the four days of the show. The test track is quite short so it takes a lot of rides to build up the miles. The top ride was no surprise – it was the Storm with a total of 54 miles! The next highest was another crossbar bike, the Granite, with 29 miles. This year we had two step-through Diamonds to try and they did 27 and 10 miles each. The Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes did a total of 33 miles.

The Francis-Barnett looking very glamorous on the stand
Putting all the Batribike and Francis-Barnett bikes together the total for the show was 172 miles. That’s the same as cycling from the show at the NEC in Birmingham to Brighton or Carlisle, or Plymouth or Gateshead, phew! It puts it into context – it’s a really long way.

All too soon it was time to pack the stand down, it is surprising how soon the show turns back into a big empty hall.


It won’t be long until we are back again for the Motorhome and Caravan Show on the 13th October.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Electric Bike Throttle - Buy Now!

Clarity for electric bike regulations is something everyone in the industry welcomes.

The regulations for electric bikes here in the UK have been quite confusing for a number of years. The EU regs said one thing and the UK regs said something else just slightly different. The motor size and maximum speed have now been brought into line which makes it much easier for the consumer. Standardisation on 15.5 mph (25kph) and a maximum motor size of 250w is very clear.

In the UK we have been able to fit a 'twist and go' throttle that allowed the rider to use power without peddling. From January 2016 new models with this feature will not be classed as bicycles. This means that most manufacturers will be posing out this feature.

The general advice must be that if you require an electric bike or trike with this feature - Buy Now! as stocks will be dwindling.

Any bikes purchased before this date will still be legal under the "grandfather rights" rule.

For more information read the recent article on Electric Bike Throttle on the Batribike website