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Friday, 29 November 2019

Delivered Food – The Takeaway Evolution

Electric cargo bikes and trikes are ideal delivery vehicles for many goods including delivered food. Just a short online search and I am bombarded by statistics on the enormous growth in this sector. Exhibiting at the recent Restaurant and Takeaway Show confirmed the huge interest in The e-Cargo Trike and Akita eCargo bike coming soon from Batribike.

Food delivery was worth over £8 billion in 2018 and it’s growing so fast you can almost hear the sizzle. Customers want convenience and are spending nearly £10 per head to get that. Those that do use some sort of delivered food service are, on average, ordering twice a month.

These statistics are impressive, and important. It is also important to think about what you can offer and how you could be different from everyone else. There is a lot of competition and it is key to make sure your offering stands out from the crowd.

Delivered by you
When you have spent time and effort producing that perfect meal you want to be sure that it is delivered in the best condition.

Surveys show that delivery time, the appearance of the food, spillages and the consumers experience with the delivery driver all have an impact.

If you are delivering the food, all these factors are in your control. An electric cargo bike can give you that. Delivered by You can give a very personal service and show that you care.



Local produce, local delivery
Delivered food is a treat! It makes life easier when you don’t want to cook. Customers want to feel good about it. These are just some of the points raised in my online search.

So, if you are cooking with the best locally sourced ingredients – why not deliver that food direct to your customers’ door using a sustainable mode of transport? eCargo bikes cost pence to charge, require no licence and can use the local cycle network.

e-Cargo Bikes for businesses small or large
Whatever the size of your business it is important that your customers get a really positive experience from their food delivery. That’s what will keep them coming back to you. So it’s not just about how the meal is when it leaves your kitchen, it’s about how it is when it gets to your customer.



With your own Cargo bike, or fleet of bikes you get to be in control of that important delivery. Why choose electric? Well it just makes things easier. You don’t have to be a racing cyclist to get across town. The electric assistance means that you can maintain a good speed easily – and get there quicker.

Take your delivered food business to the next level
Deliver your great food to your customer, efficiently, sustainably and with all the care you put into creating the dish.

Friday, 22 November 2019

e-Cargo Bikes and e-Cargo Trikes - Delivered By You

We are just back from exhibiting at the Restaurant and Takeaway Expo at ExCel in London. This was a new experience for Batribike as we have not previously addressed the delivery market.

The Delivery Zone of the show had a diverse range of products from apps to order your food, reusable containers to supply them in, and insulated bags to delivery vehicles.

Just before the show opened
The message was clear from the attendees - green transport is in! But this needs to be supplied in a economically viable way, it needs to be easy to use, and it needs to cut delivery times in congested cities. In outlaying areas it needs to convey the green message whilst fitting with the boutique image of a sustainably friendly business.

The e-Cargo Trike - the perfect solution for many deliveries

The Promovec®, Danish designed e-cargo bike - the Akita, and the e-Cargo Trike that we took to the show were perfect for many businesses. We had a busy show talking to a wide range of customers about how we can help them fulfil their deliveries.

The Akita e-cargo bike - great style for your delivery

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Batribike Delta on the Burma Road, Scotland

We love it when customers send their pictures of where they have been on their Batribike.


Last weekend Gill was upon the Cairngorms near Aviemore for some mountain riding. She decided to take her Batribike Delta for what she calls the ultimate test, up to the top of the Burma Road and back. According to her Strava it was around 1800 feet of ascent. Then it was a fun 1800 feet back down again.


Gill is delighted with her Delta and says "It never ceases to amaze me how well the Delta rides as a ‘normal’ mountain bike when the power is off, it’s really excellent."


At Batribike we love all our bike models and it is great to hear when our customers do too.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Along the Lee Valley by Electric Bike

What better way to spend a Sunday than riding along the river with friends. The Lee Valley is a linear country park that stretches 26 miles and spans three counties, Hertfordshire, Essex and Greater London. Bizarrely it's called the Lee Valley but it runs along the banks of the River Lea.
We met at Gunpowder Park at Waltham Abbey, which has easy parking. The park here has been reclaimed from what was once the Royal Ordnance munitions testing facility. From here you can cycle 15 miles all the way to the Thames at East India Dock.

Our friends were on standard road bikes, and when we arranged to meet we hadn't considered the fact that they would be on skinny road tyres, which weren't ideal for some of the gravelly sections. We were riding the Batribike Alpha and the Batribike Perdu which were perfect for the varied terrain.

With lots of stops to look at the scenery and wildlife we rode for about 7.5 miles down to Tottenham Marshes. When I suggested the ride I hadn't imagined that there would be so many canal boats, I was great to see them going through the locks.


The first part to Picketts Lock was very picturesque with fields one side and the river on the other, as we went further along the scenery became more industrial.



After a picnic lunch we turned round and headed back - the only problem with a linear park - it's always there and back and not round in a circuit! The weather was glorious and it was a lovely ride, definitely somewhere we will be going again, maybe next time we will head the other way.



Monday, 5 August 2019

FreeCycle RideLondon 2019

Cycling round London on a Batribike Perdu on Saturday was such a brilliant experience.

Usually when I mention RideLondon people think of the 100 mile ride which happened on Sunday. However, the Saturday before the main event, an 8 mile route around the sights of London is closed to all traffic - except bicycles.

Only bikes allowed! Approaching Buckingham Palace
It is open to anyone who wants to ride, you can book beforehand and get a number, or just turn up on the day and join in.
Even the smallest riders are welcome

All cycling life is there, from tiny children with stabilisers, road riders in lycra, MTB's, fat bikes, city bikes, folding bikes, people on weird and wonderful bikes - I saw clowns on stilt bikes, a man riding a bike made from the head of a bedstead, a push-me-pull-you tandem where the rider on the second seat was going backwards all the time! Santander hire bikes and of course electric bikes. Everyone was welcome, everyone was friendly.

The Batribike Perdu at St Katherine Docks
Ralph and I arrived at St Katherine Dock early, it's a great place to start and I love the relaxed feel here, you can't imagine you are a stones throw from Tower Bridge and Central London.

The Royal Barge
We got on the Cycle Superhighway and rode along to join the FreeCycle route near Mansion House.

On the Cycle Superhighway, separate from other road users and its own traffic lights
Our first circuit was lovely, getting there early was definitely a good idea. There was plenty to see, passing all the iconic landmarks, Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch, Nelsons Column, The Bank of England, Lincoln Inns Field, the Palace of Westminster and so many more.

St Pauls Cathedral reflected in a block of offices
Crowds at Horse Guards

The Batribike Alpha heading down to The Bank of England
The second circuit was all about the people, there were thousands cycling the route, and in some places we slowed to a walk. There was a carnival atmosphere and everyone was happy to be there, waving their RideLondon flags and ringing their bicycle bells.


Flag fixed to the handlebars, and ready to ride up The Mall
If you get the chance to go next year, I can thoroughly recommend it.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Photo Shoot for the new Batribike Dart

Launching a new bike means there is lots of preparation to be done before hand. At Batribike we create a very extensive and carefully written customer manual. Then there is the sales brochure for the year, a data sheet with all the technical specifications and the listing on our web page. This all needs studio shots of the bike from various angles and some lifestyle pictures.

In February I headed out to get the lifestyle photos with an idea that some canal side shots would work very well with the Dart. The Dart is a nice lightweight folding electric bike that will suit both leisure riders and commuters.


My first location was Twyford Lock no. 2 on the Stort Navigation. It was a gloriously sunny day, which you think would be ideal. However, with no leaves on the trees the trunks and branches cast very stark shadows so I needed to pick my shots carefully. The white bike frame with black accessories looks very stylish but again proved problematic – getting the exposure right on both colours was a bit tricky.

Lots of stripes confuse the eye
Still stripes and the seat is lost
I moved the bike around the location looking for the best picture. As I was wondering whether to move on, a narrow boat came up into the lock and I stopped to watch. The owners were interested to see what I was doing too, and said that the Dart looked ideal for riding on towpaths. They kindly suggested that I could fold the bike and stand it on their boat.

Folded on deck
My favourite shot of the day
My best picture that day was of them leaving the lock. The portrait format wasn’t ideal for the Batribike brochure so I went out again a couple of days later.


My second location was Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. It was another sunny day with walkers on the towpath and customers sitting outside the nearby tearooms. There are lots of boats moored here but the most interesting ones were on the wrong side of the canal for both the light and for me to get to.

I love the colours of the boat covers but the Dart needs to be the star of the picture

I shuffled the bike up and down the towpath looking for the best angle. Again there was lots of interest in the Dart and what I was doing. I do enjoy being out and about with the electric bikes people are always interested to hear about how they work.

The final brochure shot
I am pleased with my picture from Paper Mill Lock that is used in this season’s Batribike brochure it really seems to encapsulate what the Dart is all about.

Read more about the Batribike Dart on the website and test ride a various locations around the UK.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Cycle Security - Reducing Cycle Theft

Yesterday I was in London for a meeting with the APPCG (All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group). Batribike is an associate member of this organisation which gives us the opportunity to hear from leading decision makers and implementers of all things to do with cycling.

Ruth Cadbury MP chairs the APPCG meeting at Portcullis House, Westminster,
The topic was How to Reduce Cycle Theft. I know this is a concern for customers when buying an electric bike. It is a considered purchase and owners what to make sure that their lovely new bike is safe.

1. Choose a good lock

It seems that the type of lock you use is important and all the advice is that cheap cable locks are not safe. It is best to choose a lock that is marked as "Sold Secure". Sold Secure is not a brand of lock but a testing and certification facility that tests all types of security locks and marks them as to how secure they are. Started by Northumbria and Essex Police it is now run by the Master Locksmiths Association. Cycle locks are rated Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on their ability to withstand attack. Some insurers specify a level of lock depending on the value of the bike.

There is evidence too, that using two different types of lock is effective. You should also lock your bike when it is in a garage or shed at home.

2. Register your bike

Make sure you know the frame number of your bike and register it on one of the databases available. Or use a cycle marking and registration scheme that has a visible marking or sticker so that would be thieves know that it will be difficult to pass on.

Many insurers will give you a discount on your premium if your bike is marked in this way.

3. Insure your bike

Make sure that you have adequate insurance cover. Some people believe that they are covered on their household insurance and this is not always the case. Do check with your insurer if they specify the type of lock you need to use.
Batribike offers a one month free insurance with Lexham with all new bikes.

Be sensible about how and where you lock your bike and .... enjoy your riding!