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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.