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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.


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