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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!


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