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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Preparing to Ride your Electric Bike in Winter

The weather has been mild so far this winter, and autumn seems to be stretching all the way to Christmas, but it still makes sense to be prepared.

When we think about riding in winter we often think about snow and icy roads, but it can be the rain and the wet roads that are around for the longest.

Check over your e-Bike

Now is a good time to give your bike a good check over to make sure that the lights, brakes and gears are all working. Most of the bikes in the Batribike range come with mudguards to protect you from the worst of the road spray, check they are properly aligned so that they are working efficiently. Make sure that your tyres are in good condition and are inflated correctly. Under inflation can reduce the efficiency of your electric system. If you are unsure, you can take your bike into your local Batribike dealer for a service.

Riding in the Rain

You can ride your Batribike electric bike in the rain, the components are protected from water spray. However you should not ride through deep water or jet wash your bike, which could force water into connections. Remember that it takes longer to stop in the wet and that puddles can often hide a nasty pothole.

Look after your Battery

Looking after the battery is a key part of owning an e-Bike. If temperatures drop below 0° you should remove your battery when you are parking or storing your bike. The battery will work more efficiently if you store it at room temperature and just fit it to your bike while riding. This applies to charging the battery as well. Check your manual for full instructions.

What to Wear

Protect yourself too! Make sure that you have some protective clothing such as waterproofs and warm gloves. It will make the journey much more enjoyable.

Be safe – be seen! Wear something bright and or reflective, you may need to use your bike lights even in the daylight on more dismal days.

For those of you who prefer to pack your bike away for the winter, make sure that your e-Bike is clean and dry before you put it to bed. Do not leave the battery in a storage area that will drop to freezing over the winter. It is best to remove the battery and put it somewhere where it can remain at room temperature. Ensure your battery is charged and don’t forget to charge it over the winter even if you are not using it.

It’s all common sense really, enjoy your riding, be prepared and stay safe!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Sunshine and Photography

A couple of weeks ago we were out on a photo shoot in Mid-Essex in glorious sunshine. Our first stop was Thorndon Park, Brentwood. There are some lovely cycle trails here and a forest type feel to some of the areas.

BATRIBIKE ALPHA | Shimano hydraulic disc brakes | 24 gears and suspension forks | Mudguards and lights included

The white Batribike Alpha looked gorgeous on this lovely wide trail. There were a few leaves on the ground and the dappled sunshine coming through the canopy.

BATRIBIKE DELTA | Hidden battery MTB | High quality Shimano brakes and gears | Lightweight and confident off-road

In contrast the Batribike Delta eMTB looks set for a great adventure against the ridged bark on this tree.

From Thorndon Park we headed through the villages towards Chelmsford. The Red Lion pub at Margaretting was such a great colour in the sunshine we just had to stop and take some pictures of the Quintessential.
BATRIBIKE QUINTESSENTIAL | Classic Style - Vintage looks | Hidden Battery in saddlebag | Basket included

The regulars inside were intrigued to see what was going on and came out to see us. It was great to be able to chat about electric bikes and how they worked. Everyone was amazed at the hidden battery in the saddlebag. The Landlady and Landlord came out to see why everyone was busy outside and couldn't resist having their photo taken with the bike.

BATRIBIKE QUINTESSENTIAL | Classic Style - Vintage looks | Hidden Battery in saddlebag | Basket included

Finally we headed to an iconic Chelmsford landmark, Hylands House for a last couple of pictures with the Omega and Perdu step-through style bikes.

BATRIBIKE OMEGA | Lightest in class | Low seat position, suits the shorter rider | Easy to use with 7 speed hub gears | BATRIBIKE PERDU | Hidden Battery and Wheel Lock - use same key | Suspension forks and seat post | Easy Adjust handlebars

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The Cycle Show 2018

The Cycle Show has come and gone for another year. As always it is a busy time for us. When we are waiting for the doors to open on the very first day it is lovely to see our stand looking smart with shiny bikes.

Steve, Jesper and Jørgen waiting for the show to start on day one

This year there seemed to be a few less exhibitors in the electric bike area, some of the cheaper Chinese offerings were conspicuously absent. The Batribike range is built in Europe using Danish design and offers what we believe is an industry leading warranty, customers really appreciated the quality of our components and our competitive prices.

The first day of the show is trade day and we were busy all day on the Batribike stand, talking to existing and new dealers. It is great when professionals in the industry love our bikes too. Today – back from the show - we are busy adding all the new locations to the “where to buy a Batribike” map on the website.

The show was open to the public from Friday morning and our test ride area bikes were busy straight away. With comments like “smooth”, “comfortable” and “easy to ride” coming from the riders we were more than happy with the impact the Batribike range was having.

It is not often that we have something so new on the stand that we don't even have an info tag for it. When the guys came from Denmark for the show they brought with them our brand new filing electric bike - the Dart - it will be available in the Spring with a ticket price from £999. The styling and the black and white paint finish certainly caught the eye of a lot of show goers. Look out for it on our website early in 2019.

I do enjoy working at shows like this, it is so nice when existing customers come back to see us and tell us where they have been on their bicycles, we know that Batribike is part of their journey and their leisure time.

She just couldn't resist stopping to take a picture of the stylish Quintessential
All too soon the show is over and it is time to pack up. When visitors come into the halls and see all the lovely stands they could be forgiven for thinking that it always looks like that. The reality is that when we arrive, and when we leave, the hall is completely empty. We bring our complete stand with us packed up in a van, which is why we are so proud to see it looking lovely at the start of the show. It takes just over 10 hours to set it all up and a mere 3 and a half hours to take it all down and pack it back in the vans – until the next show…

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Ride London Reduces City’s Air Pollution

The two-day Ride London event last weekend helped to produce compelling evidence to show how reducing polluting vehicles can help us to breathe clean air.

BikeBiz the cycle industry trade community has published a graph produced by Professor Jo Wood at City University London. The data has been collected from Putney where there are only bicycles during the event. The red line on the graph clearly shows a drop in harmful gasses. The data has been collected over the years 2013 to 2018 and illustrates the same drop every year when the event is on.

Graph by Jo Wood with data from LondonAir.org.uk
Last year there was similar data collected when Newcastle closed roads for a family cycling event.

In April this year The Evening Standard reported an 89% drop in air pollution during the London marathon. Data to support this was collected at an air quality station monitored by Kings College London. Over a 12 hour period 7am to 7pm experts found air quality along Upper Thames improved by almost nine tenths.

Efforts are being made countrywide to improve Cycling Infrastructure and to encourage people to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport.

Electric bikes can go a long way to helping people to make the transition to less polluting transport. The ease of use and the opportunities to carry cargo make ebikes the transport solution for all our futures.

Batribike Quintessential electric bike

Friday, 8 June 2018

Parliamentary Bike Ride 2018

We were delighted to be invited to join MP’s, Peers and Cycle Industry leaders and decision makers for the Parliamentary bike ride on Wednesday. The ride marks the launch of Bike Week and started at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London.

Riders gathered at the Embassy from 8.00am for breakfast and speeches.

The MC this year was Jeremy Vine, broadcaster and cycling advocate. He cycles to work but said that cycling in our cities needs to be safer so that everyone, young or old can enjoy the benefits of cycling. He said that cycling had made it possible for him to eat cake without worrying about the consequences – I definitely like his sentiment, bring on the cake!

Tessel Van Essen Senior Commercial Attache at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands welcomed everybody to the event.

Ruth Cadbury, MP and Co-Chair of the APPCG said that she was a recent convert to electric bikes. She believes that they will make a difference to transport issues in cities and reiterated they were ideal for Destination Clothing.

Paul Tuohy, CEO of Cycling UK, said that Bike Week aims to get 0.5 million people to think about using a bike. He said that 27M people have access to a bike yet only 800,000 people cycle to work.

Jesse Norman, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport said that cycling is good for air quality and community. He is trying to make a difference on cycling and walking.

With the speeches out of the way it was time for the bike ride. There was quite a crowd of bikes and cyclists in the front courtyard of the embassy. We made our way over the road to Hyde Park and gathered up on the steps of the Albert Memorial for pictures. I had driven part way into London and parked outside of the congestion zone.

I had the Batribike Sigma folded in the boot of the car. It had been easy to get it out and ride down to the embassy.

And then we were off – the best part of the day – everyone was chatting as they rode. The sun was shining and there was a general feeling of how great it is to be out on a bike. I have been to this event several times over the years and this seemed to be the biggest crowd I had seen.

The route was mostly on cycle paths and it was quite something to see so many riders in “destination clothing” riding round in front of Buckingham Palace. We rode on past several landmarks to the Palace of Westminster and went in by the House of Lords entrance. Bikes were parked and security negotiated.

We headed in and attended a short Q & A session with Jesse Norman.

It is always an interesting event to attend because you don’t know who you will be talking to on the ride and you get to hear different perspectives on cycling and the way forward on infrastructure.

The event was over for another year and it was time to return to the car.

Round Parliament Square and down to Birdcage Walk. Birdcage Walk had been closed to traffic, but after a quick check with a friendly Police Officer – the Cycle Path was still open – when we had come down here earlier the road had been filled with cars, busses and taxis. Now it was strangely quiet as I rode along.

When I got to the end and arrived at Constitution Hill I could see why. It was the changing of the guard and all the roads were closed. Crowds of tourists behind the barriers, and just me, a lone cyclist, on a Batribike Sigma, riding round the Victoria monument. I felt the urge to wave to the crowds but managed to resist!

From there it was back to Hyde park and a glorious ride next to the carriageway. The gardens were looking good as I stopped to take some pictures.

It had been a day of cycling contrasts, crowds of packed together cyclists waiting at traffic lights, and then, me cycling on my own! Brilliant.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Visit to Promovec Facility in Denmark

I have just come back from a visit to Promovec our Danish partner. Promovec designs and supplies the electrics for the Batribike range of electric bikes. The world renowned quality of Danish Design really shows up in the warranty we are able to provide with our bikes.

As far as we know no one else is giving a three-year motor warranty here in the UK. The transferrable warranty on all relevant parts of the Batribike range is also second to none.

It was my first visit to Denmark and so the first time I had visited the facility in Aarhus. It was great to meet the people and see where the innovation for their designs is taking place.

I was very interested to see the cycling culture in and around the city of Aarhus. When other countries were making space for cars in the 60’s the Danes refused to let the bicycle be pushed out and continued to build cycle lane infrastructure.

A panorama of one of the docks at Aarhus - sweltering in an unexpected heatwave

Unusual cityscape suspended upside down in a car park
There are some superb cycling signs around the city, which is not surprising when, on average, the citizens here cycle 2.5km a day. Even though the UK is behind Denmark in terms of infrastructure for cycling there is now a huge commitment to change this.

Cycle parking is everywhere

The Mayor of London is committed to improving cycling in the City and is now also promoting the use of electric bikes. Something we did not think possible even a few years ago. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has also unveiled plans to invest £160m in cycling and walking. This includes £50m a year for three years for cycling.

The future for electric bikes as everyday transport here in the UK is very bright.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bournemouth Bowlers Check out Electric Bikes

Bournemouth based Batribike stockist, the e-Cycles Centre, was at the Moordown Bowling Club open day on the 6th May. Club members had the chance to find out about electric bikes and to take a test ride.
Bowls club members at the open day
e-Cycles Centre owner, Colm Boyle, said "It was great to show off the Batribike range. There was a lot of interest and test riders couldn't believe how easy they were to ride."

The e-Cycles Centre in Wimbourne Road was opened by the local Mayor in 2015

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Batribike on Tour

I have been out and about on tour since my last blog post. Some of this was a week ago and the weather just doesn't seem to know what season we are in.

I started my south coast tour at Brighton visiting our stockist Cycle Brighton. The family run business has all sorts of bikes for hire as well as Batribike electric bikes. They can suggest leisure routes and supply maps as well as doing bespoke tours. The sun was shining, it was a gorgeous day, and as I left two Batribikes were just going out on hire.

From there I headed west to the ebike-centre at Birdham on the outskirts of Chichester. It was heating up outside and the gadget on the dash said 25o It was good to spend time with Steve discussing bikes and seeing how his showroom has come on since I was there last.

Next up was Hayling Cycles. As I headed over the bridge onto the island the tide was in and the sun was sparkling off the water. I always enjoy getting out of the office and talking to our lovely Batribike dealers. We chatted about regulations and all sorts of things to do with electric bikes. Then Neil recommended an ice cream parlour down on the sea front - well I couldn't resist.

Having parked and selected from the amazing number of flavours available a walk on the beach seemed only reasonable. The wooden posts on the breakwaters were amazing. The sea had sculpted them and the sun cast brilliant shadows. A great end to the day.

The next day I had the chance to see the sea again - this time at Southsea. The Hovercraft was just heading off to the Isle of Wight.

Bournemouth next. I visited Colm at the eCycles Centre and enjoyed a great chat about various ebike projects he has going on.

I was still heading west.

On Saturday I was at the picturesque village of Topsham in Devon for a demo day with Route 2 Bike Shop.
It had been soo hot in the land up to the day that we were caught a bit by surprise by the short sharp shower in the morning. However it was great to meet with some past customers who had come along to see what was new with the range. The afternoon brightened and soon warmed up.

All too soon it was time to pack away and take the long drive home. As I headed away from Devon there at the side of the road - another ice-cream parlour! A farm using milk from its own dairy herd. Well, of course I had to stop.

My trip along the south coast had been interesting and productive but it is always nice to be home again and out for a ride along my regular route.

The Batribike Perdu and TEN-S in a field of Cowslips

The last time I had been out this way the cowslips weren't quite out and the field was more green than yellow. This time they were so close to being open. It is really nice to see a whole field full of what is usually a wild flower. Because of the long stem the flowers sit up high above the grass. The olde Essex name for them is "Peggles"  - which always makes me grin.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Spring is Here!

Spring has finally arrived. The winter seems to have dragged on for ages, there was snow and cold, then there was rain and just when we thought it might get warmer it snowed again!

However, the birds are now singing their socks off and the trees are showing signs of green. I have been out and about and it really is the time when everyone is thinking about getting out and cycling. 

Firstly I have been to an electric bike demo day at Drover Cycles at Hay on Wye on the Welsh border. Usually the cold weather lingers there but last Thursday was a glorious day. The sun shone and potential customers were ready to test ride from the moment the bikes were unloaded from the van and the pedals were on. It was the perfect day for a test ride – it was like everyone was emerging from their winter cocoons and were ready to enjoy the outside world.

After a brilliant day of chatting and showing off the bikes I packed up and headed for home. As I was heading out of Hay I rounded one country lane corner and saw someone indicating caution. I wondered what was ahead. It was Sheep and lambs! Coming up the road under guidance of their shepherd. They swarmed around the van baaing and passed on their way. I took some quick pictures feeling that I had been truly “sheep bombed” and Spring is here.

Last weekend we also went out on a family bike ride. I wanted to see if the cowslips were out in the local meadow. They are almost there, showing their heads but not open yet. There were lots of catkins and other tree flowers out and plenty of leisure cyclists out enjoying the sunshine. A lovely ride out.

Batribike Delta and the Batribike TEN-S