Thursday, June 13, 2013

Electric bikes in London - what are the benefits?

Over at 50cycles, Seven Reasons to ride an electric bike in London are listed, dealing with convenience, health and wellbeing, economic advantages and independence.

An interesting point is made about the relative safety of riding an electric bike in busy traffic: 

"The power to take on hills without getting up and out of your saddle and while keeping your eyes on the road is a big advantage over an unpowered cycle. At junctions crowded with cars and cyclists it's easier both to get to the front of the pack, to accelerate enough to clear the junction quickly and to get out of harm's way if ever necessary. You're also less likely to suffer fatigue towards the end of your journey, so your mind will always be fresh and fully involved with cycling safely. Finally, electric cyclists can maintain a higher average speed than most pedal cyclists so your overall time out on the road will be reduced. "

I'm not aware of any studies that look into the safety of riding an ebike compared to riding a conventional pedal cycle. Sure, there are, in theory, increased risks from travelling at a higher speed, but that same higher speed is likely to make it less likely you'll have a collision in the first place. 

A lot of cyclist casualties in London have been caused by lorries turning into junctions and missing bicycles in their blind spot. Perhaps if those cyclists had been able to escape a junction ahead of turning traffic an accident might have been avoided. 

At the moment, we'll have to look to countries like Germany and the Netherlands where electric bikes are in much wider use. Statistics about the relative safety of power assisted bicycles versus pedal cycles will emerge eventually.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ex-Display Electric Bikes in London


Here is a selection of display bikes on offer at our Richmond shop. They are all in very good or excellent condition, fully functional and ready to ride away. You can test ride and purchase in our shop, order over the phone or online with the special discount code specified for each. We can deliver within 30 miles of our Richmond shop if you are unable to collect from the shop. Call 0333 900 5050 or use the online chat facility to talk to us about these bikes. We also have a similar selection in our Loughborough showroom which will be listed at a later date.
Freego Ex-Demo

Freego Folder 10Ah
Condition: Good, few scratches on frame, loose bell. Click image to see larger photo.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £845 (£999 new)
To buy: use promotional code FREEGOEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.

Gocycle Ex-DemoGocycle
Condition: Excellent. Click image to see larger photo. 6-month warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1095 (£1526 new)
To buy: use promotional code GOCYCLEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Oxygen Ex-DemoOxygen Emate City
Condition: Very good. White battery pack. Click image to see larger photo. 6-month warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £995 (£1395 new)
To buy: use promotional code OXYGENEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Pro Connect Ex-DemoKalkhoff Pro Connect Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1595 (£1695 new)
To buy: use promotional code PROCALFEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Sahel Comfort Ex-DemoKalkhoff Sahel Comfort Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1495 (£1595 new)
To buy: use promotional code SAHELCOMEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Sahel Pro Ex-DemoKalkhoff Sahel Pro Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: SOLD
To buy: use promotional code SAHELPROEX after checking out via this model's product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

50cycles Electric Bikes new website launched

Our new website was switched on just in time for Christmas. It's a major overhaul and redesign and you'll find it faster, cleaner and easier to navigate. As well as improving its looks we've also filled the virtual shelves with a range of new products, including long-awaited 2011 Kalkhoff bikes, new lights, helmets and other ingenious cycling and sporting accessories. Take a look at 50cycles electric bikes online

2011 Kalkhoff electric bikes

New 2011 Kalkhoff Pro Connect S DL electric bike - boosted assistance, carbon components and very high-end Shimano XTR groupset drivetrain. Surely the ultimate high-performance electric bike when combined with Kalkhoff's new 18Ah Lithium battery pack, the highest capacity of any production ebike battery now standard across much of the 2011 range.

New Kalkhoff Pro Connect C8 Disc electric bike - with boosted maximum assistance, the new 18Ah battery pack and a fresh design, the renowned Pro Connect is going to be one of our best sellers in 2011.

New Agattu C3

New Connect Lady C8 stylish electric bike

And Kalkhoff's first Bionx powered regenerative electric bike, the Image B27

2011 Agattu Lite - not electric and it doesn't even have a chain but its 11-speed Alfine hub and minimal looks make this a very interesting pedal cycle

Tunebug Shake - unless you happen to be riding through a festival or past the bandstand in your local park, listening to music while cycling usually involves blocking your ears with headphones. Not a good idea on busy city streets, or even quiet country lanes. So, as people who love music AND cycling, the Tunebug Shake is a very welcome new product. It attaches to your cycle helmet, turning the whole thing into a head-mounted surround sound speaker, wirelessly. It sounds brilliant. Turn on, tune in and ride away.

LED spoke light - we have one of these running in our Richmond electric bike shop window and it's turned out to be a powerful eye-catcher. It relies on persistence of human vision to give an illusion of brightly lit words, numbers and geometrical patterns that appear inside the moving wheel. With 40 patterns and phrases, auto-off and low energy blue LEDs, it's a novel and highly visible way to be seen out on the road.

Casqu'en Ville helmets - it's been a cold Winter and there was a while yet to go. But that does not mean the prospect of chilly wind buffeting your ears should put you off cycling. Our Yakkay, Casco and Casqu'en Ville helmets all include styles that offer protection against the elements for your ears as well as the usual safety features.

Bern helmets - a great-looking, cool brand of cycle helmet from the US skate scene. Available to try on in our Richmond store.

New testimonials from customers - we've added a number of new reviews from recent Kalkhoff electric bicycles owners recently

Pro Connect S customer reviews

Pro Connect Alfine customer reviews

Agattu customer reviews

Finally, we've published some recent press reviews of the Kalkhoff electric bike range.



Monday, October 18, 2010

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort Electric Bike Reviews

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort electric bike
With the most striking looks of any Kalkhoff electric bicycle, the Sahel Comfort has a level of style and equipment that is unique. It shares the latest 250W high assistance motor, Panasonic Lithium battery pack and Busch & Muller LED lights with several other models, but the Brooks aged leather saddle and handgrips, couple with excellent Magura hydraulic rim brakes, are reserved for the Sahel Comfort alone.

It's now available to test ride at our new shop in Richmond, South West London and our premises in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Owners have commented on its reliability, good looks, pulling power and feeling of substantial quality. Along with the splendid Sahel Pro Disc, it's one of our favourite models this year. It's all very well us saying that, but here are three customers who picked this model over any other:

I rode the Trek (Bionx Trek FX+ electric bike) and generally found it a bit disappointing - it didn't help as much as I had hoped on any incline (and I was trying it without James and his trailer).

I then tried several Kalkhoff bikes - they were all much better and I thought the heavier build suited my trailer needs better. In the end, I purchased a Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort.

It works brilliantly with James and his new trailer - the hub gears are something which I would have avoided but they are ideal for casual riding, especially when you are forced to stop unexpectedly with a heavy load. I had also planned to ride a Cytronex bike - the company were really helpful and helped me avoid a long, long drive to try out a bike which almost certainly would have been less suitable than the Kalkhoff.
Fergus, Lancashire

Has fully met my expectations. Had no problem and found the range good, although I don’t have a long commute and might not be the ideal person to judge. Has certainly kept a few disagreeable sweat pearls away. Lang lebe Kalkhoff!
Rolf, London

I selected the bike after considerable research and it has met all of my expectations. I’m delighted with it.
Michael, Buckinghamshire
This model originally went on sale for £2195 in the UK, but is now available at our Autumn sale price of for £1750, including VAT and UK delivery. It has already sold out in the very smallest frame size, but we still have a couple left with 50cm (medium) and 55cm (large) frames.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/leicester-mercury/mi_8142/is_20100806/online-bike-firm-plans-stores/ai_n54704092/

Online bike firm plans four stores

0 Comments | Leicester Mercury, Aug 6, 2010 | by IAN GRIFFIN

The UK's leading online electric bicycle specialist plans to launch four new stores as it aims to increase turnover by a third to Pounds 2 million next year.

Loughborough company 50cycles wants to open shops in central London, Cheshire and Edinburgh in the next 12 to 18 months, before launching another in the south-west of England.

The firm, which has a store at its headquarters in Little Moor Lane, opened a second outlet in Richmond, south-west London, in May.

It has performed well and helped to give the business two record months of sales in June and July.

Co-owner Scott Snaith said: "We have got a lot of customers travelling to Loughborough from Cheshire and Scotland. They are good markets for us. It's all about looking at places which are sales hotspots."

He said one of the main reasons why people buy its bikes is to make it easier for them to tackle steep hills.

"There are lots of reasons why people buy the bikes - one of them is because they live in a hilly area," said Mr Snaith. "This is the case in Richmond, Cheshire and Edinburgh."

The company, which employs eight people, is on track to increase turnover from Pounds 1.2 million to Pounds 1.5 million in the year to November.

The firm, which was founded in 2003, is set to sell 700 bikes this year, up from 600 in 2009, and increase this to 850 in 2011.

"Most companies start with a shop and then develop their website," said Mr Snaith.

"We did it in reverse - we built a strong online business with a great product and are now using the high street."

Scott and brother Tim, the other co-owner, have drafted their 66- year-old father, Chris, into the business while Tim oversees the Richmond store.

The company, which imports the bikes from Germany, is to launch a new range next year with double the electricity capacity, meaning they can travel up to 100 miles before needing a recharge.

Copyright c Northcliffe Newspapers Group Limited 2010
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This is a new report done by Radio Leicester today.


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Scott