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Monday, 24 July 2017

Can Electric Bicycles really be Healthy?

The title says it all really! The answer is yes! The whole idea that electric bikes are cheating is a misconception. However, many people look at electric bikes and immediately say “That’s cheating” or “Don’t be lazy”. People are also saying “I shall keep pedalling my old bike just as long as I can” or “I’m not old enough for one of those yet”. This is mostly because the way that electric bikes work is not widely understood.

Modern electric bicycles or battery bikes are designed to assist the rider. The rider pedals and the motor assists. Most electric bikes have the ability to select the amount of assistance given by the bike. Once you understood that riding an electric bike doesn’t mean that that you have given up having any kind of input at all, the benefits are much clearer.


Riding an electric bike on pedal assist mode is classed as ‘moderate’ exercise. NHS guidelines state that adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate exercise a week. So a person who uses their electric bike to ride to work every day could be achieving the recommended weekly exercise. Whereas someone who drives to work every day but then does a half an hour brisk walk on both days of the weekend would not.

So are electric bike riders ‘cheating’ or ‘lazy’? The answer is a resounding ‘No!’
Typically electric bike riders are more likely to go out on their bikes. Many riders who purchase a normal pedal cycle with good intentions often find that it ends up just sitting in the shed. The benefits are clear for those with leg or joint weakness. Taking the strain out of riding but allowing the joints to mobilise means that many more people can get out into the fresh air and feel good about taking exercise.

Furthermore, those people who say “I shall keep pedaling my old bike just as long as I can” should be applauded, but they should still consider how far they are riding. Would they go further or more often with electric assistance?

So, in answer to the question “Can Electric Bicycles really be Healthy?” Yes they can!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Electric Bike Law in Northern Ireland

As members of the BAGB (Bicycle Association) we get updates on all sorts of regulations and information. We have recently found out that the regs for electric bikes in Northern Ireland are not the same as they are for the rest of the UK.

It seems that an electric bike, that we treat as a conventional pedal cycle here, is not the same in Norther Ireland. Regulations were not carried over and at the moment electric bikes or EAPC's are classed as moped's in NI.

This is set to change as politicians work to get this oversight in the regulations brought into line. You can read more about Northern Ireland Ebike Legislation on the Batribike website.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Electric Bike Demo's in Bournemouth

Visiting our Batribike stockists and doing demo days is always good fun. It is a chance to show off our full range of European built 2017 ebikes and to chat with our customers about what they look for in an electric bike.

On Saturday we were in Bournemouth to support Colm at the e-Cycles Centre. It was a sunny day and it was lovely to see everyone that turned out despite the heat.



The excellent weather is set to continue as we head to Devon today. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Bude on Wednesday and Topsham on Thursday.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Automated Cycle Parking in London

It was great to hear about automated cycle parking this week. We attended the Bicycle Association (BA) Spring meeting in London on Tuesday, and part of the meeting was to hear from Nick Knight of EcoCycle.

Automated cycle parking is very like automated car parking. You would take your bicycle to one of these units, push it into a slot and the bike is taken into the secure facility and parked in a stack. The idea from Japan enables lots of bikes to be parked securely in a small space, and can even be located underground with just a small kiosk at street level.



With a growing cycle network and number of cycle journeys, cycle parking could definitely become an issue - we don't want the footpaths in cities to just be lined with parked bikes. This is a simple and effective solution. Because the facility is secure, only you can retrieve your bike, you can also leave any luggage and your cycle helmet strapped to your bike.

I think that electric bike users would be really happy to use something like this. In the not to distant future there may even be charging facilities so that when you return your bike is charged and ready to go!



Ralph and I were please to go to Southwark after the meeting to see a prototype in action. Nick explained that these units could be used for public parking, for businesses to install for staff parking or for new residential developments as resident parking.


A small device would be securely fitted to the bike so that the parking machine can recognise it when it arrives. Customers will be able to retrieve their bikes with either a card or a smart phone.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Bicycle Blogger and Police Cyclist in Weymouth

Tim's Cycle Shop held an electric bike open day on Saturday. Batribike went along with extra demo bikes to help out. I do enjoy this sort of event, you just don't know who you will meet.

Blogger Richard Anders came to see what was going on and to take some pictures. Richard has taken his love for cycling and for photography and embarked on a 365 day project to chart cycling in 2017. He is posting a cycling related picture and story every day for the whole year. If you would like to follow Richard's 2017 cycling story you can see it on tumblr http://cycle365project.com


Having already met Ralph at the London Bike Show and done a story on Tim earlier in the year it was great to get us all together and Richard kindly took a picture of the team at the event.


Ralph and I had arrived in Weymouth the night before and we all walked into town for an evening meal. It seems that Tim knows everyone in Weymouth and everyone knows Tim. There is a great community feel to his cycle shop. As we walked out on Friday evening me met the local Community policeman on his bicycle, he stopped for a chat and promised to drop by the next day.


The team had a tea urn on the go from the start of the demo day with biscuits and cake to tempt the visitors. The community feel to the day continued with customers new and old dropping in to test ride the bikes and enjoy the hospitality.


At the end of the day we headed off home and couldn't resist the scenic route past Stonehenge. What a great day it had been.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Knee Rehabilitation by Electric Bike

Way back at the end of January I fell over and twisted my knee in a big way. Any of you who have seen us at shows since then will have seen me hobbling about and sometimes wearing a knee brace.

The consultant thought initially I had torn something but last Thursday I got the good news that I don't need an operation, nothing torn. I had just injured my knee in a very big way and now I need to get it working again.

Yesterday was my first physio session. I can't straighten completely and can only bend it about half way. I asked the physio about cycling and she said excellent! but don't over strain.

Going out on an electric bike is perfect to get my knee working again. Turning the pedals mobilises, and the electric motor assistance takes the strain on hills and inclines. To start with my knee was really stiff and I wasn't sure whether I was going to be going very far. As I got going it became easier and my knee got a little bit easier to move.

What a great afternoon it was to be riding on the Perdu. The wind was a little chilly but the sun was shining as I took the cycle path along the river. I found a whole field full of cowslips which looked fantastic.



Further on the blossom was coming out on the Hawthorn. It seems as though summer is just around the corner and now I am on the road to recovery I'm looking forward to lots more electric biking.



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Batribike in Glasgow

Batribike was at the Scottish Cycling, Running and Outdoor Pursuits Show at the weekend. It is quite a trek for us up to Glasgow but there is always a warm welcome.

Interesting architecture on this car park as we arrive in Glasgow
The event was held at the SECC the Scottish exhibition and conference centre, which is just behind a marvellous building which has been dubbed the Armadillo. When we arrived at our hotel we were next to the Clyde straight across the river to the Armadillo and the Hydro centre. They were all lit up beautifully.


We got the stand all set up on Thursday using the same layout as the London Bike Show.


There were plenty of activities for the young and young at heart to take part in and there was quite a buzz in the air when the show started on Friday.

It was a great view walking over the bridge to and from the hotel

A difference between the sunshine and when it was flat calm and a superb reflection
The cycle path alongside the Clyde is part of the National Cycle Route NCR1
We were delighted to chat to existing Batribike customers, it is lovely to hear where people have been on our bikes and that they are enjoying the adventure.

Discussing the bikes on the stand
There was a test track area where we could take visitors to get a feel of what an electric bike is all about. It was great to see that “electric bike smile” as they had their first experience of a pedelec.

We were promoting our network of Scottish stockists and it was great to see them all on the stand to discuss the coming season.

G & L Marshall Huntley, Aberdeen
Philip Lang Cycles Glasgow
A & G Motorcycles (electric bikes) Dumfries

Easygo Electric Bikes Linlithgow
 All too soon it was time to pack up and head back across the border. It’s not many days before we do it all again at BikeExpo in Manchester.

Sunshine as we cross the Clyde Arc on our way out of Glasgow
The broad sweep of the Borders
The Batribike van on the Scotland / England border
The open road with clearing skies