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Why it’s time to ride electrified – Electric Motorcycles

It’s true that electric motorcycles are a few years behind electric cars, but they are catching up and are fast becoming a popular option for commuters, first-time riders and even experienced bikers – unsurprising given the wide range of benefits that e-motorbikes can offer.

The biggest and most fundamental difference between petrol powered and electric motorbikes is that they don’t have an engine.  Electric motorbikes are powered exclusively by rechargeable batteries and electric motors.

Where they are similar though, is that for both you need the correct licence to ride them, as well as tax, MOT and insurance. And, of course, you need to be equally well protected however your bike is powered.

Electric motorbikes, like their petrol counterparts also come in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes, so it’s easy to find one to suit your needs.

And while the sale of petrol-powered motorbikes will inevitably cease in the not-too-distant future, the case for electric is already pretty strong:

Power: Electric motorcycles have fantastic power and are very fast. With 100% instant torque, you get a rapid acceleration that a petrol bike can’t match.  The delivery of this torque is linear, which also means you won’t get the surge feeling you get with petrol bikes. 

Maintenance: An electric bike has one moving part.  There are no oil, spark plugs, air filters or timing belts to deal with and many electric motorbikes don’t even have a gearbox or clutch.  The only maintenance you’ll need to carry out is on the tyres, brake pads and hydraulic fluid, which will all last longer as the electric motor does most of the braking.

Noise: Petrol bikes are loud and electric bikes are naturally much quieter. This is great for riders who like to talk or listen to music and it is much gentler on the ears, so you won’t need ear protection.

Pollution: Electric motorbikes have a minimal carbon footprint, zero CO2 emissions and reduce noise pollution too.

The financial benefits are significant too.  Whilst it is possible that an electric motorbike might initially cost more than a petrol one, in the long-run, you can make incredible savings.  A full charge to your motorcycle can cost as little as 8 pence.  On top of this there are government incentives on taxes and other motorbike related fees.  So while you might be paying more at the start, you can easily recover this money and make massive savings every year.

And because electric motorcycles are easy to maintain and have just one moving part, you will also save money on services, repairs and maintenance.

On top of all of this, there is also grant funding available when you purchase a brand new electric motorbike, with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), offering a rebate of up to 20% of the purchase cost, making an electric motorbike an even more affordable and compelling choice.

E-lectride (a trading subsidiary of Revive & Thrive), based at unit 9 Mochdre Industrial Estate in Newtown are approved dealers for Artisan Electric, a relative newcomer to the electric motorbike market, but a growing brand, and with good reason.

From the EV200R, which summons up images of 1960’s Vespa motorcades and the classically contoured Horwin CR6 to the sleek EVO and off-road ready ES1-Pro, there are a range of styles at E-lectride to suit every need and desire, along with a full selection of safety equipment and accessories.

The showroom is open daily so drop-in, or even better, pre-book a test-ride on one of these fantastic vehicles today!

Use the menu above of follow these links to your next electric ride or find your ebike here, your escooter here and your emotorcycles here

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Get on your e-bike with Electride!

Newtown based business, Electride, specialists in electric vehicles, have a new look in store! A designated e-bike, e-scooter and e-motorbike area, it’s easier now than ever to browse for your perfect match!

With a growing range of electric scooters, bicycles (and even a tricycle that you may have seen around town!), motorbikes and cars, it should be anyone’s first port of call when looking for environmentally sustainable ways of getting around.

And, during the last couple of weeks, Electride has partnered with Oxford Products to bring to Newtown a wide range of cycling and motorcycle accessories, from safety gear and helmets to rider wear, cleaning equipment and even a variety of mini-accessories to help kids cycle safely.

There is a growing base of evidence that demonstrates the health and financial benefits of using electric vehicles, with studies showing that the average distance covered by cyclists on normal bikes is around 1.3 miles per day, while riders of e-bikes cover up to 5.7 miles – four times the distance!

And, e-cyclists are far more likely to ditch the bus or car, taking up to 49% of all their journeys on a bike, generating significant cost benefits. For those who are less inclined to take advantage of pedal power, an electric motorbike costs as little as 8 pence for a full charge and with ranges of up to 80 miles, that’s the equivalent of riding 1,000 miles for just £1!

A range of bicycle and motorbike accessories available to browse in store

At a time when it is suddenly all too easy to shop online, the friendly team at Electride’s showroom at Unit 9 Mochdre Industrial Estate, Newtown, would like to encourage you all to come and visit them in-store to view the vehicles and accessories, and to maybe test drive some of the range and are also keen to remind you that, if you can’t get to the store in person, you can still support local online at their website: www.e-lectride.com

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Electride is part of the Revive & Thrive Group of Companies which includes Revive & Drive

 

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Cycling Through Lockdown

Following the announcement from the First Minister of Wales on the 19th of October regarding the fire-break lockdown, there have been some alterations in measures for cyclists in Wales.

Although it is advised to stay close to home, there is no distance limit on how far you can go during exercising. Only ride or exercise with members of your own household and keep a 2-meter distance from other groups. Exercising must begin and end at your home.

Technically giving individuals more freedom than the local lockdown restrictions, the new rules coming into force on Friday the 23rd at 6pm allows cyclists more room for exercising. Instead of being stuck within local authority boundaries, cyclists have more freedom for their cycling journeys.

During the first nationwide lockdown of 2020, many people picked up cycling as a way of getting in some exercise. It’s a great way to keep both your mind and body healthy, with benefits being found in mental health and long-term health conditions.

With the added help of a motor, electric bikes are a great way to get out and enjoy the surrounding environment. While offering you all the significant benefits of riding a normal pedal bike, an electric motor also gives you that added power to let you ride for longer and further.

Helping with your day to day life, riding by bike helps reduce pollution and traffic on the roads. Research done by the Transport Research Labratory shows that ebike riders are twice as likely to get out and ride, and can help massively with the hills around Britain.

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BIANCHI BECOMES NEW BIKE SPONSOR OF GREENEDGE CYCLING

Bianchi Greenedge

Bianchi has begun a new chapter of its legacy in the UCI WorldTour by signing a multiyear partnership deal with GreenEDGE Cycling. Starting January 2021, both the men’s and women’s GreenEDGE squads will compete on Bianchi’s high-performance models.

As part of its new sports marketing strategy, Bianchi has decided to initiate a partnership with the Australian WorldTour team which will be characterised by a focus on innovation and inclusive communication, with a global approach, and highly competitive performance at races in all Countries.

Launched in 2011, GreenEDGE Cycling is Asia Pacific’s first and only WorldTour professional cycling team. Led by Australian businessman Gerry Ryan, GreenEdge has established itself as a world-class team with a truly international reach and highly engaged fans.

Vuelta a España winner and current Tirreno-Adriatico champion, Simon Yates, classics rider Michael Matthews, Amanda Spratt and the other riders of GreenEDGE Cycling will be supported by Bianchi with performance aero, all-rounder and TT bikes (including top of the range Specialissima, Oltre and Aquila models), specifically designed for each race situation.

EXCELLENCE FROM THE TOP DOWN

As the team’s innovation partner, Bianchi’s Reparto Corse ‘racing division’, will work side by side with GreenEDGE’s performance team staff to create innovations and shape the future of bike racing. The race-winning marginal advantages created by Reparto Corse through its collaboration with GreenEDGE will continue to filter through to performance-driven Bianchi consumers around the globe.

Bianchi will also be the innovation partner of the GreenEDGE Women’s WorldTour team. Formed in 2012, the women’s team has been a leader on the international women’s cycling circuit from its inception. It is currently one of top-3 Women’s WorldTour teams.

CYCLE OF SUCCESS

After seven years of cooperation, Bianchi has concluded its sponsorship project with Team Jumbo Visma. The cooperation began in 2014 and saw the Dutch team develop into one of the strongest forces on the WorldTour, with wins at Grand Tours and monuments, and nearly 200 victories in total, including Vuelta Espana, Milan-Sanremo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and podiums in Giro, Tour and Vuelta.

Fabrizio Scalzotto, CEO of Bianchi

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with GreenEDGE Cycling, the ideal team to pursue our new sponsorship cycle with a strong international approach in order to support our constantly growing presence in all continents.”

“In addition to the performance aspects that will enable Bianchi to innovate and further develop our new road racing products, we will work together with GreenEDGE Cycling to boost inclusive communication with our global fans and stakeholders. We are grateful to Team Jumbo-Visma for the completion of our sponsorship project across a successful seven-season campaign, in which we have collaborated to reach the pinnacle of performance in WorldTour cycling. Bianchi will continue to support the team until the end of the year, so that we can conclude the 2020 season in style.”

Gerry Ryan, Owner of GreenEDGE Cycling

“As we approach our tenth season at the top level of world cycling, we are invigorated by the opportunity to partner with Bianchi, a proven brand with a long and proud history, as we look towards the upcoming seasons”.

“We have witnessed the incredible success of riders using Bianchi equipment and are inspired by their plans for the future. The UCI WorldTour is consistently seeing more technology innovations and we are confident our collaboration with Bianchi will result in our riders racing on the most cutting edge road and time trial bicycles that will deliver many victories in the world’s biggest races.”

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Local Bike Shop Day

Local Bike Shop Day took place on the 5th of September 2020, seeing a 380% increase in reach, comparing to last year.

This year has been an odd one. But a positive is that there has been an upturn in cycling and enjoying the outdoors. And local bike shops saw the changing interest. On one day, there were over ‘5,000 unique to Local Bike Shop Day website’ according to Association of Cycle Traders. ‘[T]he most popular page being the ‘find a local bike shop’ search facility’, a good sign in the raising popularity of cycling.

The hashtag #supportyourlocalbikeshop had a reach of 360,025 across social media. People showing their support for local bike shops in the middle of the pandemic is a great sight. Local Bike Shop Day is an annual event to recognise the community within Britain. Giving them a chance to show their skills and knowledge to consumers.

The company Maybe* helped with the running of this years event. This allowing more detailed observations of what was happening across social media. The Association of Cycle Traders organisers of the Local Bike Shop Day spoke on how it made the day easier through seeing all the notifications in one place made it so much easier to ensure it ran smoothly.

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E-bikers get a boost to their health… and their pockets

New research shows that it’s never been a better time to invest in e-bikes, e-scooters and e-cars. A new, Newtown-based business, Electride, has started selling all forms of electric transport and is hoping to build on the positive research.


While the view of many is that e-bikes are used to make travelling less physically demanding the new research, published in the Journal of Transportation Research*, contradicts this and shows that actually commuters’ fitness benefits enormously. The study remarkably found that bikers in Norway actually “quadrupled their daily use of the bicycle for transport over six months.”


Cyclists with standard bikes were found to travel on average 1.3 miles a day whereas bikers who have embraced e-bikes actually covered an astonishing 5.7 miles, a four-fold increase in usage. Even with the boost from the electric motor, cyclists were found to consistently burn more calories riding e-bikes. Furthermore, this is considered by the authors to be a long-term effect, with little drop-off after months of usage – in other words, they don’t consider this to be a temporary boost but rather it showing long-term health benefits.


Another benefit seems to be for the riders’ pockets, as well as the planet, with e-bike owners taking 49% of all their journeys on two wheels, saving them significant transport costs. Compare this to their un-electrified colleagues who only travelled by bike 17% of the time.


More encouraging new data from a specialized bicycle insurance provider, Bikmo, shows that not only are the long-term health benefits real, but that there are even some short-terms ones too. Bikmo found that riders of electric bikes accounted for 38% fewer insurance claims compared to
pedal bike riders, on average – this seems to indicate, though far from conclusive, that you’re much less likely to be involved in an accident on an e-bike than on a standard one. The reason for this seems to be that e-bike riders can easily keep pace with commuting traffic when slower bikes find
themselves in the dangerous position of being alongside cars for longer periods, especially true when going uphill, an area that e-bikes excel in.

With e-bike sales are absolutely soaring at the moment, with backorders sometimes placed as far as two-years in advance. Luckily for Electride, they got into the market at the right time and have complied a good stock list for the area with luxury brands like Bianchi and more affordable ones like
Zipper.


Not content with stocking only e-bikes they have also branched out into e-scooters, e-motorbikes, e-cars and e-accessories. Despite some bad press from the usual misuse of new technology, e-scooter sales and usage has also skyrocketed with schemes already beginning in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich and Cambridge, and more to follow. Some people may not like them, but e-scooters are here to stay, and the health and environmental benefits cannot be disputed.

To see the full range of e-transport that Electride stock please visit their website at: www.e-lectride.com

*https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S136192092030609X#s0060

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Cycle to work Scheme

Cycle To Work Scheme – Save 25-39% on a new bike for work!

Spreading the cost over a period of time through a monthly tax-free instalments through your employer, you can save money on that bike you’ve been eyeing up.

A way to cut down on your commuting expenses, cycling to work can help your wallet, health and the environment. Cycling to work can help with traffic problems and air pollution, while also offering you a way of saving money and improving your overall health. But the initial cost can be expensive – getting the bike, the gear, the accessories.

Through the Cycle To Work Scheme you can find the type of bike is best for you, and one that is available in your price range. Once you have an idea on the package that will work for you, find a retailer to shop with.

E-lectride has a range of bikes to suit all lifestyles, with an electric bike showroom. But we can supply non-electric bikes to order, if that is more your style.

Use the Cycle To Work Scheme calculator below to find out which package is recommended for you –

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Oxford Comfy

Oxford Comfy head and neck wear

Soon, we will have these Oxford Comfy Bandanas in stock! In brief, they are comfortable, multi wearing and a good addition to any wardrobe. Wearable in all weathers, they can help you enjoy the outdoors in more ways than one.

As a multifunctional head and neck wear, the Oxford Comfy range is lightweight, breathable and windproof. Made with comfort in mind, they have a one-sized-fits-all design. And is seam-free to avoid itching or uncomfortable rubbing on the skin. As shown above, there are at least nine different ways to wear the Oxford Comfy Bandnans. Including a bandana, headband, beanie and face mask.

They are a perfect addition to any bikers wardrobe, able to add that little extra comfort when out on the roads. Oxford Comfy bandanas are usable in all weathers and can help keep your comfort levels up.

As the Oxford Comfy bandana can be used in many different ways, it is CE certified to offer protection of UV radiation (UPF 17), highlighting it’s multifunctional uses.

With more stock available, follow the links to your next electric ride or find your ebike here, your escooter here and your emotorcycles here

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Electric Bike Sizing Guide

Thanks to recent developments in electric bike technology, E-bikes are now available in many shapes and sizes – allowing you to hit the trails or just get from A-B with a helping hand. Generally E-bikes come as a hybrid shape, or an MTB.

What’s the right electric hybrid bike size for me?

This handy chart should show you the right size of hybrid bike you need based on your height. Measure your height accurately and check the manufacturer’s measurements too. You can also visit us in store to speak to an experienced member of staff. Always make sure you’re able to stand over the frame with a minimum 2cm gap between you and the top tube.

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (inches)Frame Size (cm)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’2″148cm – 158cm13″ – 14″33 – 37X-Small
5’2″” – 5’6″”158cm – 168cm15″ – 16″38 – 42Small
5’6″ – 5′ 10″168cm – 178cm17″ – 18″43 – 47Medium
5’10” – 6’1″178cm – 185cm19″ – 20″48 – 52Large
6’1″ – 6’4″185cm – 193cm21″ – 22″53 – 57X-Large
6’4″ – 6’6″193cm – 198cm23″ – 24″58 – 61XX-Large

Women’s Electric hybrid bike sizing:

Women’s hybrids differ to male/unisex hybrids. They tend to be shorter in length with narrower handlebars and smaller frame sizes. In some cases they’ll have a step through frame where the top tube drops down, meeting the seat tube much lower. In some cases a male/unisex hybrid may suit you better.

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (inches)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’2″148cm – 158cm13″ – 14″X-Small
5’2″” – 5’6″”158cm – 168cm15″ – 16″Small
5’6″ – 5′ 10″168cm – 178cm17″ – 18″Medium
5’10” – 6’1″178cm – 185cm19″+Large

Whats the right electric MTB size for me?

This handy chart should show you the right size of MTB you need based on your height. Measure your height accurately and check the manufacturer’s measurements too. You can also visit us in store to speak to an experienced member of staff. 

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (inches)Frame Size (cm)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’2″148cm – 158cm13″ – 14″33 – 37X-Small
5’2″” – 5’6″”158cm – 168cm15″ – 16″38 – 42Small
5’6″ – 5′ 10″168cm – 178cm17″ – 18″43 – 47Medium
5’10” – 6’1″178cm – 185cm19″ – 20″48 – 52Large
6’1″ – 6’4″185cm – 193cm21″ – 22″53 – 57X-Large
6’4″ – 6’6″193cm – 198cm23″ – 24″58 – 61XX-Large

Women’s electric MTB sizing:

Women’s MTBs tend to be shorter in length, have narrower handlebars and smaller frame sizes. They also have specific saddles and often have their own colour scheme too. Like other MTBs, these designs are measured in the same way (from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube) but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try a unisex MTB.

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (inches)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’2″148cm – 158cm13″ – 14″X-Small
5’2″ – 5’6″158cm – 168cm15″ – 16″Small
5’6″ – 5′ 10″168cm – 178cm17″ – 18″Medium
5’10” – 6’1″178cm – 185cm19″+Large

What’s the right electric road bike size for me?

This handy chart should show you the right size of electric road bike you need based on your height. Measure your height accurately and always check the manufacturer’s measurements too. You can also visit us in store to speak to an experienced member of staff.
 

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (cm)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’0″148cm – 152cm47cm – 48cmXX-Small
5’0″ – 5’3″152cm – 160cm49cm – 50cmX-Small
5’3″ – 5’6″160cm – 168cm51cm – 53cmSmall
5’6″ – 5’9″168cm – 175cm54cm – 55cmMedium
5’9″ – 6’0″175cm – 183cm56cm – 58cmLarge
6’0″ – 6’3″183cm – 191cm58cm – 60cmX-Large
6’3″ – 6’6″191cm – 198cm61cm – 63cmXX-Large

Women’s electric road bike sizing:

Many bikes are designed with the female form in mind. So they accommodate a shorter reach, narrower shoulders and smaller hands. But there’s absolutely no reason why a woman can’t ride a unisex or male bike, so don’t restrict yourself – just make sure you test ride it first.

Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (cm)Frame Size
4’10” – 5’1″147cm – 155cm44cm – 46cmXX-Small
5’1″ – 5’3″155cm – 160cm47cm – 49cmX-Small
5’3″ – 5’5″160cm – 165cm50cm – 52cmSmall
5’5″ – 5’8″165cm – 172cm53cm – 55cmMedium
5’8″ – 5’10”172cm – 180cm56cm – 57cmLarge

How are electric bikes measured?


Hybrid bikes are measured from the centre of the bottom bracket (BB) to the top of the seat tube. You might find however that some hybrid manufacturers will measure their bikes slightly differently, depending on the style of the bike. Don’t forget you’ll need your height and your inside leg measurement. Hybrid bikes are typically sized in S, M, L and XL but there are some models that are sized in inches. This will vary depending on the brand. Always check the manufacturers measurements or visit a store to speak to a experienced member of staff.


MTB’s are measured from the centre of the bottom bracket (BB) to the top of the seat tube. To give a rider more stand over height, MTB top tubes often slope down and join the seat tube lower than road bikes. So it’s worth taking your inside leg measurement and comparing it to the manufacturers model. Always check the manufacturer’s measurements or visit a store to speak to an experienced member of staff.  
 

Road bike manufacturers measure their bikes slightly differently. Some will measure centre of the BB to the top of the top tube (centre to top) or centre of the BB to the centre of the top tube (centre to centre). And bear in mind that a lot of road bikes have sloping top tubes so the measurements can alter – these are often sized S, M, L and XL.

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Who Can Ride our Motorcycles?

Evo is the latest evolution in electric transport

Here are some guidelines as to who can ride an Artisan EV2000 Electric Scooter and an Artisan EVO Electric Motorcycle on the road

The EV2000 scooter is restricted to 30mph, so the law treats it as a 30mph 50cc petrol moped / scooter. The Artisan EV0 motorcycle is categorised as A1, so the law treats it the same as a 125cc petrol motorcycle.

This list of eligible riders are:

EV2000R Requirements:

  • A rider aged 16 and over with a provisional moped licence and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • Anyone with a full car licence issued after Feb 1st 2001 and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • Anyone with a full car licence issued before Feb 1st 2001 OR
  • Anyone with any class of full motorcycle or moped driving licence

EV0 Requirements

  • A rider aged 17 and over with a provisional licence and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • A rider with an “A1” or “A2” or “A” motorcycle licence

Other Requirements:

  • Riders must wear a helmet and the scooter needs to be registered, display a number plate and (once it’s three years old) an MOT.
  • Compulsory insurance
  • We’d also recommend cool looking protective clothing and gloves!

Passengers?

  • For the EV2000R, if you have passed a car or moped or motorbike driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.
  • For the EV0, once you have passed your motorbike driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.

You do not need:

  • Road fund licence
  • Noisy, smelly expensive petrol!

Passengers?

If you have passed an A1 motorcycle driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.

You do not need:

  • Road fund licence, electric motorcycles qualify for free road fund licence
  • Smelly petrol