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Sussex Pedelec Club - The 1st Ride out....

Sussex Pedelec Club - The 1st Ride out.... 0

November's weather did it's best to dampen the day, with howling gales and strong winds.  Of course some people cancelled, but the hardy souls were undeterred.

The event morphed from the intended Leisurely ride, into a 20 mile South Downs route that was certainly of the more advanced and strenuous type!!   Recent rainfall meant there were 'ponds' on top of the Downs. The wind meant the Ponds had waves and the waves were so big Surfers were considering donning their wetsuits!

OK, the last bit is an exaggeration, there were no surfers, but it was wet, windy and cold, with pedalling necessary on the downhills as well as uphills!  Thank goodness for Electric Bikes, as otherwise I think we'd still be out there now :-)  Aching muscles are probably the order of the day

I imagine everyone would agree that sunny, balmy and warm days will be more desirable in future.  Perhaps there's a nice Indian Winter around the corner for the next event.... watch this space for future dates.

Haibike - Who are they? 0

Haibike is a family run business, with Felix, often known as Mr Haibike, his wife Susanne (The Boss) and their daughter, who has recently returned from launching Haibike in the USA.

Haibike is owned by Winora AG, which is part of the Dutch Accell Group, the biggest bike company in Europe.

 Designed and manufactured in Schweinfurt, Germany, Haibike invented the Electric Mountain Bike (eMTB) in 2009 and are “widely regarded as the Market Leaders” (Source: Electric Bike Magazine 06/15).

 SRAM and Bosch are also co-located with Haibike, enabling close co-operation with leading component suppliers. Haibike have offered the Bosch Crankdrive Motor since 2010 and now also offer the Yamaha motor. Haibike’ are finished by hand and then tested on real-life terrain.

 Working closely with Guido Tschugg, a Red Bull Rampage rider, Haibike constantly evolve and tune the geometry and componentry of all their eMTB’s. It’s the level of integration and attention to detail that enables Haibike to stay ahead of the competition.

 With the largest range of all Electric Bike manufacturers, the range now extends to over 50 models and includes, Road, Trekking, Cross and of course the eMTB’s for which they are world-famous.

 We’re delighted to be able to offer our Customers the Haibike models and invite you to come and try one in store. Only then will you understand what all the excitement is about.

Electric Bikes - The Law 1

Happily, the UK harmonised it's legislation during 2015 to be consistent with European Legislation. This now provides a clear European wide definition of an Electric Bike, more formally known as a: "Pedelec" and often shortened to eBike.

As the name suggests, the modern Electric Bike combines Pedalling and Electrical Assistance.  In addition to the regulations for normal bikes, like having brakes etc, there are some further requirements that must be complied with to meet the "Pedelec" definition. In simple terms these are:

  • The Motor must not give more than 250w of help (Powered assistance)
  • The Powered assistance must cease at 25 KPH (15.6 MPH) 
  • You may only receive Powered Assistance when pedalling.

NB: This eliminates the older "Twist & Go" bikes from the Pedelec definition.

See our Blog article on Speed Pedelecs for Bikes that can exceed these requirements - although they are then Mopeds in law.

Rest assured, nearly all Electric Bikes sold by Electric Bikes Sussex fully meet the European Legislation (EN15194) and are therefore formally Pedelecs.  

We strongly advise that you check this is true for any Electric Bike you're considering, as failure to do so, places you firmly on the wrong side of the Law. In the event of any accident, this could prove extremely costly.  Sadly, there are various myths aimed at selling you an illegal eBike. If you're in any doubt, please ask us, or your local Trading Standards Authority who will assist as appropriate. 

On a more positive note, the benefits of having a Pedelec are considerable and are leading to large numbers of people enjoying cycling again. This is great for individuals, their health and happiness, but is also great for Society with the reduction in pollution levels, easing of congestion and parking issues.

Get your Electric Bike now and join the revolution.  

Happy Cycling from the team at: Electric Bikes Sussex


It’s Cheating - Isn’t It? 1

Some people claim that an Electric Bike is “Cheating”.

Did you know that a modern Electric Bike, has optional powered assistance, that is only available when you’re pedalling?