Why choose electric?

Electric Bikes

Welcome to the rapidly increasing world of electrically assisted bicycles.

We have been selling electric bikes for 15 years now and haven’t just jumped on the bandwagon.  We only sell bikes with the latest proven technology and avoid any gimmick brands which are going to cause both you and us a lot of frustration! We aren’t looking for a quick sale.  We will be there to support you for the life of your bike and are open 7 days per week for your convenience.

Our approved manufacturers of electric bikes

We have selected our range from Giant Bikes who are the biggest manufacturer of bikes in the World now and have formed a close partnership with Yamaha; Trek who make some of the best bikes in the world and are a keen advocate of independent bike shops.  All their range use Bosch technology;  Wisper, who are a small UK company with some keenly priced hub motor bikes with a lot of torque and we also select a number of models from Raleigh who have a wide range of bikes for all budgets. Whatever your riding needs, we’ve got it covered!

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If it’s cheap there’s a good reason

If an electric bike price seems to good to be true, it most certainly is! We have seen some shocking (no pun intended) products over the years and we still get offered heaps of cheap alternatives which we refuse to sell. Most bikes look good and work well at the point of sale but you have to consider the ongoing reliability and make sure you are buying a respectable brand from a reputable dealer. Central motor bikes are a good indicator of quality and reliability with brands like Bosch and Yamaha leading the way but there are a few hub motored bikes that still offer great value and reliability…just do your research before handing over any money!

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Electric bikes need love too

Even though you have spent over £1000 on your new electric bike from us, you still need to respect the UK weather conditions that you will be subjecting your bike to! No matter how expensive the bike, dirty terminals will not conduct electricity efficiently and mismanaged battery charging (like leaving it in a cold place all winter) will not prolong the life of the battery! So, make sure you look after the well being of your bike and battery and your warranty will not be affected adversely. The bikes we select for sale have carefully integrated technology and sealed cables to keep the bad weather out but like any bike, a little TLC can often prevent your bike letting you down when you most need it.

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Who benefits from electric bikes?

If you can ‘push’ 15 mph on a bike with ease, then you probably don’t feel you need an Electric Bike but you still might want to think about the fun to be had on an Electric MTB which will enable you to tackle hills and terrain that once weren’t possible or an Electric Commuting bike for the weekday 9 to 5 when you don’t want to turn up sweaty and smelly!

Otherwise, electric bikes are ideal for the leisure rider who can choose between 3 options (eco, normal and sport) depending on the speed and terrain. The beauty of these bikes are that if you want to cruise along at 10 to 15 mph then your bike will maintain this speed on all terrains from between 25 to 80 miles dependent on battery size. And they are not mopeds! The Wisper bikes have a throttle option but most of our range can only be ridden as electrically ‘assisted’ bicycles. This means the effort you put through the pedals is detected and matched with power from the motor between 50% to 300% assistance. It’s like having a constant tail wind!

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Testimonial…

I turned 80 last May and decided that I wanted a new bike.  Ten years ago I bought a Dawes from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst and it has been very good to me and is still going strong, but I felt that an E-bike was for me now.  I consulted the staff Cyclexperience and they decided that a Giant Prime was the one for me.  It has been wonderful and very easy to use. I find that I use all the gears and the three power settings instantly,without thinking about it.  On the flat I don’t use the motor at all, as I don’t want to make it too easy.  The quality of this Giant bike is very impressive and the service I got from Cyclexperience was second to none.  I look forward to many happy miles cycling in the next few years!
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Legislation changes

The UK legislation changed in 2016 to prohibit throttle assisted bikes and power output.   In Great Britain, if you’re 14 or over you don’t need a licence to ride electric bikes that meet certain requirements, and they don’t need to be registered, taxed or insured. Electric bikes meeting the requirements are called ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). They can be 2-wheeled bicycles, tandems or tricycles.

 

The requirements are:

 

the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it

the electric motor must cutout when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph

the motor should be restricted to 250 watts

 

It must also display one item from each of the following:

 

the power output or manufacturer of the motor

the battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike

 

If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it’s classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed. Any electric bike that doesn’t meet the EAPC rules needs to be registered and taxed. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet. The vehicle will also need to be ‘type approved’ to make sure it’s safe to use on the road.