As well as an improved range, the 2011 Kalkhoff power assisted bikes bring a number of clever new features to the road, including a bicycle that charges itself as you pedal, a commanding 1:2 assistance ratio that demolishes most hills, even a system that charges up your phone or mp3 player as you ride. Electric bike manufacturers tend towards one-size-fits-all thinking, but each Kalkhoff is available in a range of sizes and frame styles.
50cycles co-founder Tim Snaith says “charging up on Sunday night knowing that you’ll be good for a week’s worth of riding 5 or 6 miles to work and back, and that every one of those miles will be swift and almost effortless appeals to thousands of people who would otherwise face increased fuel, parking and ticket prices.”
Accessories like the stylish Yakkay and snug Casqu’en Ville cycle helmets with their swappable covers are also winter favorites. On the safety theme, 50cycles have come up with novel ways to light up your bike with USB chargeable gadgets like the Spooklight cycle indicator and brake light, the ultra-intense Nukelight front lamp and general purpose torch. Then there’s the jaw-dropping Tunebug Shake no-headphones helmet audio system – a smart way to listen to your favorite music on the road without blocking out the sounds around you. It all adds up to a highly original way to kit out yourself or the cyclist in your life – safety, style and seriously cool sounds to make every ride a treat.
All these products are featured on the new 50cycles.com website which has been designed to be as quick and efficient as the bikes. It’s easy to select the model that best fits your size and requirements, you can book free test rides, read customer reviews and recent awards, watch videos, even chat to one of their resident e-bike experts online. Bikes and accessories can be purchased online with free next day delivery, through the Government-backed Cycle to Work Scheme or even through a 12-month Buy Now Pay Later finance package.
50cycles is the UK distributor for the Kalkhoff electric bicycle range. They have showrooms in Richmond, London and Loughborough in Leicestershire.