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Transport Solutions

Words by bike zone oxford on 02/08/2020 18:12:02

Transport Solutions:

A new normal requires a new approach

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In a very short space of time – just a few months - we have been forced to drastically change the way that we live and move about. Crowded public transport and car sharing are no longer our first choices for our essential daily journeys. Using our own private cars is an option, but cycling and walking are now the more preferred environmentally friendly forms of everyday transport. Recent developments in electric-assist bikes have opened up possibilities for all of us to travel longer distances by cycle than we might have considered previously.

Modern E-bikes have variable assistance levels, so at the touch of a button you can go from normal, completely self-propelled cycling to the level of assistance that you need to help you get up that annoying hill on your route, to help you when the bike is heavily ladened, or to enable you to cycle distances you would previously consider to be too far.

Want to know more?

Check out our E-bike Buying Guide and Buying E-bikes From Us. find out how you can stay healthy, commute safely and save money!

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If you want to see E-bikes “in the flesh”, our shop in Summertown is Oxfordshire's E-bike specialist store, with the largest range of E-bike on display in the county. We have agencies for the UK’s best value E-bike brands and usually have 40 to 50 models built and available to view (please note COVID-19 restrictions currently apply, so please call in advance to arrange a viewing appointment on 01865 316885)

Prices start at £999 and flexible finance options are available to help you find the perfect E-bike to suit your budget and needs!


E-bike FAQ's

Where can I ride an electric bike?
In the UK E-bikes are treated the same as a normal bikes. You can ride an electric-assist bike anywhere you can ride your regular bike - on the road or off-road (depending on the capabilities of the bike!)

Do I need a license to ride an electric bike on the road?
There are no extra licensing or insurance obligations provided that the electric assist is limited to 25 km/hr (which is the case for all the bikes that we currently stock)

How long does it take to recharge the battery?
The batteries on all our E-bikes recharge very quickly compared to some others on the market. In general, a 400Wh battery pack will take about 3.5 hours to recharge 100% from flat. Interestingly the battery will actually charge approx 80% in just 1.5 hours, but the last 20% is set on a slower charge rate to enhance the battery life.

Should I completely drain the battery before charging?
On some cheaper bikes with old-style battery technology, this would be necessary. However, all of our electric bikes feature the latest lithium batteries, so this is not required. In fact, the best way to treat the batteries, even if you have only travelled 10 or 20 miles, is just to top them up.

I have seen cheaper electric bikes, what's the difference?
There’s an element of “you get what you pay for” with electric bikes, but considering that the cost of a decent motor and battery combination ranges between £800 and £1500, do you really want to hang that kit on a throw-away £200 bike to keep the overall cost down to £1000 and then have the bike fall apart after a year?
Bear in mind that a decent quality lithium battery on its own costs between £400 and £800! Value for money We do have some cheaper (sub £1000) models but most of the brands that we stock provide best value in the £1600 – £2500 price range. Obviously, if you’re going to spend that sort of money on a bike that’s a serious investment, so we have knowledgeable and helpful staff on hand to make sure that you end up with the right bike for your needs.
We also offer flexible finance options to help you keep to your budget. Our prices are the most competitive that you will find in the area and we also work with most local employers’ cycle to work financing schemes. You may be able to save a bit more by having a bike delivered to you in a box, but you will miss out on the set-up help, free after-sales servicing and software upgrades, all of which come as part of the package if you buy from us.

Why should I ride electric bikes?
Electric bikes are many things to many different people. Some use them as utility bikes for shopping and commuting, to save fuel, cut transport and parking costs and save time. Other people use them mainly for recreational rides, allowing them to do more adventurous rides whilst cutting out the aggravation of steep hills. There are also the hardcore mountain bikers who use electric mountain bikes to cut out the drudge of the uphill climbs and maximise the thrills of the down-hill rides. Generally, you can get a lot more out of a day’s riding of an e-bike than you can from a conventional bike and you can easily cover more ground on an electric bike. You can do everything that you would do on your standard bike, but go faster, further and with as much or as little effort as you want to put in!

Does it matter if the electronics get wet?
Generally speaking all the electronics on our electric bikes are sealed units, from the motor to battery to head unit. They are sufficiently weatherproof to withstand most situations that cyclists are likely to encounter, including mountain biking in wet conditions.
It is not recommended to completely submerge an e-Bike, but if you were to fall into a lake, for example, you should make sure that the bike is recovered quickly, after ensuring your own safety! then allow the bike to dry off before turning the electrics back on and returning to the trail.


Want to carry heavy loads or Kids?

We offer a number of shopper-style and load-carrying e-bikes for people wanting to carry larger loads and/or children. We have many customers who have bought e-bikes to enable them to ditch the (second?) car and manage their daily routines by bike instead. Give us a call for more information or to book an appointment.