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01
MAY

Lets Get Energized says:
Summer Competition: Win 2 days e-bike cycle hire in Dorset


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Explore beautiful Dorset in eco-friendly style

We are absolutely thrilled that this Summer, 1 lucky winner will win 2 days FREE hire* of a state-of-the-art electric bike from Cycle Life based here in Dorchester, Dorset, just in time for the Summer holidays!

Whether you’re a local wishing to enjoy the e-bike experience, or a visitor on holiday in Dorset, you’ll be able to explore the stunning and varied countryside that our county has to offer – with all the thrills of off roading. From the rolling hills of the Wessex Ridgeway, or the woodland trails and heathlands near Dorchester at the birthplace of Far From the Madding Crowd author Thomas Hardy, to the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast with it’s beautiful beaches and picture-postcard Lulworth Cove, not to mention lots of lovely villages and towns in-between.

This fabulous prize is being offered to Lets Get Energized subscribers by Dorset Cycle Life – the premier electric bike shop in the South West of England, where our very own e-bike enthusiast, blogger Simon Rayson, lends a helping hand.

Click here for Cycle Life’s recommended Dorset Cycle Routes >>

Find out more about exploring our county at the Visit Dorset website >>

*The winner can either choose 2 days hire for 1 person, or have 1 day’s hire of 2 bikes for 2 people to share the e-bike experience with a friend! Cycle Life also offer a comprehensive range of e-bikes for hire or sale if you so choose.

Why go electric?!

Electric bikes are booming. Cycle Life’s range of e-bikes will let you ride up slippery steep hills without a care in the world. Electric bikes are good for you, dependable, good for the environment, save you money, and most importantly, FUN!

Check out the video below for some more inspiration:

Get Energized for the chance to win

Our Summer prize draw competition ends at midnight on Sunday 2nd August 2015 and the winner will be announced on Monday 3rd August (here on our website, Facebook and Twitter, and the winner will be notified by email so make sure you check your inbox!).

Simply sign up to our e-newsletter, if you haven’t already, for the chance to win… best of luck :)

Click here to enter our prize draw >>

Congratulations to our Spring winner EMILY SECKER who has won a wonderful Wonderbag eco slow cooker!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUMMER E-BIKE HIRE WINNER: CLARE WEBB*
*This competition is now closed but you can still enter for the chance to win future competitions!


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  • Lets Get Energized comments:
    "Good luck in the competition Alan! And if only we’d thought of those puns ourselves!!! :) "
    May 5, 2015 a 10:01 am

  • Alan Banks comments:
    "What an electrifying experience. Looking forward to ‘charging’ around Dorset. "
    May 4, 2015 a 7:11 am

  • vince adams comments:
    "What a wonderful chance to see for yourself how amazing electric bikes are "
    May 2, 2015 a 3:43 pm


08
SEP

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Cyclelife Ebike Shop – Dorchester


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Cyclelife Ebike Shop – Dorchester

Our friends at the Dorset Ebike Centre have recently opened a new shop at Poundbury in Dorchester. The shop is called Cyclelife Wessex and it is the first Raleigh Cyclelife Shop which is entirely dedicated to selling Ebikes – the Raleigh range and the Haibikes.

The shop has been open a few weeks but this Saturday, the 13th September, they are having the Official Opening – with a 10% discount on the day (though a “little bird tells me” that the 10% discount might well be available for anyone buying an Ebike throughout this week – just tell them you heard this from Dorset Energized :-).

Anyway – if you`ve never tried an electric bike, why not pop into the shop, have a look. And if your tempted to find out for yourself why so many people are taking up this form of transport, ask for a test ride. You might be surprised by how much fun it is – and how practical cycling suddenly seems. And if you`re already Ebike aware – well a ride on a Haibike might still prove a revelation!

We have the poster for the shop opening below – and roll on the electric transport “revolution”/”evolution”!

Cyclelife Wessex Opening

Cyclelife Wessex Opening



03
JUN

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Ebike fun in the sun


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Ebike fun in the sun

Well I attended the Hazelbury Bryan cycling day organised by Keith Wheaton-Green`s son Myles and friends, Jeremy & Luke – as publicised here previously (see blog post just below)

I went along to assist and take part – cycling from my home in Milton Abbas on my Mojo (aka Bafang/8Fun) Mid-drive motor equipped mountain bike. The ride over was accomplished in good time – the electric motor taking most of the strain out of the steep hills on the way.

On arrival at Hazelbury Bryan I accompanied Keith as he brought down the ebike (loaned for the event by the Dorset Ebike Centre) to the Antelope Inn which was the centre of operations – and a very welcoming place it proved to be.

The event started slowly, but there was a lot of interest and discussion about ebikes – even my own was attracting some interest. Gradually the day began to take shape – a few people turning up to take a turn or two around the circuit on their bicycles. And I and Keith and some of those doing the cycle to Spain also began to do some circuits – Keith was using the time to put in some practice miles as were Jeremy & Luke.

After doing a few circuits I asked Luke`s father, a keen motorcyclist, if he`d like to try out my electric mountain bike (I`d been describing how it was converted to electric and he had become interested). Well he took up the offer and came back from the ride with the “ebike smile” – they have that effect. As the day progressed every now and then I`d notice my bike wasn`t there – and it was out being ridden by the new “convert” It had made.

Sometime after 3.00pm the band “Not Made in China” began to play – the Antelope`s landlord had kindly allowed them to set-up on the decking in the pub garden. And a rather good sound they made (using the amps & p.a. equipment provided by the band #Hashtag who played some good tunes after them).

After their set several of the “Not Made in China`s” took an interest in the Batribike (electric bike) that the Dorset Ebike Centre had lent. Initially a bit sceptical – as people so often are – one then another took the Batribike out for a circuit. Once the ground began to rise and the motor was engaged – light dawned and the point of the electric was realised & fun was had.

Batribike - Diamond

Batribike – Diamond

That`s the way it is with ebikes – once tried, most people realise why we ride electrified. Not everyone of course – but you have to try one (or two, or . . . . ) to really know.

The upshot is one of “Not Made in China” quite possibly asking me to fit an ebike kit to his bike and another quite seriously thinking of buying a ready made one – and maybe more to follow (though not necessarily from the band).

So from an Ebike point of view the day went well – but also the two supported charities Help for Heroes, & Canine Partners (who were well represented on the day) hopefully managed to raise much need funds during the event and hopefully more donations will follow (via the event website) when the cycle to Spain gets underway on the 8th June.


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  • John Thraves comments:
    "Please contact, I have an ICE Sprint with a Mojo fitted by Tony Castles, photos available, plus two other trikes with Bionx fittings, I live in Wareham and am an amputee. John Thraves. "
    June 11, 2014 a 3:03 pm


30
MAY

Keith Wheaton-Green says:
Hazelbury Bryan – Charity cycle Ride


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Hazelbury Bryan – Charity cycle Ride

On 9th June I set of with my son Myles and his mates Jeremy and Luke from Hazelbury Bryan on our charity cycle (in support of Help for Heroes and Canine Partners) to Murcia in Spain. I’ve no idea whether I’ll make it but I reckon I have to have a go. The route is Cherbourg, Rennes, Nantes, Bourdeaux, Toulouse, Pyrenees, Barcelona, Alicante, Murcia. More information here – http://3countrycycle.co.uk/

On 1st June we have the warm up event in Hazelbury Bryan and I hope you will be able to join us. From 12:00 am participants will cycle a set 2 mile circuit around the village starting at the Antelope pub. You register outside the pub and receive your number to pin to your T shirt, put something in the charity box and do as many laps as you can with us.

Hazelbury Bryan Circuit Route

Hazelbury Bryan Circuit Route

You can even pay a small fee (£2 per circuit) to ride an electric bike, provided for the event by the Dorset Ebike Centre (all money to charity.)

A volunteer will be keeping a count of your laps around the circuit. From lunchtime onwards there will be a barbecue run by Luke’s mum (your money for the burger going to charity) and from early evening the live music starts. After much persuasion, Not Made in China (Tiffany Wheaton-Green`s band) have agreed to make the journey up from Bournemouth with all their gear to play. They will be supported by a local band.

The weather is forecast to be overcast with no rain. So good for cycling.

Exercise, food and music. Complete sustenance for mind and body.



19
MAY

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
A Haibike ride


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A Haibike ride

Sometimes love at first sight happens – sometimes the reality does not match that first sight.

Well I experienced something today that brought such things to mind.

I`d gone, with a Dorset Energized colleague (Keith Wheaton-Green) to visit the Dorset Ebike Centre. Keith has been getting Ebike curious and wanted to try one and learn more & also we wanted to talk to the Ebike Centre owner Peter Claxton about him bringing along some Ebikes to a charity cycle ride day in Hazelbury Bryan on the 1st of June (more on that soon).

So I arrived at the Ebike Centre thinking mostly about helping Keith get to grips with the Ebike experience – and then as we walked into the showroom I saw it:

Haibike Xduro FS

Haibike Xduro FS

Peter saw me looking at the bike, and broke off from talking to Keith to say it had just arrived and what a dream it was to ride. Brand new, just out of the box, I didn`t dare ask if I could sit on it leave alone take it for a proper ride – but Peter said do you want to take it for a spin. There was no chance I would say no – so I didn`t.

After a bit more chatting, with Keith learning some more about Ebikes, me and him went of for a ride – me on the Haibike Xduro FS and Keith on a Riese & Muller Ebike. Let`s put it this way – it was love at first sight (with the Haibike) confirmed in the first few minutes of the ride. I was meant to be advising Keith – but my answers to his (sensible) questions were from someone a little distracted by the sheer joy of riding that bike. Yes it has an electric motor (I`m used to that) – but it doesn`t ride like an Ebike at all. Once you`re moving it was as if I was riding a top end Mountain Bike and had the strength and fitness to make the most of such a bike (which I don`t – but the Bosch motor makes up the difference). With no discernible lag in the power supply from the motor and with no evidence, once underway, of this bike weighing more than a non electric bike, it was as if I was floating along the road. But of course this is a fully equipped mountain bike – quality suspension front and rear, high end gears, the whole shebang – so temptation overruled caution and at the first sight of a bridleway, well it had to be done, we went off road (I just hoped Peter wouldn`t mind – and phew he didn`t, it turned out).

Haibike Xduro FS - in it`s element

Haibike Xduro FS – in it`s element

I`ve ridden a lot of bridleways on bicycles, mostly on my own ebikes – and they cope quite well with the rougher surface, the motor providing the power to keep you going in the tricky bits. But this Haibike was doing more than coping – it was thriving, this was its element. Love blossomed further. Eventually we had to turn around and return to the showroom – though another detour was called for, just to extend the fun. But back we got – and I have to admit, I gushed rather, virtues of the Haibike, extolling (it had to be done, truly). Keith – returning to why we`d gone to the Dorset Ebike Centre – was rather impressed as well. He`s thinking of joining his son`s charity ride to Southern Spain and has been wondering about using an Ebike for the ride – and it might well happen. The Riese and Muller he was trying will soon be Vince Adam`s and if Keith can persuade him to lend it – well it could be on the way to Spain (carrying the Dorset Energized message). That bike, with it`s rack and practical mudguards and Nuvinci hub gear – well it would make an excellent long distance tourer, panniers on the rack and you`re away.

Riese & Muller Charger with rack

Riese & Muller Charger with rack

The Haibike though – well it probably wouldn`t be much good touring, no rack (and with full suspension, difficult to fit one), no mudguards, full nobblies for tyres – really not a tourer. But, most definitely a wonderful (and proper) Mountain Bike.

And hey – this Xduro FS is at the cheap end of the Haibike range (£2,850 I think Peter is selling them at) but unless you are a real expert mountain biker, then I cannot see why you would need (or be able to get the best out of), anything even more highly equipped.

If I had the money I`d buy it – for sure! If you want to, it`s here – Dorset Ebike Centre


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  • vince adams comments:
    "I took a demo ride 10 miles yesterday and loved it. Up huge Dorset Hills with ease on this groovy bike, great fun and now decision whether to buy , happy days "
    May 24, 2014 a 8:46 am


28
SEP

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Ebike Innovation


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So we have a bicycle, and it has two wheels, a seat and pedals, and it gets you from A to B. Bicycles, they’ve been around a long time and perhaps it seems little is new in the world of cycling. But in the Ebike sector, innovation is bursting out everywhere – perhaps this is understandable, it’s a relatively new field and a growing market for manufacturers to sell to? (In Holland now the latest data shows that 1 in 5, or 20%, of a ll new bicycles sold are electrically assisted – and the Dutch do know a thing or two about cycling after all. See here for full story: http://www.bike-eu.com/Sales-Trends/Market-trends/2012/9/E-Bike-Marketshare-Grows-to-20-in-Holland-1068901W).

Of course the innovations that we are seeing maybe in part due to the legislative restrictions that Ebikes have to conform to? After all legislation can create a market – thus in the majority of the EU (inc the UK) a standard electrically assisted bicycle must be limited to 250watts (nominal power) and the motor is only permitted to power the bicycle up to 15mph (25kph). This presents challenges – how to make the motor perform well on the hills (give it lots of torque), how to get the motor to run without too quickly draining the battery, and so on. Various manufacturers meet these challenges in different ways – and although a motor may be limited to 250watts nominal power, many at peak power are producing nearer a 1,000watts (and all quite legally). Another factor in some parts of Europe is that there are now different permitted classes of Electric Bicycle – for instance in Germany beyond the standard 250w/25kph class, there are others including a 45kph/28mph class which are still permitted on bicycle paths (within local speed limits), but the rider is required to wear a helmet and to have motorcycle insurance. So far in the UK we only have the one type of electric bicycle standard (250w/15mph) but many are lobbying to include more flexibility, such as they have in Germany. The faster bikes making things such as longer distance Ebike commuting a more practicable possibility maybe?

Here’s an example of such an Ebike in action – the Grace One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFfqJ9hh9b0&feature=player_embedded

Of course innovation is not only driven by legislation, sometimes new solutions to existing problems are sought, or simply new ways of doing things that might work better, or need less maintenance, or maybe just look better?

From Germany a couple of new innovative bike systems are coming along – new ways of propelling the bike along.

Firstly, and already in production and shortly to be available from Wisper Bikes in the UK, are Grace Ebike’s with Belt Drives. A Belt Drive being oil free is one way of reducing the chances of getting mucky on your bike, and they do tend to require less maintenance than a chain as well – and on these bikes they also look pretty cool.

Here’s a video of one in action: http://www.grace.de/produkte/grace-mx/?L=1

Secondly, and shortly to be in production, how about shaft drive? Something you see on some (top end) motorcycles, and of course the standard system on cars, but on bicycles not a common thing – there have been one or two shaft drive bicycles, but the new system from a company called Protanium is the first in which the shaft is driven by an electric motor (as well as by the pedals). A shaft drive electric bicycle, will mean little maintenance, no dirty chain, potentially “cleaner lines”.

Now there is innovation, have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDAfvgAuh48&feature=player_embedded

Bikes using such innovative technology perhaps won’t be the cheapest, but they will be made to a high standard and last well (with a good guarantee). Perhaps the saddest thing is the paucity of British manufacturers in this sector – maybe, and returning to the legislative aspect, if we had other and faster classes of electric Bicycles then they would become more of interest and more widely purchased and encourage British manufacturing companies to get involved?

Heck Bosch now make on of the best Ebike Motors – a crank drive (as pictured above) – http://www.bosch-ebike.de/en/ebike/homepage.html (as used in the belt drive bike mentioned above, as well as in many others), so perhaps Dyson or someone similar might one day get involved? (Interestingly some German manufacturers who initially shipped the production side of making electric bike systems, to the far east, are now bringing production back home – it seems the Made in Germany badge increases sales, as does the Made in Britain – if you can ever find it!).



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