Batribike on tour!

Out and about in the West Country, Taunton and Norfolk.

We have had a busy few days. Last week there was a visit to the folder bag manufacturers down in the West Country. There are pictures and words about this on the Batribike Blog.

On Friday Sue and Ralph visited the staff training day at Nationwide e-Bikes in Taunton. It was a great chance to talk about the new regulations and to show of some of the new bikes we have. The newly launched Francis-Barnett’s are pictured in front of the store. Also it was super to demo a new lightweight electric bicycle for 2016 – watch the website for news about this very soon.

Nationwide e-Bikes staff

Sunday was a special demo day for new Batribike stockist Stratton Cycle Shed. Despite the fact that it was a really windy day lots of people came along to test ride the bikes. Free coffee and cake was offered in the adjoining Tudor Bakehouse which meant we were kept busy all day.

Stratton Cycle Shed demo day

Pocket Plus

Lightweight Electric Bicycle – Pocket+ compact folder

The cleverly designed V’Lec lightweight electric bicycle is perfect for commuting or for when storage space is limited. The folding electric bike is extremely compact and easy to fold.

The bikes have a discrete yet powerful Panasonic 24v 12Ah battery that is concealed within the frame. The charging socket is located near the integrated front light. The clever design ensures that weight saving components are multi functional. For example, the suspension bush that ensures a comfortable ride is also the clip that holds the back wheel in place when unfolded.

These e-bikes are extremely easy to ride, switch on at the handle bars and away you go! The bike senses the rider and applies the power as you pedal. Stop pedalling or apply the brakes, and the assistance stops.

V'Lec Lightweight Electric Bicycles logoExclusively distributed in the UK by Batribike, the V’Lec lightweight electric bicycles are finished in a choice of either black or white frame, giving a trendy, chic look. They make the perfect update from the Batribike Lite and Micro Electric Bikes which were discontinued a couple of years ago.

New Batribike outlet in Scotland

G & L Marshall logoBatribike is delighted to welcome G & L Marshall as our Northern-most electric bike outlet in Scotland. The well established family run business has joined the Batribike network and has a range of Batribike models on display and for demo test rides.

G & L Marshall are conveniently situated next to the train station in Huntly between Aberdeen and Inverness. There is ample car parking and space for test riding.

Storm voucher offer extended!

The special offer Storm voucher has been so popular that it has been extended until the end of the year (while stocks last).

This is a great opportunity to get the popular throttle equipped MTB style electric bike at a superb price before the changes in throttle regulations come into force in January.

The regulations are not retrospective which means that electric bikes with throttles, purchased before 1st January 2016, will still be legal in the UK.

Follow the link to download your £300 voucher here!

Batribike Storm

Electric Bike Demo Day, Norfolk

Electric Bikes in Long Stratton

Stratton Cycle ShedBatribike is delighted to announce and to welcome a new electric bike outlet in Long Stratton, Norfolk.

Stratton Cycle Shed now has a range of Batribike electric bikes and an electric trike on display and for demo rides. The specialist shop owned and run by cycling enthusiast Neil Roberts has added battery powered bikes to the choices available from the store.

To mark the arrival of the Batribike range there will be an open day on Sunday 15th November from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. The Tudor Bakehouse cafe will be open specially for the event and will offer free coffee and cake for those taking a test ride.

Batribike will also be in attendance with extra demo models to try including the Storm MTB style ebike and the recently launched Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes.

Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes

New Batribike dealer in the North East

Green Energy CyclesThe team at Batribike is delighted to announce that Green Energy Cycles in Hexham, Northumberland is now a Batribike electric bikes specialist.

The family run business showroom is located in the historic market town of Hexham, a short ride away from the glorious cycle paths of Hadrian’s Wall and the scenic Northumberland National Park.

Contact Green Energy Cycles to arrange a test ride.

Electric Bike Demo, Fife

Francis-Barnett Press Launch

Yesterday some of the Batribike team was in Coventry at the Transport Museum launch of the Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes. Almost a century after the first bike was built in Coventry, and 50 years after the factory doors closed for the last time, these two milestones were marked with the launch of the new vintage style e-bikes.

Steve Coulson, Managing Director of Batribike played a key role in the design and manufacturing implementation of the bikes. Steve was joined at the launch by Andrew Longfield, owner of the Francis-Barnett brand, whose inspiration it was to revive the brand with modern technology.

Francis-Barnett launch

Andrew Longfield (left) and Steve Coulson (centre) supported by the jitterbug dancers

With its classic lines, vintage design and heritage green paint work, the new bike is not only sympathetic to Francis-Barnett’s original ethos of both style and reliability, but is designed to complement a modern, fashion focussed rider and includes cutting edge e-bike technologies.

The scene for the press launch outside the museum was set with Jitterbug dancers and music provided by a vintage wind up gramophone. Even the rain did not dampen the spirits but made some excellent reflections across Millennium Place in front of the museum.

Francis-Barnett reflections

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire were able to send a live radio feed interview just before lunch and a short film presentation was also uploaded to their website.

F-B on the radio

BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire set up for the live broadcast

For further information on these classic electric bikes, see the Francis-Barnett pages of the website.

Batribike Revive a Classic Vintage Motorbike Brand With The Launch of a Retro New e-Bike

Francis-Barnett gets a new lease of life through Batribike

Francis-Barnett classic electric bike

Batribike Launch with Andrew Longfield (left) and Steve Coulson (right)

Almost a century after the first bike was built in Coventry, and 50 years after the factory doors closed for the last time, Batribike, the UK’s leading e-bike company, has revived a classic British motorbike brand, Francis-Barnett, through a new vintage styled electric bike, launched today.

With its classic lines, vintage design and heritage green paint work, the new bike is not only sympathetic to Francis-Barnett’s original ethos of both style and reliability, but is designed to complement a modern, fashion focussed rider and includes cutting edge e-bike technologies.

Retailing at £1499, the new Francis-Barnett vintage e-bike has been developed over the last two years by Batribike where it is now being hand finished in Lincolnshire. “Our design team has worked hard to ensure every detail of the bike honours the vintage styling and values of Francis-Barnett’s wonderful machines of yester-year,” says Steve Coulson, Managing Director of Batribike.

Whether for a fashion conscious urban commuter, or for a leisurely rural ride for those who appreciate quality, authentic vintage styling, this new bike is not only a classically detailed mode of transport, but has personality and style that is sure to turn heads as you ride.

Coulson adds; “Francis-Barnett was known for its stylish, yet unfailing workman-like machines that would be built to both make a design statement, yet reliably get you to work on time. We really wanted to incorporate both the design and steadfast reliability into our new bike, and the result has surpassed all of our wildest dreams.”

Francis-Barnett was a Coventry based, British motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1919, by Gordon Inglesby Francis and Arthur Barnett. Developing a range of bikes, the last of which left the factory in 1966, at which time a British motoring institution was lost – until today.

Andrew Longfield, the new owner of the Francis-Barnett brand, added; “Seeing this amazing brand be brought right into the 21st century, whilst maintaining the heart and soul of the original company, has been a dream come true. The team at Batribike have done an incredible job.”

Available at independent e-bike and bike retailers across the UK, the new vintage Francis-Barnett electric bike, costs £1499. With a maximum speed of up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h), the new bike can reach between 28 and 60 miles depending on the level of pedal assist selected. Built with a strong Aluminium Alloy frame, seven speed Shimano Nexus Hub Gears, 26 inch Puncture Resist Tyres, inbuilt security through Datatag UV “Stealth” PRO Cycle System and finished with quality vintage accessories – this is a stylish vintage bike that is built to last