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Have you ever wondered if cycling is the right exercise for you? Or how electric bikes could transform your fitness journey? Let’s dive into the benefits of cycling and how e-bikes can make a difference.

Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise that offers a wide range of health benefits. Whether you’re cycling outdoors on a scenic trail or pedalling away on a stationary bike in the comfort of your home, this low-impact activity can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being.

Cycling Health Benefits

How Electric Bikes Can Enhance Your Cycling Experience

While traditional cycling offers numerous benefits, some people may find it challenging due to factors like hills, strong winds, or physical limitations. This is where electric bikes come in, offering assistance with pedalling and making cycling more accessible to a wider range of individuals.

How Electric Bikes Work

Electric bikes, also known as e-bikes, are equipped with a motor that provides assistance when pedalling. Riders can choose the level of assistance they need, ranging from minimal support to full electric propulsion. This feature can be especially beneficial for beginners, those recovering from injury, or individuals looking to ease into regular cycling.

Improving Fitness with Electric Bikes

Cycling can be a great form of exercise with a myriad of benefits for both physical and mental health. Electric bikes can serve as a helpful tool to enhance the cycling experience, making it more accessible and enjoyable for individuals of varying fitness levels and abilities. Whether you opt for a traditional bike or an electric one, incorporating cycling into your routine can be a fun and effective way to improve your overall fitness and well-being.

Ready to start your cycling journey? Explore our range of traditional and electric bikes today!

In March 2024, the UK Government announced an increased investment in the cycle network with over £100million of funding across walking and cycling routes. As the UK’s cycle infrastructure improves, it’s becoming more and more feasible for people to switch up their commute and start cycling to work – especially with the added benefit of the cycle to work scheme.

The cycle to work scheme was first introduced in 1999 in the UK. After 25 years of the scheme, we understand that there are bags of information out there which can be daunting if you’re thinking of using the scheme for the first time. In this guide, we’ll explain exactly how the cycle to work scheme works and who can benefit.

What is the cycle to work scheme?

The cycle to work scheme allows cyclists who work in the UK to purchase a bike tax-free, saving up to 42% on the cost of a bike or eBike in addition to cycling equipment like helmets, lights and bike locks.

It works similarly to a company car where you sacrifice a part of your salary every month against the cost of the bike for an agreed period of time. You’ll still get your bike straight away, as when you sign up for the scheme you’ll be issued with a voucher against the cost of the bike. Once you receive your bike and/or accessories the monthly agreed fee will be deducted from your pre-tax salary, you’ll see the deduction on your payslip and the savings will be translated into your take-home pay.

What is a salary sacrifice?

A salary sacrifice is an agreement between you and your employer. It reduces your total salary before tax deductions in return for goods. Meaning the cost of your purchase is tax-free. In this case, the salary sacrifice is against the hire of your bike and equipment.

Own now vs Own later

Through the Cycle to Work Scheme you have the option to either own your bike and accessories straight away, or after a 12 month period, or a 4 year period. Choosing the ‘own it later’ option gives you the option of purchasing the bike for a nominal fee after the initial hire period, and gives the largest discount on your chosen bike. If you select the ‘own now’ option you’ll pay the market value for your bike and accessories with a saving of between 18%-25%.

Who is eligible for the cycle to work scheme?

To benefit from the cycle to work scheme, you must meet the following criteria

Can I use the cycle to work scheme if I am unemployed?

No, as the scheme is funded through a salary sacrifice, if you are unemployed you won’t be eligible to take part.

Is there a price limit on the cycle to work scheme?

No, there’s no longer a price limit on the bike you choose for the cycle to work scheme, making it a great choice for eBikes.

Do I have to cycle to work every day?

While the name ‘cycle to work’ implies you need to be on your bike every day. We know the British weather means that it’s not always the optimal conditions to cycle to work. You don’t have to cycle to work every day, or even every week. Many people opt into the cycle to work scheme and use their bikes primarily for leisure, cycling to work in fair-weather or just when they feel like it.

How do I take part in the cycle to work scheme?

To apply for the cycle to work scheme, simply chose the bike you want. Then fill in the details on the CycleScheme website. Some employers have additional savings so don’t forget to include them on your application.

How can EBCO eBikes Help?

Once you receive your voucher, simply select the store where you’d like to collect your EBCO bike from, check out using the code CYCLESCHEME and we will be in touch to redeem your voucher. Then all you need to do is collect your eBike!

eBike Laws and Regulations: A Complete Guide for 2024

Electric bikes (eBikes) have become increasingly popular as sustainable and efficient alternatives to traditional transportation. With their rise in popularity, you might be curious as to what makes an eBike illegal, and if eBikes are legal. This comprehensive guide will explore eBike laws, helping you navigate the regulations and ensure your ride is legal and safe.

What’s the Difference Between eBikes and eMotorbikes?

The main difference between eBikes and eMotorbikes is that eBikes are simply bicycles equipped with an electric motor to assist in propulsion. They have a lower power and speed in comparison to an eMotorbike and are ideal for short commutes and leisure, and are assisted by pedals. Whereas eMotorbikes are controlled by a throttle with more power and speed than an eBike. Technically, eBikes are known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (or EAPCs).

Do You Need a License For an Electric Bike?

No, unlike an eMotorbike you do not need a license to ride one, and it does not need to be registered, taxed, or insured.

Legal Requirements for eBikes in the UK

While eBikes are legal, they need to meet three simple requirements to comply with UK laws.

Pedal Requirement

An EAPC or eBike must have pedals that can be used to propel

Motor Power Output

Its electric motor must have a maximum power output of 250 watts

Speed Limit

The electric motor must not provide assistance when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph

When you purchase an eBike with EBCO eBikes, you don’t need to worry about whether or not your bike is legal, as all of our eBikes are 100% compliant.

What age can you ride an electric bike?

There is a minimum legal age requirement for eBikes. You must be at least 14 or over to ride.

What Makes an eBike Illegal?

An electric bicycle not compliant with EAPC regulations (above the 15.5mph or 250w limit, or with a throttle) is categorised as a motor vehicle and requires registration and taxation to be ridden legally. Riding such a vehicle mandates a valid driver’s license and the use of a motorcycle helmet.

Where Can You Ride Your eBike?

These faster bikes cannot be used on cycle lanes, but electric bikes are perfectly legal on UK roads as normal pedal bikes are.

Safe, Legal and Compliant eBikes from EBCO

All EBCO eBikes adhere to the legal requirements for electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs). With pedals for propulsion, a maximum power output of 250 watts, and a speed limit of 15.5mph.

You can enjoy the convenience and benefits of EBCO eBikes without worrying about their legality. Whether commuting through urban streets or exploring scenic bike paths, EBCO eBikes offer a legal and eco-friendly mode of transportation for individuals of all ages, ready to shop eBikes? Explore the range today.

win an EBCO eBike

🎉🚲 Welcome to our exciting competition where you could be the lucky winner of an EBCO Street 3 electric bike!

No purchase is necessary to enter this competition; you only have to fill out the form to participate. All you need is a passion for adventure and the desire to explore on two wheels.

CLICK HERE TO WIN AN EBCO STREET 3

EBCO is thrilled to announce our exciting new partnership with Switch2zero, a leading pioneer in sustainable technology solutions. In unison, we are forging a path towards a more sustainable future by seamlessly incorporating tree planting into every purchase on our platform.

At EBCO, we understand the importance of sustainable practices and the urgent need to address environmental challenges. With Switch2zero as our trusted partner, we’re now able to make a tangible impact on reforestation through tree planting. This partnership allows us to contribute to a healthier planet and empower our customers to be part of the solution.

One Tree Planted for Every Purchase

Starting today, 20th March 2024, for every bike purchased on our websote, we will be planting a tree through Switch2zero. This means that each time you shop with us, you’re not only getting quality eBikes but also actively participating in creating a greener and more habitable planet.

The Power of Trees: Carbon Sequestration

Trees are nature’s superheroes when it comes to fighting climate change. They play a crucial role in absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through a process called carbon sequestration. This not only helps mitigate climate change but also improves air quality and supports biodiversity.

Every tree planted through our partnership with Switch2zero will sequester an estimated 0.2 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over its lifetime. This impressive carbon sequestration potential demonstrates the long-lasting environmental impact each tree can make.

By planting trees through Switch2zero, we are directly contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as each tree will in the future actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Together, we can make a substantial difference and create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Join Us in Making a Difference

We invite our valued customers to join us on this journey towards a greener and more sustainable future. By choosing to shop with EBCO, you’re not only supporting a business committed to environmental stewardship but also actively participating in the restoration of forests worldwide.

With every purchase, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re contributing to the planting of trees, improving air quality, supporting biodiversity, and mitigating human-induced climate change. Together, we can achieve remarkable results and create positive change.

Stay Tuned for Progress Updates

We believe in transparency and accountability. We will regularly share updates on the number of trees planted and the positive impact we’re collectively making through our partnership with Switch2zero. 

Join us in celebrating this meaningful partnership and let’s embrace a greener future, one tree at a time.

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable tomorrow.

EBCO & Switch2zero. Growing a Greener World.

Yes! eBike batteries pose no greater risk than common everyday household electronics. eBike batteries undergo stringent quality control measures, ensuring they meet or exceed safety standards akin to those governing your laptop and mobile phone.

Electric bikes, commonly known as eBikes, have gained immense popularity in recent years. As more and more people embrace the benefits of this eco-friendly mode of transport, questions about the safety of eBike batteries have naturally surfaced. The media keeps reporting of bikes catching fire, sparking concerns among riders and enthusiasts alike.

In this blog post, we will address the common concerns surrounding eBike batteries and provide you with the assurance you need to hit the road confidently.

Explosions and Fire Hazards

One of the main concerns people have is the fear of eBike batteries exploding or catching fire. While these incidents are extremely rare (according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, incidents of eBike battery explosions or fires are exceedingly rare) it’s essential to understand that eBike batteries are equipped with advanced safety features. These features include temperature sensors, overcharge protection, and thermal management systems that manage and regulate the battery’s temperature to prevent any mishaps. Additionally, the Battery Management System (BMS) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safe operation of eBike batteries by monitoring cell voltage, temperature, and overall battery health, thus providing an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for riders.

Reliability

Skepticism often arises around the reliability of eBike batteries to hold a charge and function optimally. Modern eBike batteries utilize high-quality lithium-ion technology, offering long-lasting performance and excellent reliability. According to a report by the Bike Association (EBA), out of millions of eBikes sold worldwide, the incidence rate of battery-related accidents is less than 0.1%. Of course, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for charging and storing the battery properly to prolong its lifespan.

Leakage and Toxicity

Concerns related to battery leakage and the potential toxicity of eBike batteries have been circulating. However, it’s important to note that most eBike batteries are sealed and designed to prevent leakage. These batteries undergo stringent testing and meet IP (Ingress Protection) ratings, ensuring that they are generally waterproof. This means that they have not only the highest level of dust protection but can also withstand exposure to rain or splashes without compromising their functionality or safety. Nevertheless, you should never submerge the battery in water or prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions to maintain its optimal performance and longevity.

Charging Safety

Ensuring safe charging practices is crucial for maintaining the longevity and safety of eBike batteries. Here are some essential tips:

  1. Use the Manufacturer’s Provided Charger: always use the charger provided by the eBike manufacturer to avoid compatibility issues and ensure safe charging.
  2. Avoid Charging in Extreme Temperatures: charge eBike batteries in environments with temperatures ranging between 50°F to 85°F (10°C to 30°C) to prevent damage and ensure optimal performance.
  3. Don’t Leave the Battery Charging Unattended: while modern chargers have safety features, it’s best not to leave the battery charging unattended for extended periods to mitigate risks associated with unexpected events.
  4. Charge in a Well-Ventilated Area: ensure the charging area is well-ventilated to dissipate heat generated during charging, minimizing the risk of overheating.
  5. Monitor Charging Progress: periodically check the charging progress and inspect the battery for any signs of damage or unusual behaviour.
  6. Unplug After Fully Charged: disconnect the charger from the power outlet and battery once the battery is fully charged to prevent overcharging.
  7. Inspect Charger and Cable Regularly: routinely inspect the charger and charging cable for wear or damage, replacing them immediately if necessary.
  8. Charge in a dry environment: only charge an eBike battery indoors or under cover in a dry environment, the charger and the battery should never be exposed to water.

How to ensure Battery Safety

  1. Choose Reliable Brands
    Purchasing eBikes and batteries from reputable and trustworthy manufacturers like EBCO or Corratec ensures that you receive quality products that meet rigorous safety standards.
  2. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines
    Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for charging, handling and storing eBike batteries to ensure safety, longevity and warranty compliance.

Conclusion

eBike batteries are generally safe when used correctly and purchased from reliable manufacturers. While concerns about battery safety are understandable, it is essential to separate fact from fiction. By dispelling common myths and following the manufacturer’s guidelines, you can confidently enjoy the benefits of eBike technology and embark on thrilling journeys with peace of mind. Remember, properly maintaining and taking care of your eBike battery is crucial for its optimal performance and longevity. So, hop on your eBike, explore the outdoors, and embrace the future of sustainable transportation!

Book an appointment to visit our showroom (Stoneleigh Park, close to Kenilworth) before investing in a new bike and meet one of the EBCO Team who can help ensure you get the bike that’s right for you.

We offer a short demo ride on any of the e-bikes we have in our showroom and answer any questions about buying your perfect electric bike. We want to ensure we help you find the e-bike best suited to your needs.

Price: Free!
Requirements: Passport and bank statement
Duration: 15-minute test ride

Our showroom is open only by appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly by phone (01926 437700) or email ([email protected]) for availability.

If you are not local to Warwick/Leamington Spa, please fill out this form. We will then help you facilitate your request with one of our existing EBCO partners.

We are now able to accept Cyclescheme vouchers at the checkout: simply use the code CYCLESCHEME.

Cyclescheme is an employee benefit that saves you 23-39% on a bike and accessories. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary by your employer.

If your employer is part of CycleScheme then you’re eligible, simply choose your new bike (no price limit), hire it for an agreed length of time, and pay a fraction of the cost at the end.

There’s no price limit on what you can apply for, meaning our full range of bikes is available through CycleScheme.

WHAT IS CYCLESCHEME?

HOW ARE CYCLESCHEME SAVINGS MADE?

Still confused? Check the official website here: https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/

How it works

Step 1: Select a store you’d like to collect your brand-new EBCO e‑bike from, whether it’s close to you or convenient

Step 2: Confirm and continue the checkout process

Step 3: Complete the checkout using the code CYCLESCHEME and we will be in touch to redeem your voucher

Step 4: Collect your e‑bike from the selected store, assembled, safety checked and ready to ride!

EBCO’s new prices, available from today, empower eBiking enthusiasts and redefine affordable quality

Warwick, UK – EBCO, the independent eBike manufacturer, is proud to announce the 2024 pricing strategy, with a structure that simplifies the eBike buying experience, ensuring consumers enjoy a straightforward user journey. Leveraging both its industry expertise and a strategic alliance with TVS Motor, EBCO has bridged the gap between premium products and accessibility, embodying its core ethos of making eBiking available to all.

EBCO’s commitment to affordability has always been unwavering. With its 2024 pricing model, the brand reiterates its dedication to delivering quality eBikes that don’t strain your budget. This shift is a permanent testament to EBCO’s belief that high-quality eBikes should be within everyone’s reach.

EBCO’s strategic partnership with TVS Motor has not only pooled their expertise but also amplified their purchasing power. This collaboration has empowered EBCO to streamline production processes, reduce costs, and pass on the resulting savings to their loyal customer base. The result is an eBike range that combines premium quality with affordability, setting a new industry standard.

At the core of EBCO’s brand ethos lies the desire to promote accessibility. EBCO understands that eMobility represents not just an eco-friendly mode of transportation but also a way of life. With the new prices, EBCO invites individuals of all backgrounds to embrace the eBiking experience, reducing barriers and welcoming newcomers to the eBike community.

“The 2024 prices are our commitment to the eBiking community,” emphasised Chris Needs, Head of EBCO. “We are making a bold statement: premium quality and affordability can coexist, and no one should be left behind when it comes to Urban Mobility.”

EBCO condensed its pricing points into three clear categories, making it easier than ever for customers to choose their perfect eBike. The entry-level eBikes, including the highly popular Urban 2 and Street 2 models, are now priced at an enticing £1399. This incredible value ensures that those new to Urban Mobility can start their journey with a high-quality EBCO eBike without a huge investment. For riders seeking a bit more sophistication and enhanced features, the mid-range eBikes, which encompass the Urban 3, Street 3, and Adventure 3, are now available at the competitive price of £1999. And for those who demand nothing but the best, the Urban 5, Street 5, and Adventure 5 models are now priced at just £2399. These premium eBikes are equipped with cutting-edge technology and design, providing an unmatched eMobility experience.

In the evolving landscape of urban mobility, EBCO’s initiative stands as a beacon of change, offering eBiking enthusiasts an exciting opportunity. As Paolo Pezzangora, Head of Marketing at EBCO, put it, “Thanks to our new prices, but also with our new click and collect website, our eBikes are now more accessible than ever. We believe in making urban mobility a choice that aligns with both your passion and your budget.” EBCO’s pioneering approach to affordability without compromise is set to reshape the eBike industry.

Revolutionizing urban mobility: EBCO returns stronger than ever, unveiling an exciting range of e-bikes, enhanced user experience with a refreshed website, and the added convenience of click-and-collect services.

Warwick, UK – After a temporary pause in its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK e-bike company EBCO is hitting the market again with a fresh new start. This relaunch comes with a new brand, an exciting range of bikes, a revamped website with a convenient click-and-collect option that allows consumers to choose their preferred local bike retailer for pre-delivery and handover, and three new appointments joining the team.

In its 13th year as a dedicated e-bike manufacturer, EBCO introduces its new range of e-bikes designed with function in mind, representing significant improvements in technical features. These features include LG internal batteries optimised for weight distribution and improved handling, user-comfort-centric designs maintaining a traditional look, and a slacker head angle adaptable for any level of rider. Additionally, EBCO has refocused on size split and wheel sizes to accommodate more people with fewer compromises.
With EBCO’s upgraded battery performance, extended riding distance, BAFANG motors, and an eco-friendly approach, all infused with British style and a unique flair, customer satisfaction is guaranteed.

The company’s new website reflects EBCO’s importance on innovation, comfort, and convenience. The website now features a click-and-collect option, making the process of purchasing bikes easier and more straightforward, delivering to customers’ preferred shops for pickup. The overall design of the website is clean, clear, and user-friendly, allowing customers to find all the information they need about the three ranges of e-bikes: Urban (with well-thought-out function and classic styling), Adventure (go anywhere bikes with a mountain bike DNA) and Street (fun bikes with small sizes, perfect for short hops).

Joining the team recently are experienced individuals who bring innovative skills. Chris Needs has taken on the role of overseeing EBCO UK, while Josh Charteris has become the new Head of Product Development and Procurement. Additionally, Paolo Pezzangora is now responsible for the marketing department. With extensive experience in their respective fields, these appointments add an extra level of dynamism to the EBCO team.

“Here at EBCO, we are thrilled to announce our comeback to the market after the challenges posed by the global pandemic,” said Chris Needs, Head of EBCO UK. “Our new range of bikes represents remarkable improvements on our previous models, and our new appointments boost our team’s experience and skills. We are also excited for our customers to try our new click-and-collect option as we continue to focus on providing convenience and quality services.” EBCO is a UK brand that thrives on a passion for electric bikes and environmentally friendly transportation. The company prides itself on designing bikes that are comfortable, reliable, eco-friendly and of great value. EBCO’s e-bikes are rapidly growing in popularity throughout the UK due to their numerous benefits.