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Test before you invest

Good electric bikes are a big investment £1,000-£2,000 but a wonderful way of getting about in hilly areas. We think people need to experience the benefits over about 2 weeks and then get good help to choose if it is right for them, if so where to buy. This is what our scheme offers.


We can also put you in touch with other users in Malvern area.

We have chosen ‘step through’ frames with easy adjustable saddle height. All our bikes have a rack and panniers for shopping, a stand, lights, a lock and simple re-charging from your 3 pin plug. We have selected 2 different systems a hub drive and a crank drive and can tell you about the relative benefits.

Ring 01684 540284  or email

Why electric bikes?

Electric Bicycles are very similar to conventional bikes in construction but they have been fitted with a battery, a controller and a motor in order to assist the cyclist. This can be a kit fitted to a standard bike or a bike designed for the purpose, with the electrics built into the bike.


Some bikes have their motors in the front wheel some in the back wheel and some drive through the chain -  all three systems seem to work well and nearly all the modern machines have  either 24volt or 36volt Lithium batteries. They are very easy to ride and anyone who can ride a bike will instantly feel at home.


Before we tell you all the economical and environmental reasons why you should have an electric bike, we must stress that they are really good fun. You get all the pleasure and fresh air of a bicycle, without the hard work, like a moped but without the fumes, noise or cost.

First time riders always have a big smile on their face and many have commented “It’s like riding a bike only with a big hand to give you a push on the difficult bits”.

Health and Hills

It is said that a conventional bike keeps you fitter, but that of course depends how much, if at all, it is being used. Riding an electric bike is a real pleasure, even in hilly country or into the wind, so their owners are inclined to make more use of them. The motor can provide up to half the effort, but means more exercise for the rider. For more strenuous exercise you can switch the motor to a lower assistance ratio or even turn it off completely.


Perspiration may not be a serious issue when out for a leisurely ride, but it is relevant when cycling to work. An electric bicycle eliminates the problem and allows riders to wear their normal clothing and really enjoy the journey.

If you are or have been, a regular cyclist but are beginning to find it a bit too much then you really must try an electric bike. Suddenly those trips that seemed a bit too long appear to  have halved and hills that were too steep have miraculously flattened!


Electric bikes are incredibly frugal compared to motorbikes and cars. On average they cost less than 2p to recharge which is the equivalent of 1,000mpg (20 times the mpg of a small car).

Electric bikes are treated just like ordinary bicycles for legislative purposes so there’s no need to worry about Log Books, MOT, Road Tax, etc.

Most of the working non-electrical parts are standard cycle parts so regular servicing, like replacing tyres or brakes, are very cheap compared to car repairs.


Using an electric bike is a good way to wean yourself off cars. The average car journey in Britain is 8 miles and every day people make millions of small journeys to work, or to the shops and back, that could easily be non-polluting bike rides.

An electric bicycle can be made genuinely sustainable. Purchasing electricity from a ‘green’ supplier, or generating it via a roof-mounted solar panel, enables the vehicle’s fossil fuel consumption to be zero.

For help with supply and service:

For other information on the Loan Scheme, ring 01684 540284  or email [sf_email][/sf_email]

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It's that time of year when the veggi raised beds need a little bit TLC before the winter sets in. June has advised us that ideally we could plant cabbage and winter spinach. We would welcome any volunteers to come along and help prepare the beds for the replanting. Please get in touch with Ginny or Jon at Malvern Cube 01684 575363 or e-mail [sf_email][/sf_email]


Starting 3rd August, Community Market at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre (Wyche Cutting) from 9am - 11am on the first Saturday of every month.

It will be free for both buyers and sellers with an aim of encouraging community use of produce and generally strengthening the community (and follows on the previous West Malvern version).

See GeoCentre website for more info.

UPDATE at October 2013: the Market has been discontinued - not enough space and not quite working as intended.

A message just in from County Hall

I work in the sustainability and economic sections of Worcestershire County Council and thought that this information may be of interest to Transition Malvern and to help raise awareness of the Resource Efficient Worcestershire programme. Below is a little more about the programme:

Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce's programme of support called Resource Efficient Worcestershire is for small and medium size businesses (in Worcestershire), to help become more efficient and reduce the costs and usage of energy, water, waste and raw materials (and improve environmentally too!). The Resource Efficient Worcestershire programme offers free assessments (worth two days of support) which could lead to grants to small medium sized enterprises. Firstly we offer a free assessment and following this a business can apply for a grant of up to £6,750 (45% of project costs) towards any of the recommended improvements. The grants can be used for activities such as more efficient lighting, heating, processes and equipment to reduce waste, water management, more in depth feasibility studies, plus more...

It's aimed at SME's who are business to business, particularly manufacturing. Unfortunately retail or agricultural businesses do not qualify, due to the criteria set out be our funders at the European Regional Development Fund. So far we have 25 businesses registered on the programme at various stages of completion and there has been a diverse range of advice, some examples have included looking at why 30% of one manufacturing company's energy costs (and over 9K) are being consumed during weekends and evenings, when there was no operational activity taking place – Improved controls of furnace temperatures will drastically reduce this. Another business is being helped to find an outlet for recycling its vast amount of plastic waste and the assessments have also identified that a water leak has been costing a business an additional 2k over several months, which can be repaired very easily. Another business is exploring using waste heat from an industrial oven to heat it's warehouse. We have just awarded our first grant to a business seeking to improve its lighting.

I hope this information is useful to you and more details can be found at or by calling (01905 822833).

MHFA is very pleased to welcome to the Alliance - Warren Farm Veg, a CSA from the Brockampton Estate, Bringsty and the Wilderness Regeneration Group, a community group centred on the Widerness Garden, Elgar Avenue Malvern.

We look forward to cooperating with you!

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