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 recharging from your 3 pin plug. We have selected 2 different systems a hub drive and a Crank drive and we can tell you about the relative benefits.
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 24 volt or 36 volt 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 Logbooks, 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.
Anybody can loan an electric bike, although this is run by the car club the scheme is open to all.
We also loan for longer than two weeks, for a fee.
We also have second hand electric bikes for sale.
A rider must be at least 14 years old to ride an electric bike.
If you would like to loan a bike or for more information please fill out this form:
Due to volunteers’ holidays it might be a few week before you get a reply.
We have a slightly different scheme in Ledbury, so if you live in Ledbury please select Yes for Ledbury.
The latest leaflet is here.
This loan scheme is supported by the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.