Should you ditch your car for an e-bike?

The e-bike industry has seen a massive rise in e-bike sales, partly thanks to the current pandemic state of the world and partly due to the natural progression of the business model. Between e-bike conversion kits and purpose built e-bikes, there is plenty on the market to choose from. But choosing to ditch your car in lieu of an e-bike? That’s a completely different discussion.

 

The decision to ditch your car for an e-bike is both financial and circumstantial. It’s also not like switching brands of toilet paper. A car is not something that can just be left on the side of the road somewhere (though, the sides of many motorways would suggest otherwise). Let’s just consider for the moment that perhaps it is easy to sell a car quickly, or at least reach the end of a lease term. The point is, there are still certain scenarios in which switching fully to an e-bike would work and those in which it wouldn’t.

 

You live in the country

 

If you don’t live in an urban centre then you probably don’t want to ditch your car for an e-bike. This is a perfect situation for an e-bike conversion kit. You’ll spend less and be able to go on further bike rides, but you won’t have to think about commuting long distances on an e-bike through questionable terrain, far from home and subject to the elements.

 

However, living in a rural area doesn’t mean you have a long commute. If you live and work locally and only need a car for travel, then there is no reason to not consider an e-bike for local commuting or leisure runs. The benefit is less time in traffic (assuming your small town has traffic) and less money spent on fuel and other engine-related issues. But you probably don’t want to ditch your car for an e-bike if you have a 100 mile round trip commute on the motorway like I used to.

 

You live in the city

 

The inverse to living in a rural area is naturally, living in an urban one. In that case, swapping out your car for a much more sensible, fuel-efficient (read: none) and cheaper compact vehicle such as an e-bike is a consideration of the current decade. With more cities making more space for biking and e-bikes, with inefficient and unreliable public transportation and the constant struggles of city traffic, getting rid of your car (and the parking fees associated with it) and getting an e-bike instead is not a terrible idea.

 

There isn’t anyone who is going to argue against not having to sit in traffic. Well, there might be someone who loves to sit in traffic, and there is a psychologist somewhere writing a peer-reviewed paper on it. That’s the biggest city benefit of switching to an e-bike, the traffic. With more bike lanes popping up and cities reconsidering their urban designs, now is the time to consider taking your commute to a much more relaxed level with an e-bike.

 

Should I really ditch my car for an e-bike?

 

It’s not a wholly reasonable idea to get rid of your car and buy an e-bike, but it’s not a terrible one either. Cars are expensive and traffic just plain sucks. An e-bike is a fun, inexpensive way to commute and an enjoyable automation for leisure travel. While weather and distance are considerations, an e-bike could very well be an easy excuse to at least use your car less to extend its lifespan.

 

I live in a small town and would absolutely ditch my car for an e-bike, if not for being a taxi for children. But if you have no kids, a short commute and a massive car payment dragging you down, then perhaps the e-bike life is the one you would consider living.

 

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How to deal with common road hazards

Whether you are riding a standard bike, a standard bike with an e-bike conversion kit or a purpose built e-bike, the road hazards you may face are going to be the same. The only difference being the rate of speed you are traveling. Braking on wet roads encompasses the same problems with friction no matter the vehicle. For a cyclist, road hazards that wouldn’t faze a car are exponentially more dangerous, including cars themselves. Sometimes you can avoid hazards, sometimes you can’t.

 

Part of riding on city streets, or any street for that matter is the excitement and danger of being acutely aware of your surroundings in order to survive your excursion. At least, that’s part of the fun for me when I ride downtown. It’s a good day if I can successfully avoid getting hit by a car backing out, or don’t skid out when I hit a patch of sand or dirt. Years of riding on wet roads has made me an expert with braking with enough time not to fishtail into traffic.

 

Speaking about wet roads

 

The most common road hazard you’ll likely experience when riding is wet roads. The key here is to allow plenty of time for braking and read up on riding in the rain. To help your bike grip the road, especially on turns, keep your weight balanced to the opposite side of the turn in order to create more friction between your tyre and the road. Make sure you also aren’t riding on bald tires, which is its own danger.

 

One thing to note about wet roads is paint stripes. These are the slickest part of every wet road. The way to handle paint lines (if you have to cross them in any fashion) is to cross them at a hard angle, gradually. Try not to cross them with your tyre parallel to the line. This will cause your tyre to lose all friction which can lead to a loss of control.

 

Crappy asphalt and potholes

 

There is no perfect road. There is always something wrong with it. Potholes are the most obvious physical road hazard and on an e-bike you’ll have less time to react than on a standard bike. The key to avoiding potholes is keeping your freaking eyes on the road. Sometimes, because of auto traffic, you can’t swerve to avoid them. On a standard bike you can just hop them, or make a smaller adjustment to coast around them. On an e-bike, due to speed, you’ll have to make that adjustment well ahead of time. Unless you have an e-bike conversion kit on your standard, then you can just lift the handlebars a tad while lifting your feet and you should be able to bunny hop the pothole.

 

Aside from potholes, you’ll also experience cracks in the concrete that will surely rip your tyres to shreds should you get caught in one. The best way to handle hitting cracks (especially long, parallel cracks) is to lean toward the crack at a perpendicular angle and pop your front wheel sideways to clear it. Of course, this only applies to a converted e-bike, as the rate of speed affects your tyre actually getting caught in a crack. The faster you are traveling, the less likely you are to get caught unless you drop into a crack straight on.

 

Don’t even get me started on cobbled or brick roads. Brick is easy, cars have already worn a path for you that is fairly smooth. With cobbled roads, just try to lift your weight off the seat a bit and use your arms as suspension. It’s very similar to mountain biking.

 

Gravel, dirt and sand

 

Gravel, dirt and sand provide a fun challenge for a road bike. If you are on converted e-bike, switch to manual pedaling for better control. The key is to not coast through the gravel or dirt, but rather to pedal through it to provide stability. If you start into a slide, don’t brake hard, you’ll just wipe out. Lay off the acceleration and keep your weight centered.

 

The same kind of holds true for taking turns on gravel roads. Take a much wider turn than usual and keep straight on the bike instead of leaning into the turn, the opposite of what you’d usually do. This keeps your weight centered on the bike and provides greater opportunity for your tyres to grip the road and prevent slipping.

 

Dead animals and zombie drivers

 

You can usually smell a dead animal before you hit it. Just keep your eyes ahead of you and you should be able to avoid smooshing into a dead raccoon and wiping out. Poor critters.

 

The real road hazard is drivers. Whether you are on an e-bike or standard, they are always a constant threat. We already talked about biking in traffic so there’s not too much to add to that. Just keep your head on a swivel and always assume that drivers are going to make the worst decision possible when it comes to your safety on the road.

 

Avoiding road hazards isn’t always possible, but you can easily manage them by the way you react. On an e-bike or standard bike, the rules of the physical universe are basically the same. Physics doesn’t change too much, and it’s all about how you balance your weight and the friction you create. Feel the road, be one with the bike and you should be able to avoid getting gravel in your face.

 

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Swytch Technology Named on Startups 100 2020 lineup

The UK’s longest running index of disruptive new startups, the Startups 100, has released its 2020 lineup, and Swytch Technology has been listed at number 25.

Run by Startups.co.uk, the Startups 100 offers a showcase of new businesses which demonstrate innovation, solid financials, economic impact, and the ability to scale.

Swytch Technology produces the Swytch Kit which turns any bike into a state-of-the-art electric bike, for a fraction of the cost of a regular eBike. It consists of a lightweight hub motor wheel that replaces the original front wheel, and a power pack that fits to the handlebars. The total added weight is just 3kg, and the power pack fits into the palm of your hand, making this new system the smallest and lightest in the world. It provides 250W of power-assist for up to 50 km electric range, with a top speed of 15.5mph (EU) / 20mph (USA).

Swytch Technology’s vision is to make transport more sustainable and accessible to everyone. Converting existing bikes to eBikes using a kit is significantly more environmentally friendly than building complete new eBikes; Swytch estimates the carbon footprint of building a brand new eBike is 300kg CO2e compared to just 40kg CO2e required to make one of their add-on electric bike kits.

 

Oliver Montague, CEO of Swytch Technology said; “It is very exciting for Swytch Technology to be recognised as one of the leading Start Up’s in the UK. Electric Bike technology like ours is really disrupting the electric transport industry, people are loving the freedom of choice they have in what transport methods they want to use. We are looking forward to reaching new audiences and launching new technology in the foreseeable future.”

 

https://startups.co.uk/startups-100/2020/startups-100-2020/

How to know when it’s time to go electric

No matter what type of cyclist you are, you are going to go through stages of physicality and necessity during the life of your cycling habits. There was a time when this meant spending the week on road bikes and the weekend bumping down the side of a dirt track on a mountain bike, but with the advent of electric bikes there is a new twist in how we adapt our routines. 

 

There isn’t a set time in which you have to suddenly decide that you are switching to an e-bike. It can be a complete switch from riding traditional, or a compliment to your normal cycling. There are many reasons why people adapt or integrate e-biking into their cycling routine. Thanks to a boom in the market, it’s easier than ever to at least get an e-bike conversion kit, if not a complete e-bike itself. 

 

There are some clear signals that it’s time to switch to an e-bike. These can either be signals from your body, financial or environmental. Here are three of the most common reasons to switch to an e-bike, or at the least, add an e-bike to your arsenal of cycling gear.

 

You want an easier commute

 

This isn’t to say that cycling to work is hard. However, there is an element of physicality to it that just might be exhausting. Assume you have a normal nine-to-five job. Cycling to and from means carrying a change of clothes, finding a shower (unless you are a savage and prefer to marinate in your sweat all day) and fighting with traffic. 

 

While an e-bike doesn’t necessarily negate that last point, it does usually make for a cleaner, quicker, less sweaty ride. It’s one step down from a scooter and you can still lock it to the bike rack in the parking garage.

 

Another angle on this point is that e-bikes are much, much cheaper to drive and maintain than cars. With cities around the world reserving more space on the roads for bikes while fighting increases in commuting traffic thanks to ride sharing, switching to an e-bike from a car is a very viable and financially sound option if you have a short commute. 

 

You want to take longer rides

 

Sure, you don’t have a distance limit with a traditional bike. You can ride ten kilometers or 50 kilometers on any given day. But take whatever your average is and compound that with interest. With an e-bike, especially a conversion kit with pedal assist, you can go further, longer with less energy spent. This works into the commute angle of switching to an e-bike, but also applies to leisure rides.

 

Whether you ride for business or pleasure, an e-bike has the capability to extend that ride. Most e-bikes have some sort of pedal assist system that allow you to use as much or as little assistance as possible. You never know what might happen on a long ride, so having battery power on your side will imbue that ride with a bit more confidence when it comes to distance. 

 

You are getting old

 

Time comes for us all. There is no denying this. A history of physical carelessness has left my knees a muddled mess of torn ligaments and scar tissue. A 50 kilometer ride is out of the question on a traditional road book. My knees just can’t take it. No matter how old you feel in your head, sometimes your body does its best to remind you how old your joints and tendons are. 

 

This is why an e-bike is great for maintaining a healthy, active outdoor cycling habit. With e-bike conversion kits especially, having a battery assist on your rides can enable you to take more rides until the day your consciousness returns to the universe. It’s not always easy to hear, that one is getting too old for one’s favorite activities, but at least e-bikes make it a bit easier to accept. 

 

Whatever your reason for switching to an e-bike, there is a level of confidence that comes with knowing we have that option available to us. Cycling is constantly evolving as is our relationship with it. Adding an e-bike to your stable of bikes will only keep you on the road longer. 

 

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Choosing between an e-bike kit and purpose built e-bike

Usually when one thinks about an e-bike in comparison to a regular bike it’s like thinking about walking compared to a car. One is manual and requires more use of your legs, and the other has a battery and some sort of motor. But within the realm of e-bikes there are two definitive types of e-bikes: an e-bike kit (such as Swytch) and a purpose built e-bike. So how do you decide which one is right for you? 

 

Whether it be for commuting reasons or leisure activities, deciding between an e-bike kit and a purpose built e-bike usually comes down to need and cost. Each system has its pros and cons, but both will usually get you where you are going. One takes advantage of your existing bike, while the other is a motorized addition to your bike collection. Let’s break it down.

 

Purpose Built E-Bike

 

A purpose built e-bike is just that. It’s a fully integrated electric bicycle. This means it has either a motor built into or onto the frame, rims that are closer to that of an electric scooter or moped and a chain that is built to turn motorized wheels. The bike comes from the factory already built and ready to ride and requires less assembly on your end. 

 

All this means that purpose built e-bikes tend to cost substantially more than e-bike kits. A lot of them are customizable (like building a PC) and the cost is often driven up with necessary extras. Buying a purpose built e-bike also means that that’s your bike. That is to say, unlike an e-bike kit, you can’t strip it down and be left with a standard bicycle. It’s its own motor vehicle. 

 

If you have a long commute and prefer to take your e-bike rather than drive, a purpose built e-bike (while generally costing in thousands) is still cheaper and more efficient than a car. This is the target demographic for purpose built e-bikes. 

 

E-Bike Conversion Kit

 

The first thing you’ll notice about e-bike conversion kits is they usually don’t come with a bike. That’s because they are DIY additions to transform your standard bike into an e-bike. You’ll also notice that the cost of an e-bike conversion kit is much, much cheaper than a fully integrated purpose built e-bike. An e-bike kit is in the hundreds and can fit within almost any budget. 

 

With an e-bike kit, you’ll usually get a battery, a motor drive wheel, a pedal assist system and the appropriate wiring and throttle. Adapting your standard bike to an e-bike kit usually involves mounting the battery and installing the motor and pedal assist sensors. It’s not difficult if you know how to change a tire and turn a wrench. 

 

Sure, your bike might not feel like a complete e-bike, but that’s because it’s not. Many conversion kits have similar battery ranges to purpose built e-bikes, with the added bonus of being able to change the battery on demand (so you can carry an extra). Many purpose built e-bikes have the battery built into the frame. 

 

The Verdict

 

If you need an e-bike for commuting or leisure riding and want to save some money, then you’ll want to consider getting an e-bike kit. While this is being written on a site that sells e-bike conversion kits, this comment is about saving money and still getting the e-bike experience. Sure, you might have to perform repairs yourself, but those aren’t usually too complex. 

 

A purpose built e-bike is great if you have a larger budget and don’t want to clog up the streets with a car, because there are cheaper used cars out there than some purpose built e-bikes. They are also great if you want a complete e-bike, that is, you don’t ever want to swap the bike back to standard. You want a vehicle, you don’t want a converted bicycle. That’s what an e-bike conversion kit is for. 

 

TL;DR: e-bike conversion kits are much cheaper and allow you to swap back to your standard bike while reaping the benefits of an e-bike. Purpose built e-bike kits run expensive and are a complete electric vehicle. The choice is yours. Hit the road and stay safe.

 

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How to bike in the rain

If you are a serious cyclist or use your e-bike for commuting then there are only two seasons that concern you: good weather conditions and bad weather conditions. It’s fairly obvious that you won’t be biking in the snow (though, I’ve seen plenty of ice road cyclists, a group of people with a level of hardcore commitment that I just can’t reconcile) or during a major storm, but the day may come when you need to bike in the rain. 

 

Biking in the rain is all about protecting yourself head to toe from not only the elements, but the changes on the road caused by those elements. The best advice for biking in the rain is not to bike in the rain. But if you absolutely have to bike in the rain, then you either can’t fathom a break in your routine or your bike is your primary commuting vehicle. So here’s some tips for biking in adverse weather conditions.

 

The road is not your friend anymore

 

The first thing you’ll notice about biking in the rain is the road has suddenly turned into a minefield of hazards. Any metal surface (like sewer grates) are now slick and frictionless. Oil patches, inviting with wavy rainbows are a braking nightmare. And who knows what piles of broken road viscera lurks in newly formed puddles. The point is, give yourself plenty of time for braking on wet roads and try to avoid large puddles. 

 

Speaking about brakes

 

If you have standard caliper rim brakes then you’ll want to definitely brake a lot sooner than you usually do. When brakes get wet, there is less friction against the rim and it’s harder to stop on that proverbial dime. While disc brakes offer a bit more stopping power no matter the weather conditions, that doesn’t mean your tires are going to respond as quickly on a slick road. 

 

Clean your gear(s)

 

Your bike components do not enjoy being wet, that is, there is a greater opportunity for lasting damage if you don’t take appropriate steps after a ride in the rain. Using an extra water bottle or a hose, spray off the dirt and grime that may be hanging out on your gear assembly, rim brakes and chain. Too much moisture trapped in these areas can lead to rust and degradation of parts. Apply a heavier lube to a dry chain to keep excess water from rusting out the chain. 

 

Don’t forget to protect yourself

 

Riding in the rain is not just a challenge for your brakes and chain to keep clean, it’s also a challenge for you to stay safe. Things like visors or a tight, low riding cap will keep the rain out of your face so as not to obscure your vision. Waterproof backpacks and bags will help protect whatever gear you are carrying and wearing breathable rain gear will keep you from getting soaked to the bone. Waterproof gloves and booties will keep your hands and feet responsive and generally warm. And don’t forget to put a bag on your seat if it’s going to be parked in the rain. 

 

Finally, don’t forget about lights

 

Just like driving in the rain, you’ll want to be sure that you have fully charged lithium ion battery powered lights, shining bright. Traditional lights that take AA or AAA batteries are doomed to fail in the rain, as water easily disrupts the electrical connection. Rechargeable lights are a much more reliable option. 

 

Biking in the elements, especially rain, offers more opportunity for dangerous conditions than biking on a dry day. Being prepared with the right gear and taking care of your bike and its parts can go a long way into not only extending the life of your bike through the elements, but yours as well. Bike safe and try to stay dry.

 

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Wearing a bike helmet could save your life someday, stylish or not

Bike helmets save lives. There are more stories about a serious injury being avoided or a life saved by wearing a helmet than there are the inverse. Perhaps there is a reason for that. While bike helmet laws vary from city to city, there is no doubt that it is an integral piece of safety equipment to wear when cycling.

Actual evidence varies, but the general consensus starting with childhood is that wearing a helmet is part of riding a bike. As riders age, many decide to cease wearing a helmet. We observe this on streets and sidewalks, children wearing helmets riding with adults not wearing helmets. Wearing a bike helmet might save your life someday, but you won’t know if you don’t wear one.

Yet, in places like the Netherlands, one of the safest countries for cyclists, almost no-one wears a helmet. Contrast this with the U.K., where there was a push for mandatory use but current law still states helmets are a personal choice and not required to ride. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear one, but you should take into account how your city infrastructure supports cyclists as well as the overall attitude of drivers towards cyclists.

For instance, some research points to helmets offering less protection in the way cyclists are perceived by passing drivers, in the sense that a driver is less inclined to give a cyclist more space when passing. Considering the rate of speed of most e-bikes, it seems like this hypothesis would be a reason to wear a helmet, as cars as less likely to give as much space to a motorized e-bike than a traditional bike.

Wearing a helmet might be a great safety device but it’s not required. 

Logic might dictate that anyone in the possible path of a vehicle should wear one, including pedestrians, but that likely wouldn’t go over well. So the only real detractor to wearing a bike helmet is how fashionable it is. The complaint can’t possibly be “because I don’t like protecting my head” so it must be “this doesn’t look cool on my head” instead. It’s a series of padding and straps, how could it possibly be cool?

Thankfully, there are a lot of weird helmets to choose from. Or you can go with some super engineered helmet to protect your dome. I prefer the classic style of skateboard helmets even though they are usually too small for my head, so I have to relent and settle for a regular bike helmet. Of course, I had to add my own artistic twist to it.

When it comes to wearing a bike helmet you have two choices. 

There are tons of different styles to choose from, all performing the same function of protecting your skull from cracking (or at least being a handy scoop for your brains). A helmet doesn’t allow you to ignore the rules of the road, it’s not impervious armour. A helmet does allow you to ride with a bit more caution though, which is a good thing. The decision here isn’t about style, it’s between protecting your head or not protecting your head.

We have this strange approach to wearing bike helmets, because it is a personal choice in most places. The choice being, “do I want to die today?” When riding an e-bike, consider the increased rate of speed. Consider the bike lane, which may have slower-moving bikes in it. Consider pedestrians, consider cars attitudes towards e-bikes, consider bumps and unfinished asphalt.

There are so many variables on the road, each one able to cause an accident and a head injury. So find a helmet that matches your style — in the sense of style being keeping your skull in one piece — and ride safe.

 

 

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How the coronavirus pandemic is changing city streets for cyclists and e-bikes

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a lot about society at-large. Many countries have come together to protect the health of their populations, regardless of political endeavours. Some, like the United Kingdom and the United States, have muddled their responses from the start and given in to conspiracy theories and political pandering. Regardless, one thing has become quite clear as lockdowns continue and the pandemic is slowly contained — cyclists are being given more freedom to safely use city streets; streets that are usually jammed with cars.

All around the United States for instance,cities are closing streets to vehicle traffic to allow for cyclists to literally own the roads. Some cities have even stated that a few of the street closures will remain limited to pedestrian traffic even after the lockdowns are lifted. In Berlin, cyclists are hoping that the city’s addition of temporary bike lanes also becomes a permanent change. While Berlin is a car-centric city, it’s possible that both could exist side-by-side if set up correctly.

This is all in response to a surge in cycling due to the pandemic. Either for simple commutes on newly closed streets, or for exercise, dense cities are seeing more people take to bikes (both manual and e-bikes) in order to get around. E-bike sales have skyrocketed, pointing to a possible shift from commuting short (but long in time) distances across city centres in a car, to a quicker, healthier ride on an e-bike. Cities are not blind to the effects of their efforts either.

Multiple cities in the EU are rethinking city streets, planning for wider lanes, bike paths and a shift in public transport thinking. Milan has gone so far as to publicly state that it plans to reduce car traffic after the lockdown. Air pollution has dropped considerably in Milan specifically, and around the world. Cycling is cleaner, healthier and if you’ve ever tried to drive two miles in NYC, faster.

Cities are taking this opportunity of low traffic to jump-start their plans for bike and pedestrian pathways

Using already established “soft” bike zones (marked by signs and traffic cones) cities are pushing forward plans for creating permanent paths. This is something that cyclists have been lobbying for, for many years. It’s unfortunate that it took a global pandemic to get it done, but it appears to be getting done. We are going to see a total transformation of city streets as many people will be avoiding public transportation but also don’t want to be stuck in traffic and fight for parking for a several block commute.

Naturally, this conversation is limited to city centres. If your commute is 50 miles, you aren’t going to want to ride a bike to work. But if you live just outside the city, instead of sitting in traffic for an hour, a 20 minute e-bike ride on newly created bike lanes doesn’t sound too terrible. It’s better for you and the environment, that much we know.

This isn’t just conjecture or wishful thinking. Retail statistics for e-bikes prove that there is a shift in how we commute on the near horizon. E-bike sales are a solid indicator of how people are rethinking their commutes. Cars, while still needed for leisure and longer commutes, will find less purchase on city streets in favour of bikes. While it might not take purchase in the United States thanks to being beholden to the oil lobby, green initiatives around the world now have a chance to be put into full effect.

Pure cyclists are a pragmatic group of people and have adapted to riding alongside cars. New cyclists and e-bike users may have not yet experienced the full adrenaline rush of trying not to die in traffic while attempting a healthier and greener commute. The hope is that they never have to. With cities around the globe planning on putting their cycling and traffic reduction infrastructure policies in place, the future streets look great for cyclists.

 

 

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Swytch Technology makes longlist of 2020 Ashden Awards

“Today Ashden announces the longlist for the 2020 Ashden Awards. Each of these incredible organisations is a different puzzle piece in the global effort to tackle the climate crisis. We know we can only meet our ambitious climate targets by embracing a diverse range of solutions.

From food production to sustainable buildings, from energy access for refugees to greener cities, sustainable solutions exist for every aspect of our lives – we must do everything we can to help the organisations on our longlist reach more people.

Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb said: “As we begin the climate decade and build up to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, now is the time to focus on proven climate solutions.

“The strength of these longlisted organisations is a slap in the face for delayers of climate action – those who say the answers to the crisis are untested, unpopular or impractical.

“We have highlighted 44 hugely promising organisations and projects, all ready to scale up or share – and many more excellent entrants narrowly failed to make the final longlist underlining the strength of current innovation.

“Despite the achievements of these pioneers, the climate crisis is deepening, with global emissions rising 0.6% from 2018 to 2019. Climate innovators are doing all they can, but they urgently need funding and political backing. The world is watching – investors and politicians must deliver.”

 

[Harriet Lamb, CEO Ashden]

Read the full article here

Published on 4th February

NEW ATLAS – “Top 10 most innovative cycling products of 2019”

“One of the great things about bicycles is the number of open-minded inventors they attract, who think, “Maybe it would work better if we did it this way …” The past year saw a bumper crop of the resulting products – here are our picks for the 10 most innovative.

[Written by Ben Coxworth, New Atlas]

Read the full article here

Published on 5th December

Ben Coxworth said about the Swytch Kit

“Instead of switching right over to a full-time electric bicycle, many people are now opting to just add an electric-assist setup to their existing bike when needed. The updated version of the Swytch Kit is claimed to be the lightest and smallest such system available.Like its predecessor, the new Swytch Kit consists of a 250-watt hub-motor-equipped front wheel that stays on the bike full-time, a handlebar-mounted docking station, and a battery/electronics-containing waterproof “power pack” – that pack quickly clicks in and out of the docking station, allowing users to rapidly switch between regular-bike and e-bike modes. As compared to the original model, however, this latest one is reportedly 70 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter.”

 

Thanks Ben! We are excited to make your Top 10 List!

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