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SMC Motorhomes Newark is a family run business that is totally committed to giving you excellent service and customer care, as well as great value for money. With 25 years experience in sales, servicing and repair of Cars, Caravans and Motorhomes
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Join Maggie's Cycling Team at Pedal for Scotland and help us raise much needed funds for people affected by cancer. The last 3 years have seen our cyclists raise almost £500,000. Let's make 2012 a record breaking year together!
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|British Electric Bikes
BritishElectricBikes.com is a human reviewed directory of electric bike companies, organizations, and associations based in the UK.
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The National Caravan Council (NCC) is the trade association for the UK caravan industry, encompassing touring caravans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and park homes. The NCC represents some 800 member outlets in manufacturing, park operations, distribution, retailing, and in the provisions of specialist suppliers and services within the UK caravan industry, which is worth in excess of £6 billion per annum (sale of products, services and holiday spend).
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Bike Expo: Number of E-bike Exhibitors Soar
Bike Expo is scheduled for 21 to 24 July in Munich, but already the number of confirmed bookings received from e-bike exhibitors stands 26% above last year's number. And more bookings are received daily. Bike Expo emphasizes pedelecs and e-bikes, but all types of 2-wheel vehicles will be represented for the first time this year. more...
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|UK Campsite Finder
Your Complete Detailed Directory of Camping and Caravan Sites in the UK
Welcome to ukcampsitefinder.co.uk, the website that offers you a complete detailed searchable directory of UK campsites, touring caravan and camping parks, and holiday parks. Whether you have a tent for camping, a caravan for touring, a motorhome, trailer-tent or RV, or simply want to arrive at a holiday park that's ready and waiting, then UK Campsite Finder is the only website you will need.
India’s largest automaker is set to start producing the world’s first commercial air-powered vehicle. The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine’s pistons. Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets in August of 2008.
Barring any last-minute design changes on the way to production, the Air Car should be surprisingly practical. The $12,700 CityCAT, one of a handful of planned Air Car models, can hit 68 mph and has a range of 125 miles. It will take only a few minutes for the CityCAT to refuel at gas stations equipped with custom air compressor units; MDI says it should cost around $2 to fill the car’s carbon-fiber tanks with 340 liters of air at 4350 psi. Drivers also will be able to plug into the electrical grid and use the car’s built-in compressor to refill the tanks in about 4 hours.
Of course, the Air Car will likely never hit American shores, especially considering its all-glue construction. But that doesn’t mean the major automakers can write it off as a bizarre Indian experiment — MDI has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa.
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A project to develop a new all-electric urban car, that will be affordable for many consumers when it reaches market and manufactured using an innovative and sustainable production process has been announced in the UK. It comes at a time when many companies are announcing development programs for electric or zero emission vehicles , hybrids and plug-in hybrids but how these vehicles are made may be as important to the environment as the fuel they do or don't use.
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|GreenFleet saw fleet managers from across the country gather at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre on Tuesday 8th September to find out more about how to cut costs and emissions.
GreenFleet Scotland saw fleet managers from across the country gather at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre on Tuesday 8th September to find out more about how to cut costs and emissions.
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In May 2008 we received > 235,000 visitors, that many motorhome owners in one place means your questions on motorhomes are answered in seconds not hours.
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|Electric Bicycle Buyer's Guide
Why choose an electric bicycle
Electric bicycles eliminate most of the hurdles that conventional bike owners face, from that sinking feeling you get at the sight of a steep hill to concerns about getting hot and bothered on your way into work. They're also surprisingly cheap to run, very quiet, and can even help keep you fit. Basically, they make bicycling fun again!
At the same time, they're more expensive than the average normal bicycle would be, and there's a bit of extra effort involved in that you have to keep plugging them in to charge the battery up.
Let's take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks associated with electric bicycles. Overall, the pros would seem to outweigh the cons, but feel free to make up your own mind...
The pros and cons of electric bike ownership
■A chance to get fitter: electric bikes make journeys, especially those involving hills, less daunting than they would be on a conventional bike. So you're likely to use your electric bicycle more often than you would use a normal bike. And even power-assisted cycling is much better for you than no exercise at all!
■Cheap to run, and may even save you money: in day to day use, it only costs a few pence to fully charge the battery on an electric bike. Sure, there's the possible cost of repairs to the motor, and the battery eventually wears out. However, every journey you take by bicycle, leaving the car at home, is a huge amount of petrol saved, essentially putting money back in your pocket - and that's before you've even begun to look for a car park or a metered parking space.
■No hassle ownership: under current UK law, electric bikes don't qualify as "motor vehicles" so there's no need for a license, MOT or specific insurance.
■Easy to "refuel": find a mains socket, plug in, wait a bit - you're done!
■Dodge traffic to get there faster: for shorter journeys, you may find it's quicker to get around by electric bicycle than by car or even by motorcycle. After all, you don't have to get stuck in traffic, you can usually use cycle lanes and other facilities for cyclists, and you don't have to waste time driving around and around trying to find a parking space when you get there.
■A safer, more controlled riding experience: because electric bicycles will go faster uphill than you can pedal a normal bicycle, cars will pass you at a lower speed difference. You can also accelerate faster to get out of any tricky road situation you happen to find yourself in, or to pull away at junctions and traffic lights. And you can remain more alert since you never have to pedal all-out with your head down, or standing on the pedals.
■Extended range: the assistance provided by an electric bicycle will extend the range that you're able to cycle before you get tired, making it an option for journeys that you might formerly only have considered doing by car. After all, some electric bikes have a range of up to 20 miles, and if you have access to a mains outlet at your destination to charge the battery for the return journey, you can go further still...
■Enjoy the cyclist's shortcuts: since electric bikes can be ridden on cycle tracks and other designated cycle-specific routes, you can full take advantage of the same shortcuts and lack of congestion that a regular cyclist can.
■Ability to dress more appropriately: because you're going to be exerting yourself less than on a regular bike, you can choose to wear stronger, thicker clothing that protects you from abrasions if you fall off, or keeps you warmer/drier in bad weather - without worrying about getting too hot.
■Less exertion, and less sweat: you'll have to put in less effort riding an electric bicycle versus a conventional bike, especially up hills or into headwind, so you're less likely to end up at work all sweaty. That's important, especially if your workplace doesn't give you access to showers or changing facilities.
■A quiet ride: unlike mopeds and scooters with their noisy engines, the motor on an electric bicycle is almost silent, meaning that you can enjoy the sounds of your surroundings - and you're more likely to hear danger before it gets too close.
■More expensive than many normal bikes: electric bicycles generally cost from £500 and up, which is significantly more than a typical normal bike will set you back. Of course, if you were to buy a custom bike, or a racer made out of lightweight composite materials, you could easily end up spending thousands of pounds, so at some point the pendulum swings back the other way.
■Heavy to push or pedal when the battery runs out: the engine, battery pack, and associated controls all add significantly to the weight of an electric bike. That's not a problem so long as the battery is charged up and ready to help you pedal, but if all you're dealing with is the "dead weight" of a bike with its battery drained, it makes a real difference.
■Less choice at purchase time: dozens of companies compete to sell thousands of models of regular bike. There are far fewer companies turning out electric bicycles, and correspondingly fewer bike styles and types to choose from.
■An extended charging time: it can take several hours for the battery pack of an electric bicycle to recharge fully from flat, so it's not like a car where you just pump in some more petrol and go. This isn't a problem for regular journeys that you're used to making, but you need to think through the charging issue carefully if you're planning an extended trip to somewhere you've not been before.
■A more tempting target for thieves: because electric bicycles generally cost more than regular bicycles, and also hold their used value much better, they make tempting targets for bicycle thieves. The usual common-sense rules of bike ownership apply: always secure the bike with a sturdy lock or ideally two locks of different types to a fixed, immovable object (and consider supplementing these locks with fork locks on the bike itself), and don't park it somewhere where a thief could work on it for any length of time without being observed.
■Younger children are excluded: the law in the UK dictates a minimum rider age of 14 for anyone using an electric bicycle.
|Choosecycling to Change the Way we Travel
Choose Cycling is Derbyshire's new Cycling and Green Travel social enterprise. Our aim is to create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy traveling in healthy and environmentally friendly ways, whether cycling, walking, public transport or car-sharing
About our work
Individuals - we offer cycle training to people of all ages and abilities in Derby and Derbyshire.
Organisations - we offer consultancy support to organisations to help with the implementation of Travel Plans. We can help with staff surveys, consultation or action planning, with the branding and marketing of the plan to staff. We have experience in staging green travel promotional events, including information stalls, cycling tryouts, rides, workshops and walking activities. We also offer a Personal Travel Planning service to staff.
Communities - we work with health authorities to offer Cycling For Health schemes and with local authorities on Active Travel projects.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise group. Any profit we do make is invested back into the organisation to help fund our community projects.
We believe that promoting healthy and environmentally-friendly forms of travel has real value and can truly make a difference to individuals, communities and the environment around us.
We are an ethical organisation and are committed to treating our staff, clients and suppliers with respect, honesty, and integrity.
|Choosecycling to Change the Way we Travel
We have a vision to give every young person in Derby the opportunity and desire to cycle - encouraging them to become Derby’s cycling future by working with schools, colleges, the University, local clubs and community groups.
To do this we are
providing cycle training opportunities
developing after school cycle clubs across the city
installing cycle storage in schools
overhauling all our marketing, branding and signing
ensuring that everyone is within 2 miles of the national cycle network by building a new city ring; National Cycle Network Route 66.
Our overall target is to quadruple the number of cycling journeys to school by 2009 from the 2005 baseline of 1%.
Cycle Derby is a City Council-led project. The team are based in the Road Safety and TravelWise team.
The world of Bike Rider
Making the most of your energyAlmost half of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions come from energy we use every day - at home and when we travel. By saving energy we can all help fight climate change.
|Top Bike Parts
Top Performance Bike Parts is your 1 stop online source forall of those hard to find bicycle parts you need. Whether it be break kitsor forks, we've got you covered.
Bike Hub is an industry wide initiative developed by The Bicycle Association of Great Britain and the Association of Cycle Traders. The objective of Bike Hub is to generate funds from within the cycle industry to support the future of cycling in the UK.
It's cross country cycling, usually on a road racing style bike. The cyclo-cross community is very keen on racing in the autumn (fall) and winter months around parkland in fantastic spectator friendly events.
The bikes developed for this racing have started to catch on for leisure and commuting use as they are fast but robust and can handle mixed terrain.
Most of that racing cyclo-cross community occupy their competitive natures during the spring and summer with Mountain Bike racing or road racing. Every time the cyclo-cross season starts again those riders come back and bring innovations from those two branches of cycling into cyclo-cross.
Cyclo-cross often looks like a cross between MTB and road racing, but it also has it's own character.
Key differences to those other cycling disciplines are the short laps that the races are held on and the race lengths. The laps are typically about 1.5 miles and elite riders race for just 1 hour - this makes for intense racing which can be seen every few minutes by supporters as the action happens.
The classic image of cyclo-cross are the 'hike you bike' sections, where riders sling their bikes on their shoulders to climb a slippy bank or leap obstacles. These are actually quite rare in racing, but the bikes are light and can easily be carried in all situations - when it happens in a race the photographers love it!
Discover Shropshire by bike
It's great to get out and about on a bike in Shropshire. Discover hundreds of miles of National Cycle Network routes along quiet lanes, explore traffic-free trails along old railways and waterways, follow the cycle rides from historic towns and get muddy on mountain bike tracks in wood and forests.
What are they?
Electric cycles (also called electric-assist) have a small electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery to help propel machine and rider. They can be good for hills, for hurrying to work without arriving hot and sweaty, and for carrying a lot of luggage. The motors are intended to assist pedalling, not to replace it. Since June 2003, only the pedelec type of electric bike benefits from being classified as a pedal cycle; throttle-controlled electric bikes (e-bikes) are now considered mopeds1. With pedelecs, the amount of assistance you get from the motor reduces as go faster, and cuts out altogether once you reach 25kph. The motor also cuts out if you stop pedalling. This ensures an intuitive bicycle-like ride.
It is also possible to retrofit electric motors onto pretty much any pedal cycle. Kits range from cheap and cheerful friction drives of questionable merit, up to some very snazzy and quite expensive German electric front wheel hubs (N.B. some of which exceed the maximum legal wattage for a pedal cycle).
At present most models have a power-assisted range of about 20 miles. Many models feature removable batteries that can be easily recharged during the working day - assuming your workplace can provide a spare power socket.
1Like most laws this is not retrospective: e-bikes bought before 17th June 2003 retain their original classification.
Why are they good?
We like electric-assist cycles for 5 good reasons:
Social need: There are many people who may want and need a bit of electric assistance, whether through inclination, age or physical frailty, or a need to ride quickly to work without needing to shower and change.
Environmentally responsible: Electric bicycles consume a tiny amount of energy compared to mopeds, motorcycles or cars; and the only consumables over-and-above a standard cycle are the batteries, which can normally be recycled when they have expired. Typical power consumption is 100 to 150 watts, compared with about 15000 watts for a car. If you wish to be even greener you can switch to a non-polluting eco-friendly electricity supplier.
Socially responsible: Electric cycles, like pedal-only cycles, are relatively light and slow-moving vehicles that (unlike cars, motorcycles and lorries) pose little danger to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Under EU law, electric cycles cannot provide power over 25kph (or 16mph).
Effective: Electric cycles tend to get used often, rather than left gathering cobwebs in the garage like many standard bicycles. Combined with a cycle trailer, they can easily help tow the weekly shop for a large family.
Genuine cycles!: Electric cycles are true pedal cycles under the law, with all the everyday ease-of-use advantages this implies: (a) right to ride, i.e. no tests, licensing, taxes or other hassles; (b) no need for helmets or special clothing; (c) train operators carry bicycles, enabling effective mixed mode travel; (d) right to use cycle and bus lanes.
The main downside to electric bikes is additional weight. Towards the top end, machines tend to be only a little heavier than many standard cycles, and can be used as practical non-assisted bikes without the battery. For example the Giant Lafree Twist Lite weighs in at 21 kilograms, no more than this writer's once "lightweight" tourer (now similarly equiped for town use, i.e. with racks, mudguards, prop stand, dynamo, integral lock etc.). However, many makes are much heavier, imposing a significant penalty if you ever have to cycle on a flat battery.
It is also worth remembering that most non-cyclists greatly over-estimate the amount of effort it takes to cycle. Leisurely cycling allows you to go about three times walking pace, for only about half the energy. So most people are unlikely to need electric assistance.
Even more so than standard bicycles, good electric cycles are not cheap. At the cheaper end, full machines start from about £550, but you should consider paying more - £800 upwards for a better model. So long as your purchase helps you realise the full benefits of cycling, you should recoup the outlay quickly.
Are you interested in getting into cycling?
Are you struggling to get real, useful advice on buying your first bike?
Are you confused by all the technical jargon that seems to surround bicycles?
Would you appreciate honest, impartial advice to help you choose a bike, and for that bike to be both suitable and comfortable for your intended usage?
Well, you came to the right place! Why Cycle? is here to offer you sound, impartial advice on most aspects of bicycle purchasing.
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