What our customers say
I was interested in purchasing a battery-operated pedal cycle.
My friend suggested visiting the local shop from where he purchased his. He was singing it’s praises, but I wasn't that impressed. A large, heavy, normal-looking (not even mountain or racer-style) push bike with the batteries (I assume) stuffed inside the frame somewhere.
Later, I was flicking through the pages of “Men’s Health” magazine where I noticed a photo of a very good-looking bicycle. It was called E-CHAMP URBAN ELECTRIC PEDAL BIKE. It looked the business:-
7-speed Shimano gears, nice Fat Kenda tyres, ideal for riding on the sandy beach which is where I live. Can be ridden in all weathers. Total weight (with Aircraft aluminium alloy frame 15kg) . . . less than half the weight of the battery-operated scooter I was originally looking at, at 33kg from a Bristol supplier! And so much more versatile; all I could have done with the scooter was ride up and down the promenade a few times. I couldn't see where the batteries were on the bike, but hey, no problem thus far.
I called the telephone number advertised in “Men's Health” magazine; the call was taken by a very pleasant, equally knowledgeable individual called Jeff Collins. He answered all of my questions, telling me of a Professional England Rugby Player whom had recently purchased this very bike . . . and, moreover, was extremely pleased with it. Jeff offered to bring an example of this bike up to me, again assuring me that there would be no pressure on me to purchase the bike. But I feel sure he knew that the bike would sell itself. And it did. The batteries were cleverly hidden under the saddle; the saddle is not adjustable, again adding towards the ‘coolness' of the machine . . . the idea is, on a full charge you would rarely need to pedal it . . . but, if push came to shove . . . you could manually use it to get you home. I sat on the bike and took it along the promenade opposite from where I live. I only needed to go a couple of hundred yards, by which time I was convinced that this was the machine I had been looking for.
Jeff left it a couple of weeks before contacting me. Like he said, no pressure on the part of the prospective purchaser. He gave me his Company’s Bank Account details and I happily transferred the deposit. It will be three months before I receive the bike (because this particular model is so popular) but the summer will still be with us, hence I will still be able to get a couple of months use out of it before the winter . . . and will have all of next spring and summer to enjoy it. Again, he assures me he will be able to deliver it to my door . . . complete with Instruction Manual, guarantee and full (verbal) instructions on it's operation.