No matter where you pitch up on tour in your caravan or motorhome, you’ll want to get out and explore the local area.
Having a larger vehicle can make this very tricky, but there is one simple answer – an electric bike.
Electric bikes feature an electric motor, battery and power button which enables you to adjust the power setting.
When you turn the pedal on an ebike, the motor produces additional power (on top of the power created by your legs), helping to propel the bike forward.
This makes it much easier to pedal your way around the countryside; even steep hills are much less of a challenge with an ebike.
Top quality and great value
If you’re planning to buy an ebike, you’ll want a brand that you can trust – and that’s where Ribble Cycles comes in.
British manufacturer Ribble has been at the forefront of bike design since it first opened its doors way back in 1897, and it’s been perfecting its products ever since, winning numerous awards along the way.
This doesn’t mean that it’s not kept up with the times: these days, Ribble offers one of the most exciting, stylishly designed and diverse ebike ranges that you can find.
You can even connect your bike to your smartphone via the ebikemotion app, giving you access to a vast amount of data about your ride.
Of course, taking a caravan or motorhome on the road means keeping weight down - and Ribble has that covered. Its electric bikes are the lightest in the world, helping save your payload when you’re on tour; full builds come in at less than 11kg.
Points to consider
So you’ve decided to buy an ebike - here are some points to consider before you choose which one to go for.
• Think about your needs
Not all ebikes offer the same features - it’s crucial to make sure that you’re choosing a bike that offers everything you need, but that you’re not buying features that you’ll never use.
Fortunately, the experts at Ribble’s stores can advise. If you can’t get into one of the shops, you can talk live online to one of the in-store team.
Ribble also offers three types of ebike - road, off-road and hybrid - so you can easily select the right one. All are light in weight, and designed to look – and ride – just like a more traditional bike.
Whether you’re planning to hit the trails or take on a commute, there’s something for you.
• Take a test ride
You won’t know that your bike is perfect for you until you ride it, of course, and Ribble also has this covered.
Buy a Ribble bike and you’ll benefit from a 30-day home test ride, meaning that you can rest easy that you’ve got the best cycle possible.
You can also test a Ribble bike at the upcoming Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 18-23 February.
• Make your bike your own
Even colour scheme is a personal choice, and you don’t need to be tied to standard shades with Ribble - its BikeBuilder feature allows you to select the perfect paint job, so you can be as bold or as stealthy as you like. It’s your bike, your way.
• Get the best bike you can afford
Ribble’s quality and expertise in bike building is evident in every cycle – when it’s built, each bike gets its own mechanic.
This doesn’t mean that Ribble bikes are expensive, though: there’s something for every budget, and they’re great value for money.
• Get a good warranty
To buy with confidence, you need to look for a good warranty. Ribble Bikes offers a three-year manufacturer’s warranty on all new forks and frames, which will cover structural defects in material or manufacturing arising during the course of normal use.
To see and try Ribble’s ebike range, visit the company’s stand – stand 5605, which you'll find in Hall 5 – at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 18-23 February.
Alternatively, visit one of the company’s stores in Preston, Birmingham or Bluewater, or see Ribble’s website for details of its full range.