We are now offering the following package to all our customers:
Every Bosch and Shimano driven bike will come with a THREE YEAR WARRANTY as standard, giving you a year’s extra peace of mind on your new eBike purchase.
All eBikes we sell will be security marked with BikeRegister security marking before it leaves the shop.
Every bike over £3500 will also be equipped with a PowUnity bike tracker fitted (where possible) free of charge and we will also be giving you 14 days “ride away” bike insurance free courtesy of Bikmo and a 25% discount from them should you wish to take their insurance up longterm.
We are also supporting Tiny Changes as our charity partner this year and we will donate 1% of all sales to this incredible charity for the next twelve months.
Hopefully this all adds up to an incredible added value package for you, our customer.
Book an appointment or give us a call and let us help your smile.
So our Crowdfunder has a attracted a few negative comments mostly from the hard of thinking and not helped by the above headline in the local press (Thanks guys, next time try and spell my name right and get the company name right. Quality Journalism!) and it seems to have stalled a little so I thought I’d give you a little more background and transparency about where and what we are as a company. So buckle up and grab a cup of coffee as this might get a little long!
So yes, it’s true our turnover in the past three months has doubled. Before COVID hit we had 4 members of staff, we now have TEN people working at the Electric Cycle Company, so our wage bill has more than doubled. Everyone has to eat and so unlike a lot of the mainstream big bike companies who pay atrociously low wages as they’re usually owned by venture capitalist all my staff are paid well above the living wage for Scotland (and I buy them pizza EVERY Saturday) This means we can retain and train quality staff who aren’t going to move jobs for 50p an hour. Important so you, the customer, get the best service. That tsumani isn’t looking quite as big now!
Also I invested everything I had in getting as much stock in as the company could afford so that our staff had something to sell and I could keep them working and you guys could get bikes.
Onto the Crowdfunder. £70,000 seems a bit excessive right? Lets’ talk about that sum. Firstly that £70k attracts the dreaded VAT so straight off the bat our friends at HMRC want £14,000 so we’re down to £54,000. Indiegogo have admin fees which takes another £2000. So now its £52,000. My outgoings so far on lawyers, architects and structural engineers are around £12,000 so £40k left to spend on electricians, plumbers, joiners and materials and hopefully have a bit left for new demo bikes.
If you’ve read this far, you deserve a reward so I’ll let you into a secret. Our existing shop at 133 Granton Road is going to become a separate social enterprise called Urban Initiatives. (registered at Companies House if you don’t believe me) This will deal with bike repairs, training people for cycle related jobs with the aim of helping people back into employment after COVID and making the city I love a better place to live and work. This requires tools and equipment and myself and my partners are starting this from scratch and to make it work I’m basically donating most of the tools and kit from our workshop to start them off which means I’ll have to replace them in the new premises Here’s what a basic set of workshop tools cost
Our Indiegogo Crowdfunder was never about lining my pockets, I sincerely want to give people value for money as I always do. If I wanted to get rich, I’d never have opened a bike shop. Our perks are basically us doing work on your bike at cost in return for your money up front.
I personally get a warm, fuzzy feeling from helping people get on bikes. The new store will allows us to do that better and we will be able to give away more stuff and help more people like bigger donations to charity, more work with local groups like Granton Youth and things like free insurance, free bike marking and free breakdown cover for every bike we sell without the millstone of a huge loan round our necks.
We’re on the move. Scotland’s largest specialist e-bike shop, is moving to a 4000 square foot, carbon neutral premises on Crewe Road North, fourtimes the size of our current retail space and workshop on Granton Road. and we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to renovate the building into a new state of the art store and workshop, the biggest e-bike shop in the UK.
When completed our new shop, scheduled to open in early September, will be the UK’s largest specialist e-bike shop, displaying a large selection of both new and established electric bike brands and quality accessories. We will have enough showroom space to display a huge number of eBikes to enable our hugely knowledgeable and experienced sales team to safely deliver both interactive and informative e-bike demonstrations and ‘talk throughs’, perfectly matching the best eBike to your lifestyle. With bookable sales appointments, there will be a welcome reception and a dedicated customer waiting and chill out area.
The new store will be one of the first carbon-neutral bike shops in the UK. Our renovation plans include solar panels on the roof and battery banks will take care of lighting and bike charging. Heating will be provided by a biomass boiler powered by the waste packaging our business creates.
With our crowdfunding campaign we’re hoping to raise the £70,000 for the renovation of the shop and workshop. We really hope that our customers, old and new, are keen to support us in creating the most progressive bike shop in Scotland and a more comfortable, spacious and safer environment for them and our staff. The range of crowdfunding rewards we are offering will be beneficial your eBike lifestyle, both now and in the future. With your investment we will also be able to reward all of our customers with added value with things like extended guarantees, free security marking, and updates. We think it’s a win win for all.
What is happening at the Electric Cycle Company? Well, following last night’s announcement we’re still open for business for the time being.
Our staff have agreed to work on, to keep everyone on their bikes. According to Government advice, we’re an essential service. (More details here).
We take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously and we would ask customers to be patient at this difficult time as extra measures that we have put in place will make our rate of work a little slower than normal.
We are waiting for further supplies of PPE to be delivered and we will disinfect each bike before and after work. You’ll find that our doors are locked so that we can practice proper distancing and we will only allow 1 customer in the workshop at a time. Customers in the showroom will be similarly restricted to one at a time or 1 couple. If you intend to visit the showroom we would ask if you can use the booking system on our website so we can plan for your visit and we are not getting too many customers at any one time. You’ll find it here.
Lastly, as per our recent Facebook post, we will be prioritising Essential Worker’s bikes for servicing and repairs until further notice. If you work for an essential service like the NHS, Police Scotland, Pharmacists, Cleaners, Council Workers, Supermarket Workers, Carers, etc, and you’d prefer to cycle to your place of work instead of using public transport, we’ll fix your bike for free. Please just pay for any parts you need. (with a 20% discount)
If we missed any group you think is vital let us know and we’ll add it.
Like everyone else, we’re playing this day to day and the situation may change at any time. If you are about to visit or need anything please call us first or check our website or Facebook page for any updates
Right now, we’re feeling pretty vulnerable and helpless.
But people way less fortunate than us, in our easy bike shop life, are having things way harder than we can ever imagine.
We want to help but what can we do? Well, we can fix bikes rather well. So from Thursday (19th March), if you work for an essential service like the NHS, Police Scotland, Pharmacists, Cleaners, Council Workers, Supermarket Workers, Carers, etc, and you’d prefer to cycle to your place of work instead of using public transport, we’ll fix your bike for free. Please just pay for any parts you need. (with a 20% discount)
If we missed any group you think is vital let us know and we’ll add it.
I’m paying my staff as I can afford to at the moment. Our business is pretty quiet so we might as well do something. But if this does go on for a long time please be patient with us and don’t take the piss, we’re still just a small business trying to help.
We’ll disinfect your bike as best as we can before and after servicing too – just in case.
We are now offering the following package to all our customers: Every Bosch and Shimano driven bike will come with a THREE YEAR WARRANTY as standard, giving you a year’s extra peace of mind on your new eBike purchase. All eBikes we sell will be security marked with BikeRegister security marking before it leaves the shop. Every bike over £3500 will…
So our Crowdfunder has a attracted a few negative comments mostly from the hard of thinking and not helped by the above headline in the local press (Thanks guys, next time try and spell my name right and get the company name right. Quality Journalism!) and it seems to have stalled a little so I…
If you’re riding your eBike in this appalling weather, then 5 minutes watching this video might save you some money! Clean bikes last longer! We have new refillable products from Finish Line instore now to help.
My name’s Neill and I like pies! And I work in close proximity to fine purveyors of said products!
I had the misfortune of catching sight of myself in the mirror in a shirt maybe slightly too tight for a man of my advancing years on Christmas day. A trip to the scales a few days later and I’m tipping the aforementioned bad boy at just under 109KG (which is 17.1646 Stones in old money according to Uncle Google.)
Now according to the NHS BMI Calculator that gives me a BMI of 31.8 which when you look at this chart underneath has me creeping into the Land of the Obese but still close to the shorelines of Pleasantly Plump but a few miles from the sunny, idyllic climes of Healthy.
Now I hear you asking “Neill, we want to know about electric bikes, and we have very little interest in your Greggs habit!”
So this brings me to the point of humiliating myself here! As a (big boned!) person with quite a sedentary job and a love of food, realistically I need to lose about 23Kg (3.62 Stones blah blah blah), get fit and avoid stuff like Type 2 Diabetes. All you hear everywhere when electric bikes are mentioned (from us too) is that “eBikes are healthy”, “eBikes get you fit”, “eBikes are a proper workout” etc etc. So now it’s time to put my money where the industry mouth (and mine) is and use the eBikes I have access to (I hate the gym especially in January) as my main form of exercise and walk the walk. Why pay for a gym when bike rides are free?
So over the coming months, I’ll be strava’ing every bloody ride (good excuse to buy more tech) and counting my calories and exercise on www.myfitnesspal.com
Rudolph, you’re fired! Santa has an alternative greener method of transport this Christmas with his Riese & Müller Packster. Lower carbon emissions that of 9 Reindeer. Early field tests were very favourable with a delivery to our friends at Kids Love Clothes