Winter trading hours

Velo Electric and Folding will be closed on Sundays from 4th May until 30th August 2015.

We’re open Monday – Friday from 8am – 6:30pm for all of your sales and servicing requirements. Saturdays from 9am-5pm for sales.

Verge X10

The Tern Verge X10

Lots of times, people think good product design is adding more features. We’re the opposite. We figure out what the product is for and then take out all the extraneous stuff. This is the bike for city riders looking for something really light, really fast, really portable and made from top quality stuff so they can get where they are going, fast. Nothing more.

 

Bicycle registration: radical, expensive, and sure to get people off their bikes

Bicycle registration: radical, expensive, and sure to get people off their bikes

It’s amazing what people think is a good idea. I remember a seemingly rational person trying to convince me that humans should have barcodes. His rationale? It would save lives in an emergency as people’s medical records could be easily found.

At first glance that may sound half sensible. But it looks ridiculous when you weigh it up against privacy, freedom and what the Fascists got up to.

Which brings me to bike registration. The Mayor of Bayside Laurence Evans is calling on the Municipal Association of Victoria to support his move for bikes to be registered. Interestingly, at the same time he’s calling for an Indian myna bird control scheme. I’m not sure whether he sees some similarity between bike riders and an introduced pest.

Cr Evans argues that registering bicycles would help the public identify cyclists involved in crashes or who break the rules. He believes the continued growth in cycling justifies this radical move.

The one piece of good news is that he hasn’t raised the old argument that “bike riders use the road so they should pay for it just like motorists”. Almost everyone now knows that their car rego doesn’t fund roads – their taxes do.

The biggest problem with registering bikes is that it will slow the growth in people riding and getting enough physical activity in their day.

With our inactive lifestyles every third person is going to suffer a major preventable illness like cancer, Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Worse, half of them will die as a result; even if they did have a barcode to help the paramedics.

Bike riding is the best way to stop this preventable tragedy linked to inactivity. That’s because you don’t need to find extra time in your day. You can use a bike to get to work, school or just about anywhere and make it an easy part of your life. Adding expensive registration fees would simply mean people stop riding because they wouldn’t want to pay.

The legal and financial implications involved in introducing a registration scheme limited to some councils is mind boggling. I’m sure it’s got the constitutional lawyers scratching their heads. No doubt the council accountants will be just as confused when they run their numbers and find out that the cost of running a registration scheme will punch another gaping hole in their leaking budgets.

It just leaves the identification issue. Which is best answered with a question. Why should bike riders be any easier to identify than others? Why stop at bikes? Shouldn’t we also put number plates on skateboards, Nike Free Runs and walking sticks?

Of course, that’s not practical. So if everyone needs to be identified the only solution seems to be the barcode. Fortunately, we’ve all learnt enough from history to know where that leads.

Craig Richards is the CEO of Bicycle Network.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/bicycle-registration-radical-expensive-and-sure-to-get-people-off-their-bikes-20140507-zr5zq.html#ixzz3165JaZgz

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/bicycle-registration-radical-expensive-and-sure-to-get-people-off-their-bikes-20140507-zr5zq.html#ixzz3163U0W00

Need to carry your e-Bike but worried about the weight?

Need to carry your e-Bike but worried about the weight? We can also supply Thule EuroPower racks – built specifically for e-Bikes and fit to any standard tow ball. It even tilts, should you have a rear hatch.
Photo: Need to carry your e-Bike but worried about the weight? We can also supply Thule EuroPower racks - built specifically for e-Bikes and fit to any standard tow ball. It even tilts, should you have a rear hatch.

Cathy will make her friends apple green with envy

Cathy will make her friends apple green with envy on her Brompton Bicycle M3L, completed with EazyWheels and a matching apple green mini O-Bag by Ortlieb.
Photo: Cathy will make her friends apple green with envy on her Brompton Bicycle M3L, completed with EazyWheels and a matching apple green mini O-Bag by Ortlieb.

Get Electrified

“I’ve got an old bike I don’t ride as much as I used to…”.
Bring it in and we’ll take a look and discuss your options for getting electrified.
Photo: "I've got an old bike I don't ride as much as I used to...".<br /><br />
Bring it in and we'll take a look and discuss your options for getting electrified.

Merri Creek Primary School Fete is fantastic

Merri Creek Primary School Fete is fantastic. Come down for ice creams and free bike checks.
Photo: Merri Creek Primary School Fete is fantastic. Come down for ice creams and free bike checks.

The Specialized Turbo Lands at Velo Electric

In designing the Turbo Specialized created an entirely new category of eBike: a speed-focused, high-tech urban bike that looks and performs like a fast bike should… and it just happens to have a motor!

With a top speed of 45kph, not on Australian public roads, the Turbo is unquestionably fast. It’s even fast standing still: the battery recharges in just 2.5 hours.

Every aspect of the design exudes speed, efficiency and style: clean, sweeping frame lines, a hidden battery, internal cable routing and fast, grippy tires.

On the road, or standing still, it’s all about speed. It’s you, only faster.

 

Check out what went into the design of the Turbo at http://youtu.be/YgFDsB00Tck

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