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See the light

I receive pop up adverts daily from bike shops informing me of their latest sale. Usually groupsets or brakes going at a great price, or shoes and clothing going out of season. What I rarely see are lights or lightsets.

I never used to ride during the day with lights on (unless visibility was poor ). Now I don't ride without them. It shouldn't be necessary but for the price of some AAA batteries I want to be as visible as possible ( I also now wear a hi vis vest , so I resemble a lollypop from a distance).

On week days I commute by car, and on overcast mornings often see ( just as I'm around 30 yards away) cyclists without lights looming out of the fog. If cars need lights on to be seen then surely a bike, a tenth of the size needs them.

We don't need an MOT, road tax/ emissions tax ( zero emissions, same as electric cars ), insurance or even a helmet, though a helmet is advisable,  to ride on public roads. What we do need to be legal are working lights front & rear. Available from pound shops, bike shops, supermarkets even eBay and Amazon ( often next day ), there's really no reason not to have some.

Cheap lights are better than none, but won't illuminate the road ahead, highlighting potential hazards. More expensive lights project a beam and are more visible in otherwise unlit areas eg country roads or cycle paths. Either way always check that the batteries have sufficient power to complete the journey. I have a smaller back up set fitted in case the main set fails.

USB rechargeable lights that plug into your ebike battery, or work computer mean you have enough power to light your way home.  Some ebikes have lights built into the battery to save space. Others, mostly in Europe, use a dynamo system powered by the front wheel. Helmet manufacturers are now integrating lights in the rear to make road users aware of the riders presence.

As a wise man once said " Let's be careful out there".

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Hi Raj.
 
I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and help.
 
My dad who is 72 bought himself and his wife a kit each a couple of years back and he says it is the best thing he has ever done.  He stops and tells anyone who will listen that buying the bike has changed his life. He already had a bike but found it such a struggle to do anything other than ride around the streets so he didn’t really bother. He heard about electric bikes and went on a mission to find the best. He settled on Cyclotricity.  He started off cycling a short distance and then using his throttle to keep him going whilst he had a little rest.  Soon his fitness improved and now he goes out for miles and uses the throttle less but loves having the freedom to take on long distances. 
 
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Dear Ben
 
I would just like to Thank you for the fantastic service that I received from your company. As you know I had an issue with my digital meter, I had a phone call from Ben at Cyclotricity the same day and this morning a new replacement had arrived.
This is fantastic service, I am so pleased that I purchased my bike through Cyclotricity. I will log onto your website and write a customer review and I am thinking in the summertime I may even purchase a electric bike for my wife, if and when I do I will certainly buy it through Cyclotricity.
 
Keep up the good work, I wish you all the success in 2017.
Normally people write in to complain but I feel that it's nice to tell people that they are doing things right.
 
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Chris
Good evening guy's
What can I say ...
The service I have received from you both has made me feel sure that I have made the right decision in choosing your product and company to spend my hard earned money with, thank you both .. it really is very much appreciated . 
I have attached my signed De-restriction/ Throttle terms of use form to obtain the relevant information required.
I am looking forward to taking delivery of my new baby in the near future
Many thanks again guy's 
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Mark
Mark
Hi Raj,
 
I just want to thank you for all your support through this build. You were/ are a great help!! Thanks for getting the technical team involved where necessary!
 
I feel like I should hire a model to stand next to the bike, to be able to send you a very nice photo!! As it is I will be wise and you will appreciate it if the photo is only of the bike and doesn't have me anywhere near!!
 
Have a good day!
 
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