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CycloTricity participate in Local Schools Initiative


May the Best Bike Win!

 - Local Schools challenge themselves

on who can build the best e-bike


UK based e-bike manufacturer Cyclotricity were recently contacted by a Rider Training Business - Bike Smart who ordered one of their electric kits (e-kits) for a push bike conversion. They were so pleased with the installation and performance of the e-kit that they decided to use them for a local school project initiative taking place in West Sussex.

 The project has attracted local media attention as well as support from the town mayor, local businesses and also the help of a high street bank. It's being referred to as the STEM challenge, the objective being to spark a life-time interest in STEM subjects - science technology, engineering and mathematics. Three schools will be provided with an ordinary bicycle and a brief to build an electric bicycle using CycloTricity e-kits. With the help of Lloyds Bank, the students will prepare a Business and Marketing Plan, when completed, the winning electric bike will be available for sale – having been fully tested for EU compliance and legal road use.


Students, teachers and experts at the launch event. Picture: Steve Robards

"Personally I think the initiative is brilliant and I feel a real sense of job satisfaction that our product(s) are making a positive difference and inspiring young people to get more involved within the UK manufacturing & engineering sectors. This is a great way to give back something as a company”.

- Rami Akily, CycloTricity Managing Director


Year 9 students from Warden Park Secondary Academy, Othall Communtiy College and St Paul's Catholic College will be provided with an ordinary bicycle and a brief to build an electric bicycle using a Cyclotricity e-kit.Peter Karmios and Jeff Pullen from Bike Smart presented an assembled electric bike at the launch and said it was clear they were ‘a way of the future’. The students will receive support from various qualified professionals from engineering and medical sectors – Companies involved include Flowserve, PSM Marine Engineering, Nuffield Hospital and Bike Smart. They have joined forces with schools and colleges, together with Tomorrow’s Engineers and STEM Sussex, to pilot the challenge which, if successful, could be rolled out across West Sussex.

Seeing everyone in this room today it is going to bigger than I thought.”

- Ben Carter, science teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy


Martin Strutt, South East director of the EEF (Engineering Employer Federation), officially opened the launch and said he was ‘delighted’ to be there.

He said: “Manufacturing is a really important part of the economy, it is important we get a lot of fresh blood. We are delighted to see young people take such an interest and we hope this encourages them. My very best of luck to all three teams.”

 Experts from the Burrell Road ACTION Group who will be helping the students


Some background on Cyclotricity - e-bike manufacturer based in the United Kingdom, they run their operations out of Southampton, Hampshire. 'Built in Britain' being the company's slogan.


The company have been operating since 2008 and are growing in terms of business every year due to e-bike products now moving from niche to more mainstream markets. They currently have more than 70 plus bike stores and cycle dealers on their books as well as operations set up in Sweden and further plans in entering the U.S market shortly.


We receive loads of feedback from our customer's on how our products are giving them a new lease of life. However this tops it! Chuffed to be a contributor towards the STEM initiative”.

- Ian Byrne, Operations Manager at Cyclotricity


Chairman of Haywards Heath Town Team, Ruth de Mierre, thanked everyone for coming along: “May I thank you all, students and teachers (Pete, Ben and Harriet) alike, for coming today and being part of something special,” she said. “As you know, we’re hoping this will also be the beginning of a project which will roll out across the district, the county, the South East and then, of course tomorrow, the world! The finished products and business plans will be judged in March 2018 at a presentation and award ceremony.

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Client Testimonials

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. 
Best wishes
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.
Kind Regards
Christopher Mundy
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 
Kind Regards
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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