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WELCOME TO JUICY BIKES

In the Peak District we know about hills and we care about the ride.
For us, performance and power must come with style and detail.
Looking for the best value dutch style, folding and hybrid electric bikes with great quality and perfect service in the UK?  RIDE THIS WAY.

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THE BIKE YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED

Love life on two wheels. Look forward to your commute.
Get into the countryside. Climb higher, go further.
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ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL

Tailor it to you: modular design enables you to choose from five frame styles, five battery sizes, four wheels sizes, three brake options, two handlebar displays and five glorious colours.
So you're sure it's right for you. We'll build your perfect bike.

Here's our collection of articles, tips and guidance for those thinking of joining the electric bike world.  

We're really obsessed and passionate about our electric bikes and keen to share the joys of ownership as widely as we can.  If you're thinking of becoming an owner of an ebike we think some of the following articles may help give an insite into what you can expect.  We've picked the brains of friends and respected, knowledgeable colleagues from around the globe to share advice and stories from this fascinating and enjoyable, healthy pastime. 

ELECTRIC CYCLISTSThis guy... has all the latest stuff...

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

We’re often asked, when people first come across electric bikes, who rides them?

We’re not sure why it’s such a mystery, perhaps it’s because e-bikes are still quite a new form of transport. To us, the people who have led the way are pioneers, creating of a new subculture of cycling freedom and fun. Occasionally looked down on by “proper cyclists” (and by more conservative bike shops), they are a growing band we’ve come to know and love. Every e-bike rider is different, every journey and challenge unique, but over the years patterns emerge, perhaps we could call them e-bike personalities.

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How do I fold a Juicy Compact Bike?

A: It takes less than a jiffy - here's how...

 

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As a cyclist, it’s important to set yourself realistic targets and achievable goals. When we’re out on a bike ride, one of the more achievable and enjoyable goals is anywhere serving delicious homemade cakes and a proper cuppa. We sense we’re not alone, and so we’ve compiled a list of 5 of our favourite local tea rooms for all our sweet-toothed kindred spirits (you know who you are) to plan a day’s route around.  

Herbert’s Fine English Tea Rooms, Tissington

Now, in 2017, there’s a time and a place, of course, for high street chains where there are fifteen different words for “small”, the coffee comes quick and strong and a smile and eye contact are part of the production line - but there’s none of that here. You may not be able to get a hazelnut skinny soya milk latte at some of our picks, but you’re guaranteed a homely atmosphere, a decent quality brew, and warm, genuine Peak District hospitality. All are situated on or very close to one of the region’s cycle trails, and come complete with the official Juicy Electric Bikes seal of approval.

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Our selection of the Peak District's best bike rides with pub lunch pit stops

It’s April, and Winter, it seems, is beginning to recede. We’re seasoned enough to know that the cold weather probably won’t all be over and done with yet - we live in Derbyshire - but what’s certain is that the days are getting longer, with good light until 6 or 7 o’clock in the evening, and if you’re lucky, there’s a real chance of some warm Spring sunshine to enhance your mood and boost those vitamin D levels. With this in mind, we think it’s high time to don your helmet, promote your trusty eBike from Head Dustcatcher to Trailblazer-in-chief, and head out for a ride, safe in the knowledge that you can make a day of it.

To whet your appetite, so to speak, we’ve picked out some of our favourite gastropubs in the region, all within easy reach of the trails - because what is a day of cycling, if not an excuse to quickly replenish all those hard won calories you’ll be burning?

 

1. Royal Oak, Hurdlow (Tissington Trail)

Royal Oak Hurdlow Derbyshire

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Electric Bikes Demystified:

How to set about the difficult task of choosing the best bike for you

There’s no denying that an electric bike is an investment – in your health and wellbeing, and of your hard-earned cash too. Prices run from a few hundred up to several thousand pounds, and with more brands and models on the market now than ever before, deciding which one is right for you can seem a daunting, even insurmountable task. But while this is totally understandable, it needn’t be the case. In the following article, we take a look at popular models across a range of styles and price brackets, breaking them down to their elements and giving you the lowdown on the pros and cons of each one, so that by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you need, and what you need to spend to get it.

Ebikes Demystified

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5 Ways to Hint to a Loved One You’d Like an Electric Bike for Christmas


1. Harness the power of suggestion by subtly alluding to e-bikes in your everyday conversations as form of sustained but loving mind control.

Derren and Poco bike

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Which is better (behind the hype)? – Gtech vs Juicy

With an extensive advertising campaign spanning TV, print media and the web, and reviews in the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard, the chances that Gtech’s new eBike has come to your attention are higher than that of any other pedelec currently available in the UK. But is the exposure really justified? Does the Gtech deserve to be Britain’s most heard ­of electric bike, and how does it compare to the Peak District’s own brand, Juicy Bike?

We’re confident we know which one comes out as the overall winner. Naturally, we’re biased, but we also think the facts and stats speak for themselves. And so, we’ve stirred up a little contest...

Two electric bikes go head to head

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Which is the better electric bike (ignoring the hype)? – Halfords Crossfuse vs Juicy's Roller

As the UK’s biggest cycling retailer with huge advertising campaigns and a range of bikes to match, it’s pretty likely that you’ve heard of Halfords and the range of eBikes they sell. With the Crossfire and Vulcan eBikes proving popular, a new, more refined model has entered the market – the Carrera Crossfuse. We know Halfords will soon be marketing this in every way they know how, but does it really deserve your attention and how does it compare to the Peak District's very own, Juicy Bike?

We’re confident we know which one comes out as the overall winner. Naturally, we’re biased, but we also think the facts and stats speak for themselves. And so, we’ve stirred up a little contest…
Going up against the Carrera Crossfuse in a head-to-head specification table, based on their design and intended performance of both bikes we've chosen our very own equivalent, the Juicy Roller. We believe both bikes will do the same job at least as well as each other - commuting with ease or weekend leisure extender.

Crossfuse and Roller electric bikes, side by side

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Our Design Sensitivities

At Juicy Bike, we’re sensitive, thoughtful types, prone to introspection and the odd existential crisis. The way we see it though, as long as we’re not in the middle of anything fiddly, involving heavy loads or jagged edges to injure ourselves with, then it probably doesn’t do us any harm. Retro/vintage “Dutch style” electric bikes are an essential part of our roster, and have been from the beginning. But, why? And what does that even mean? What are these terms, “retro” and “vintage” that we bandy about with such nonchalance, safe in the knowledge that this is Who We Are? Such is our latest neurosis.

Having done a little digging, it seems that “retro” and “vintage”, although often used interchangeably, are in fact two distinct concepts.

Simply put, for something to be vintage it needs to have been made during the time in question, whereas something is considered retro if it is based on designs from days gone by.

 

Vintage ebike scene showing UK telephone box in Derbyshire village near Chatsworth 

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At this time of year, between Christmas celebrations and New Year resolutions many of us are searching for the best solution to improved health and fitness.  As the last tasty morsels are finished off many of us are consumed by an overwhelming fear of how long the road can seem to recover our pre-festive bodies once more.  Here are five good reasons why electric bikes can help you back inside your favourite clothes

ways to health

 

What are the benefits of an electric bike over normal bikes?

1. You’ll Actually Use It

Buying things is easy – a gym membership, an exercise bike, a Shakeweight (a what?) – enjoy a free bit of dopamine for doing something noble, but with none of the attendant sweating. A great deal, right?

It’s using those things consistently to improve your health that’s the hard part, and bikes are no exception. According to the research, only 46% of conventional bikes are ridden even once or twice per week[1]. For many, the mental image of inching up a hill, lungs and legs on fire, buffeted by wind, sleet, short of breath and short of time, is enough to nip the idea of cycling in the bud. But think again... 

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Leigh from Juicy Bike with his dogPictured: Leigh. Not bad at fixing bikes (with Wilma who is)

We had a chat with Leigh Smith (Eco Republic New Mills chief denizen) to get the skilled mechanic’s perspective on electric cycling. Unmissable tips and shocking anecdotes ensue:

Juicy: Hi Leigh. How’re you?

Leigh: I’m fine, thanks.

Good! What exactly do you do around here? What’s your title?
Well, my official title at one point was Senior Sales Associate, but at some point the company director waved a Workshop Manager’s contract in my face. So I suppose I’m one of those.  Right now I'm working towards becoming the Store Manager for what is the Juicy Bike Trade Showroom - quite a job balancing providing a good retail experience, imeadiate and remote support, managing work through the workshop and feeding into the design and manufacturing process.  I'm not sure there's a job description that could cope - either for me or for anyone working here - we all do so many things!

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Atmosphere Electric Bike Centre Bristol

Electric Bikes are a young industry, so truly experienced figures are few and far-between. Luckily, Bristolians have Alistair of Atmosphere Electric Bikes – one of the very first dedicated e-bike shops in the UK. We dropped in to see what’s happening with our friends in Brizzle...

Juicy: Morning Alistair! What do you do at Atmosphere?

Alistair: I’m the owner!

[Following the akward silence we adopt a more deferential tone and the interview picks up again...]

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Sunny trail with cyclists

 

Riding a bike used to mean knowing the lay of the land. The cyclist of yore would rely on an innate sense of direction and keen memory, striking out onto the open road without so much as a glance at an Ordnance Survey ...Possibly.

Come to think of it, there is the danger of just hanging-out on the same old routes because the real gems are not so easy to find (in between sessions of getting lost).

If your navigation skills have atrophied with the rise of GPS then chances are you need Google Maps to find your own kitchen. And you probably want other people to do all the mental heavy lifting, finding the quickest, quietest and/or most scenic cycle routes for you to enjoy.

Once again, technology comes to our rescue. There are heaps of route planners competing for your attention, and almost all in both web and mobile app form. Many of them are useful, but we know your time is precious, so we tried ‘em, ranked ‘em, and we’re going to give it to you straight: the four very best route planners available to the modern cyclist.  EDIT: December 2016 - Make that FIVE - we think we've found the best (and it's free too)

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Child at a computer

 

Deciding how best to invest a pension pot cache is anything but childs play, whatever Gideon (Chancellor G Osborne) says. If you’re thinking: an extravagant party, a gold-plated smartphone, an endangered animal as a housepet, then just hold on a moment.  Science has confirmed what we all knew deep down anyway -- that the key to happiness is to spend money not on possessions, but on experiences. So we thought we’d take a look at the most common windfall-spends to see which will provide the most (and best) experiences:

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