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What is an ebike?

Ebikes work just like a normal bike, except the electric motor adds a little more power to your pedalling.

Not only are ebikes loads of fun, but power assisted pedalling makes it easier to cover large distances, carry heavy items or conquer hills without losing speed. If you want to commute by bike without needing to change at work, are recovering from an injury or just want to build more activity into your day then an electric bike could be the perfect choice for you.

Why buy an ebike?

Cycling isn’t just for Lycra-clad athletes. Motor assisted pedalling makes it easier to navigate steep hills, travel longer distances or carry heavy cargo, but this isn’t a motorbike – so you still need to pedal!

Statistically, owners of ebikes use them more regularly than owners of typical bikes, the more you use it, the more you pedal – even if you do have a helping hand. On days when you have a bit more time, or are feeling more active – you can easily switch off the motor assist and pedal normally for more intense exercise.

New to cycling? Pick up one of our cycle maps to help you to explore the city on two wheels.

Try before you buy

Raleigh is a Nottingham institution, which is why Nottingham City Council is working with Raleigh to offer people the chance to try an ebike before you buy. Investing in an ebike can be a big decision so why not hire an electric bike for a week or a month to see if it’s right for you. You don’t need any special charging equipment, just somewhere safe to lock it up and a plug socket.

A limited range of top-of-the-line Raleigh ebikes are available for hire from Russell’s bike shed, contact them via 0115 9862917 or pop into the shop at Nottingham Station.

If you decide to buy, Raleigh are offering a free helmet and lock when you purchase one of their ebikes from Russell’s Bike Shed.**

Costs – from 1 Sept 2019

Ebike hire period Price
One week hire £20 + £2 insurance
Special offer 4 weeks for the price of 3

A deposit of £120 is required for hire of an electric bike.

*Please note there is an insurance excess of £100 when hiring a bike and a maximum of one month

**Offer details:
Raleigh Mission Evo Helmet – available in 2 sizes (medium 54-58cm & large 58-62cm.
Squire Eiger shackle blue – this is a Gold Level Sold Secure Shackle/D Lock

Can I still ride in a cycle lane?

Most electric bikes can be used in cycle lanes, but there are some that are technically classed as motorcycles. Check here if you’re not sure.