Furo:  Furo X Series Folding Carbon eBike

Furo: Furo X Series Folding Carbon eBike

The Furo X is an ultralightweight folding electric bike. Ready to ride in seconds, the carbon fibre frame keeps the weight down to just 15kg, including the motor and battery! Available to comply with the maximum ‘oomph’ allowable on British roads, the Bafang system is set to 250W and 25Kph. The battery is equally capable at 378Wh: more than enough for the vast majority of daily commuter’s needs. Where this little number really excels, is when it is used in conjunction with an intercity commute which relies on some form of public transport along the way. You can fold it… Read more →

Chike:  e-Kids and Kids

Chike: e-Kids and Kids

Streamlining the wheelbase of this glorious Family Cargo Bike to less than a width of a regular door opens up near unlimited possibilities! Add to that the tilting mechanism for slaloming around town and the covered compartment is the icing on the cake! You’ll quickly find yourself going everywhere with your kiddos just for the fun of it. The journey rapidly becomes the best bit when the old rigmarole of loading and parking are both sorted in seconds. Choose the Shimano motor/battery combo and you’ll go further and faster with more onboard than before, including up once-daunting hills. The two… Read more →

Babboe:  Carve-E & Carve Mountain Series (Yamaha)

Babboe: Carve-E & Carve Mountain Series (Yamaha)

The Carve Series are the feisty combination of a dependable Family Cargo Bike with the ability to tilt into corners, whilst keeping all three wheels on the ground. With all of the options in the series fitted with motors, each and every ride is as energised as the rider and cargo in equal measure. Whilst the tilting mechanism allows experienced riders to lean into corners as though the Carve was on two wheels, the cargo area can be fixed in to position with a simple twist of a lever. This suits less experienced riders, as well as leveling the playing… Read more →

Hiplok:  High-Vis

Hiplok: High-Vis

Hiplok’s Solid Secure Gold rated wearable chain lock is as dependable as it is visible, two values which keep both you and your bike as safe as possible. You can wear it just like a belt and then lock your bike up in seconds. Tucked inside the reflective sleeve is a hefty chain. The dual closure mechanism ensures that you are snug when riding, as you use a velcro strap to adjust it to fit your wait (not the padlock). Features & Benefit: Sold Secure GOLD rated for maximum security 10mm hardened chain, 12mm hardened shackle 85cm locking circumference fitting… Read more →

Hiplok:  Lite

Hiplok: Lite

‘Wearable technologies’ are getting a lot of positive press lately and we agree, they can be great! The Hiplok Lite is a perfect example of the natural progression from low-tech to high-tech: for years people have struggled to balance their locks around their waists as they ride. Afterall, a chain slopping about on your bike is bound to either damage your frame or snag a wheel, jam the fork, or worse. So how does the Hiplok Lite differ? Simply put, it adds a velcro strap around the length of the chain. Instead of ‘jiggling about’ on the off-chance that your… Read more →

Hiplok:  POP

Hiplok: POP

Minimalism never looked so good! Quite possibly the lightest and most portable temporary lock ever released, the Hiplok POP is amongst the smartest lightweight solutions available. Paired with the Hiplok D, the POP adds additional security for short stops, or to tie-in saddles and/or helmets/bags/jackets to your bike. If you use a Hiplok Lite or Hiplok V.150, then this is a great way to extend your security beyond the frame and rear wheel. The POP won’t replace your overnight lock or act as a long term solution, however if you plan to spend your day in the park and would… Read more →

Abus:  CITY CHAIN X-PLUS 1060 110CM

Abus: CITY CHAIN X-PLUS 1060 110CM

Best lock ever? We think so. Could say more, however that pretty-much covers it! Further Information: The ultimate chain for all round bicycle security. The most high-tech, high-security integrated chain lock that ABUS makes, the City Chain X-Plus 1060 is designed to keep your bicycle safe in areas of high risk. It is built around a nigh-on impenetrable multi layered hardened steel lock body with Powercell technology and the ultra-secure X-Plus locking mechanism. 2 keys are supplied (1 with integrated LED) while the code card offers the convenience of replacement or additional keys upon request. The City Chain 1060 features… Read more →

nihola:  4.0

nihola: 4.0

The are now more than 10,000 nihola bikes in Copenhagen alone, yet it’s very existence began as a reaction to the lack of an equivalent option all those years ago. In 1998, the day after Mechanical Engineer Niels Holme Larsen attended a bike exhibition in Copenhagen, a Danish Critic’s comments on the state of Transport became the catalyst for a whole new movement. “…bicycles would only be able to compete against cars when they could transport two children and groceries at the same time“ Politiken (Danish newspaper) Since then nihola’s cargo bikes have grown from strength to strength. There are… Read more →

Veleon:  The Berlin Streaker

Veleon: The Berlin Streaker

The Veleon is a reflection of today’s Berlin: it’s been designed for conquering both the widest of streets and narrowest of bike paths, scooting past large German Auto’s with ease. The design is different from other three wheel bikes too, in both the box’s shape and also in the driving style. It moves dynamically around the tightest of corners, fitting perfectly everywhere it goes. It handles large volumes of shopping inside the cargo box, transports children and even converts to a Stroller for indoor use! Practically everything is possible with the Veleon. Carving, rather then turning The Veleon has a… Read more →

ABUS:  420 160HB ULTIMATE D LOCK 300MM

ABUS: 420 160HB ULTIMATE D LOCK 300MM

The latest Insurance Approved lock from ABUS is the new Ultimate with a Sold Secure Silver rating. For the Ultimate design ABUS were inspired by the popular U-Mini 40 lock with the brightly coloured body, using this feature and creating a red casing to house the lock gives the Ultimate great visibility and distinctive look. Combining a large ergonomic grip and soft feel coating helps to protect your bike against frame damage, supplied with a universal mounting bracket to make transportation easier the Ultimate is the perfect lock to help protect your bike. * Sold Secure Silver * High security… Read more →

Abus:  Diskus Chain 110cm

Abus: Diskus Chain 110cm

The Diskus Chain is a very reassuring way to secure your bike. The Diskus 20/70 padlock is virtually inaccessible to attack, using a shrouded 10mm shackle within a hardened steel lock body housing the Abus Plus key mechanism. The square section 8mm hardened steel chain links are very awkward to cut apart but do not weigh as much as you might think!

Abus:  City Chain Plus 1010/110cm

Abus: City Chain Plus 1010/110cm

This is the long chain lock we recommend for all bicycles of one thousand pounds or more, particularly electric bikes (paired with the Abus CL NKR).  It’s heavy links can be folded into a compact space whilst riding. It’s long enough to fit through the back wheel, frame and around a lamppost, whilst remaining tough enough to deter even the most determined of thieves. The City Chain Plus presents gold level security, low weight and ease of use with an impressively low price. Highly resistant hexagonal section 9mm hardened steel chain is combined with the compact, mega tough lock body and Plus key mechanism… Read more →

Abus:  Granit Steel O Flex 1000/100

Abus: Granit Steel O Flex 1000/100

This is the cable lock we recommend for all bicycles of one thousand pounds or more, particularly electric bikes (paired with the Abus CL NKR).  London’s Bike Couriers swear by it. It’s long enough to fit through the back wheel, frame and around a lamppost, whilst remaining tough enough to deter even the most determined of thieves. A firm favourite in high crime areas, every area of the Granit 1000’s construction has been specifically hardened, making it enormously resistant to all forms of physical attack. Amazing flexible for such a tough lock, its Abus Plus key mechanism has over 250,000 genuine key combinations…. Read more →

YikeBike:  Model C

YikeBike: Model C

New for 2015 is the Model C: the celebrated YikeBike returns! Now with a full carbon fibre body, the ultra-light Model C draws upon previous development cycles: It’s the top of the range YikeBike, with meticulous material preparation and a finish to deliver the ultimate in bragging rights. There will only ever be a few model C’s available. Plus, it retains the same fast folding mechanism and top speed, all whilst incorporating ABS braking and a rapid recharge time. Design Focused The YikeBike is as versatile in everyday life as it is beautiful. Using the latest construction technology and materials,… Read more →

YikeBike:  Model V

YikeBike: Model V

New for 2015 is the Model V: the celebrated YikeBike returns! Now with a hydroformed aluminium and composite reinforced polymer body, this lighter model draws upon previous development cycles. It retains the same fast folding mechanism and top speed, whilst incorporating ABS braking and a fast recharge time. Design Focused The YikeBike is as versatile in everyday life as it is beautiful. Using the latest construction technology and materials, every component is produced and then tested to ensure maximum durability. Pure Enjoyment Riding has never been more fun. Experience the joy gliding down the street! Safety Conscious The YikeBike has… Read more →

Solex:  Mobiky

Solex: Mobiky

The Solex by Mobiky is a folding bike which has been just been brought to the UK in both electric and non-electric models! It’s industrial frame mechanism allows for such rapid folding that you’ll find yourself whipping it into miniature mode whenever and wherever possible. Gone are the days of dreading public transport: train door just opened? No problem, still plenty of time to fold-up & board! Available in Black/Red (pictured), or Grey/Fawn (see main image at the top of this page). With two colour options this is a simple, rugged and purposeful bike. Whilst it’s compact geometry is familiar… Read more →

Bike The Strike!

Click the pic & print the .pdf! bikethestrike.co.uk #bikethestrike Bike The Strike London! Who needs the Tube anyway? Know someone who’s facing another nightmare day ‘off’ the Tube on Thursday? Well, you could give them a little nudge: print-off the picture here and leave it on their desk! Have a picture of you or a fellow commuter with the picture? Send it to us, it may even be included in our next circular! Well, I Didn’t Know That: • There are more cyclists in London with 3rd Party Insurance # than there are taxis in London • The average journey… Read more →

Abus:  City Chain Plus 1010/80cm

Abus: City Chain Plus 1010/80cm

This is the mid-length chain lock we recommend for all bicycles of one thousand pounds or more, particularly electric bikes (paired with the Abus CL NKR).  It’s heavy links can be folded into a compact space whilst riding. It’s long enough to fit through the back wheel, frame and around a lamppost, whilst remaining tough enough to deter even the most determined of thieves. The City Chain Plus presents gold level security, low weight and ease of use with an impressively low price. Highly resistant hexagonal section 9mm hardened steel chain is combined with the compact, mega tough lock body and Plus key mechanism… Read more →

Accessories

Biking Essentials Action Cameras, Ass Saver, Bud Brake, Chilli Air, FoldnFix, Hope, ISM Seat, Muckynutz, QuickFix Once you’re kitted-out with a new bike, it’s time to accessorise. Add bone-conducting headphones to listen safely, a light-weight HD camera to share the ride when you get home… and some nifty mudguard options to stay clean! On-Bike Clothing Half Baked Brand (HBB), Hope, Intrepid Apparel, Visijax, Whackjob Few things can increase overall comfort on a ride than the appropriate clothing. Whilst some see specialist kit as one step aside from dressing like a Power Ranger, there’s little doubt that it helps. Having somewhere… Read more →

Components

It’s all in the details Deity, DT Swiss, Hope, ISM Seat, KCNC, Magura, Velocite Choosing the very best components is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s all about the bike you’ll look forward to riding and will never leave unattended, dirty or un-serviced. These exquisite components will help you to ride faster for longer and you’ll enjoy every last mile. Selecting component upgrades has never been easier: we’ve placed each area of the bike into groups. Pick the relevant area, choose your preferred supplier, pick a bundle (and it’s colour). That’s it! Most devotees prefer to assign one brand across… Read more →

Bespoke

Designed to go faster DT Swiss, ISM Seat, KCNC, Velocite Serious cyclists can describe their dream bicycle in exacting detail. A select few commission it. At Leftfield Bikes we offer the custom tubing, geometry, hand built wheels and individual components you’ve come to expect. Whatever you are looking for, contact us and we will schedule an appointment to discuss your bicycle further.

City Cycling: Health Versus Hazard? Cities Compared Internationally.

© Sarah Maycock/Handsome Frank http://mosaicscience.com/story/city-cycling-health-versus-hazard Are the fitness benefits of riding your bike worth the risk of an accident? Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels to find out. It was just another morning commute. That is, until a bus driver ran a red light, turned right, and drove straight into Ann-Doerthe Hass Jensen. The bus knocked the social worker off her bike, trapping her underneath, a wheel pinning down and crushing her left foot. It was a school bus heading to a Copenhagen kindergarten, and the children aboard were screaming. Ann was rushed to… Read more →

Freakonomics: Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?

http://freakonomics.com/ In this podcast, a panel of environmentalists, economists, researchers and journalists discuss why the Toyota Prius has become the style statement for hybrids, as well as why projecting a positive image through both design and function is so important for early adopters. Why people choose certain vehicles offers some interesting insights in to eco-consumerism. Whilst plenty of people are happy to pay a premium for one specific hybrid vehicle over all others, it’s also possible to draw parallels with the electric bicycle marketplace. Some people still persist in viewing electric bikes as ‘cheating’. Yet, growing numbers are choosing them… Read more →

Credit Suisse, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London to Paris Charity Bike Ride

Ismet Huseyin‘s KTM Strada 800 Speed. When it comes to Sporting Triumphs we have had more than our fair share in the last 12 months. Gold and Olympic glory for Mo, Jess, Sir Chris et al, British Lions roaring Down Under, Victory for GB and sideburns with Sir Brad in the Tour de France and of course we’ll never forget that Wimbledon win for Andy – 77 years after Fred – expect to see a new T shirt range shortly !! But none of these remarkable achievements come remotely close to the impending triumphs of the Credit Suisse CRES Team,… Read more →

AVE:  MH-7

AVE: MH-7

The AVE MH-7 is a fast, powerful and stylish City Bike. It’s dedicated Bosch power unit and battery pack combine for an efficient power assisted pedelec. Instead of a motor inside the rear wheel, the entire electric mechanism is enclosed centrally, beside the cranks. This improves stability as it’s centre of gravity is in the middle of the frame. It’s crank-based approach also provides seamless power in tandem with your pedal stroke, rather than running separately from it. As seen at The Gadget Show Live! The handlebars and stem fold to one side to compact the overall size, whilst the… Read more →

Electric Bikes: It’s not Cheating, it’s Transport.

Steve McQueen owned the predecessor of our 2012 Pininfarina-designed Velosolex. Before the tyres were even pumped-up on our new ‘pedelec‘, two road racers appeared. One observed that it was electric and the other, that it was cheating… and so began the debate: are electric bicycles ‘cheating’? For those unfamiliar with the term, a pedelec is a bicycle with regular pedals plus a battery and motor. As you pedal, the motor adds a little assistance. When you stop pedalling, the assistance stops. It won’t drive on battery power alone: you have to make the effort to reap the rewards. They don’t… Read more →