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Discovering Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney by Electric Bike

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on May 3, 2018 10:03:37 AM

Melbourne, for the uninitiated visitor, is an e-biker’s delight.  With a cycling culture as developed as the cities’ world class network of cycle paths it is a destination that should be on the bucket list of all keen cyclists – of both the e-bike and non-ebike persuasion.

After exploring – and enjoying - a selection of Victoria’s rail trails and the e-mountain biking on offer at the ski fields of Mt Buller, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek, my wife, Rachel, and I headed back to Melbourne with one intention – to ride our AVE Adventure bikes on as many cycle trails as possible in the precious few days we had available.

Prior to arriving in Melbourne there was no way, we believed, that we could have as much fun cycling in a city as big as Melbourne as we did in country Victoria.

But let me tell you here and now that we were wrong, very wrong.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

3-Peaks AVE Electric Bike Challenge and the Rail Trails of Victoria

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Apr 11, 2018 6:22:35 PM

 

 

Well, what a week of e-biking, exploring and discovery it has been!

With our ongoing search for a suitable Brisbane to Melbourne e-bike cycle touring route still a work in progress, the focus of the past week has been on doing as much riding on the E-Bike Cycle Tourists’ AVE SH11 and TH11 Adventure electric bikes as possible.

As such every opportunity was taken at stops between Sydney and Melbourne – where my previous blog was filed – to go cycle touring before eventually collecting Mrs E-Bike Cycle Tourist from Melbourne Airport for the mad dash to the rail trails and ski fields of eastern and central Victoria.

And to say that we are happy about finally being on the road again on our AVE electric bikes is without a shadow of a doubt an understatement of monumental proportions. Suffice to say it is hard to wipe the e-bike smiles off our faces!

So far we have conquered the East Gippsland Rail Trail, the Great Southern Rail Trail, the Yarra Trail in Melbourne and are currently camped at Bonnie Doon on the Great Victorian Rail Trail where we plan to ride approximately 130kms over the next couple of days.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

E-Bike Cycle Touring from Brisbane to Melbourne 

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Mar 29, 2018 10:38:31 AM

It was without a shadow of doubt one of the most frequently asked questions the E-Bike Cycle Tourists fielded during our 27,800km world record-breaking e-bike adventure.

“Why did you decide to set a new world ebike long distance record in mainland Europe and the UK and not your home country of Australia?”

Aside from the fact that we are unabashed Europhiles – we simply can’t get enough of the culture, scenery and history that Europe, the UK and Ireland offers – the truth of the matter is that when we were planning our trip we truly didn’t believe it was safe enough to cycle anything up to 30,000kms on Australian roads.

Given the well recorded antipathy Australian drivers show to cyclists we couldn’t for the life of us see how we could safely negotiate the big distances required to set a world record – so Europe it was.

As a result, given all of the above, even I am having difficulty believing what I have been doing over the past three days - scouting a suitable route for a planned Brisbane to Melbourne e-bike tour on our AVE Adventure SH11 and TH11 electric bikes at some stage in the near future.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

The e-Bike Cycle Tourists head for Victorian High Country 

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Mar 21, 2018 12:12:47 PM

Eighteen months after returning to Australia with a new world record of 27,800kms firmly in our keeping for the longest continuous e-bike journey ever completed, it’s finally time to hit the road again.

And make no mistake; the E-Bike Cycle Tourists couldn’t be happier!

Unfortunately the journey this time around will take considerable less time than the 16 months our record-breaking jaunt around mainland Europe and the UK took and there is also absolutely no chance this time around of us bettering our own world record.

But that in no way dilutes the excitement we are feeling in the lead-up to heading off again on our AVE Adventure E-Bikes ... a good analogy is that we are two e-bike cycle touring addicts who are absolutely craving our next, imminent, touring hit.

So what is the plan?

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

If health is the new wealth. e-Bikes are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Mar 16, 2018 10:30:24 AM

With the graph of worldwide e-bike sales showing a steady and upward trend, a number of positive health-related outcomes have emerged, especially for people in the 40-plus age category.

First and foremost medical professionals have seen a direct correlation between e-bike ownership and overall health, but just as importantly e-bike owners themselves – many of whom have returned to cycling for the first time in many years - are reporting a wide range of associated health benefits.

And right at the top of the list is the fact that they are happier.

Yes, that is right, even after minimal e-biking on a regular basis people are reporting that they are healthier and fitter, have significantly greater aerobic fitness, better blood sugar control, have lost weight and that they are HAPPIER.

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Topics: Health & Fitness

AVE Electric Bikes Launches in Australia. First stop Electric Bikes Brisbane.

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Mar 9, 2018 8:02:43 AM

In a major vote of confidence in the future of the fledgling e-bike industry in Australia, the first – and only – ‘Made in Australia’ range of street legal e-bikes was officially launched onto the market in Brisbane at the weekend.

The official launch at Electric Bikes Brisbane on March 3 and 4 attracted a large crowd of people keen to see the AVE range of e-bikes for themselves and to test ride the bike of their choice.

A highlight of the launch was a presentation by special guests Gary and Rachel Corbett - better known within the electric bike industry as the E-Bike Cycle Tourists - who currently hold the world record of 27,800kms for the longest continuous e-bike journey ever completed.

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Topics: Press Release

Lower cost two wheeled Tesla alternative launches in Brisbane 

Posted by Nick Willis on Feb 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Local Brisbane business owner and AVE (Advanced Vehicle Engineering) CEO Nick Willis launched his own electric vehicle start up here in Brisbane on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March.

"Whilst we won't be sending one of our Carbon Fibre Electric Bikes into orbit, we will be offering guided rides up to the summit of Mt Cootha to showcase just how capable our e-bikes are"

"We have huge respect for Tesla, and the amazing work they've done to raise the awareness of electric vehicles.  However electric and self driving cars still fall short when it comes to tackling road congestion, and promoting a healthy active lifestyle.  With a range of >100Km+ per charge and average speeds during peak hour that will leave even a Model S in its wake , we truly believe that our range of e-bikes are a genuine car/electric car replacement"
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AVE Launches the First ‘Made in Australia’ Electric Bike

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Feb 20, 2018 4:50:01 PM

After years of planning and product development Australia’s

 first – and only – home-grown ‘Made in Australia’ electric bike range will be launched in Brisbane on Saturday, March 3. The full range of AVE urban and adventure e-bikes will be officially released onto the market by AVE Chief Executive Officer, Nick Willis, at a special event held at the Milton headquarters of leading e-bike retailer Electric Bikes Brisbane (EBB).

The special guests at the launch will be Gary and Rachel Corbett - better known within the electric bike industry as the E-Bike Cycle Tourists – who hold the world record of 27,800kms for the longest continuous e-bike journey ever completed.

Mr Willis said he was proud to be able to release onto the world market “the first Australian made, German engineered” made to order e-bike powered by the industry-leading Bosch Performance CX drive system.

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The Start of an AVE e-Bike Love Affair

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Feb 6, 2018 1:34:40 PM

It’s not a declaration I would normally make in such a public way, but sometimes a man just has to say it as it is, so here goes … I have fallen in love.

But before you jump to all the wrong conclusions about the object of my desire don’t worry, my gorgeous wife, Rachel, doesn’t mind one little bit because, like me, she is just as smitten about her own new love.

So what the hell is going on, you are entitled to ask?

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Topics: Product News, Travel & Adventure, Health & Fitness

The Importance of Riding an E-Bike Safely

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Dec 22, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What isn’t there to like about riding an e-bike?

Not only are they a lot of fun to ride, but by riding an e-bike you also gain all the health benefits associated with traditional cycling without the pain of hills, headwinds and fatigue.

Throw in the fact that they are also good for the environment, are a cost saving alternative to driving a car and that they are suitable for anyone from their teen years to 80-plus and yes, today’s new breed of technically advanced e-bikes are nothing short of a revelation.

But be warned all that fun stuff comes with a caveat that is ignored at your peril.

As practical as they are and as much fun as they are to ride, e-bikes MUST be ridden safely at all times.

To do otherwise is not only foolish and possibly against the law but is fraught with potentially dangerous outcomes.

In other words anyone riding an e-bike should have one word and one word only at the forefront of their thoughts at all times – SAFETY – with best e-bike safety practices not only observed, but adhered to ALWAYS.

The Key Word All E-Bikers Should Adopt - Safety

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Topics: Health & Fitness

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