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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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Topics: Press Release

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, Health & Fitness, Travel & Adventure

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

What Kilometre Range Can You Expect From Your E-Bike?

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Dec 15, 2017 5:03:00 AM

It is a question everyone who is contemplating the purchase of an e-bike asks, “what range can I expect”.

Unfortunately the true answer is that there is no easy answer … essentially the comeback reply is, “how long is a piece of string?” such are the complexities of the answer.

But never one to shirk a tough situation and with the experience of 27,800 kilometres of pedalling to a world e-bike long distance record on a Bosch-powered e-bike under my belt, I guess I am as well qualified as anyone to give a definitive answer, sort of.

The first thing to realise when searching for an answer to the “how far” question is that there is a long list of variables to be included into the equation.

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Topics: Product News

E-Bike Technology – Everything That is Old is New Again

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Dec 8, 2017 4:02:00 AM

While the common belief amongst the vast majority of e-bike devotees is that they are riding the fruits of a new and innovative 21st Century industry, nothing could be further from the truth.

Sure, the entire e-mobility transportation industry has gone 

ahead in leaps and bounds over the past 10 or so years in line with huge advances in lithium ion battery technology, but the concept of electric bicycles is far from new.

In fact, around the same time German inventor Karl Benz built what is now widely accepted to have been the world’s first automobile in 1885/86, a raft of inventors had already – or were well on their way -  to conceiving, designing and building the first electric bicycles.

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Topics: Product News

Is E-Bike Riding Cheating?

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Nov 29, 2017 12:12:36 PM

In the English language arguably one of the ultimate of accusations is to be labelled a ‘cheat’.

And rightly so! After all, as the Oxford Dictionary so very clearly states, “to cheat at something is to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage”.

Cheat in a game, in a competition, during an exam or, even, in marriage, and you risk either being charged with an offence, ordered to make amends or, at the least, being publicly and privately ostracised.

Essentially to be outed as a cheat is tantamount to being declared a public pariah.

So why is it then that the word ‘cheat’ is so widely levelled at anyone who dares to ride an e-bike?

No, e-bike enthusiasts are not serial bigamists, are not committing any offence in the eye of the law – as long as they adhere to all road rules - and in the true sense of the word are doing absolutely nothing dishonest.

E-Bikes Allow People to Have Fun While Getting Fit

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Topics: Health & Fitness

E-Bike Cycling Holidays … the New Adventure Experience for Over 40s

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Nov 25, 2017 1:53:48 PM

Traditionally adventure holidays have been the exclusive domain of adrenalin junkies keen to get out of their comfort zone while cycling, climbing, sailing or canoeing at some of the most beautiful places in the world.

In fact over the years an entire industry has emerged that has very successfully catered to testosterone charged individuals in the 20 to 40 age group.

But in the rush to provide ever bigger thrills and spills for their young customers, the vast majority of tour operators forgot one very important group of potential customers - cashed up over 40s keen to experience an active adventure holiday of their own.

Not content to watch the scenery go by while on holiday from the seat of a car, bus or train - as their parents did - today’s new breed of 40-plus holiday makers want a slice of the action on offer, on, admittedly, a somewhat reduced adrenalin scale.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

How to Prepare Your E-Bike for a Long Distance Tour

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Nov 18, 2017 3:40:51 PM


It may have taken a while to actually get there, but after much soul searching you have finally committed yourself to completing a self-supported long distance e-bike cycle tour … congratulations, you are on the cusp of an amazing adventure.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

Basic E-Bike Maintenance

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Nov 10, 2017 5:58:06 PM

E-bike maintenance, as is the case on a traditional bicycle, is relatively simple and is guaranteed to keep your pride and joy running like new if it is done on a regular basis.

All it takes is some basic mechanical/bicycle specific knowledge and a can-do attitude and you will enjoy countless kilometres of trouble-free e-biking.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

How to Prepare for a Successful e-Bike tour

Posted by e-bike World Record Holder Gary Corbett on Nov 2, 2017 5:51:07 PM

After long and careful deliberation you recently plunged head-first into the electric bike world with the purchase of a brand new  AVE Adventure e-bike (or hopefully it's still on your short list)

And how good is it! Not only do you now actually look forward to your daily commute to work, but it didn’t take you long to realise that your old ‘as flat as possible’ route was just plain boring, with a new route incorporating previously avoided-at-all-cost hills now the preferred option.

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Topics: Travel & Adventure

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