|I am now cycling to work. This is a statement I thought I would never be able to honestly say. Yes I have cycled in a couple of times in the past but I have arrived hot, bothered and not ready for the day. I am then in an even worse state when I return home late in the day. My journey is about 6 miles but it covers the hilliest parts of London – Highgate and Alexandra Palace… I have always wanted to cycle, partly to get fitter but also to save time and I certainly don’t want to be adding anything to the high pollution levels in London. Commuting by public transport takes about one hour and driving takes about 35 minutes, cycling on my Brompton was taking about 40 minutes.
But now… with my fabulous ARCC upgrade of my Brompton I am zipping to work in about 25 minutes feeling fresh, happy and ready for the day. My return journey is just as easy. I am fitter and I really can say now that I cycle to work. Hills really are no hassle. The ARCC equipment is of exceptional quality, completely reliable and very easy to use. The battery charging time is extremely quick. The whole system is elegant and beautifully engineered.
The power helps me up the hills and allowing me to use my energy to speed along the flat parts of the journey and to reduce my journey time each day. The power boost after releasing the breaks is a piece of genius. It means that I shoot away from traffic lights so I can get away from cars and from the Lycra clad professional looking cyclists. And that is part of the joy of the ARCC, it enables me to charge up hills and overtake everyone in front of me.
I am absolutely loving my ARCC adapted Brompton, I generally feel happier and I am much fitter.
Thank you ARCC
Marcus Davey OBE
Chief Executive and Artistic Director
I’ve been riding a bicycle around London for over thirty years from Highgate to Forest Hill. The ARCC e2-Pod Power System has given me an extra set of muscles and power in my legs – or that’s how it feels. The power comes on very smoothly just when I need it up hills and on starting, but not in excess. When I take the pressure o the pedal, the electric motor goes into neutral. My brakes work just as they would on my non-powered bike.
It’s very easy to attach the battery pack and, more importantly, to detach it quickly when transporting the bike. I carry a spare battery for extra distance, but around London that’s hardly necessary. The powerful 36V 4.0 Ah Bosch battery is easy and fast to charge. The front-carried battery pack and hub motor are almost unnoticeable to the untrained eye. Cycling and keeping up with very energetic fit bikers – who are working very hard to keep up with me – is a joy, and very amusing as they can’t work out how I keep up the energy, as I cruise by them going up hills! I’ve tried the bike on some steep London gradients and it changes a big sweat into a very light pleasant body heat. You do get a bit of proper exercise, unlike some electric bikes, but you get a lot more immediate payback for your effort.
Apart from the slight extra weight, which you hardly notice, and extra wires here and there that don’t interfere with my bike at all, there is no downside to this product.
ARCC’s latest innovation is the remote control on the handlebars to vary power and effort ratio, which is now run by Bluetooth to the control panel on the battery and hub motor. It’s very smooth, switching from one power level to another, except for a tiny half-second lag. It’s very easy to see and operate.
I’ve ridden motorbikes and bicycles around London for many years, and I think this is the ideal solution. Power when you need it combined with an efficient well-engineered bike. Perfect!
"On the e2-Brompton flying up the Mall in the London Freecycle on 30 July. Believe it or not, I am smiling, as I was really enjoying myself. I got round the 10 mile course in an hour, and finished fresh as a daisy! Since then I have been out and about, up a fair few hills, and I am very happy