Customised eBike Brings Freedom to the Life of a Below-Knee Amputee – “Thank you EveryBody eBikes!”

A lonely, back road in the Whitsundays, 4 am, a motorbike and a wallaby. This combination could’ve proved deadly but although Ashley Pattemore laid on the road for nearly 2 hours waiting for help, he was a lucky one.

With a right below-knee amputation and accompanying prosthetic, Ashley now lives with the constant reminder of that early morning ride home from work 22 years ago, but he doesn’t let it get in the way of living life to the full.

Years of constant rehabilitation and physiotherapy have helped Ashley immensely. He is a doting father of three sons, one aged 22 and two younger boys aged 10 and 8. Ashley enjoys helping out as a cook for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder at a camp in Mareeba, and at various communities in the top end where indigenous youth undergo training. With a passion for cooking, Ashley has just perfected a secret family recipe of scones which he’s looking forward to feeding the next camp attendees (we tried but unfortunately, he wouldn’t share the recipe with us!).

Over the years, walking became harder for Ashley so his physiotherapist recommended cycling (with the aid of an eBike) as a form of exercise and ongoing rehabilitation. This initiated a claim through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The approval process was tedious and it took nearly two years for Ashley’s claim to finally be accepted.  

EveryBody eBikes, incorporating Blind Freddy eBikes, were the chosen company, with funding approved through the NDIS, to purchase an eBike.

The customised 2-wheeler step through mid-drive, which Ashley received in October 2021, has revolutionised Ashley’s ability to get out of the house, be more mobile and ultimately live a better life. 

Ashley’s electric bike with a picturesque view.

Ashley says the eBike gives him a wonderful sense of freedom.  

He can take time to appreciate his surroundings and ‘smell the roses’. “It’s mental therapy, not just physical therapy”, he says, adding that being out in the fresh air helps to clear his head.

Ashley lives in Cannonvale in the beautiful Whitsundays and can regularly be seen riding to and from his local shopping centre, and along the beach pathways to, from and around Airlie Beach, about 15 minutes away. People are often amused, or perhaps bemused, when they see Ashley’s ‘other leg’ that he uses for swimming strapped onto the back of his eBike.   

EveryBody eBikes provided a highly impressive service, customising the bike to suit Ashley’s needs. For example, they installed special pedals with a click-in function so that Ashley’s (prosthetic) foot could be connected to the bike, enabling his leg to be constantly in motion.

Ashley describes himself as “a big guy”. With a height of 6’2” and weighing in at 115kgs, Ashley needed a strong bike that would “handle” him. The electric bike customised by EveryBody eBikes certainly does that!

Ashley with his electric bike

The eBike cruises at 22km/hour and helps Ashley to easily pedal up the steep hills around his neighbourhood. Ashley also enjoys peace of mind knowing that if he happens to stay out after dark, his eBike has lights which automatically turn on when visibility gets difficult, just like the newer style cars.  

With such a beautiful area to explore in Queensland, it’s no wonder Ashley has already clocked up 300 kms.

Ashley’s younger kids are loving that they can go riding with their dad. Thanks to EveryBody eBikes, cycling is something they can all do together, and their dog gets taken for a run too.

EveryBody eBikes have certainly made a difference to Ashley’s life, and he is extremely grateful.   

Contact Andrea and Richard Herklots, Co-Owners at EveryBody eBikes to enquire how they can do the same for you.

WHY ARE ELECTRIC BIKES SO EXPENSIVE?

Many of our customers ask about variations in eBike prices and we often use the expression “You get what you pay for”! Although this adage covers many different products you can buy, it is definitely the case with electric bikes.

As mentioned in the media recently, the price of products coming in from overseas to Australia are being impacted by increased demand, increased manufacturing costs and of course the shortage of containers and the impact this has on freight costs in our island nation. This in turn has a direct affect on “landed costs” for importers and those costs are of course passed onto the consumer.

To be more specific though, we have seen over the last 2 years a general increase in the base cost of all ebikes in Australia.  There are reasons for this, which we will try to explain. At the highest level, remembering that all bikes are complex pieces of engineering regardless of the brand, the type of motor, the capacity of the battery or the type of gearing. But these components all have a bearing on the overall price.

One of the best ways to explain pricing is to take each of these broad components in turn:

  • Motor – the cost of the motor reflects size (in watts) and the brand reputation. As nearly all motors nowadays are the same power output. In Australia, street-legal ebikes must be 250W or less and it is quite rare nowadays to find a new ebike which is less than 250W. So the price must reflect other factors and these are best explained by the brand reputation which influences reliability, performance and of course weight. Motors need to perform on hills and some manufacturers like the renowned German company Bosch prefer to offer customers a range of performance levels from the Active Line (45Nm), Active Line + (55Nm) through to Performance Line (65Nm) and Performance Line CX or Cargo Line (both 85Nm). The motors with lower torque (Nm) ratings are usually less expensive than their higher Nm counterparts, but in turn will perform less well on long, steep or rough terrain. You need to buy what suits your budget but also your intended use. Kalkhoff models tend to offer the higher performing motors. With Bafang, a well-known and high-performing Chinese motor manufacturer, they tend to offer a very limited range of options and all of them perform well, towards but not quite at the upper range of the Bosch options. The Bafang motors are less costly than their European counterparts.

Another factor that impacts on the motor cost is hub drive and mid drive motors. We have written another article on the pros and cons of mid drives and hub drives but in summary hub motors are cheaper than mid drives and the bike frame has to be designed to accept the mid drive motor so that makes the frame more expensive as well. A hub drive motor does not require a specially designed frame.

  • Battery – costs for batteries can reflect capacity (number of cells) within the casing which influences how far you are likely to be able to travel on a single charge. Costs can also be influenced by the provenance of those cells. Many retailers like ourselves insist on the source cells being only from Samsung, Panasonic or LG due to their renowned quality. Our battery prices start from around $600 and go up to over $1200. The investment in your ebike comes for a significant part from the value of the battery. We also know they perform to a certain standard in terms of capacity equating to average distance expectations. There are other cheaper sources of battery cells and this can influence the pricing of the bike model being considered. Remember, the quality of the battery also impacts the expected lifespan of the power source and replacement batteries are costly!
    There are also different battery cases, some are mounted externally on the rear rack or behind the seat post. These are standard, readily available batteries that are made by a number of batteries manufacturers so the price is lower.  A battery that is integrated into the frame is more expensive as it has to be designed for the specific bike model. Higher priced e bikes tend to have integrated batteries which make the bike look sleeker.
  • Gearing – gears are complex components which can make or break the enjoyment of your ride. There are 3 main options: fixed single gear, external gears and internal gears. Not many bikes are the eBike equivalence of a “fixie” but of course where they are available, you save on cost and weight associated with the gearing system but you need to ride accordingly. External gearing for the mid to entry level is usually less expensive than a well-known internal gearing system from Shimano or the company which sells Enviolo. The internal gearing does have limitations in gearing range which does not suit mountain ebike riders as well but for commuting or simplicity, it is so much easier to be able to change gear without having to be pedalling, especially important when starting from stationary! Top end eBikes, like the Kalkhoff range, have external gearing but using high quality components from Shimano (10-speed Deore, 12-speed SLX and Deore XT) and these gearing systems have a much wider range to get you up those hills with ease. Makes granny gear take on new meaning for sure… The cost of gearing is the same for an eBike as it is for a mechanical bike. You definitely get what you pay for!
  • Brand – this is where the “style” component comes into making a purchase. If you have a particular look, it may not matter to you so much which technical components are used. Our Electra Townie beach cruisers have the ultra-reliable Bosch systems with the entry-level performance, but are so gorgeous and iconic in appearance. Many of our customers are happy with a cruisy performance to match their looks. Head to head, a Bosch Performance Line CX belt drive ebike such as the Kalkhoff Endeavour 7.B Belt model out-performs the Lekker Amsterdam GT with the Bafang M420 motor. With both models fitted with Gates Belt Drives and the Enviolo continuous variable transmission, our tests have demonstrated the performance difference. But they do not look the same. The Kalkhoff Endeavour is fantastic for trekking as well as recreational riding. And for those who want the performance without the price tag, the BF Roma has a very similar specification to many other mid-drive ebikes which are far more expensive. Our brand is emerging and for that reason does not command a higher price tag, but we don’t compromise on quality.

So, with eBikes, you definitely get what you pay for. You can find bargains when shopping around but we strongly suggest that while comparing motors, gearing, batteries and brand go some way towards helping make a decision, the best option is to get on the bikes and test ride. All the research under the sun won’t tell you how the bike makes you feel when you are riding, with your unique riding style, your build and the terrain and surfaces on which you plan to ride. The proof is always in the riding. Beware purchasing online for exactly this reason!

And just to remind you all, while cheap components are not necessarily bad, there is such a thing as going too cheap. While you may save money up front buying an eBike with ultra-cheap components, you’ll likely pay more in the long run. Cheap parts are usually more fragile than their expensive counterparts and often lack warranties or customer service.

If you seek further guidance or would like to book a test ride with one of our eBikes or eTrikes, contact our team today on 0409 126 669.

Which electric cargo bike suits me best?

There are 2 main types of electric cargo bikes – either the ones where the additional cargo or passengers sit behind the rider or the ones which carry the passengers or load up front. They are referred to as “long– or short-tail cargo bikes” or “front-loader or front-box cargo bikes” respectively.

Which style suits you best will depend on your purpose, your family make-up, your storage options and your rider confidence and/or skills.

Purpose – if you are considering an electric cargo bike because it will replace your 2nd vehicle, then the cargo bike needs to be suitable for use in all those circumstances where you would usually use a car. Shopping, taking kids to school, getting to work, visiting friends. The size of the bike needs to accommodate all these applications and have the ability to customise the configuration to fit that purpose. Look for suitable accessories for carrying passengers, shopping, your other luggage including backpack or handbag etc and how that impacts the overall look and feel of the bike.

Rider confidence and/or skillssome cargo bikes feel just like a normal bike to ride (mainly the short-tail or long-tail Tern models for example) when ridden by the primary rider only but can require some practice when riding fully loaded. With these bikes, the weight of the cargo, whether shopping or passengers, is higher, with passengers sitting close to the height of the rider. Cargo can be split below the passengers, using panniers and located at the front using front racks. Front-loaders take a bit more getting used to as you have to anticipate the length of the bike when riding and taking corners. Considering the size and abilities of the primary rider is important when test-riding and selecting your electric cargo bike but either design can suit most riders with patience and practice.

Family make-up – some customers require a cargo bike to carry 1 additional passenger and some shopping, others require a bike to transport 2 children, others have 2 children plus a baby, some even want to include the family dog(s) in the mix. Whatever your need, you have to consider how this cargo can be transported, which seat options are available, whether you can extend the space using rear racks, trailers or panniers. There are many configuration options available with both types of electric cargo bikes.

Cargo bikes for passengers with a disability – If riding with a passenger living with a disability, electric cargo bikes can be an ideal way to enable your passenger to enjoy the outdoors without needing the energy, skills or cognitive abilities to ride independently or under supervision. Although the passenger doesn’t pedal, this can mean the family is able to ride longer, further and more frequently and as a complete family unit. Cargo bikes can make a huge difference. We have different seating options as standard and can also modify the seating arrangements to offer improved back and lateral supports and safety features.

Storage options – electric cargo bikes are a lot cheaper than a car to both purchase and maintain but they still need to be looked after and stored safely. A short-tail is similar to a standard bike in terms of space requirements and the Tern range can be stored standing up and with the handlebar dropped down to save space. The long-tails are slightly larger format but similarly can be stored with limited requirement for space. The Bakfiets or Urban Arrow front-box cargo bikes are bigger units and need to be stored horizontally so space needs to be considered both when at home and when parking.

Which eBike Motor suits me best?

There are 2 main types of electric bike motors – ones which fit into a wheel (the motor can be in the front or rear wheel)  or ones where the motor is connected to the pedals of the bike. These are referred to as “hub-drive ebikes” or “mid-drive ebikes” respectively. 

Which style suits you best will depend on your purpose, your budget and your rider confidence and/or skills. 

Purpose – if you are considering an electric bike for recreation, commuting, trekking or just short trips to the shops, the type of electric bike may be important to you. A hub-drive electric bike is a great entry into riding with pedal assistance (the motor turns on when you pedal and the motor power turns off when you stop pedalling)  and suits relatively easy recreational and commuting riding but is less suited to varied terrain, trekking or rougher path surfaces or for those riders who want a more natural and responsive feel. Understanding your purpose and the areas in which you wish to ride is an important starting point to appreciating which type will suit you best. 

Budget – with electric bikes, you generally get what you pay for. Prices comprise a combination of motor performance, braking system, gearing type, battery capacity and design. Branding also plays an important part in the overall cost of an electric bike. Big brand names often command higher prices due to their prestige, but this may not always reflect performance. 

Generally-speaking, a hub-drive will be less expensive than a mid-drive. Our hub drive bikes go up to around $2500. Design and engineering-wise, fitting a motor into a wheel requires the motor itself and the spokes to be laced into the wheel but the rim does not need to change necessarily and the frame of the bike does not need to be redesigned. For this reason, a hub-drive electric bike is often at least $1000 cheaper than a mid-drive and sometimes much more than that. If you are on a budget, a hub-drive is a great starting point.  

Most folding electric bikes are hub-drive based and this helps keep these bikes in the lower-end of the budget range. Our hub-drive motors fitted to off-the-shelf electric bikes are generally either factory branded or Bafang sourced. Other suppliers fit a range of hub-drive motors such as Electra and NCM. Our conversion motors are either Bafang or torque-based Tong Shen brands. Both torque and voltage impact overall cost for conversions. 

The brand also affects the budget of the electric bike and the brand of the motor is part of this equation: we stock both Bosch (German) and Bafang (Chinese)  mid-drive motors fitted to our off-the-shelf electric bikes. Bafang motors have high-torque performance as standard (M400 80Nm, M420 80Nm) whereas Bosch offer a range of performance depending on budget and purpose. Active Line (45Nm) is their entry level motor and the performance increases with motor type (Active Line Plus (55Nm), Performance Line (65Nm), Performance Line CX (85Nm) and Cargo Line (85Nm)). Not all Bosch motors are the same and the higher the performance, the more expensive the motor. “Nm” stands for Newton Meters and is a measure of the torque or rotational force that the motor can produce. The higher the Nm the better the bike will be at hill climbing.  Note that the battery capacity does not change the torque or power of the motor, the capacity affects the range or distance that you can go on the bike.  

Rider confidence and/or skills – most hub-drive electric bikes operate using a sensor which detects whether the pedal cranks are turning. The cadence sensor does not measure the force or speed that you are pedalling,  it just detects if the pedals are rotating. As an example, when riding on the flat, with the bike set to the maximum power assistance level (PAS level) you can pedal slowly and the bike will try and pull you along at 25kph, regardless if you pedal fast or slow. Note that all legal electric bikes are limited to 25kph with power assistance and the motor power stops when you stop pedalling. The bike can go faster than 25 kph (eg if you are going down hill ) but if you try and pedal faster than 25 kph you end up with a heavy mechanical bike as the power will turn off. 

For some riders the disconnect between how hard and fast you are pedalling and the motor power can be disconcerting and riders who wish for a more natural experience may prefer the logical connection exhibited from a mid-drive whereby the more you push on the pedals, the more response the motor will provide, given the level of power assistance range selected.  

In part, the suitability also links back to the purpose of the ride. If you are wanting to go on steeper hills, a rider on a mid-drive who is willing to put in effort will immediately gain that reward from the motor. Where terrain changes rapidly, such as on a rail trail when crossing creeks, the need to quickly change from downhill to uphill or trying to negotiate potholes or sandy, loose surfaces it  is harder to manage and control on a hub-drive compared to a mid-drive. Mid-drive responsiveness helps on varied terrain whereas a hub-drive is easy on flatter and more consistent cycleways. It does come down to the confidence and skills of the rider and where they are riding. 

Mid-drive electric motors are often considered better quality but that is not always the case. A hub-drive may be more appropriate if you have weakness in your lower limbs and are unable to use a lot of force to increase the pressure on the pedals. In these circumstances, a mid-drive may not be best for you.  

In terms of gearing, with the hub drive bike the motor is directly connected to the wheel rim, a smaller wheel will provide a lower gear (better for going up hills). With a mid drive bike the motor power goes through the mechanical gearing of the bike which helps when going up hills because the power you put in and the motor power are both going through the bike gearing. 

Another consideration when looking at the hub drives and mid drive bikes relates to changing of a trye. With a hub drive ebike the wheel with the motor in it cannot be quick release. The nuts holding the wheel on need to be done up very tight to ensure that the axle does not spin when the motor starts turning. This means that if you needed to change a tyre on the side of the road then you need spanners not just a standard bike tool kit. With a mid drive bike the wheel are “standard” bike wheel and in some cases can be quick release which require no tools to remove the wheel. This is something to consider if the bike will be used for trekking and other offroad riding where you may not have access to a full set of tools. 

Typically for the same battery capacity and the same riding terrain a bike with a mid drive will go further than a hub drive bike because you cannot “cheat” or take it easy with a mid drive. You always have to put some effort in to get the motor to turn on. With a hub drive you can take it easy by using a higher power level and pedalling slowly, this will use more battery power. 

Electric bike riders with a disability – If riding with a disability, electric bikes can be an ideal way to reduce the impact of your disability on the use of a bike. Electric pedal assistance can reduce the impact of fatigue, muscle weakness, endurance and temperature management. A hub-drive motor where the rider does not have to push too hard on the pedals is ideal for someone living with ankle, knee, hip weaknesses or restrictions. These bikes are often easier to offer balance support using adult stabiliser wheels or as a trike. 

If you are wishing to improve your strength and use not lose your muscles, a more natural mid-drive may enable you to control the power usage more easily so you can participate in a wide range of riding scenarios so you are able to ride longer, further and more frequently. We can also modify electric bikes to accommodate different seating requirements, braking strengths, handlebar configurations and pedal needs to suit your disability and offer you the best option to get onto a bike in a sustainable and regular way. As NDIS Providers, we often provide quotes for riders to access either hub-drive and mid-drive electric bikes as part of their NDIS plan. 

73-year young woman proves tricycling is for EveryBody  

In a small coastal town on the northern rivers of Tasmania, 20km east of Devonport, residents and tourists are intrigued by a spritely 73-year young woman seen riding an electric semi-recumbent tricycle through parks and along waterways.

When this news reached us, we couldn’t resist the temptation to sit and chat with this interesting woman and share her story with you.

Eighteen months ago, Dawn, a life-long resident of Port Sorell, was suffering with debilitating knee pain, finding it increasingly difficult and painful to walk. 

Determined to not let her sore knees get in the way of her love for the outdoors, Dawn looked into cycling.

Having never ridden a bicycle in her entire life, Dawn learnt to ride a two-wheeler. However, she felt unsafe, finding that it was too high for her to manoeuvre, stop and get off easily.

Being well aware of her age and the possible outcome should she fall from a bicycle, Dawn continued to search for a solution. After a short while, she came across semi-recumbent e-tricycles. Dawn was excited as she figured ‘three wheels have got to be better than two!’

Dawn’s first contact was with a company selling semi-recumbent e-trikes in Holland. She was told the trike would cost her $15,000, and that was before shipping costs. This was out of the question for Dawn.

Then, along came Blind Freddy eBikes in Brisbane, Queensland. Dawn found the staff at Blind Freddy eBikes to be very easy to deal with. She felt they listened to her needs and were committed to ensuring she was informed every step of the way and satisfied with her purchase. To top it off, the Blind Freddy semi-recumbent e-tricycle was a third of the price of its overseas competitor, being a lot more affordable and accessible, being within Australia.

Dawn certainly lights up as she talks about her Blind Freddy semi-recumbent e-tricycle. It has provided her with independence, a sense of overall well-being, and she can cycle without knee pain.

Looks like Dawn's not the only one who loves her semi-recumbent electric tricycle
Looks like Dawn’s not the only one who loves her semi-recumbent electric tricycle

Dawn particularly likes the fact that when she stops, she still has a seat, so there’s no risk of her knees collapsing underneath her as what might happen on a conventional bicycle.

The e-trike is close to the ground so it’s easy for Dawn to get on and off, and she says it has wonderful brakes and excellent suspension. Dawn also mentions that the battery life is very good but points out that even if the battery does run out, the e-trike is easy to pedal home.

Dawn rides between 15 to 20 kilometres every day, weather permitting, with her legs pedalling the whole way, and she can crank her e-trike up to around 30km/hr. She can’t say she likes the feel of the wind in her hair as she still needs to wear a helmet, but she does love the wind and fresh air on her face, albeit freezing cold some days.   

The paths along the beach and waterways are Dawn’s most popular routes, but some people have met her off-road, along bumpy gravel and rocky paths in the local national forest, of which the e-trike handles extremely well.

As Dawn rides around her beloved hometown, she is often stopped by inquisitive bypassers who are intrigued (and very impressed) by her clever mode of transport, often allowing serious lookers to have a quick try.

Dawn is so happy with her Blind Freddy semi-recumbent e-tricycle and her new-found freedom, she often finds excuses not to go home!

It was an inspirational time spent chatting with Dawn. There’s certainly no stopping her, and her story of determination and willingness to take on a new challenge can only be an encouragement to others. Thanks so much, Dawn… Keep Triking!

Blind Freddy eBikes stock a wide range of manual and electric bicycles and tricycles, suitable for anybody and everybody.

EveryBody eBikes – Our Roots

WHY SHOP WITH US?

Electric bikes come in many styles and sizes. We aim to provide something for every body – no matter your shape or size or your intended travel plans.

We specialise in folding ebikes for travelling and commuting, step-through and flat bar rides for around town or along the coast and three-wheelers to transport your shopping, your pets or just you.

We want to make it easier for everybody to be assisted and we stock a wide range of options for people with balance issues or living with disabilities. We aim to be inclusive and to offer as many choices as possible to get you on the road, the bike path or trail without having to spend a fortune.

We are a small, family owned business. Our passion is about riding and being outdoors, smoothing those hills to entice even reluctant riders back in the saddle and we do it without lycra and with good, old-fashioned service. Buy local, make a difference.

WHAT CAN EVERYBODY EBIKES DO FOR YOU?

We strive to keep our prices low without compromising on quality, function, appeal or serviceability. We stock ebikes designed and configured by our team and compliant with international standards (EN15194), imported directly to the store to keep costs down. We also stock locally distributed ebikes to extend our range and can order in specific models upon request. Our BF-branded bikes are exclusive to us and we are proud of the quality and reliability of our range.

Many want a bike which can handle our local conditions. Our ebike customers benefit from:

  • strong and light-weight frames made from low corrosive material to suit our coastal conditions and make handling easier
  • clear provenance of batteries supplied with genuine Samsung, Panasonic or LG cells and certified chargers for safety and peace of mind
  • great performance without a huge price tag, achieving over 50km riding and sometimes closer to 100km on a single charge
  • easy-mount designs in bikes and trikes to prevent riders the discomfort of swinging their legs
  • fewer punctures resulting from kevlar-shielded tyres
  • local servicing and a dedicated workshop stocked with spare parts, accessories and replacements to keep our customers on the road longer
  • an experienced team focussed on helping those new to e-bikes as well as the dedicated traveller, commuter or recreational rider
  • options for renting to try a range of bikes before making a big commitment (recreational, rent to buy, try before you buy)

We want you to enjoy riding, to take the challenge of riding more and for more reasons and to share that enjoyment back with the community which has provided the bike.  See you soon!

ANDREA AND RICHARD HERKLOTS, PROUD OWNERS OF BLIND FREDDY ELECTRIC BIKES

WHAT IS AN EBIKE?

For those who are new to electric mobility, an ebike is a manual bicycle with an electric motor which can assist when you are pedalling. This is known as pedalec and is a legal requirement in Australia. The assistance level can be selected by the rider and adjusted for the slope. The more power you use, the easier the hills will feel.

In Australia, ebikes must be restricted to 250W power for legal use on roads. Our bikes are typically powered by a 200W or 250W motor to tackle most terrain and fueled by a 36V 10.4Ah battery, so most people can ride for over 50km between charges.

BLIND FREDDY ELECTRIC BIKES IS AN UNUSUAL NAME

The name was a carry-over from the previous owner’s venetian blind cleaning business! He started building electric bikes on the side and soon it became a passion which took over his other work activities, but the name remained.

Although the name predates selling bikes, it has grown on us and our customers and is now synonymous with open, honest and helpful advise and a good range of good quality bikes at a reasonable price.

THE ACCIDENTAL CYCLISTS! – AN EXPERIENCE BY CUSTOMERS CATHY & STEVE

I had never thought of riding a bike, but at the beginning of 2020, I decided to investigate this foreign concept!  I stumbled across Blind Freddy’s website and it was by far the most enticing for the nervous, hoping to be cyclist!Nothing was too much trouble for Blind Freddy owner Andrea to explain, and she was completely unperturbed by our lack of cycling knowledge and genuine fear of getting on a bike!  I had spotted the e-trike range online and was keen to look more at these.  On a test ride on the trike, I was very nervous, very slow, but all the time Andrea was so encouraging and helpful.  She even adjusted the seat to one that was seriously like sitting on a comfy couch!

 We left having purchased an e-trike and also a folding e-bike with stabilisation wheels for my husband, who had never ridden a bike in his life before!  We decided, while it looked most unusual, at least we were on our way to learning to ride!  We found the least busy bike ways in Brisbane and our confidence quickly grew!

 Andrea and Richard have a great approach and serious expertise which means they help you select just the right bike for you, they won’t sell a bike until you are safe enough riding it, and they are so encouraging and supportive, and all of this sets them apart from any other bike shop.  They allow you the time to try different bikes and make the whole experience fun and super supportive.About six months after having the trike, I was on a mission to buy a bike!  Back to Blind Freddy’s and Andrea suggested the Lekkar Jordaan e-bike, which has been the perfect bike for me.  While I still ride the trike often, I also really enjoy being on the bike!  Never did I think we would have any need for a bike rack, however we have one now, and we are trying out so many of the great bike paths in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

While purchasing a bike or trike is a substantial purchase, it has worked out much cheaper fo bus than previously purchased (and sometimes poorly used!) gym memberships.Steve has progressed now to a Roma e-bike, and is loving his upgrade on the recommendation of Andrea and Richard.

 A trip to Blind Freddy’s is such a wonderful experience – not only do you get personalised service, but you are assured of getting a bike that is right for you, considering your lifestyle and your ability, be it as a seasoned cyclist or conpletely lacking in any bike riding experience as we were!  Plus they have the best ever range of accessories for you bike!  They are full of helpful tips to get the most out of your bike and they are genuinely interested in ensuring you have fun while cycling!  The best customer service while you shop in the best bike shop – Blind Freddy’s!

– Cathy & Steve— Andrea HerklotsTagged: carefreecommunitytestimonial

GET ON YOUR BIKE! HALCYON LAKESIDE’S “BIKIE GANG” STAR ON LOCAL TV

Local television news crews report on the ‘Halcyon Hooligans’, watch Channel 7’s coverage, by clicking the play button above, and Channel 9 here.

The look of “pure joy” on Sandy Chadwick’s face when she started riding her e-bike around Halcyon Lakeside was the inspiration for more than 30 other homeowners to buy their own.

“When the pool closed during lockdown, I knew I had to get some exercise on another way and the second I got my bike, I was on it all the time and then everyone wanted one,” she said.

“Everybody said that when they saw me riding, the look of pure joy was the incentive for them to go and buy one themselves.

“It went around the place so fast and now we have at least 30 to 40 people who are now the owners of an e-bike.”

While not an official group, homeowners from Lakeside’s “bikie gang” as they are affectionately known, can be found riding around the community or around Parklakes II.

Sandy said her arthritis and double knee replacement means it is difficult for her to walk for long distances comfortably, so she needs a low impact exercise which supports her joints.

“I always ride around the community and then outside of the gates around the lakes at least twice a day,” she said.

“It has given me my legs back and the freedom to just get up and go, which has been very powerful for me.”

Sandy said she bought her four-wheeler bike, which does have a motor but also needs to be pedalled for it to move.

“I can use the “assist” feature on different levels but I do need to pedal or the bike will stop,” she said. “I like that I have to pedal as it has helped my leg strength and my fitness, but the most amazing thing is the freedom I feel.

“It’s given me my life back.”— Andrea HerklotsTagged: community