Bikes & Health – what can we learn from Europe?

This is a very interesting article by the people at SustainaBlog, it comes with a great infographic that contains some staggering facts…

Bikes and Health: What Can We Learn from Europe? (Infographic) (via sustainablog)

Are we Americans driving ourselves to obesity… literally? Yep, we love our cars here… but our reliance on them for nearly all of our transportation could be killing us… and costing us a ton of money. We’ve looked before at the economic impact of bicycling infrastructure, but creating more opportunity…

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Cycle Show to Caravan Show

As usual it’s been a very busy Autumn for Bigfish. Not long after Eurobike, we’re just back from two more trade shows…

First of all we were present on our UK distributor Avocet’s booth at the UK Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This was the first year for the show in its new location and it felt pretty cavernous at times, but the space was nice compared to the hustle and bussle of the previous London shows, and the crowd was certainly a healthy size and more representative of the British Isles; and the test track was excellent (also helped by the weather being absolutely stunning).

After that we were present on the Adria booth at the Caravan and Motorhome Show. Adria were giving away a free Bigfish with every motorhome purchase.  And I’m delighted to say they did rather well.

Fortunately I managed to avoid telling people “we’re giving a free motorhome away with every Bigfish bike”. Wouldn’t have gone down well. At all.

Thanks to everyone who came along to say hello and we’re delighted that you’re as excited as we are about our next generation Bigfish, the Line and Wave (due out next year)!

Here’s a little video (filmed and edited on iphone) of me folding the new Bigfish Line. Check out the awesome button releases!

Bigfish Line

Bigfish with Adria motorhomes

Doing Something Nice For Ashraf

In the recent UK riots, despite the horror of the events themselves, one of the most heartening things to happen was the general public’s spirit of positive defiance against the rioters and support for the victims.

Londoner Jamie Cowen was so moved by the YouTube footage of the young Malaysian student, Ashraf Haziq – who was filmed after being beaten up, and as helped to his feet was openly robbed by the same people – that he decided to positively demonstrate the UK public’s support for Ashraf and other victims. Cowen created a wonderful campaign called Let’s Do Something Nice For Ashraf that received widespread support throughout the UK and beyond.

Upon hearing that Ashraf had also had his bike stolen in the incident, we at Bigfish immediately decided to donate one of our folding bikes to him.

Below you can see Ashraf being presented with his Bigfish by Malaysian Deputy High Commissioner Mr Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah. View Bigfish’s Robert Logie presenting the bike on the Malaysian High Commission’s website here.

Bigfish new models premiered at Eurobike

Bigfish @Eurobike

“It’s so nice to see something different on the market”

This was an oft-heard phrase from visitors to our stand, last week at Europe’s largest cycle trade show, Eurobike (view Flickr photoset)

The big news from Bigfish is that we are extending our line of folding bikes in 2012, and we were showcasing the new bikes at Eurobike. The new models will be called Bigfish Line and Bigfish Wave, and we will also be bringing out an e-Bike. All the bikes have a totally new way of folding, via a system that is notably different from any others on the market. We have called it ‘Smart Folding technology’ – the reason is self-explanatory!

One of the most exciting things that we learnt at the show is that, contrary to almost all other folders, there is no right or wrong way of folding the Bigfish Line… you can do it in any order.

At 18,3 kg, and with a small Sunstar motor fitted to the Bigfish Line, our e-Bike will be one of the lightest and most compact electric folding bikes on the market. Sunstar’s centrally-located motor allows perfectly-balanced handling and the integrated torque sensor provides smooth acceleration.

Interest in all models was fantastic. If you’d like to be kept in the loop for release details, please contact us here.

Bigfish to premiere new bikes at Eurobike!

Bigfish is delighted to announce a new e-upgrade, technological enhancements and a completely new line called (conveniently enough), the Bigfish Line! (pictured). We will be demonstrating all the latest developments for 2012 at Eurobike between 31 Aug-3rd Sept. Also, look out for us in Bike Europe magazine!