Clichés about cycling in the city are hard to dispel. However, life for cyclists in the city is evolving more and more positively in most large French cities.
A few examples of preconceived ideas that the Teebike editorial team was happy to dispel
"I'm not fit enough to cycle, it's too sporty
Most cities in France are relatively flat, with the highest point rarely exceeding 100 to 200 metres. In addition, many French people live within 10km of their place of work. So, unless you live at the foot of the Alps, it is quite rare to have to change gears to cope with a steep gradient on the way to work.
But as this can still happen to some of you and others have to face long distances, we have thought of a solution to allow you to overcome this situation: thanks to its high-end electric motor, the Teebike electric wheel is there to allow you to climb any hill and to bring you to your destination by managing your effort perfectly, without sweating!
"Cities are not suitable for cycling".
The days when bicycles slalomed between cars or were only saved by bus lanes are over. In most French cities, numerous works and measures have been undertaken to rebalance the use of different modes of transport and in particular to reduce the nuisance caused by motorised vehicles (pollution, noise and accidents).
Policies for the development of cycling areas are a response to a strong demand from citizens to resume cycling and leave the car or scooter in the garage.
And the good news is that at the heart of these new policies and modes of transport is Teebike, the solution that allows you to equip your bike electrically to go to work, to meet your friends, to do your shopping, in short, to carry out all your journeys without asking any questions!
"Cycling is slow and I lose time
All the studies prove it: in the city, you go faster by bike (15km/h on average) than by car (14km/h in the main French cities). If you add to that the time it takes to find a parking space or an accessible car park, the bike saves you a hell of a lot of time!
And what's more, it ensures a predictable journey, promotes punctuality (no more passenger accidents and endless traffic jams), but also your good mood (no more BIS passenger accidents and endless traffic jams). And if we tell you that, on top of that, the Teebike wheel should attract the sympathy of the people you meet (it's true that it's a pretty daisy!), then it's a jackpot, no?
"Cycling is dangerous
In the 2018 Accidentology Report (link to the study and say who conducted it?), less than 10% of road casualties are cyclists (compared to 47% for motorcyclists, 20% for motorists and 23% for pedestrians). Cycling therefore remains one of the safest means of travel. And the development of 30km/h zones and the expansion of protected cycle paths are all risk factors that have been reduced.
However, there are a few things you should know: protect yourself with a helmet, check your bell, equip yourself with front and rear lights and above all, take your time (especially if you ride a bike equipped with a Teebike wheel, which will get you to your destination in good time and without sweating, no matter how difficult the journey)!
"The bike is expensive to maintain and I don't know anything about mechanics.
A bike is: less than 100 euros second hand and from 250 to 300 euros for a new one of very good quality. Add a Teebike wheel and your budget stays under 1000€!
This is still much lower than the budget for a small city car, which will cost you around 500 euros per month (maintenance, petrol, depreciation of the purchase, parking).
Compared to an annual public transport pass, the cost of a bike with its Teebike wheel is also less than a year's subscription.
Finally, in most cities, associations offer training in self-repair. You can also contact repairers such as Cyclofix, who will come to your home or office to repair or work on your bike for a few euros. Cyclofix is Teebike's partner and will be able to install the wheel and/or fix any technical problems with speed, professionalism and a big smile.
There are too many stolen bikes!
To begin with, buying a U-shaped lock considerably reduces the risk. Additional tips:
* Attach your bike to a fixed point in a busy street
* Register and mark your bike's frame with the bicycle code, which will give you an engraved number that is listed in a national file. This is its identity card. And thanks to this number, if your bike is stolen and found, you can be contacted.
The Teebike wheel has thought of everything! It is equipped with a connected anti-theft device with alarm. How does it work?
It's easy! When you activate the anti-theft device, the wheel locks in reverse and sets off an alarm if someone moves the wheel. In addition, we provide you with a physical anti-theft device that allows you to attach your wheel to the bike or to a mounting point.
You can't carry anything on a bike!
Is it impossible to carry your laptop, your shopping and your youngest child's school gear on your bike? Bicycle manufacturers have not waited for the bicycle to become fashionable again to offer waterproof panniers, detachable baskets or shopping baskets that can be fitted to the bicycle frame. Once you've loaded your child seat, trailer, shopping basket or children into your cargo box, you're ready to go, but sometimes there's another difficulty you have to deal with: the weight of the equipped bike!
Here again, the Teebike wheel has the solution: thanks to its powerful motor, which can start by itself with a simple click on the application, you will no longer feel the weight of what you are carrying and you will arrive at your destination without straining or sweating.