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May 23 / 2022

Top tips for long-distance ebike rides

For anyone who deems themselves a cyclist, there is nothing like long-distance bike rides to bring a sense of fulfilment and unparalleled freedom. Now if you’re new to this kind of adventure, or never even attempted to go for a bike ride longer than two hours, rest assured: there’s no need to feel intimidated. Successful, long-distance cycling usually comes down to proper strategy and good planning. Not just fitness.

Our partners from World Sketching Tours know all about what it takes to make it through long-distance bike rides. Just last summer, they rode across Portugal in our C500 Trekking model. And from what we’ve heard they had the greatest time, with just the right amount of planning, time management, and preparation before their journey.

Of course, long-distance ebike rides do require a certain level of endurance, and it’s best to work on gradually building the distance and difficulty of your rides. Many experienced long-distance cyclists recommend that if your weekend ride is two hours, over more or less eight weeks, add about a half hour to each ride in training.

Now when the time comes and you are ready to start your adventure, consider the following tips:

 

  1. Ride Smart

If you want to ride longer, you can’t go all out right from the start. That includes pedalling in an efficient gear—one that isn’t too hard and won’t ‘burn’ your legs. By maintaining a relatively high cadence, you give your aerobic and muscular systems a break. Long-distance bike rides are all about efficiency. On an ebike this is also key to maintain your battery capacity and efficacy.

 

  1. Nutrition and hydration are key

When you’re out on long-distance bike rides, eating and drinking regularly are fundamental for sustaining your effort. Eat a bite or two of food every 15 minutes— this consistency over the day is crucial. Remember to plan stops to refill bottles and have a snack. On a long distance trip a road side restaurant is your best friend. Grab a snack, talk to the locals, this will elevate your experience!

 

  1. Apply the Rule of Thirds

For beginners, long-distance bike rides may seem overwhelming. So, our advice is for you to divide the days ride into three more or less equal distances and have a plan for each of those segments. The first segment should feel easy, just spinning along. During the second, you should start to feel your muscles working. If you have any jam left, show it in the last third. Find motivation in companions, in your surroundings and in the journey itself. This is still true with an ebike, to make sure you still have some juicy in your battery too.

 

  1. Watch the wind

On adventures such as this, the wind can either be your friend or your foe. If traveling with a group, look out for each other and communicate often.

 

  1. Plan for unforeseen circumstances

In long-distance bike rides the number of things that can go wrong are, admittedly greater. It’s likely your ride will be like the proverbial walk in the park, but one should be prepared nonetheless. At a minimum, carry gear to fix at least two flats, a multitool, your cell phone, your ID, and cash. Also, if you find a fellow rider in need consider stopping and helping. What goes around, comes around. Also, don’t forget your ebike charger!

Speaking of that…

 

  1. Make sure your ebike is charged whenever possible

Going on long-distance bike rides on an ebike it is important to charge the battery of your BEEQ whenever possible to help the journey go smoother.

 

As we said in the beginning, to take on such an adventure can be extremely fulfilling. In fact, for true bike lovers there is nothing quite like the feeling of make a journey such as this, despite the physical effort you may endure. At the end it will all be worth it.

BEEQing is about creating your own path. Be the architect of your own opportunities. Allow yourself to explore the world the way it makes you happier, making life a truly unique experience.

Take the first step towards long-distance bike rides. Contact us!

 

Need inspiration for your next adventure? Check out the Great Guadiana Route guide put together by our friends World Sketching Tours.

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Jun 03 / 2020

EU countries roll out incentives for E-Bike purchase

Updated 11th April 2021

 

All through Europe we are witnessing a renewed commitment to promote new ways of mobility in urban centers.

We fully support these incentives as they are a way to stimulate the people in making the right decision and choosing a bike for their everyday activities.

So, in order for you to take advantage of these incentives we have compiled a list, by country, of the incentives available.

 

We will keep it updated as more news roll out.

 

Portugal

With the National Enviromental Fund you can get up to 350€ for on an E-Bike purchase funded by the Government

 Click here to apply

·        Lisbon

The city Hall offers up to 500€ in eBike purchase incetives for residents

 Click here to apply

 

Italy

There is a national incentive in place where you can get up to 500€ to help purchase your new ebike.

Click here know more

 

France

There are National and city wide incentives in place, depending on where you live you can be awarded up to 500€  

Click here to apply

·      Paris

La municipalité is offering up to 400€ on the purchase of a new eBike for those who choose to make the change and use an electric bikes as a main mode of transport

click here to apply

 

UK

Companies can support their staff with commuter bikes for purchase through the Green Commute Initiative

Click to know more

 

Austria

Nacional incentive of up to 500€

Click here to apply

 

Belgium

Several cities have their own incentives that can go up to 500€

Click to know more

 

The Netherlands

Companies award their staff a extra subsidy for commuting to work by bike

Click to know more

 

Germany

Cities like Munich are commited to roll out incentives of up to 500€ and there is plan for a nation wide incentive

Click to know more

 

There are some recent news on new incentives that are being planned to be presented for the rest of the year.

 

The future is looking good for e-mobility, and we are all about it!

#RIDESMART

 

 

May 13 / 2021

Behind BEEQ - How our ebikes are made

Designed, created and produced in Portugal, BEEQ was born out of a need to jump start a movement of change. 

  

At a critical moment for mobility when the world is beginning to think of the bicycle as a safe and healthy alternative to move around in cities, BEEQ emerges as the solution for those looking to make the smart choice - European-produced ebikes, with a focus in quality and at a competitive price. 

 

Where it all started 

  

BEEQ is a brand of RTE, one of the leading bicycles manufacturers in Europe, based in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.  

 

Understanding and believing in the potential and the role of electric bicycles for the sustainability of our planet, the brand started as a small project within the company to explore the know-how and high-quality standards developed over its years in the industry. 

 

Joining the mobility revolution that is inspiring cities and communities takes time and a lot of hard work.  

 

The brand was "in vitro" for 3 years while we tried hard to launch with the best range possible.  

 

We perfected the models, the logo design, the strategy and message. Looking for the right partners who share the same DNA as our company, who care for the sensational experience an e-bike can offer as much as we do. 

 

Production processes where adjusted, and new technologies developed to have one of the most inovative ebike production lines out there. 

 

No detail was left to chance. 

 

From a small laboratory, to the big city 

 

The result of the BEEQ project is a set of reliable, urban, sophisticated, competent and fun e-bikes.  

 

Launched in July 2020, amid one of the craziest periods of recent history, the brand helped contribute to the unprecedented cycling boom we witness today. 

 

Gorgeous, high quality and well made e-bikes that can be purchased, safely, anywhere in Europe, in the comfort of your own home. 

 

No compromise attitude 

Since 1983 our company as developed a platform of quality and innovation in our facilities that result, today, in around 7.000 bicycles produced per day. 

 

That knowloge and standards are now being applied to make BEEQ a trustworthy, high quality staple in the electric bicycle market. 

 

Our brand is made up of a young spirited and ambitious team with scrappy product developers, designers and engineers, proudly making reliable and affordable electric bikes in Europe for the whole world to enjoy. 

 

 

#ridesmart

Jul 05 / 2021

Join the BEEQ Experience

#BEEQEXPERIENCE
 
 
Summer fever has arrived and we've gone loco!
 
 
We are offering you the opportunity to ride a BEEQ, for 2 months, without any cost or commitment!
 
 
 
 
 
BEEQ is a brand of electric bicycles made in Portugal that is revolutionizing the way the people move in their daily lives.
 
 
 
BEEQ ebikes are urban, sustainable and stylish.
 
 
 
We want you to have the opportunity to participate in this mobility revolution that is inspiring the whole of Europe.
 
 
 
What do you have to do to be one of the lucky ones selected?
 
 
 
It couldn't be easier:
 
 
 
Follow BEEQ on Instagram and record a short video that illustrates why you should be the recipient of the BEEQ Experience.
 
 

Film → Tagg → Share

 
 
❶ Record a short video - no more than 30 seconds
 
 
 
❷ Film vertically - to be easier to share in stories
 
 
 
❸ Explain to us how the electric bike will change your daily life
 
 
❹ Be creative, bold, funny.
 
 
 
❺ Inspire us!
 
 
 
❻ Share in your Instagram stories and identify @beeq.bicycles
 
 
 
❼ Don't forget to use #beeqexperience
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you going to miss this opportunity?? Summer is here and it calls for some good bike rides.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Already have a BEEQ?! You're amazing!
 
 
 
And you can also be the ideal person to motivate these guys!
 
 
 
Share with us what it's like to be the proud owner of a BEEQ and how it changed your life!
 
 
 
Use #beeqexperience and #beeqfamily and join the party!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our team will review the most creative and inspiring submissions and pre-select 20 submissions.
 
 
 
A sensational robot will complete the process by selecting the winner at random.
 
 
 
The 2 (two) first winners will be selected on July 16, 2021.
 
 
 
A new selection of the 2 (two) remaining winners will be made on July 31, 2021.
 
 
 
 
This selection will be reported transparently by BEEQ.
 
 
 
The selection and winners will be announced on the various pages of the brand.
 
 
 
Winners will be contacted by the brand via Instagram to later send data for access to the use of the electric bicycle during the period stipulated by the contest.
 
 
 
Offer valid only for residents in mainland Portugal.
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