LATEST NEWS

Come here for all the latest news about DryCycle, as it's released!

10/05/21 - Facebook Post: Global Cycling Network Review:

 

We were really excited to receive a call from Global Cycling Network who were intrigued & fascinated by our DryCycles!

So…. eager to give the DryCycles a go for themselves, we were invited to visit Global Cycling Network at their UK HQ in Bath where Si & Hank gave our DryCycles the full GCN treatment!

Check out their video below ...& don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTaETsuCOkJ0H_GAztWt0Q

We are taking bookings by appointment for Test Rides so please do come and take a DryCycle out for a spin yourself! Book your test ride here: https://www.drycycle.co.uk/testride

Thanks for your continued interest, for any further information please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

07/05/21 - Facebook Post: DryCycle's Kickstarter Campaign ....4 Days To Go! 

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With just a few more days to go until the end of our Kickstarter Campaign we have maintained a steady progress assembling our first batch of 20 DryCycles!

Further to completing the installation of our wiring harnesses, we are really excited now to make the DryCycles start looking like DryCycles … as assembly of the body panels begins.

We are using a white acrylic capped ABS and a clear hard coated polycarbonate which are bonded together using 2 different sorts of primer and marine grade adhesive.

The panel materials are held in our bespoke Gluing Jigs during the bonding process. Below is a sequence of photos that shows you in more detail exactly how the construction takes place… our story so far if you will ….& this is our story & we’re ‘sticking’ to it!

(eeek, terrible Glue Pun … so sorry, I believe the glue may have got to me a little today!!) But do ‘Stick’ with us ….as the assembly of our fully formed DryCycles forges ahead!

Your continued support has been so important, and we really do appreciate the encouragement you have shown us along the way. Please support our project on Kickstarter, its really simple, just click here https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced... as we’d love for you to be one of the reasons that DryCycles have succeed out there into the big wide world!

Thanks for your continued interest. For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk We are open by appointment only for any Test Ride bookings. For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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8 Line up polycarbonate into front wing.

27/04/21 - Facebook Post: DryCycle's Kickstarter Campaign ....14 Days to Go!

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As the countdown to the end of our Kickstarter Campaign draws nearer, the momentum increases as we move forwards with assembling our first batch of 20 DryCycles!

I am pleased to report that our wiring harnesses are now being installed into each vehicle (as you can see below) Each wiring harness takes approximately 6 hours to install … a slow and steady process but we are making great progress!

We are soon to start work on assembling the DryCycle body panels as we have taken delivery of our hard coated polycarbonate today. We will of course continue to update you as production proceeds!

Your continued support has been so important, and we really do appreciate the encouragement you have shown us along the way. Please support our project on Kickstarter, its really simple, just click here https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced... as we’d love for you to be one of the reasons that DryCycles have succeed out there into the big wide world!

Thanks for your continued interest. For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk We are open by appointment only for any Test Ride bookings. For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

22/04/21 - Facebook Post: 'I rode the DryCycle up the steepest hill in London and this is what happened!'

Our friend John Williams of Velo-Ads, who you may remember seeing riding around London in our DryCycle Mark VII last year is back!


This time he's in the DryCycle Mark VIII!  Take a look at the video below where John effortlessly achieves his arrival to the top of one of London’s steepest hill climbs …Swains Lane!


As always, thanks for your continued interest.  For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk  For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

20/04/21 - Facebook Post: We're making great headway with the continued production of our first batch of 20 vehicles! 

You can see in the photo below our first 10 production frames progressing through assembly, now all equipped with their wheels and gearboxes, as well as the pairs of yellow grab handles. Yesterday we finished fitting the motors and front chain tensioners and today started to fit the wiring harnesses. We will send you more photos in the coming days.

Our welding specialists are currently welding together the other 10 frames at their factory with the components already produced by another supplier. As you can see from the photo, the intricacy of our frames are far greater than a bicycle frame, they really do sit somewhere between a low volume specialist electric car and a high specification e-bike in terms of complexity to build, and the price needed to sell them at.

We're doing all that we can to actually make these products to show the world that small, efficient, crash and weather protected electric vehicles are possible and desirable, both for the individual rider and as a whole for society, but we can't do this alone …

We need your help please … and really do appreciate the encouragement you have shown us along the way. Please support our project on Kickstarter, its really simple, just click here https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced... as we’d love for you to be one of the reasons that DryCycles succeed out there into the big wide world!

Thanks for your continued interest. For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk We are open by appointment only for any Test Ride bookings. For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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12/04/21 - Facebook Post: DryCycle have launched a Kickstarter Campaign!

We’re almost ready to bring DryCycles to market …

• Multiple Prototypes produced 

• Test Rides provided to hundreds of members of the public at Cycle Show Events

• Crash Safety & Vehicle Endurance Testing (conducted by two different professional testing houses)

• Factory Up & Running

• Contracts with Suppliers Signed

• Productions of first batch of 20 X DryCycles is underway

So far, no other company has managed to bring to market an enclosed pedal cycle designed for commuters. We have waited for as long as funds have allowed us too before deciding to launch DryCycle on Kickstarter. With just a few design changes necessary and with stock of almost all the components required to build our first production vehicles we need DryCycle to succeed.

As with all projects during the last 12 months, Covid has unexpectedly delayed us and raised our costs. The more money we raise, the more quickly we can supply the world with DryCycles, which benefits everyone:

• Less Traffic

• Less Pollution

• Regular Exercise

• Cost savings on fuel, health costs and gym memberships

If you can, please support us on Kickstarter! It’s really easy, just simply click the link below. As reward you will receive a digital version of one of our dynamic DryCycle design sketches!

https://www.kickstarter.com/.../drycycle-fully-enclosed-4...

Thanks for your continued interest. For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk We are open by appointment only for any Test Ride bookings. For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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08/04/21 - Facebook Post : Electroheads 'Meet the tiny electric car that's actually a bicycle'

We were delighted to welcome Jack, Eilis & Moja from Electroheads to come & review our DryCycles last week. They toured Bedford by road & cycle paths & took a scenic route through Bedford Embankment!

Check out their video below ...& don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel !

https://youtu.be/SOjnyPsksEo

19/03/21 - Facebook Post 'How many Easter Eggs will fit inside the boot space of a  DryCycle?'

We’d like to demonstrate for you, the impressive amount of boot space in a DryCycle and since it’s almost that time of year again (even though chocolate eggs have lined the shelves in supermarkets since boxing day!!) we’ve measured the volume with Easter Eggs!

*The dimensions of each easter egg box used is H:185mm x L:88mm x W:88mm*

We managed to stash 40 Easter Eggs in the boot, this was with me sat in the driver seat. I am 6’3” tall, therefore the seat was positioned quite a long way back. With the seat positioned to accommodate a 5’2” tall rider we were able to add a further 20 Easter Eggs into the boot. In both cases, the seat was reclined!

So… there you go, 60 Easter Eggs in the boot of a DryCycle!

Ok, enough of the chocolate dimensions! This was just an excuse to indulge before the big day really!! Actually …we only ate a couple, after taking the photos the Easter Eggs were donated to a local food bank and hopefully will put some lovely smiles on faces over the next few weeks … who doesn’t love an Easter Egg?!

The dimensions of the DryCycle boot space is W: 630mm x H: 660mm and the distance between the backrest and the back of the boot space varies up to 460mm. Not forgetting that batteries will occupy some of this space. If you pull the seat all the way forward and barely recline it then you can get up to 130 litres of boot space, and create even more if you’re happy to pile up above the fixed sides of the vehicle. Boot space (up to the fixed sides) is about 75 litres behind a well reclined seat accommodating a 6’3” rider.

I hope you agree that the boot space in a DryCycle is greater than first appearances may suggest, and certainly more commodious than a basket on the Easter Bunnies bicycle

Thanks for your continued interest. For any other information or to book a test drive, please visit our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk For all our latest news and videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

Happy Easter!

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05/03/21 - Facebook Post: We've just been featured on Startup Selfie!

Their video compilation is getting lots of views and comments whilst people discover our DryCycles, check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=937736290302794

05/03/21 - Facebook Post: Metal Ball Test!!

So ....having already crash tested our DryCycles, we thought the sensible thing to try next would be to throw a Stainless Steel ball at one of the windows!

Check out how our DryCycle does in our YouTube video:

Thanks for watching, feel free to like, share & subscribe

26/02/21 - Facebook Post

Further Developments at DryCycle Ltd … We are please to report that our welding specialists are making excellent progress and have now moved onto working on the tubing sections of the frames.

We have enclosed some recent photos of Front Swing Arms and Canopy Arms, Rear Swing Arms and Completed Frames above.

We look forward to bringing the completed welds across to our factory very soon ready for continued assembly of our DryCycles.

Thank you for your continued interest. As always, for all our latest news or to book a test drive, please check out our website at www.DryCycle.co.uk For all our latest videos, please also check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/.../UCDzwZB1Z6ydls2PfmVAvMWA/videos and don't forget to subscribe!

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18/02/21 -News Letter

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Launch Video Released!

Hi Everyone, Apologies for the length of time since our last Newsletter, we've been busy as ever with production and also testing over at Millbrook, and Andy unfortunately had Covid prior to Christmas and so had to recover and self isolate with his family for a while as well. Thankfully it was a mild case for him, and we're all now back up to full speed again.

We did also manage to get our Launch Video filmed and edited together .....

Thanks for your continued support and interest and we look forward to getting customers into DryCycles soon.

If you’d like to arrange a Test Ride here

To reserve your DryCycle click here.

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

02/02/21 - Facebook Post

Further results of our crash testing!

Our DryCycles have now completed 2 rounds of crash testing at Millbrook Proving Ground.

Both Mark VII and Mark VIII DryCycle models have each undergone side & front impact crash tests.

We shared the results from the MKVIII side impact test with you back in November 2020 and would now like to show you the results from the front impact test (see video below)

This was a front impact crash tested at 31mph (50kph), our previous front crash testing was at 15.5mph (25kph) but this time, we wanted to see the durability of our DryCycle crash tested at the maximum likely speed in an urban environment, and at twice the electrically assisted top speed of a DryCycle.

We’re happy with the results and pleased to report that the HIC₁₅ (Head Injury Criteria) number for the DryCycle in this front impact increased speed of 31mph was only 72.00. This is far below the 700 threshold for severe head injuries, so the risk of severe head injury in this accident scenario is extremely low.

19/01/20 - Facebook Post

Developments at DryCycle Ltd in 2021 so far …

• We are pleased to confirm that all the components for our next batch of 20 DryCycles have been delivered safely to our aluminum welding specialists.

• Our DryCycles continue their endurance testing with Millbrook Proving Ground who are currently running our vehicles through their paces on various bumpy road surfaces, so far, they have covered over 100 kms.

• Bureau Veritas have approved DryCycles hinged steering levers, having carried out a handlebar and steering mechanism fatigue test (see photo below), so our DryCycles from now on will feature a hinged steering lever to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.

Thank you for your continued interest, we have enclosed some recent photos of the DryCycle ‘Mark VIII’ below. For all our latest news, please check out our recently enhanced website at www.DryCycle.co.uk

Please call us on tel. 01234 224493 to arrange a DryCycle Test Drive (when it is safe to do so of course!)

In the meantime, from all here at DryCycle Ltd we would like to wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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22/12/20 - Facebook Post

2020 has been an unusual year to say the least. One none of us could have predicted… however we’ve made it through and are really excited and look forward to sharing all of our news as we bring DryCycle Mark VIII to market. Why not treat yourself to a test ride? Simply visit our website www.drycycle.co.uk for further details and to reserve your DryCycle in 2021!

In the meantime, all of us here at DryCycle Ltd would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!

Team at Millbrook for Crash Testing
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29/09/20 - Newsletter

Welcome Back!

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The Mark VIII - Now in White! -  We also gave our logo and website a spruce up!

Following lockdown and the strange few months that have followed, we are pleased to announce that DryCycle Ltd is firmly back to business and making excellent progress on the production of our first batch of DryCycles!

The forming of our plastic body panels is well underway to compliment the work carried out by our welding specialists who have provided us with our first completed frames, now ready to fit the necessary components that will finish off these vehicles.

Meanwhile, we have scheduled a further round of Crash Testing at Millbrook Proving Ground and look forward to being able to share the results with you very soon… watch this space!

It’s been a while since we have been able to share any of our news, so I am very pleased to enclose some pictures of our vehicles at their ‘rudimentary stage’ ….Each one ready and waiting for customization to refine/transform them into DryCycles ….available for use on the cycle paths and roads this winter!

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Now more than ever during this time of uncertainty around the pandemic, we should consider our wellbeing and do all that we can to improve our mental as well as physical health.

 

Using your daily commute to work as a means of exercise in a DryCycle is the perfect way to achieve a positive change to your lifestyle.Cycling can be built into your daily life without having to make too many changes to your routine and can be done so in the warm and dry cabin of a DryCycle during the coming winter months.

 

Swapping the tedious commute for cycling to and from work will result in a much lower risk of feeling stressed as regular exercise can help keep you healthy both in body and mind. Cycling is low impact, therefore suitable for almost anyone willing to give it a try, no matter what your ability or fitness level.  Aerobic exercise, running or cycling can help reduce feelings of anxiety and gets you out and about!

 

The rewards of course, can be both financial and healthy. Owning a DryCycle deems a gym membership unnecessary and you will also notice that after time, your levels of stress have reduced and fitness increased.  It’s been proven that regular exercise enhances memory and creative thinking…greatly improving your overall mood and wellbeing.

 

To buy your DryCycle click here.

 

If you’d like to arrange a Test Ride from the beginning of November onwards click here

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

Due to Covid-19, DryCycle Ltd stopped Newsletters for a time

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21/02/20 - Newsletter

Exterior Design Complete

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Say hello to the Production DryCycle! - the Mark VIII

We've finalised the exterior, and the vast majority of the interior design now (just missing the motor cover), took a little longer than hoped, but well worth the wait we think!

 

There's a long list of improvements that we've made, just some of which are:

  • We streamlined and lowered the Canopy 

  • Fitted larger mirrors for an improved rear view, and to offer a heated mirror option (useful in the winter)

  • Added 'side air inlets' which are actually holes that you can put a chain through to lock the DryCycle body and framework securely to a fixed bicycle stand or similar

  • Added wheel linings that can be replaced as they wear out, rather than having to replace bodywork plastic wearing out from road debris around the wheels

  • Changed the underneath cover to be a single part rather than two, for ease of access for maintenance and give more complete coverage, and also added two access panels to the front undertray

  • Recessed the front lights to reduce light spillage within the cabin, as it reflects on the canopy at night and was distracting, there is still some, but this is on purpose as it is like foot well lighting in a car

  • Added sun visors and a sunglasses holder as options for the canopy

  • Reduced the size of the pedal domes for a smoother look

  • Increased ground clearance and increased suspension travel for a smoother ride

 

Whilst we've been doing this of course we've continued to work on the framework of the first 5 vehicles, so here's a couple of updated photos of those as well.

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We look forward to having the first 5 vehicles ready for the end of April. Reserve your DryCycle @  https://www.drycycle.co.uk/buy-now

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

31/01/20 - Newsletter

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Welding In Progress

Update on our first 5 production vehicles

We’ve hit the ground running here at DryCycle in 2020, and January has been a tremendously productive month. 

We have welded together 5 new DryCycle Chassis and are ready now to start on the aluminium tube bending work that makes up the crash protection structure.

And we've finalised the design of the DryCycle for production, details of this will follow in our next Newsletter. 

We’d also like to give you the opportunity to view the wealth of high quality components we use to make the DryCycle.  Please see the short video below which shows just some of the stock we've got in for our first 25 vehicles.

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We start the year as we mean to go on and look ahead to the completion of our first batch of DryCycles, reserve yours here Reserve Now

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

06/01/20 - Newsletter

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from all of us at DryCycle!

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We hope all our subscribers have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

We had several celebrations and far too much food and drink, so we're raring to kick the New Year off with our resolutions to exercise more and gorge a little less :)

Of course a DryCycle is a wonderful way to get more exercise every day on your way to and from work.

 We are running a little behind on our production schedule compared to our hopes of having the first batch ready for delivery by the end of 2019, but we're keeping in close contact with all our reservation holders to keep them informed of our progress, and for any new reservations placed we're confident that we will have the vehicles ready for March/April 2020.

We have also booked to exhibit at Spezi in Germersheim, Germany in April 2020, and will be taking 3 vehicles there to demonstrate and sell.

In May we'll also be attending the London E-bike festival in Battersea, with yet more opportunities for test rides and DryCycles for sale. Hopefully you can see us there if not before.

Wishing you all a Prosperous and Healthy New Year!

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

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12/12/19- Newsletter

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Enjoying The Christmas Lights at Elveden Center Parcs

As Christmas draws near, we're continuing to work hard on our production vehicles during the weeks, but last weekend we had the opportunity to join our Lead Engineer and his family at Elveden Center Parcs and jumped at the chance for a day trip out.

Elveden Forest was beautifully lit up with 'icicles' from the trees and our DryCycle lighting up the cycle path.  If you'd like to see more of our photos at Elveden, you can see them in our gallery here 

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

22/11/19 - Newsletter

Windscreen Wiper System 

Is this the only pedal cycle with a windscreen wiper? We think so :)

We had a few minutes today to put together a quick video to show off our windscreen wiper system on our prototype DryCycle*.

This will be an optional extra on our production model available to existing and new reservation holders, price to be confirmed soon.

It's electrically operated using a switch on the left hand steering lever, and a push button on the right hand steering lever operates the twin washer nozzles!

With a 1.2 litre washer bottle you can store plenty of washer fluid to quickly clear the screen if it gets splashed by road muck as you're cycling along.

*Please note the polycarbonate canopy on this Drycycle does not have the hydrophobic coating on it, so the water is not beading off as quickly as it would on a production quality Drycycle.

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

15/11/19 - Newsletter

London Calling

John Williams, from Velo-Ads YouTube channel reviewed our DryCycle in his hometown of London, take a look!

Following on from his short review of the DryCycle at the end of the NEC Cycle Show, Andy took a DryCycle down to London for John to try out in his own back yard.

It was a cold but sunny Sunday, the heated handlebars were left on, and John had even dressed the part, donning a suit for his 'ride to work'. John took the DryCycle alongside the Thames up to Parliament  and took advantage of some of the many cycle paths in London.

Click on the video above to see what he thought of it.

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Our thanks to John for taking time out of his weekend to give his review on our DryCycle.

 

John's a very experienced velomobile rider with both a Quest and a Quattrovelo in his stable, so it was great to hear such positive feedback from him! We hope to see him again soon once the first production vehicles are ready for more fun in London!

 

Reserve Now to get your DryCycle Ealry 2020.

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

04/11/19 - Newsletter

DryCycle reviewed by ElectricBikeReport.com

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Richard Peace, an experienced bicycle journalist from ElectricBikeReport.com riding a DryCycle in Milton Keynes

We recently dropped off a DryCycle to Richard for a day to try out in Milton Keynes.

Richard test drove the DryCycle along the Milton Keynes Redways (a network of over 168 miles of safe cycle paths, generally surfaced with red tarmac).

He thoroughly enjoyed the experience and has provided his comprehensive review here

https://electricbikereport.com/drycycle-ecar-electric-bike/

Thanks Richard, we are so delighted that you were able to experience the DryCycle first hand and look forward to keeping you up to date with all of our news!

 

Reserve Now to get your DryCycle for this winter.

Great views in MKs Campbell Park

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

15/10/19 - Newsletter

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Video Review by John Williams 

Thank you to John Williams of Velo-Ads for featuring DryCycle in his latest Youtube video! Click on the video above to see what he thought of it.

Autumn is now officially upon us therefore you’re probably having to consider leaving your bike at home and relying on the car, train or bus. However with the fully enclosed DryCycle protecting you from weather and road muck it's no longer necessary for our delightful British weather to dictate which mode of transport you use for your daily commute.  A DryCycle can be your chosen method of transport whatever the weather!

 

Reserve Now to get your DryCycle in time for this winter.

Production Update

 

We're continuing to buy in stock for the first batch, we're down to ordering in the little pieces like nuts and bolts now as everything larger has already come in (with the exception of the frames and plastic panels).

 

The frames will start in production very soon as we are putting the final parts onto the jigs needed to make them, the jigs should be done by the end of next week - there's quite a few of them, to ensure the parts are all made within tight tolerances. The final panel design is our priority as soon as these jigs are done.

 

As we wait for a few more parts to come in we're taking the opportunity to organise our workshop and build benches so that we're ready to begin work on the sub-assemblies as they come in, and tidying up our stores room by adding additional shelving as more stock continues to arrive.

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We are planning to take a DryCycle to Woburn Center Parcs this weekend, mainly as a quick break away, but I'm sure we'll attract some attention with our DryCycle, so if you happen to be there and see Andy riding around, do stop him and say hello!

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

08/10/19 - Insurance with Cycling UK Membership

Since being featured by Cycling UK in their '5 things to check out at the Cycle Show 2019' video (see news section from 22/09/19) we've been in contact with them to see if our customers could take advantage of the great insurance cover that comes with being a member of Cycling UK.

We're very pleased to say that the team at Cycling UK were fantastically helpful and have quickly updated their insurance guidelines on their website to include 'quadracycles'!!!

So now anyone buying a DryCycle and looking for third party insurance cover can easily get it by simply joining up with Cycling UK to take advantage of this great cover and for very reasonable membership rates - Just £48 per year for a Full Adult Membership (at time of writing). Of course there are plenty of other advantages to joining Cycling UK which you can find out about on their website, just click the link below.

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We're also in contact with insurance companies in order to find cover for both yourself and your DryCycle in the unfortunate event of an accident, and will let you know once we've found insurance for this as well.

22/09/19 - Electric Bike Report

We were delighted to meet up with Richard Peace at the Cycle Show last weekend.

Richard represents a number of Youtube channels and other organisations in the UK, including ElectricBikeReport.com

Richard was able to take a short test ride of the DryCycle that we took to the show and was clearly impressed with it, featuring it at the top of his Cycle Show report, which you can find here.

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Thank you very much to Richard for taking the time to come and see us at the show, and we're hoping to organise a longer test ride with him soon so that he can more fully review the DryCycle, so keep a look out for that in the near future.

22/09/19 - Cycling UK Video

Many thanks to Dan Joyce and his team from Cycling UK, the National Cycling Charity that has championed cycling for over 140 years, for featuring us in their ‘5 things to check out at the Cycle Show 2019’ video on Youtube.

They were exceptionally quick at getting their video out on the first day of the show and we had several people who saw the video come to our stand to check our DryCycles out. You can watch the video below, we're featured at 1:15.

So, we wanted to repay the favour by putting a link to Cycling UK’s homepage

https://www.cyclinguk.org/

It's well worth a visit, and do check out their membership benefits, which could well make the membership cost pay for itself.

We’re also hoping to be featured in an upcoming edition of their members magazine so look out for us there too!

22/09/19 -  Newsletter

Night Rider

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As the nights start to draw in earlier we've been doing some riding around at night time recently and wanted to show you how good our lights are.

 

Above you can see the difference between our low and high beam settings.

 

You can also see how the lamps spread the light out sideways, rather than up into the sky or dazzling oncoming drivers and riders.

 

Check out the gallery on our web-site for more night time pictures of the DryCycle from all angles.

 

For those of you who saw us at the Fully Charged Live Show in June this year you may notice on our web-site that we've changed the rear lights since that show. Our upgraded lights not only look better but are also now reliable (we had a few failed LEDs at Fully Charged Live).

 

Rest assured that they still have dynamic indicators that sweep sideways when indicating, as this was a cool feature we wanted to keep. Another benefit of the new rear lights is that they are far brighter than before. The reversing lights are now very effective at lighting up the space behind the DryCycle when reversing at night time, and we've added a third 'high level' brake light for extra visibility when braking. We'll also be swapping out the front indicators on the production model for reliable LED indicators (still dynamic) from the same supplier.

 

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

17/09/19 - Newsletter

Cycle Show 2019 Test Rides

Thanks to everyone who visited our Stand - see if you featured in our video below!

Thanks to everyone who visited our Stand - see if you featured in our video below!

 

We had a great response at the Cycle Show at the NEC, thanks to everyone who visited our stand! The camaraderie from all the other exhibitors was great too, shame we were driving back each night to Bedford!

 

Here's our video of test rides that took place on the E-bike course, just outside of the commuter zone at the show.

 

As always we're continuing to work extremely hard on getting our first 25 vehicles made before Winter 2019, so we're a little late in getting this video up, but hopefully you'll enjoy it and tell family and friends that there is now another fun option for commuting and short distances across cities and towns.

 

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

04/09/19 -  Newsletter

Safety Crash Tests

See our crash tests at 10,000 frames per second in our video below

We've Crash Tested our Vehicles so you don’t have to be the Dummy!

A critical part of crash testing is evaluating the risk of Head Injury.

Head Injury Criteria (HIC) is a calculation used by all major crash testing organisations.

A HIC₁₅ number of 700 is the pass/fail threshold in car crash tests conducted by EuroNCAP, NHTSA, and IIHS for the parts of those tests which relate to Head Injuries.

 

Numbers below 700 pass the element of the crash test concerned with Head Injuries, numbers above 700 fail.

 

A score of 700, is estimated to represent a 5% risk of a severe injury, which is an injury of 4+ on the Abbreviated Injury Scale (Mertz et al., 1997) (Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 1990)

 

Our crash tests showed the following:

The HIC₁₅ number for the DryCycle in the Frontal Full Width impact at 15.5mph was only 29.59

The HIC₁₅ number for the DryCycle in the Side Impact at 20mph was only 124.86

 

It's clear that both these results for DryCycle fall far below the 700 threshold, so the risk of severe head injury in the accident scenarios we tested is extremely low.

 

Of course the majority of cars pass the Head Injury Criteria as well, and do so at higher impact speeds (40 & 30mph), but the numbers those cars score out of 700 are not reported, so it is hard to offer a comparison to individual cars on this criteria.^

 

We can however compare this to bicycles:

The HIC number for a crash test dummy wearing a Cycling Helmet on a Bicycle in a Front Impact at 12mph was 707 *ꭞ

The HIC₁₅ number for a crash test dummy on a Bicycle in a Side Impact at 25mph was 753 *

Cycle Dry, Safe, with Power Assist, Always Enjoy Your Ride!

*The speeds of these impacts are different to ours, as no standards for crash testing bicycles exists, but they are at least close in speed to our own, their side impact is 5mph faster than ours, whereas their front impact is 3.5mph slower.

ꭞThis is a HIC number and not a HIC₁₅ number, as it is from an older test. At the time HIC numbers were used the pass/fail threshold was set at 1000, rather than 700, as HIC numbers are typically higher than HIC₁₅ numbers.

 

The HIC₁₅ and HIC numbers for the bicycle crash tests are from the following two reports:

http://www.dtc-ag.ch/downloads/publicat/Referat_Fahrrad_FAS_160518.pdf

http://www.ircobi.org/wordpress/downloads/irc12/pdf_files/85.pdf

 

^ There are other differences between car crash tests and our own. We’ll use EuroNCAP to illustrate this as we are UK based. EuroNCAP crash tests differ from ours most notably due to:

  • The DryCycle crash speeds (at 15.5mph and 20mph) are below that of the EuroNCAP crash speeds (at 31mph (50kph) each).

  • The Frontal Full Width Impact in EuroNCAP is into a solid concrete block rather than the side of a car.

  • The Side Impact is done using a deformable barrier mounted to a ‘sled’ impactor. We used an actual car as deformable barriers cost more.

15/06/19 - Our First Newsletter

Thanks for visiting our stand at Fully Charged Live 2019!

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Well, this is our first Newletter having launched our Fully Enclosed Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle, the DryCycle MKVII, at the Fully Charged Live Show last weekend, it was a fantastically busy show and all the feedback we got was positive!

 

Thank you for signing up to our Newsletter at our stand and hopefully you'll find our Newsletters interesting and informative.

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Back at Work!

 

We came back from the show buoyed up by the support we received. Everyone was positive about our DryCycles and that encouragement is certainly reassuring as we continue to invest and take the next stages in bringing our product to market.

 

Since getting back we've visited a potential supplier for the plastic panels that the vehicle needs. We'd already been in contact with them for several months prior to the show and are continuing negotiations with both them and alternative suppliers to find the best solution. We're confident that whoever we move forward with will bring the level of quality that we're looking for in our panels and joints, as they will be using aluminium moulds and more up to date vacuum forming equipment than our prototypes have.

 

But whilst we're looking towards production with the panels, in the meantime we've continued to mould our own panels using the 30+ MDF moulds that we've developed already (pictured above). This is so that we can make a second complete pre-production prototype using one of our other existing 3 frameworks. Once this second prototype is complete we will have the vehicles that we need for crash testing.

 

We're now looking to finalise the dates for the crash tests and will send out another Newsletter once these have been done to let you know the results. All being well they should be completed by end of July, if not before, though this does depend upon the test labs availability, and if we hit any unforeseen issues in building our second prototype.

 

Stock for the first 25 production vehicles continues to come in. So far we already have all the components from Shimano (motors, batteries, gears etc.) and the seats. The rest of the running gear including wheels, differential, and axles etc are due in to us towards the end of this month. Beyond that it's mainly frameworks and body panels still to go, we're confident that the crash tests will go well, but regardless of how the crash tests go we will release the videos anyway as we want potential customers to be well informed.

 

We're also exploring other options for the external lights of the DryCycle, as these were some of the last parts that were fitted to the prototype prior to the show and we think we can do better. Samples have been ordered from other suppliers and we're waiting for those to come in. So expect a redesign for the back of the vehicle, our intention is to make it more streamlined and have better quality lights, as some LEDs failed on the prototype.

 

So, basically we're just going to keep pressing ahead with our plan to get everything tested and in place ready for the first 25 vehicles to be completed by the end of this year.

 

We've updated the gallery page on our web-site, so check out the photos as well as a short video of the test rides.

 

Andy Murphy, the Company owner, is currently using the completed DryCycle, that you saw at the show, for his commute to work and back as well as local trips, it has been functioning very well, and we'll upload videos on our web-site of this once we manage to edit them together.

 

To finish with we thought we'd also show you a quick photo of some of our prototypes below, we arranged them quickly when we got back this week as we had an impromptu visit from a local school, Bedford Academy, and were able to show the students some of our design processes. The wooden mock-up on the left helped set the ergonomics of the vehicle and the metal framework next to it is the Mark V, which is one of our earlier designs before we switched to round tubing for the metalwork surrounding the rider due to safety.

 

Thanks again for subscribing, we look forward to keeping in touch!

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