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How France Is Becoming A Cycling Nation

How France Is Becoming A Cycling Nation

France is taking big steps towards becoming a cycling nation. A strategy is being implemented to increase bicycle usage, production and tourism in the country. The end result of this will likely be a boost to France's industry and economy. It will also make France a...

The Problem With Lower Import Tariffs

The Problem With Lower Import Tariffs

The UK is lowering the anti-dumping charges of Chinese electric bike manufacturers. The new tariff will apply to two Chinese manufacturers and will lower the usual rate of 62.1% down to 16.2%. That is a pretty steep increase. You can read a bit more about it here....

The Circular Economy Can Help Degrowth

The Circular Economy Can Help Degrowth

When we’re looking at ways industry can lessen it’s impact on the environment there are a few key elements. Reshoring is something we’ve talked about a lot. Shifting industry from offshore to onshore can have some really positive effects. Degrowth and the circular...

What Goes Into Bike Refurbishment?

What Goes Into Bike Refurbishment?

With our interest in the circular economy it’s no surprise that refurbishing bikes is something we can get behind. What exactly goes into refurbishing a bike though? On a small scale not all that much. It can even be done pretty easily at home. Of course that doesn’t...

The Problem With Linear Economies

The Problem With Linear Economies

Circular economies are a big thing for us. If you’ve ever checked out our blog before you probably already know that. It’s not just that a circular economy is a great, innovative model though. It’s also that linear models fall short of what we need in the bike...

The Circular Economy & Fife Bikeworks

The Circular Economy & Fife Bikeworks

Here at Route Assembly we’re big believers in the circular economy. Let’s be honest though, just believing in the circular economy doesn’t help much. If we want to manufacture bikes in a environmentally responsible way we need to be able to ensure they are part of the...

Composite Braiding In The Bike Idustry

Composite Braiding In The Bike Idustry

What Is Composite Braiding? Composite Braiding is just what it sounds like, braiding thermoplastics together to create composite materials. There is a wide range of uses for this but the one we’re most interested in is bikes. More on that in a little while. Think...

We Need Active Transport For A Green World

We Need Active Transport For A Green World

COP27 is currently happening in Egypt, this year's theme is Youth and Future Generations. While the last COP held in Glasgow had a day dedicated to sustainable transport, this year does not. Instead it is one of the topics to be discussed on solutions day. While there...

Active Transport In An Unexpected Industry

Active Transport In An Unexpected Industry

Cycling may be providing sustainability in an industry you wouldn’t expect. The funeral industry in France is beginning to look at the e-mobility revolution. Ok that might be a bit of an overstatement. At the moment it’s only a single funeral home in Paris that is...

There’s More Than Just Electric Bikes

There’s More Than Just Electric Bikes

We talk about electric bikes here a lot, they’ve got some great benefits. We aren’t just an e-bike company though. There’s still a huge place in the market and our hearts for conventional bikes. After all, most of our team became riders on conventional bikes. Whether...

4 Steps To Transition To A Circular Economy

4 Steps To Transition To A Circular Economy

We talk about the circular economy a lot. Sometimes it might seem like a pipedream. Or it might seem like a particularly difficult thing to achieve for your company. And if we’re completely honest it is. But not for the reasons you think. The most difficult part of...

How Can Bike Shares Help?

How Can Bike Shares Help?

When we talk about electric bike usage we have a tendency to focus on privately owned e-bikes. That is electric bikes bought by a consumer and used solely or mostly by them. There is another kind of electric bike usage though. Bike shares. Bike shares offer a way for...

The Benefits Of Reshoring

The Benefits Of Reshoring

Around the world companies are reshoring at a record rate. The carbon emissions once considered the cost of globalism are less tolerated. Rising import tariffs and improved manufacturing technology is making on shore production more attractive than ever. For many the...

How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint

How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint

The world is in a state of climate crisis. To avoid the worst effects of climate change it’s thought we need to reach a net zero by 2050. That’s just 28 years. And the simple thrush of the matter is we are not doing enough to reach carbon neutrality. You might be...

Can E-Bikes Improve 15 minute Cities?

Can E-Bikes Improve 15 minute Cities?

We’ve talked before about fifteen minute cities and why they’re good for the bike industry. It works the other way around too though. Fifteen minute cities benefit immensely from improved access to bikes. And even more from access to electric bikes. The main idea of...

E-bikes Not Likely To Improve Exercise?

E-bikes Not Likely To Improve Exercise?

A recent study came out that electric bike riders are not getting the recommended amount of exercise per week. The paper argues that there is a correlation between riding an electric bike and getting less exercise than a conventional bike rider. To the credit of the...

Three Barriers To A Bike Based Society

Three Barriers To A Bike Based Society

We’re not quiet here at Route Assembly at wanting a world where electric bikes take the place of cars for most journeys. We don’t just want this because it makes us money though, we want it because it makes the world a better place. Lower emissions, increased green...

Are Electric Bike Batteries A Fire Hazzard?

Are Electric Bike Batteries A Fire Hazzard?

We have all seen news of e-bike fires in the past. They do happen, and sometimes the result is very tragic. Just recently there was a tragic fire in Bristol that left one dead and several in hospital. As an industry it is our responsibility to do everything we can to...