E Bike Tours

Yes, in NSW groups of up to 30 people can meet outdoors and we have a COVID safety plan.

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At this stage, having only recently launched,  we are 18 and over only due to our licence with NSW National Parks and our Public Liability Insurance.  We are looking into lowering that age in future and offering family friendly tours, especially when our custom trailer arrives and we can offer tours that do not use public roads.  Please subscribe using the link in the footer and you will be the first to know when these tours are up and running.

We only offer Guided tours. 

Guided Tours means you will be in a group of up to 8 people and guided by one of our experienced bike guides.  We will make sure your bike is the right size for you and adjusted correctly.  We will brief you on its safe operation and any tips for riding in a group.  We can help with any bike issues, provide local knowledge and carry a full first aid kit in case of any mishaps.

You need to have a moderate level of fitness and some experience of cycling a normal bike, as you must pedal for the duration of the tour, of course you can use turbo mode when ever we are approaching a hill (or all the time if you want to feel like a superhero!).  For the Hells Hole and Unicorn Falls tours we require that you feel confident on a bike as there are some steeper sections on gravel roads.  If you are not so confident we recommend the Hinterland & Beach tour or Nightcap Forest Immersion Tour.

You must have closed shoes and some form of eye protection (sunglasses are fine or we can provide tinted safety glasses).  Please also bring Sunscreen and a water-bottle (either your own bike bottle or any water bottle that you can carry in a backpack)

If you fancy a dip in the ocean or waterfalls, please bring swimmers and a SMALL towel.

We provide you with a high quality FOCUS Electric Mountain Bike made in Germany.  We offer Hardtail (only front suspension) Jarifa 6.7 Nine's and Full Suspension (suspension front and back) Thron 6.8's Bikes. 

We also sell the bikes, as once you ride one, you will want to own one!

We operate tours in all weathers except very heavy rain so please bring appropriate clothing if some rain is forecast.  If over 10mm of rain is forecast with over 50% probability for the time of the tour a full refund will be offered or opportunity to rebook another time.

We provide high viz rain jackets if required. 

Up to 7 days prior to the tour date, full refund (minus booking fees). 

Up to 48 hours prior to tour start time, you may change date/time or exchange for gift voucher (though this booking cannot be refunded in future). 

Within 48 hours of tour start time, no refund. 

If tour cancelled by operator, due to weather or other operational reasons, then a full refund will be issued.

We provide an E-bike, an approved Giro Bike Helmet (with the latest MIPS technology), protective glasses (if you do not have your own sunglasses).  We also hire and sell gel riding gloves  and sell water bottles (for health reasons we do not lend out)

E-Bikes

An Electric Bike is like a normal bike except it has a motor to provide you assistance. It has no throttle, you still have to pedal to get anywhere but its a lot easier and you can cycle up any hill on a road as though its flat! (which never gets boring)

See our range of FOCUS E Mountain  Bikes here which we use for tours and also sell.  All accessories used on the tour are also available for sale.  Let us help you with a complete package of bike and accessories.

E-bikes can help you achieve a reduction in your carbon footprint and it is a form of transportation that does not release dangerous chemicals into the air like a car or bus. The batteries are easily recycled and their health benefits place even less burden on the health-care system.

Cars Versus E-Bikes

When you look at the facts, there is no denying that when you compare e-bikes to cars and other vehicles, e-bikes win by a landslide. Indeed, when comparing any type of bicycle to cars and busses, the bike always wins in terms of energy and environmental impact.

For example, to travel just one kilometer, a standard bike uses 5-15 watt-hours (w-h) of energy, as compared to 15-20 w-h by foot, 30-40 by train, and a whopping 400 w-h in an average-sized car with one person.

According to a study conducted by the European Cyclists Federation, e-bikes are even better for the environment than electric cars, creating 2.5 to 5 grams of carbon dioxide per mile as compared to 150 grams per mile for an electric car or over 400 for a petrol car.

Research from a recent study shows the important role that e-bikes can play in reducing carbon emissions in cities.

Published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, the study says that carbon emissions could be reduced by 12 percent if just 15 percent of urban transportation miles traveled were instead made by e-bike.

When comparing an e-bike with a regular bike, most would think that riding with muscle power alone would be the greener way by far.  There’s no battery, less weight and you don’t need to charge up from a power grid that generates power from any number of sources (green or otherwise).

However, surprisingly, riding an electric bike can actually use less energy and have less impact on the environment than riding a regular bike.

How?

One of the factors taken into consideration when comparing how good e-bikes are for the environment versus traditional bikes is food consumption.

The average human-powered bike rider with a daily commute of 30 miles will likely consume an additional 800 calories each day, this alone is going to increase the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air every day through the energy needed to produce, package, transport and prepare these extra calories of food each day.

Propelling a bike, whether an electric bike or human-powered will take about the same 5-15 wh per km.  Just comparing the efficiency and the source of the energy required to provide that power is what can be deceiving between electric bikes and human-powered bikes.

This white paper compared ebikes and human-powered bikes and the energy inputs and outputs required for each system.  The paper found that “on average each unit of mechanical energy that a cyclist delivers to the pedals comes at the expense of 28 units of primary energy (i.e. Fossil fuels).”, or a ratio of 1:28.

This compares to the energy ratio for an ebike with a lithium-ion battery to be around 1:5.8.  This scenario compares typical food production energy ratios and average power grid efficiency and energy ratios.

We are based inside Sourdough Innovation Hub in Mullumbimby which is completely powered by renewable electricity, thereby you can be assured your e-bike tour has the lowest carbon footprint possible.

Beyond Byron E Bikes and ECO Tourism

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation

We adhere to the seven Leave No Trace Principles as defined by Leave no Trace Australia

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Dispose of Waste Properly

Leave What You Find

Minimise the Impact of Fires

Respect Wildlife

Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

We also abide by the Green Mountain Biking Guide and the Green guide to bushwalking

Biodiversity is the very fabric of the Earth. It is diversity in plants and animals that enables ecosystems to function. Yet, one eighth of the world’s species – more than a million – are threatened with extinction.

In Australia, we are renowned for our unique wildlife with more than 70% of our species (69% of mammals, 94% of amphibians, 46% of birds and 93% of reptiles)  found nowhere else on earth. But, we also have the highest rate of vertebrate mammal extinction in the world.

The greatest threats facing our plants and animals are changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasion of alien species.

Resources

Earthwatch Australia

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

State of the environment report