Waterproof Ortlieb Bike Bags Review by The “Bag Man”

By Paul Willerton.

The last 10 years have seen what must be described as nothing short of a “bag explosion” in the bicycle and commuter markets.

The previous decades saw entrenched brands build on their respectable reputations, bringing new bags to market with what must have felt like an urgent pace.

Eventually, the outdoor and urban markets collided, driving bag fashion and production quality to [Read More…]

New E-Bikes: Zap, Karmic, Kalkhoff, Yamaha, Vintage, Solar Bike, & More!

Zap Urban electric bikeTime for another e-bike news round up!

There are a lot of new electric bikes that have recently hit the market.

First up are 2 new electric bikes from Zap Bikes; the Urban and the Cross.

They have a claimed weight of 38 lbs and 41 lbs, which is pretty light for an e-bike! The 36V 8.7ah lithium battery pack has a low and centered location for good weight distribution and [Read More…]

Two Weeks on the Road for the e-Bike Cycle Tourists

e-bike cycle touristsBy Gary Corbett.

Well, what a couple of weeks it has been since the e-Bike Cycle Tourists headed off from Aldershot in Surrey on April 23 in an attempt to set a new world e-bike long distance record.

In the ensuing 14 days we have clocked up 844.10kms, have been absolutely stunned by the beauty of the [Read More…]

New Yuba Spicy Curry Mid Drive Electric Cargo Bike [VIDEO & PICS]

yuba spicy curry electric cargo bike 2The Yuba Spicy Curry, what a great name for an electric cargo bike.

The name is a play on words because this electric cargo bike has been developed with a partnership between Yuba Bicycles (cargo bike experts) and Currie Technologies (e-bike experts).

Yuba Bicycles is well known for their popular Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes that come in their traditional configuration or with electric assist.

The Spicy Curry is their new e-cargo bike that has been designed with [Read More…]

Ride Report: Focus Jarifa Impulse 27 3.0 Electric Mountain Bike [VIDEO]

focus jarifa electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

If you search the web for a definition of the word “Jarifa”, you will find this bike turns up as the top result. That may have been the intention of Focus Bicycles. Perhaps they wanted the machine itself to provide the definition.

Mountain bikes without a rear suspension are popular with two groups of riders: Those that want to travel fast and far, including uphill, in the least amount of time, and [Read More…]

E-Bike Touring: A Tale of Thundering Traffic, Watership Downs & Andrew Lloyd Webber

ebike cycle tourists 2By Gary Corbett.

Finally. After eight months of planning, an exhaustive fitness regime and a general preparation worthy of a flight to Mars, the e-Bike Cycle Tourists are off and cycling on our way to setting a new world e-bike long distance record.

With a few days of e-biking around the Surrey countryside to get used to our new Haibike xDuro Trekking e-bike – Tout Terrain cycle trailer combination, we finally [Read More…]

Raleigh Misceo iE Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

raleigh misceo electric bike 1The Raleigh Misceo iE is one sporty and high-tech electric bike!

This is the first e-bike in the U.S. to feature the Shimano STePS mid drive system and it also includes the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system for the Alfine 8 internally geared rear hub.

The Misceo iE has the efficient ride of a road bike with a stable feel thanks to the [Read More…]

Virtue Pedalist: The Car Like Electric Trike [VIDEO & PICS]

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.01.15 PMElectric bikes are great for zipping around town but what if you want weather protection?

Well, Virtue Cycles has the answer with their Pedalist semi-enclosed electric trike.

The Pedalist is an upright (not recumbent) e-trike with an enclosure that looks somewhat car-like.

The full electric version of the Pedalist comes with a 750W mid drive motor & 48v 32A lithium battery with a stated range of 50+ miles per charge!
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