10+ Bike Trailers for Effortless Haulage [VIDEOS]

tout terrain mule (1)By Martin Laird

If you know someone who is still reluctant to the concept of electric bikes, or you doubt their benefits yourself, it’s definitely worth taking a look at prospective bike trailers.

They will eliminate some of the excuses you might still be using to not give up the car for errands. E-bikes are certainly a step forward into a brighter and greener future for our planet.

They have become an excellent replacement, not just for bicycles themselves, but motorized vehicles as well. [Read More…]

Denver Electric Bike Expo June 17-19 [VIDEO]

Portland Electric Bike Expo 8The Denver Electric Bike Expo is on June 17-19 at the Colorado Mills Mall and it is the place for you to ride the latest electric bikes.

And best of all it’s completely FREE to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

In addition you can be entered to win 2 electric bikes, meet eBike adventure celebrities, and learn more about the latest ebikes directly from the manufacturer reps.

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The Portland Electric Bike Expo Report

The city of Portland Oregon is all about bikes and it was fitting to have the Electric Bike Expo in this city that continues to push the envelope of bike infrastructure and bike culture in the U.S.

The highlights of the #PDX Expo were a policy makers ride hosted by the mayor of Milwalkie, a lot of local media coverage, a lucky Tempo eBike winner, Bixby the wild eBike traveling dog and her human, and many eBike smiles on and off the test track!

The Portland Electric Bike Expo was scheduled to coincide with May being Bike Month and all of the activities [Read More…]

10 Electric Bike Motorized Trailers for an Extra Boost [VIDEOS]

ridekick-electric-bike-trailerBy Martin Laird

Electric bikes are great, but what if there was an option for an electric cargo trailer that pushes your traditional bike?

There is!

From the small trailers that can handle the daily commute items to large e-cargo trailers that can carry kayaks and up to 330 pounds of capacity, there is a growing number of options in the e-cargo trailer world.

You can take the extra weight, people, or cargo with you without putting the strain on your bike or your legs, and here are the top options for an effortless ride with a heavy haul. [Read More…]

Riding the Bosch CX Electric Mountain Bike System in Sedona, AZ [VIDEO]

Bosch Sedona electric mountain bike 2As part of their annual press camp with Magura, Bosch was in Sedona to show off their new CX electric mountain bike system on eMTBs from Haibike, KTM, Easy Motion, BULLS, and others.

Kicking the camp off on Monday morning included a nice ride up Schnebly Hill Road that climbs from the high desert of Sedona at 4,500 ft elevation to the cool Ponderosa Pine forest near Flagstaff at 7,000 ft.

Schnebly is a technical jeep road that offers a bunch of scenic views and it’s a good place to ride electric mountain bikes in Sedona. [Read More…]

How to Become an Electric Bike Technician

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

By Edward Benjamin, LEVA Founder & Chairman

Life and work in the bike biz is getting more difficult.

As I write this, the trade journals are reporting big decreases in bike shop revenues. (And we all know that there are a lot fewer bike shops today than a few years ago…)

Pay for folks who work in bike shops is not so good…. [Read More…]

The Plan for the E-Bike Cycle Tourists Ongoing E-Bike Adventure

DSC06096By Gary Corbett

After 13 months, 22,000 kilometres, 13 countries, a new world e-bike long distance record and enough amazing memories to last a lifetime, the time has come for the E-Bike Cycle Tourists to sit back and assess our ongoing e-bike adventure.

When we set out from London on April 23, 2015, our goal was to set a new world e-bike record in excess of 16,047 kms, add a buffer of 4,000 or so more kilometres to make it all that more difficult for someone else to break our new record and then pack up and go home.

Simple really.

But then something we didn’t plan happened. [Read More…]

eMTB Market Heats Up as Shimano Unveils MTB Version of STEPS Mid Drive System

Shimano Electric Mountain Bike System 4By Richard Peace.

Shimano STEPS E8000 is the new electric assist system designed specifically for eMTB use and joins the well-established E6000 system already used on many manufacturers city and leisure e-bike models.

According to Shimano the E8000 features a powerful drive unit rated for full-on MTB use (the E6000 system was rated for ‘light off-road use’) and a bigger 500Wh battery.

There is a new look handlebar mounted cycle computer. It can be paired with an electronic shift (Di2) MTB drive train or a [Read More…]

1/3 of UK Public Transport Users ‘Would’ Switch to Electric Bikes

felt-sporte-5By Richard Peace.

34% of British people would choose an electric bike over public transport says a recent survey of a thousand people conducted by One Poll for Shimano.

Of course, ‘would’ implies a the change from public transport to e-bikes if something else happens.

In this case the survey results implied high e-bike cost and the perception of cycling safety were barriers to a switch from public transport to e-bikes.

Government subsidy of e-bikes was cited as a factor that would persuade public transport users to consider two wheels instead, as was the provision of more safe cycling infrastructure. [Read More…]

Ariel Rider N-Class & W-Class Electric Bike Review [VIDEO]

AR N-Class 2By Paul Willerton

The cruiser is one of the most beloved forms of bicycle. Visit any laid back community, resort or beach town, and you’ll see more cruisers than anything else on two wheels.

The bikes welcome less experienced riders with their smooth, forgiving shapes and fat tires. Most of the bikes are probably ridden less than a handful of city blocks at a time.

Heavy bikes with low saddles and limited gear ratios don’t make very good companions for long distances or getting places fast.

I once rented a cruiser in a foreign country to ride 30 miles each way to a trade show. Having the time, I thought “I can do this.” I returned the bike that night exhausted, chafed and aching.

Adding electric assist to a cruiser changes everything, though. Now, [Read More…]