iGO eXplore Electric Bike Review Part 1 – Pictures & Specs

igo-explore-electric-bike-7The iGO eXplore is in for testing and review and this step thru eBike is ready to hit the road for commuting to work and running errands around town. 

The eXplore features an integrated 48 V lithium battery, 500 watt motor, Shimano components, sturdy front & rear racks, integrated lights, and more! 

This commuter eBike is priced at $2,199 USD.

In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and  [Read More…]

eBike News: Bicycles Economic Impact, World Tour, Solar Charging, New eBikes, & More! [VIDEOS]

noordung-angel-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Quantifying Bicycles’ Economic Contribution

The U.S. House of Representatives have just passed the Outdoor REC (Recreation’s Economic Contributions) Act, moving it one step closer to being signed into law by the president.

As suggested by its title, The Outdoor REC Act would require the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor, working with federal land management agencies, to provide statistics on the economic contribution of recreation to the U.S. economy – and that inlcudes bikes’ and e-bike’s contribution. 

People for Bikes said: 

‘We believe it is time for the bike industry’s economic statistics to be measured in the same way as other sectors such as the automobile, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Measuring the economic benefits of bicycling will demonstrate that investment in bike infrastructure leads to economic development, jobs and healthier communities. [Read More…]

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

raleigh-misceo-ie-sport-electric-bike-sideThe Raleigh Misceo iE Sport is fun sporty commuter eBike that can also be a nice touring rig with its full assortment of accessories.

It has a road bike sporty performance ride feel with additional stability thanks to the flat bars and relaxed geometry.

At $2,699 it offers a lot; an aluminum frame with carbon fiber fork, Shimano STePS mid-drive system, Shimano SLX drivetrain, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and healthy selection of accessories.

In this second part of the full review you will get an idea of the ride characteristics, range test results, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this electric bike. [Read More…]

Lumos Smart Helmet Review: Lights, Turning Signals, Brake Lights, & More! [VIDEO]

lumos-helmet-turn-signals For the most part bike helmets haven’t been all that exciting…….until now.

Introducing the next generation of helmets, the Lumos Smart Helmet!

The Lumos helmet is a high tech helmet that is designed to increase the safety of the everyday bike helmet by providing a bunch of highly visible light features.

Being seen on your bike today is so important in this highly distracted world and lighting on a helmet is an effective way to grab someone’s attention because they are higher than traditional bike lights.

With 50 built-in LEDs, the Lumos provides solid or flashing front and rear lights, turning signals, brake lights and a smartphone app that can fine tune the helmets functions. [Read More…]

A Bulletproof Electric Mountain Bike Set Up for Long-Distance Touring 

electric-mountiain-bike-touringArticle by Rob Katzenson and trip pictures & maps by Andrea Almering. 

The day described in Little Feat’s song “Old Folks Boogie” has arrived – When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.

The tough to swallow part is your brain doesn’t realize your condition. You want the landscapes, the solitude and the body workout with minimal car contact.

The world offers heaps of places for these things BUT your body needs a little boost to make riding a pleasure – not a pain. Today’s E-MTB’s offer up a Middle Way for the rider whose days of pure human-powered, self-supported touring have dwindled.

Besides the physical realities you’re fixing to put two kids through university and your moneybag has some limits. Rest easy – there is an answer! [Read More…]

eBike News: Win an eBike, Tesla, Fantic, IZIP, AWD eBike, Bamboo, & More! [VIDEOS]

fanitic-fat-bike-7days-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Fantic Arrives in the US

Longstanding motorcycle company Fantic is relatively new to the e-bike game, launching a couple of e-fat bikes in fall 2015 onto the European market.

Things move quickly in the e-bike world and now in fall 2016 Fantic has an 11 model collection and has also just entered the US market, setting up office in Sausalito CA.

Their two e-fat bikes have been joined by five e-MTBs and four e-road/gravel bikes , all powered by the well-regarded Brose motors. [Read More…]

Raleigh Misceo iE Sport Electric Bike Review Part 1 – Pictures & Specs

raleigh-misceo-ie-sport-electric-bikeThe Raleigh Misceo iE Sport is here for testing and review and it features the Shimano STePS mid drive system with a healthy selection of other Shimano components.

The Misceo iE Sport is a sporty commuter/touring/recreational road style eBike that is priced at $2,699 USD.

In addition, the Misceo iE Sport comes stock with a full accessory package (lights, fenders, rear rack, kickstand) ready for commuting or touring.

In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and [Read More…]

eBike News: BMW eBike, Mainstream Media, eBike Investing, New eBikes, & More! [VIDEOS]

bmw-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Mainstream Media

Why are e-bikes all the rage? 

The LA Times posted this great article “Why are e-bikes all the rage? Because they’re plenty of fun to ride” and the title pretty much nails it.

The article has some inspiring stories of how people are using electric bikes, eBike benefits, some of the market trends, and of course how fun they are to ride!

Family e-Cargo bikes Inspire U.S. Families

The Chicago Tribune detailed one resident’s journey from bus passenger with toddlers to e-cargo bike family rider. [Read More…]