Kalkhoff, Focus, & Gazelle Join the Electric Bike Expo Events

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Kalkhoff, Focus, and Gazelle electric bikes will be available for test ride at the Electric Bike Expo test track events that start in January 2016.

These are brands with a long history in the European bicycle market and each brand has a group of unique electric bike styles that will bring a good variety of e-bikes to the Expo test ride events.

I had a chance to interview Taylor Cain (marketing manager for all 3 brands) about [Read More…]

The Generosity of Complete Strangers and Circumnavigating Ireland on E-Bikes

DSC03057By Gary Corbett.

After five months and more than 9300 kilometres of cycling the e-Bike Cycle Tourists set off on Monday on the next stage of their e-bike record breaking adventure – a tour of Ireland.

With help from Electric Escapes Ireland, a network of E-bike tour operators on the west coast of Ireland, Olivier Vander Elst from Haibike dealer Greenaer in Dublin and e-bike enthusiast Robbie Syme, who are all helping to work out a suitable route, the plan – weather permitting – is to circumnavigate the Green Isle. [Read More…]

BESV to Offer New E-Bikes for Test Ride at Electric Bike Expo Events

BESV LX1 electric bikeBESV Electric Bikes made a splash in the U.S. market last year with the debut of their futuristic looking e-bikes with high tech features.

BESV is a division of Darfon Electronics Corporation, a large company involved in solar, power & energy devices, and they are a major manufacturer of computer keyboards.

BESV recently joined the Electric Bike Expo test track events to offer test rides of their electric bike line up that includes 2 new models. [Read More…]

E-Bike Report From Eurobike: New Tech & New Batteries

IMG_3662It’s time for the e-bike technology update from Eurobike 2015!

Some of the new e-bike technology at Eurobike was injection molded frames for quick production, EnergyTube modular battery solutions, a hub motor with built in automatic transmission, an autonomous electric trike prototype, and more.

Battery cell energy density improvements from Samsung and LG were also a highlight of the show. These battery cell improvements being driven by the auto industry could have a big impact on e-bikes. [Read More…]

E-Bike Report from Eurobike: Cargo, All Wheel Drive, & Mid Drives

IMG_3945In this second installment of Eurobike coverage we will take a look at the e-cargo bike trend, a few of the all wheel drive e-bikes, and the growing number of mid drive systems available in the European marketplace.

Make sure you checkout part 1 of Eurobike coverage with info on Smartphone integration, the Plus size electric mountain bikes, and a look at some of the clean looking commuter e-bikes at the show.

These reports are focused on presenting some of the trends that are happening in [Read More…]

The E-Bike Report from Eurobike 2015 – Smartphones, E-Mtb, Commuters

IMG_3450I have recently returned from Eurobike in Friedrichshafen Germany, the largest bicycle tradeshow for the European marketplace, and I am happy to report that electric bikes were a major focus at the show!

A lot of the bicycle brands had electric bikes front and center in their display area.

At some of the brands you had to actively look for the conventional bikes because their were so many e-bikes on display (Haibike for example). [Read More…]

A2B Joins the Electric Bike Expo Test Track Events

Shima-website-lifestyle_1440_900_84A2B is a company with a long history in the electric bike business and they just signed up to exhibit and demo their e-bikes at the Electric Bike Expo multi city test track events for 2016!

Their e-bikes have a unique design and style that sets them apart from other e-bikes on the market.

I had a chance to catch up with Kyle Langdon (A2B business operations manager for the U.S. market) about the latest at A2B. [Read More…]

Electric Bike Touring on National Route 1 in the UK

DSC02644By Gary Corbett

Long distance cycle touring, as the e-Bike Cycle Tourists have discovered time and time again over the past four months, is a daily exercise in the unknown … basically you just never know what is around the next corner or what is going to happen next.

Or, as Forrest Gump so famously quoted in the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Since setting out from Harwich on the east coast of England on August 12 to circumnavigate the UK after 7000-plus kilometres of cycling in Europe as we e-bike our way to a [Read More…]