Transporting 3 Kids by Electric Bike!

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Kate with 2 of her children.

This is a guest post from Clare Elwes from Justebikes in London.

7 years ago when Kate‘s third child was born she decided to explore the idea of an electrically assisted bike.

Kate lives in rural Suffolk and she wanted to continue to use a bike for the 6 mile round trip to and from school but the weight of a third child made the load too heavy for a traditional bike. [Read More…]

Yuba Power-Up Cargo Bike Tour [VIDEO]

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Electric assisted cargo bikes are great because you can accomplish many of the errands normally done with a car: carrying kids, getting groceries, picking up random items during the day, etc.

And Yuba Bicycles is all about showing off “What a bike can do” in their Power-Up Bike Tour across the US.

During this tour they are taking their cargo bikes to local dealers and events to “bring the bikes to the people”.

The other day Steve Bode from Yuba Bicycles stopped by the Electric Bike Report office in Sedona, AZ to [Read More…]

Ford Launches 2 New Electric Bikes to Study Better Transport Solutions

Ford electric bikesFord just announced 2 new prototype e-bikes to “study how electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centres.”

Having a major auto company studying electric bikes is a pretty good indication that the future of e-bikes is bright! [Read More…]

Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [UPDATED]

Electric recumbent trikes are lightweight 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles that offer some car like features.

For instance, some of them have weather protection, cargo & passenger capacity, full suspension, comfortable seats, lights & mirrors, etc.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting around town and some of them “amplify” your pedal power up to highway speeds!

The following is a guide to complete e-recumbent trikes, ideas on adding electric assist to a recumbent trike, and a look at the future of e-trikes. [Read More…]

Kalkhoff & Focus Electric Bikes Now Available in the US!

kalkhoff tasman electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

Situated in Northwest Germany in a region known mostly for agriculture is a town named Cloppenburg. It is the home of Derby Cycle, a company well known for having some of the most prestigious brand names in cycling in it’s ‘stable’.

At least two the brands owned by Derby have made significant strides in the development of their e-bike lineups in recent years: Focus and Kalkhoff. [Read More…]

E-Bike News: Spark, E-Freeway, Battery Video, Trek Powerfly, & More!

Shocke Spark electric bikeIt’s time for another electric bike news round up!

I like the title of this article “Will technology help us escape urban commuting hell?“.  Yes, and e-bikes are part of that solution! It is a good article from the BBC and it includes e-bike share programs, mass transit, car share, driverless cars, sentiment mapping, social media, and…………jetpacks!

Electric cargo bikes can be a good car alternative or replacement. Grist posted this article on “6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing” and it includes a lot of good info about [Read More…]

Electric Bike Mid Drive Guide

Haibike FS RX bosch motorMid drive systems provide motor power through the cranks of the bike to leverage the drivetrain (or “transmission”) to climb almost any hill and speed along on flat ground.

Mid drives have been popular in many European markets and they are starting to gain popularity in the US and Canadian markets.

This guide will outline the popular systems that are equipped on complete e-bikes as well as retrofit mid drive systems that can be added to a conventional bike. [Read More…]

Planning the Route for a World Record Electric Bike Tour

electric bike touring routeBy Gary Corbett.

How I would love $10 for every time we have been asked this question: “so you’re aiming to set a new world long distance e-bike record, where will you be cycling to?”

The lightning fast reply: “That’s an easy question to answer, we plan to start in London in 2015 and finish back in London in 2016!”

“But where will you be cycling in-between those dates?” … “Well, [Read More…]

Electric Bike Motor Comparison: Hub, Mid Drive, & Friction Drive

GenZe Sport electric bike motorHere is a comparison of the different electric bike motor systems to help you determine which configuration is best for your riding needs.

In this article there are the pros and cons of each system: the hub motors (front and rear), the mid drive motor, the friction drive motor, and the rocket drive!

First of all, let’s take a look at the popular [Read More…]

GenZe Sport Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

GenZe Sport electric bike sideThe results are in for the testing and review of the GenZe Sport electric bike!

The Sport is an economical electric bike with some of the features of the more expensive e-bikes.

At $1,499 the GenZe Sport offers an integrated frame battery with Samsung cells, cadence/torque sensor pedal assist (& throttle option), Promax disc brakes, a Shimano drivetrain, and impressive range. [Read More…]