Ride Report: Kalkhoff Sahel Compact Impulse 8 Electric Bike

Kalkhoff-Sahel-Compact-Impulse-8By Paul Willerton.

I’ve spent most of the last 30 years clipped into bikes designed to do a few things well: go fast, handle well and be comfortable enough to ride for hours every day.  The riding positions of those bikes become the new normal.

It’s easily forgotten that the majority of cyclists don’t want to ride like that, and their positions are anything but comfortable. For the millions of people currently commuting by car, bus, rail, or foot, owning a fast, traditional bike makes little sense. [Read More…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 1

neox electric bike motorI recently had the opportunity to attend the Taipei Cycle Show in Taiwan to search out new e-bikes and related technology in addition to meeting with the leaders of some of these companies.

The Taipei Cycle Show is focused on providing bike manufacturers and bike brands with a trade show where they can meet to review product details and potentially work out business deals. In addition, it is a show where some bike brands will show off new products that they are working on. [Read More…]

Getting Fit for an E-Bike World Record Breaking Ride

Gary and Rachel Corbett electric bike tourBy Gary Corbett.

As the time approaches for the e-Bike Cycle Tourists to head off from London in late April in an attempt to set a new world e-bike long distance record, we are facing a challenge of a very different kind … to get fit!

Don’t think for one moment that just because we are riding electric bikes that there isn’t a very real need to be as fit as is possible for the challenges that lie ahead. [Read More…]

E-Bike News: Battery Breakthrough?, E-Cargo Trike, New Shimano STEPS & More! [VIDEOS]

Raiooo electric cargo trike.

RAIOOO electric cargo trike.

Time for an electric bike news update!

It appears that a new and improved lithium battery is on the horizon for electric bikes. It is a lithium sulfur battery chemistry and the hope is that the battery could be significantly lighter and less expensive than the current lithium batteries found on e-bikes.  A note of caution; there has been talk of batteries like this before and those batteries still have not come to market. We will have to see if these lithium sulfur batteries make it to market in the next couple of years.

Here is the RAIOOO wooden electric cargo trike. Checkout the following video of [Read More…]

Retro Moto Style Peacock Groove E-Bike [VIDEO]

peacock groove electric bikeWow, checkout this wild retro moto style electric bike from custom bike builder Peacock Groove out of Minneapolis, MN!

This custom e-bike features the Shimano STEPS mid drive system with the Gates Carbon Drive belt and Shimano Di2 Alfine electronically shifted internally geared rear hub.

It was displayed recently at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Erik Noren is the founder of Peacock Groove and in the following video he shows off some of the [Read More…]

Stylish Fifield Electric Bikes from N.A. Handmade Bike Show

fifield chatham electric bike shimano stepsFifield E-Bikes makes some classy electric bikes for the rider that has an eye for style and quality.

They showed off a custom version of their Chatham model with the Shimano STEPS mid drive e-bike system and Gates Carbon Drive at this years North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ted Wojcik is a legend in the bicycle frame building world and he makes 2 of the premium Fifield e-bike models: the Chatham and Caladesi.

The following pictures and story from Ted Wojcik will give you a closer look at this stylish e-bike. [Read More…]

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…]