Trip Report: The Electric Bike Scene in Bend, Oregon. [VIDEOS]

I recently took a trip to Bend, Oregon and I had a chance to visit a couple of e-bike shops and check out some other e-bike & bike culture.

Bend is a mountain town in Central Oregon and has a population of around 80,000.

During the summer it’s usually nice and dry with long sunny days.  Bend is a very outdoor focused town with lots of opportunities for walking, biking, hiking, boating/rafting, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, etc.

Like some other towns in Oregon, Bend has a lot of bikepaths and bike routes that many people (locals and tourists) use to get around town.  In addition, [Read more…]

Trip Reports: Electric Bike Touring in Croatia, Austria, & Italy’s Dolomites

This is a guest “adventure” post from Jane and Carolyn.

This is an article to excite e-bikers to plan a multi-day trip in some fantastic locations and to thank Pete for his generosity in loaning us two e-bikes for an afternoon in Sedona, Arizona.

We had wanted to try out an e-bike on a multi-day trip ever since our city bike tour in Copenhagen in 2011.  It was only a 4 hour tour and more significantly we only rode on flat ground.  To find out how e-bikes would ride in hilly terrain, we contacted Pete.

He was most gracious and offered to have us come to Sedona to see what it was like to ride an e-bike on steep terrain.

Thanks to Pete’s encouragement and our excitement, we set out on some wonderful adventures. [Read more…]

How Much Does it Cost to Charge Your Electric Bike?

Norm's Ohm XU 700 electric bike.

So you have heard about how cost effective electric bikes are for getting around, but do you know how much it actually costs to charge your e-bike?

Well in this post I will crunch the numbers to show just how cost effective they are.

Norm, an Electric Bike Report reader, recently asked: “My charger used 0.14 kWh (kilowatt hours) for 12 miles of riding the new Ohm XU 700 today.  Any idea [Read more…]

Interview with Pedego Electric Bikes Owner Don DiCostanzo

Don DiCostanzo of Pedego Electric Bikes

Hello E-bikers!  I recently had the opportunity to interview Don DiCostanzo, one of the owner’s from Pedego Electric Bikes.  Pedego is known for their classic beach cruiser style electric bikes.  Don gave me some background on the company, their current e-bike line, the future Pedego e-bikes, the Pedego Owners Group, Pedego going international, their current e-bike promotion, and some e-bike tips.

Here is the interview! [Read more…]

E-Bike Stories: Tale of the Bionic Granny

This is an article by Gary Kaye; a professional writer who is passionate about e-bikes.  Check out Gary’s writing/marketing services at CompellingTelling.com.

Connie Lauzon had always been an avid bike rider.  But after having both knees and both hips replaced with artificial joints, the 75 year old grandmother was nervous about getting back on an upright bike.

She was afraid that one fall could have disastrous results.  That was a problem since her kids had just bought her a brand new Canondale mountain bike.

Instead she started looking around for a [Read more…]

What Electric Bike Questions Do You Have?

I am working on a new project for Electric Bike Report and it will be a resource of electric bike information for you.

My goal is to make this a useful resource for you and I would like to know what you are most interested in when it comes to information on electric bikes.

Please let me know: 

  • What you want to know more about,
  • What information has been hard to find, and
  • What really interests you when [Read more…]

E-Bike Stories: The Case of the Pedaling Professor

Professor John Luna on his electric recumbent bike

This is an article by Gary Kaye; a professional writer who is passionate about e-bikes.  Check out Gary’s writing/marketing services at CompellingTelling.com.

One of the things that makes electric assist biking so much fun is the varied reasons why people get into it, so this week we begin a new feature called “E-bike Stories”, an opportunity for you to share your story and presumably your passion.

Professor John Luna recently retired from Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he taught agricultural ecology and sustainable farming, concentrating on vegetable growing.  Luna lives about ten miles outside of Corvallis, which he says was about a forty-five to fifty minute bike ride from his home.  He gave lots of thought to speeding the trip,  “I thought that with an electric motor I could get their faster, but even more important, I could have more fun.” [Read more…]

True Story! How I Fell in Love with an Electric Bike

This is a guest post from Andy Franklin.  He is an electric bike enthusiast and is in the process of opening his own electric bike store.

I live southwest of Denver Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was a beautiful fall day and I decided it had been too long since I had taken out my bike. So after cleaning it up I hopped on and went for a ride. As the streets rushed by between the mountain backdrop and the turning leaves I had relaxed and found myself asking the question “why don’t I do [Read more…]

We have a Winner! March’s Electric Bike Report T-shirt.

Lisa from Eau Claire, Wisconsin is March's Electric Bike Report T-Shirt Winner!

This months Electric Bike T-shirt winner is Lisa from Eau Claire, Wisconsin!  Lisa won the T-shirt by becoming a member of the EBR community.

If you want to be entered in the monthly T-shirt drawing, join the Electric Bike Report community newsletter.

You can also purchase Electric Bike T-shirts, stickers, bags, hats, and water bottles here.

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I Need Your Help!

Enter to win a Free Electric Bike Report T-shirt

I want to make Electric Bike Report the best electric bike resource for you and I need your help!

And yes this is a survey, but I think you will find that it will be worth your time because:

1. You can tell me what information and features you want most from Electric Bike Report.

2. And you will be entered to win an Electric Bike Report T-Shirt!

So please do me a favor and let me know what you want by going here.

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! [Read more…]