EGO-Kits Gravel Battle: E-Bike Racing Limited Only By Imagination [VIDEO]

ego kits electric bike race 4By Paul Willerton.

“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, he understood, but to be with each other.” – Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Electric bike racing is not “coming” – it’s here. Time will of course tell whether or not it has truly “arrived”, but make no mistake, we are sure to see a lot more in the months – let alone years – ahead.

Of course it was the highly skilled, fun loving Austrians who kicked things off with the “EGO Gravel Battle 2015”, an event they are calling the “World’s 1st Extreme E-Bike Race”.

Judging by the video [Read more…]

How to Get Ready for a 4,000 Mile Electric Bike Tour Across the Country

evelo electric bike tourBy Boris Mordkovich.

“You’re leaving in a week? Wow, you’ve got a lot to do!” said a trusted bike mechanic at a Brooklyn-based bike shop, as he replaced our tires, adjusted our disk brakes, installed a chain tensioner and roamed all corners of the shop looking for spare parts.

“You know, usually people come to me months before going on a trip like this,” he said, eyeing us in good humor, as if to say, [Read more…]

1,000 km Completed – 15,000 km to Go. E-Bike Cycle Tourists in France

bosch 1000 kmBy Gary Corbett.

In more ways than one it has been a big week for the e-Bike Cycle Tourists.

Not only did we clock up our first 1000 kilometres of our overall target –now 1381 kms – to cycle in excess of 16,047 kms to set a new world e-bike long distance record, but we also made the much anticipated ferry crossing from Plymouth in the UK to Roscoff in France.

After two weeks of being overawed by the scenery as we cycled through the south of the UK from London to Plymouth, we have found that [Read more…]

E-Bike Touring: A Tale of Thundering Traffic, Watership Downs & Andrew Lloyd Webber

ebike cycle tourists 2By Gary Corbett.

Finally. After eight months of planning, an exhaustive fitness regime and a general preparation worthy of a flight to Mars, the e-Bike Cycle Tourists are off and cycling on our way to setting a new world e-bike long distance record.

With a few days of e-biking around the Surrey countryside to get used to our new Haibike xDuro Trekking e-bike – Tout Terrain cycle trailer combination, we finally [Read more…]

E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Aima & More, Plus China North Bike Show – Part 5 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5712In this final report from the ExtraEnergy and CBA e-bike industry tour of China you will get a closer look at a few more bike & e-bike manufacturer’s along with some pictures of the e-bikes and e-scooters from the China North Bike Show.

Here’s an intro to the manufacturer’s that we visited.

Aima is one of the larger electric bike manufacturer’s in China. They made 4 million e-bikes [Read more…]

E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Bafang Motor & King Meter Display – Part 4

bafang motors productionDuring the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit the Bafang Motor Company and the King Meter display company headquarters.

Bafang motors are found on many electric bikes all over the world. While we were there I had a chance to ride their new Max mid drive system!

King Meter is one of the largest [Read more…]

E-Bike Battery Factory Tours in China: Tianneng, Phylion, & Lishen – Part 3 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5461During the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit 3 major e-bike battery companies in China.

Here’s a little intro to each company that we visited.

Tianneng Battery claims to have 40% market share for LEV & e-bike batteries. They make a lot of lead acid batteries but they are in the process of expanding their lithium battery production.

Phylion Battery claims to be the second largest lithium battery pack supplier for the electric bike market in Europe. They have a cloud based diagnostic tool that helps them troubleshoot battery issues remotely.

Lishen Battery makes lithium batteries for high tech companies like Apple, Samsung, Motorola, [Read more…]

Touring E-Bike Factories In China: Giant, Golden Wheel, & Yadea – Part 2 [VIDEOS]

golden wheel frames 4Let’s take a look at how bicycles are built!

In this report from the ExtraEnergy & CBA electric bike industry tour of China we will take a look at the assembly facilities of Giant Bicycles, Golden Wheel Bicycles, and Yadea.

Giant Bicycles is an industry giant in the traditional bicycle world and their bikes are sold worldwide.

Golden Wheel makes many bikes under different brand names. They have an impressive facility which includes melting aluminum to create their own aluminum frame tubes!

Yadea is one of the larger e-bike companies for the Chinese market and we were fortunate to [Read more…]

Trip Report: Touring Electric Bike Factories in China – Part 1

IMG_5689I was recently invited by ExtraEnergy and the China Bicycle Association to tour electric bike factories in China and to take a closer look at the Chinese e-bike market.

How could I say no?!

It was an honor to be invited on this tour with many e-bike experts in attendance and I quickly said “Yes, I’ll be there!”.

The Chinese e-bike market has been rapidly developing domestically in addition to [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…]