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…]

The Inspiration to Set a New World Long Distance E-Bike Record

gary-and-chelBy Gary Corbett.

Isn’t it amazing how a plan hatched in an instant can change the course of your entire life?

One day you are happily going along in one direction and suddenly thanks to a moment of inspiration, you find that your priorities, goals and aspirations – everything – has changed.

In very basic terms that is the story behind the [Read more…]

Cycling’s Elixir of Youth & The Plan to Set a New World E-Bike Distance Record

EuroVelo Cycle RouteBy Gary Corbett.

IT’S a scenario all of us are familiar with as we get older … no matter how hard you train and no matter how hard you try, you are no longer able to replicate the physical achievements of your youth.

Sure, the head may be older and wiser, but the body just isn’t up to the physical challenges of 10, 20, 30 or even more years ago. To put it bluntly it is a fact of life we all have to come terms with – aging sucks.

But thanks to new technology there is a solution [Read more…]

E-Bike Cycle Tourists Set Out to Establish New World E-Bike Record

gary rachel touring picThis is a guest post by Gary Corbett.

What do you do if you find yourself constantly dreaming about your next self-contained cycling tour, your day to day job is to write about cycle touring and you have a wife who is just itching to join you on a long distance cycle tour?

You go cycle touring, of course!

That in just one paragraph is the very condensed story behind Australian couple Gary and Rachel Corbett’s decision to set out from London in late April in an attempt to set a new world e-bike long distance record of well in excess of 16,047 kilometres (9971 miles). [Read more…]

Living Instead of Existing: Losing Nearly 300 Pounds w/ Help From an E-Bike [VIDEO]

Rhonda Martin before afterOn February 7, 2012 Rhonda Martin weighed 457 pounds and she “decided I was tired of just existing and wanted to live again.”

She now has lost nearly 300 pounds thanks to a healthier diet and an exercise routine that includes riding a Pedego City Commuter electric bike.

Riding her electric bike was a way to initially get some exercise and have some fun.

She now rides her Pedego 38 miles round trip to work in addition to recreational rides with her husband.

In addition to losing the weight she has also become a competitive triathlete [Read more…]

Electric Bike Touring to Eurobike [VIDEO]

electric bike tour eurobike brett karenBrett Thurber and Karen Wiener from The New Wheel electric bike shop decided to add a little adventure to their trek to the Eurobike international bicycle trade show this year!

They recently completed an e-bike tour from Zurich, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany where Eurobike is held.

To give you an idea of this tour, here is a time lapse video capturing part of their trip that included 55 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing:  [Read more…]

Life With An Electric Assist Cargo Bike: The Camping/Fishing E-Cargo Bike

yuba el mundo fishing gearThis post continues Paul Willerton’s series (Part 1 & Part 2) on building and using a Yuba Mundo (becoming an El Mundo, electric assisted).

Some time has passed since my last post on how a Yuba Mundo with BionX has been woven into my daily life. About a year, in fact.

While it’s still not time for a “Long Term Review”, I will say this: the bike is holding up extremely well – even, dare I say, improving.

There was a dark period that began on December 31, 2013. Out for a New Year’s Eve ride with the whole family on the bike in Portland, Oregon, we had a [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: In The Fields of Flanders – Part 4

European electric bike tour Grant 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

It’s August 4, exactly one hundred years since World War 1 started, and I’m in a small Belgian town called Diksmuide.

The ride here was simply beautiful – a (very flat) paved towpath along the Kanaal Ieper – IJzer, lined with trees, passing through idyllic rural scenery.

It’s so peaceful that it’s beyond comprehension that 100 years ago this was the front line of a particularly sordid conflict; we’ve all seen the [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Venice, The Romantic Road, & The River Main – Part 3

european electric bike tour grant

This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1 and Part 2.

I’ve completed a loop, I’m back in Stuttgart, where it all began, and the bike computer is showing 3,001 km (1,864 miles).

After Slovenia I rode through northeastern Italy, from Trieste (a really interesting but little visited city) to Venice (a wonderful place, full of visitors).

Maybe it was the area, the geography means that there are few roads between major towns, but I didn’t find cycling very [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a [Read more…]