UK E-Cargo Bike Companies Show the Future of Urban Transport [VIDEO]

23/12/2015 - Pic by Lucy Davies Business development manager at Bikespace Brett Nicolle who is delivering vegetables for Plymouth residents on an electric bike. Reporter Sarah Contact Brett on 396737

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By Richard Peace

Outside of flatter cities and towns with a strong cycling tradition – such as Cambridge – cargo bikes (let alone electric cargo bikes) are very rarely seen.

But legal changes from April this year lifted the previous 40kg weight limit that had hampered the deployment of e-cargo bikes for commercial use.

With the UK’s electric bike law now harmonised with Europe, Electric Bike Report interviews two firms that have recently introduced electric cargo bikes and are making inroads into the ‘last mile’ delivery market and [Read more…]

E-Bike Cycle Tourists Set New World E-Bike Long Distance Record

ebike cycle tourists 3By Gary Corbett

We did it!! After 901 hours of cycling over 220 days at an average of 75 kilometres per day through 12 countries in Europe and the United Kingdom, the e-Bike Cycle Tourists have finally set a new world e-bike long distance record.

The old mark of 16,047kms (9971 miles) – which was set by German Maximilian Semsch who circumnavigated Australia in 2012 – was finally passed on a sunny winter’s day in the Algarve region of Portugal much to our collective delight.

The achievement was celebrated with high fives, hugs and kisses, lunch at a restaurant, a photo session and, of course, a [Read more…]

Phoenix Electric Bike Expo – Lots of eBike Smiles! [VIDEOS]

electric bike expo phoenix 13This past weekend was the first Electric Bike Expo event in Phoenix, Arizona with many eBike smiles both on and off the ride track!

The Expo is a series of eBike specific events where everyone can test ride the latest electric bikes for free and talk to manufacturer reps and local dealers about their eBikes.

The focus of the Expo is to raise awareness about electric bikes by providing the ride experience, which is very important to understanding what an eBike is and the benefits it provides.

Here’s a quick video to give you a feel for the Expo: [Read more…]

Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here’s the Data to Prove It.

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Adam Alter and his Stromer ST2

By Paul Willerton

As the warm glow of the Texas morning sun rises over the State Capital building in Austin, a cyclist suddenly flashes by.

Flash is the right term. For someone seemingly commuting to work by bike, this one was really moving.

The rider, Adam Alter, is just finishing his 19 mile daily commute from his home in Round Rock to BSX Insight, a company making and using specialized human performance monitoring equipment in Austin.

Alter makes his living helping bike riders monitor and understand how their bodies and muscles, more precisely, are performing. [Read more…]

Cycling to a New World E-Bike Long Distance Record in Portugal, Cyprus & Beyond

ebike cycle tourists 7By Gary Corbett

Eight months, 14,300 kilometres and countless adventures after setting out from London in April to set a new world e-bike record of well in excess of 16,047kms, the e-Bike Cycle Tourists are currently in Portugal sitting out the European winter in style.

While the kilometres continue to mount on daily rides on our Haibike Trekking xDuro e-bikes through the amazing southern Algarve region of Portugal, after six months of living in a tent we have both embraced the opportunity to come “home” each day to a comfortable casa [Read more…]

The Electric Bike: Your Next Family Vehicle

Yuba electric cargo bikeBy Paul Willerton.

We live in an incredible age. With the convergence of the bicycle, electric power and technology, suddenly human beings have the the ability to feel what’s it’s like to become “bionic”.

Not only that, but the price of becoming bionic comes at a price tag in just the low to mid four figures. The gateway is wide open for those who want the amazing feeling and freedom electric assist bicycles provide. [Read more…]

Ride the Newest Electric Bikes at the Electric Bike Expo Event in Phoenix!

Bosch track2016 is going to be a very exciting year for the electric bike world and to kick things off you will be able to ride the newest e-bikes in Phoenix, AZ this January 15-17, 2016.

And best of all it’s completely FREE to attend the Expo events!

There will be 80+ different electric bikes at the Electric Bike Expo event from brands like: [Read more…]

Electric Bikes and “Quality”

ed-benjaminBy Edward Benjamin.

When I started assembling bikes as a teenager in the back of a bicycle shop, the widely hailed “best quality” bikes in the USA were Schwinn Bicycles that were manufactured in Chicago.

Those bikes arrived at the bike shop with many parts (brakes, saddle, pedals, cables, and more) yet to be attached. Good news for me and my peers – it took most of us 30 – 45 minutes or more of practiced effort to finish the assembly of the bike. And when we were finished, we had a bike that almost always had tiny flecks of paint missing. And there were bikes that needed [Read more…]

The Utility of the eMTB

Haibike FS RX electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

Each year, I spend time at various cycling industry events. Consumer events, industry trade shows, races, seminars, and group rides.

Much of my attention is directed at the different e-bike segments. There are always a few trends that stand out through the year.

In 2015, the e-mountain bike (eMTB) segment has been the standout. Here are a few strong trends in this exciting segment. [Read more…]

First U.S. Electric Bike Sharing Launches in Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham electric bike share 2By Paul Willerton.

By now you’ve heard of the “sharing economy”. Companies like AirBnB, DogVacay, RelayRides and Task Rabbit have introduced millions of people to new solutions of old problems.

Many feel that using the sharing economy enhances their lifestyle and spreads goodwill. In recent years another sharing economy program, Citibike, began in New York City and spawned similar offerings in more large metro areas.

Birmingham, Alabama though can now lay claim to a more modern, efficient – and in the minds of many enthusiasts – more desirable bike sharing program than any other city in America. [Read more…]