Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [UPDATED]

Electric recumbent trikes are lightweight 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles that offer some car like features.

For instance, some of them have weather protection, cargo & passenger capacity, full suspension, comfortable seats, lights & mirrors, etc.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting around town and some of them “amplify” your pedal power up to highway speeds!

The following is a guide to complete e-recumbent trikes, ideas on adding electric assist to a recumbent trike, and a look at the future of e-trikes. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Mid Drive Guide

Haibike FS RX bosch motorMid drive systems provide motor power through the cranks of the bike to leverage the drivetrain (or “transmission”) to climb almost any hill and speed along on flat ground.

Mid drives have been popular in many European markets and they are starting to gain popularity in the US and Canadian markets.

This guide will outline the popular systems that are equipped on complete e-bikes as well as retrofit mid drive systems that can be added to a conventional bike. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Motor Comparison: Hub, Mid Drive, & Friction Drive

GenZe Sport electric bike motorHere is a comparison of the different electric bike motor systems to help you determine which configuration is best for your riding needs.

In this article there are the pros and cons of each system: the hub motors (front and rear), the mid drive motor, the friction drive motor, and the rocket drive!

First of all, let’s take a look at the popular [Read more…]

All-In-One Electric Bike Wheel Guide [VIDEOS]

flykly smart wheel on bikeAll-in-one electric bike wheels have been getting a lot of attention recently because they provide the ability to easily convert a standard bike to electric by simply replacing the wheel.

Generally they house all of the e-bike components in the hub or wheel of the bike: motor, battery, controller, and sensors.

They are a clean way to add electric assist to a bike because you [Read more…]

Folding Electric Bikes Guide

gocycle folding electric bike

Folding electric bikes are very convenient if you travel a lot, use multiple forms of transportation, or if you want a bike that can be stored in a small place.

It is amazing how small some of these folding e-bikes can be when they are completely folded up!

Folders are great when combined with other forms of transportation like the bus, subway, train, ferry/boat, taxi, car, etc.

They are also handy if you have limited storage areas at home or work.

To give you some ideas on the different types of electric folding bikes out there, I have put together this guide. [Read more…]

Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

[Read more…]

Replacement Electric Bike Batteries Guide

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

Eventually electric bike batteries need to be replaced as their lifecycle comes to an end.

You can tell when a battery is nearing the end of its life when it does not provide you with much range.

This guide will help you with ideas on how to get a replacement electric bike battery.

First of all, if you have a complete electric bike you should buy the replacement battery from that e-bike company.  Typically you can get a replacement from your local dealer but in some cases you may need to contact the e-bike company directly.

The same [Read more…]

Guide to Electric Trikes [VIDEOS]

Butchers & Bicycles MK1 tilting electric trike.

Butchers & Bicycles MK1 tilting electric trike.

More and more electric trikes have been hitting the market and I think it is time to highlight some of these new light electric vehicles.

This guide will focus on upright electric trikes.  Here is a guide to recumbent electric trikes.

First off, let’s checkout some of the new high tech “tilting” electric trikes.  Yes, you can lean them into corners! [Read more…]

Guide to Rear Rack Bags (Panniers) for Electric Bikes

Basil Tour XL Double Bicycle Bag

Basil Tour XL Double Bicycle Bag

In some cases adding bags to the rear rack of an electric bike is not as easy as buying any bicycle bag or pannier and installing it on the rack.

Some of the racks that house the e-bike battery have larger tubing that won’t allow a some bicycle bags to clip onto.

And in some cases the battery itself gets in the way of the bicycle bag clips and does not allow them to fully attach to the rack.

The bags that work well for these types of racks have two bags that have a connection piece in the center that rest on top of the rack.

Here are some bags that work with [Read more…]

Glossary of Electric Bike Terms

Guest post by Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric Consultants LLC. 

AC Current – alternating current is used in electrical mains, but very rarely in Light Electric Vehicles.

Advanced Battery – a battery using NiMH or Lithium cells. Usually requiring a battery management system (BMS). Higher performance and higher cost.

After Market Kit – a kit of components to convert a manual bicycle to an electric bicycle.

Amp – From Ampere, which is a measure of the amount of electrical [Read more…]