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

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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…]

“Down Goes the Bike Thief!” Bait Bikes with GPS Trackers & Mug Shots on Twitter [VIDEO]

Bike thieves in San Francisco better watch out! The San Francisco Police Department is placing “bait bikes” around the city with GPS trackers. If one of the “bait bikes” is stolen they will track down the thief, bust them, and post the thief’s mug shot on their Twitter news stream and website for a bit of public humiliation!

You have to watch this video from The New York times, it is brilliant. Checkout how quickly they catch a thief!

The SFPD is taking this seriously. The “bait bikes” are of high enough value to charge the thief with a felony……ouch! [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

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

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Riding Safety Tips

bike-safetyElectric bikes are a lot of fun to ride but they also require that you be attentive to safety.

By following the safety tips in this guide you will be prepared for potentially dangerous situations that you could encounter on your e-bike.

In this guide you will learn about selecting the right gear, selecting the safest route, watching out for others, and how to handle rough roads.

Make sure your next ride is a safe one! [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…]

10 Tips for Improving Your Electric Bike’s Range

Improve Your Electric Bike Range!

Are you concerned about your electric bike’s range?  Would you like to know some tricks for extending your e-bike range when you have that extra errand to run but don’t have that much charge left in your battery?

Electric bike range is a common concern among e-bikers and I would like to offer some tips that will help you make the most of your electric bike ride.  Some of these tips are obvious but I have thrown in some additional tips that may help you add a few more miles or kilometers to your e-bike range.

Electric Bike Range Tips

1.  Okay, let’s get the most obvious one out of the way [Read more…]

Tips for Recovering Your Stolen Electric Bike

Previously I shared my thoughts on electric bike locks and tips on electric bike security.  So what if your electric bike is stolen despite your best efforts to keep it safe and secure?  First of all, that is BIG bummer and I truly feel for you if that has happend, but…….all hope is not lost!  In this article I want to share some tips with you on how to recover your stolen e-bike.

Get the word out immediately!  Timing is important because [Read more…]

Tips on Keeping Your Electric Bike Safe & Secure

Keep your electric bike AND gear safe!

You may have selected a good lock from the electric bike locks article but there are some other electric bike safety techniques that can further help you protect your investment.  By practicing these simple habits you can rest easier knowing your e-bike is that much safer.

Let’s get into the tips!

Park your electric bike in a public place.  Thieves are less likely to try to steal your bike in a public place.  It is harder for them to [Read more…]

VIDEO: Bike Commuting Perks: Take the Side Streets to Avoid the Traffic

So I was just out playing around with my iPhone and I recorded this quick video for you. It’s nothing too mind blowing, but it’s just a reminder that one of the cool things about bike commuting is that you can take the side streets, backroads, urban trails, and other bike routes to avoid traffic.

If you want to find some cool bike routes in your city [Read more…]