London to Paris with a Folding Electric Bike

arrived-in-paris-copyBy Richard Peace

As the author and publisher of a guidebook to a signed bike route between London and Paris I have just been off with my folding, electric assist Dahon to cycle and update the 250 or so miles of the French part of the route. I had a great time; here’s my trip report.

The Bike

My Nano-Dahon is an electric conversion from the Nano Electric Bikes stable. As my trip would involve several train journeys to get me from the North of England to Northern France and back it seemed the ideal choice from my garage full of e-bikes!  [Read more…]

A Bulletproof Electric Mountain Bike Set Up for Long-Distance Touring 

electric-mountiain-bike-touringArticle by Rob Katzenson and trip pictures & maps by Andrea Almering. 

The day described in Little Feat’s song “Old Folks Boogie” has arrived – When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.

The tough to swallow part is your brain doesn’t realize your condition. You want the landscapes, the solitude and the body workout with minimal car contact.

The world offers heaps of places for these things BUT your body needs a little boost to make riding a pleasure – not a pain. Today’s E-MTB’s offer up a Middle Way for the rider whose days of pure human-powered, self-supported touring have dwindled.

Besides the physical realities you’re fixing to put two kids through university and your moneybag has some limits. Rest easy – there is an answer! [Read more…]

Accommodation Choices on a Long Distance e-Bike Tour

ebike touring accomodations 4By Gary Corbett

With the e-Bike Cycle Tourists 10 months and 18,500kms into their ongoing e-bike long distance adventure in Europe and the UK, the question we get asked more than any other is “how do you find suitable accommodation every night”.

While we are pleased to report a number of people have contacted us to say that our exploits have inspired them to set off on their own e-bike long distance cycle tour, it seems many, many others are put off by the thought of not being able to find accommodation to their liking at the end of a long day’s e-biking.

But rest assured there is nothing to worry about, there are many accommodation choices on a long distance e-bike tour. [Read more…]

The Generosity of Complete Strangers and Circumnavigating Ireland on E-Bikes

DSC03057By Gary Corbett.

After five months and more than 9300 kilometres of cycling the e-Bike Cycle Tourists set off on Monday on the next stage of their e-bike record breaking adventure – a tour of Ireland.

With help from Electric Escapes Ireland, a network of E-bike tour operators on the west coast of Ireland, Olivier Vander Elst from Haibike dealer Greenaer in Dublin and e-bike enthusiast Robbie Syme, who are all helping to work out a suitable route, the plan – weather permitting – is to circumnavigate the Green Isle. [Read more…]

Running Errands on Your Bike: It’s Easier Than You Think! – Part 2

41j4l1LxIGLBy David Rodenhiser. Here is Part 1.

Now, let’s talk about the big guns of the cargo carrying world: Bike Trailers!

These range from small ones that are rated for 50 lbs, up to massive ones that can carry hundreds of pounds and are 8 feet long.

I have a friend who is both a handyman, and dedicated cyclist, and he uses one of these to carry his tools and supplies to job sites. It’s probably bigger than you need, unless you want to do all of your shopping for a family of 8, but it’s just an example of just how big trailers can go! [Read more…]

Running Errands on Your Bike: It’s Easier Than You Think! – Part 1

EVELO Luna errandsBy David Rodenhiser.

One of the great things about a bike, especially an electric bike, is how you can combine exercise and fun with the daily tasks you need to get done.

We’ve already talked about how to commute by bike, but now let’s think about adding even more riding to your day, or just some at all – commuting by bike isn’t possible for everyone, or maybe you’re retired, or like me, you largely work from home.

When you think about what you dislike the most about running your daily errands, like shopping, what is it? For me, it’s sitting in traffic, and trying to find a parking space. [Read more…]

How to Start Commuting on an Electric Bike – The Gear – Part 2

electric bike commutingBy David Rodenhiser. Make sure you read part 1 of this article.

Now, on to your gear:

There’s a fair bit to cover here. How should your bike be equipped? What do you need for clothing? How will you carry it and other cargo? What about mechanical malfunctions?

As far as equipment, there’s a number of things to consider.

First, how to carry your cargo? I recommend that at least you have a  [Read more…]

How to Start Commuting on an Electric Bike – Best Strategies You Need to Know!

Omni Wheel bikeBy David Rodenhiser.

One of the many things people consider when making a lifestyle change is how to make their commute to work simpler and less of a hassle.

They think: wouldn’t it be great to eliminate the pain of being stuck in traffic and then parking your car. The expense of gas, maintenance, tolls and parking.

Or waiting for public transit and making connections that slow [Read more…]

Tips & Strategies for a Successful Weekend Electric Bike Tour!

evelo electric bike tour 5By David Rodenhiser.

Many of us entertain dreams of someday taking off on that big bike tour.   The one down the coast or across the country. Or maybe Europe. France would be nice, wouldn’t it?

My own dream is to spend 3 or 4 months riding around various parts of  Australia, bringing my Greenspeed recumbent trike for a visit back to it’s builders in its birthplace near Sydney.

It’s an appealing idea, but like all big ideas, it takes big time, big commitment and usually, [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…]