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…]

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…]

“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…]