Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo: Tech, Transportation, Adventure, & Fun! [VIDEOS]

elecric bike expo palo alto 8The Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo combined a lot of the unique aspects of the Bay Area like high tech, new forms of transportation, solar charging, adventure, dogs, and fun!

The Expo was held on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center with close proximity to Stanford University and the Stanford Research Park.

Attendees had a chance to ride over 125 different electric bikes from A2B, BESV, BULLS, Easy Motion, Felt Electric, Focus, Gazelle, Haibike, IZIP, Kalkhoff, KTM, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo, Trek, Vintage, Xtracycle, and Yuba.

The Expo was covered by news from  [Read more…]

eMTB Racing Arrives In North America At The Sea Otter Classic [VIDEO]

electric mountain bike race 6By Paul Willerton

On Friday, April 15, 2016 the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA held first ever electric assist mountain bike (eMTB) in North America.

The race was enhanced with support from sponsors Bosch and Haibike.  Bosch even put up a special prize of $5,000 for the winner of the Industry Challenge eMTB Race to donate toward the charity of their choice.

The eMTB course was set on a section of the pro XC course and laps took about 7 minutes to complete. Over the last 25 years, the dirt hills on the inside of the world famous Laguna Seca race track have witnessed some of the best mountain bike racing in North America. [Read more…]

2,200 Mile Electric Bike Adventure from California to Colorado [VIDEO]

Sand-to-Snow E-Bike Tour kicks offIt’s time to think beyond riding around town on your e-bike; it’s time for an e-bike adventure!

Susanne Brüsch from Pedelec Adventures is riding 2,200 miles from California to Colorado on her Haibike electric mountain bike!

Her tour is called Sand to Snow and she will be riding through a lot of western highlights like Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Moab, and the Rocky Mountains.

Along the way she will be stopping at 2 Electric Bike Expo events. You can meet Susanne at the Palo Alto (April 22-24) and Denver (June 17-19) Electric Bike Expo events where she will [Read more…]

The Quick-Install Bimoz E-Bike Mid Drive Kit [VIDEO]

bimoz-on-bike-1By Richard Peace

European firm bimoz say they are nearing a rollout of the ‘lightest and easiest e-bike retrofit system’ that will fit ‘almost any conventional bicycle within twenty minutes.’

bimoz has been designed to replace the non-driveside crank arm with a crank incorporating a gearless (direct drive) motor, powered by a fame-mounted battery.

So fitting is a matter of swapping out the crank and frame-mounting a connector and battery. Here’s a video that shows the installation: [Read more…]

Palo Alto E-Bike Expo: Checkout & Ride the Latest E-Bikes for Free! [VIDEO]

IMG_6625The Palo Electric Bike Expo on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center is the place to ride the latest electric bikes. And best of all it’s completely free to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

There will be 20 different brands and over 100 different eBikes to choose from to ride on the test track. Some of the bikes are launching at the Palo Alto Expo!

The test track has a hill structure to test the different eBike climbing capabilities and terrain features to test the suspension of some of the eBikes. [Read more…]

Swiftmile: Solar Powered Electric Bike Rental Stations [VIDEOS]

swiftmile electric bike charging 2By Paul Willerton

In technology, the term “last mile solution” is synonymous with “challenge”.

The last mile is where the leaps and bounds of a technology are grasped by the masses. The promise of broadband, trans-continental internet connections took years.

Signals, transmitted across oceans at the speed of light, still needed to find their way into the home at that speed.

Solar power is another technology with tremendous promise that has had a difficulty crossing the chasm to main street.

In San Mateo, California, a company named Swiftmile is aiming to bridge solar power’s last mile gap by becoming a premier infrastructure provider for what Swiftmile calls the “Personal Electric Transporter” market, or PET for short. [Read more…]

Where’s Bixby? Electric Cargo Bike Adventures with a Dog & Her Human [VIDEO]

Bixby, her human and their Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike

Bixby, her human, and their new Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike

Bixby and her human (Mike Minnick) have been traveling the US on a Yuba cargo bike to encourage pet adoption and their latest adventure is to beat the current world record for longest electric bike ride with more than 10,000 miles of riding!

They will officially kick off their electric cargo bike adventure at the Sea Otter Classic in April and then make stops at the Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo and possibly the Portland and Denver locations as well.

Here’s a quick video interview with Bixby and Mike from the Houston Electric Bike Expo where they picked up their shiny new Yuba Spicy Curry: [Read more…]

The Houston Electric Bike Expo: Transportation, Media, and Fun! [VIDEO]

Houston Electric Bike ExpoThe Houston Electric Bike Expo was this past weekend and it made quite the impact on the Houston area!

Attendees of the Texas Trails and Active Transportation conference had a chance to learn about and ride the latest eBikes at the Expo.

TV, radio, and newspaper media covered the Expo with many good stories.

And there were many eBike smiles on and off the test track!

Enjoy the scene’s from the Houston Expo in this video: [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Versatile E-Cargo Bikes, 2 Seater, Affordable Carbon, Pedal E-Car & More! [VIDEOS]

Ono electric bikeIt’s time for another e-bike news round up!

Electric bike touring and setting world records is becoming a trend these days! I met Bruce MacLeod earlier this year at Eurobike and learned of his adventures to set a long distance world record to ride from Glasgow, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa.

Bruce will be joined by Susanne Bruesch from Pedelec Adventures for some of his journey. His world record ambitions will go head to head with the E-Bike Cycle Tourists who are also aiming at a roughly 20,000 km [Read more…]

The New Elby Electric Bike [VIDEO]

elbybike_bluesilverElby is one of the latest new e-bike companies to make a splash in the e-bike world but they have an interesting background with BionX and the automotive industry.

This new Elby electric bike is a stylish step thru that has a well thought out design and accessory selection.

The step thru frame makes for an easy get on and go ride and the 48V 11.6ah (555 Wh) lithium battery is mounted low and centered to provide for good handling. [Read more…]