Cheap Electric Bikes Guide (~$1,000 and Less)

Currie Technologies eZip Trailz Electric Bicycle.

~$550: Currie Technologies eZip Trailz Electric Bicycle.

Yes, I know cheap electric bikes is probably not the best title but it is a term that is commonly used to describe economical, inexpensive, or low cost electric bikes.

I have had a lot of requests to cover economical e-bikes because not everyone can afford $1,500-$4,000+ electric bikes.

Not only are there inexpensive e-bikes but there are also e-bike kits and e-trailers (pushes your bike) that could be a low cost option.  In addition, I have some tips for finding used electric bikes, kits, and (more…)

Top 5 Tips for Lithium Ion Electric Bike Battery Care

This is a guest post from Jonathon Monk of Cycling Made Easy.

Electric bicycles are an increasingly common sight in cities throughout the world.

With more and more people choosing to take to two wheels, these bikes offer the perfect opportunity to enhance fitness while playing an important role in helping to reduce the carbon emissions generated by other forms of transport.

These bikes are helping to persuade many non-cyclists to start pedaling but it is important to understand that making your purchase is just the first step.

Once you have bought your e-bike, it is crucial that you (more…)

E-Bike News: Portable Solar Charger, New Stealth E-Bikes, NYC Ban, & More [VIDEO]

Checkout this portable solar charging solution from EcoSpeed!  It can plug directly into their batteries with a custom converter.

The panels are not cheap but it is exciting to think about the possibility of solar charging while out and about.  It could add a new dimension to e-bike touring.

May is national bike month in the US. KTLA in Los Angeles had this video coverage of e-bikes with Ethan from the IZIP Store in Santa Monica. There is a woman in the video who sold her car and now uses an e-bike instead :) (more…)

Seattle Cafe Delivers Tasty Grub with Electric Bike

Guest post by Cathy Lau from OHM Electric Bikes.

Delivering food orders by bike is no easy task when your delivery routes are filled with steep hills and traffic.

Wanting her company’s new delivery bike to be one she could trust to deliver both her food and her employees safely and reliably, Seattle café owner Emily Mabus invested in an OHM electric bike.

Since mid-March, the company’s OHM XS750 has roamed Capitol Hill every day, always ready to uphold the Other Coast Café’s daily 11am-9pm delivery schedule – helping the café’s employees promptly deliver (more…)

Light Up the Night! Ferei Bike Lights Review

If you are looking for bright LED lights for your electric bike, you may want to take a look at the high performance lights from Ferei.

The Ferei lights have high power LEDs that help you see the road or trail and helps you be seen by others.

I noticed that the really bright Ferei lights definitely helped alert car drivers to where I was!

These lights are not cheap and their feature list reflects that. (more…)

Understanding Electric Bike Modes: Throttle vs. Pedal Assist (Pedelec)

A throttle or pedal assist electric bike: which one will you choose?

There are many different types of electric bikes with different ways of activating the electric assist.

In this article you will learn about the different throttle types (twist grip, thumb, push button), pedal assist types (torque sensor and cadence sensor) and which mode may be best for you. (more…)

The New A2B Electric Bikes from HERO Eco!

The A2B electric bikes are back with speeds of up to 28 mph and stated ranges of up to 40 miles!

HERO Eco Group recently acquired the A2B bike line and they are in the process of relaunching the updated A2B bikes around the world.

A2B has been busy with recent launch events in Germany, the UK, New York City, and a launch scheduled for (more…)

E-Bike News: Cykno Retro E-Bike, E-Cruiser/Diavelo, Vancouver E-Bike Share, & More! [VIDEO]

Whoa!  Checkout the retro style Cykno electric bike with a carbon fiber frame, fork, wheels, brake levers.  The Cykno also features a mid drive motor, 360 watt hour lithium polymer battery, and pedal assist (pedelec).  No word on price yet, but I bet it ain’t cheap!

The new HeroEco A2B bikes were presented at a launch event in New York City recently.  Here is a report from an author of TechCrunch about his experience with the new A2B.  And here is some news about their recent launch event in Munich.

E-Cruiser Bikes is bringing the E-Cruiser brand and the Diavelo/Protanium bikes to (more…)

The Specialized Turbo E-Bike Now Available in the US! [VIDEO]

It’s here…..the fast Specialized Turbo electric bike, previously only available in parts of Europe, has now landed in the US!

As the name implies, this e-bike is meant to give your pedal power a Turbo boost!  Specialized uses the phrase “It’s you, only faster”.

The Specialized Turbo and your pedal power can motor up to around 28 mph using a 250 watt high torque motor and a 36V 9.5ah (342 Wh) lithium ion battery pack.

This is a pure pedal assist bike (pedelec); there is no throttle option.  So that means you (more…)

Ibera PB9 Smartphone Case Review: An Electric Bike Dashboard! [VIDEO]

It’s amazing what smartphones can do these days!

One of the new trends is to mount your smartphone to the handlebars of your bike and use one of the many smartphone bike applications that are available to provide you with traditional cycle computer info and GPS tracking.  Plus, in many cases you can share this info with your friends!

To jump into this new trend I tested the Ibera PB9 Smartphone Case and the 3 different mounting systems that Ibera offers with (more…)

VIDEOS: Bike Polo Played On Smart Electric Bikes!

The Spring Break bike polo team on Smart Electric Bikes!

The Spring Break bike polo team on Smart Electric Bikes! Photo from:

Bike polo is a lot of fun (I know from personal experience) and using electric bikes would make this high paced game pretty wild!

The folks at Smart Electric Bikes put the Spring Break bike polo team in London on their bikes and created some cool videos of this crazy sport.

Haven’t heard of bike polo?  Well, it is very similar to traditional horse polo except it is played on bikes.  Some people play bike polo on grass fields but there are a lot of folks who play polo on asphalt courts or “hardcourts”.

Bike polo is a high paced game with some occasional crashes (more…)

Cycloboost Electric Bike Trailer: Add Some Boost & Cargo to Your Bike! [VIDEO]

The Cycloboost/AEVON electric bike trailer is a new addition to the e-trailer world with the ability to carry a lot of cargo on or off road for potentially long distances!

Electric bicycle trailers are handy if you have a traditional bike that you would like to add electric assist to now and then.  Ridekick is one of the early pioneers of electric trailers.

The Cycloboost trailer could be used for: (more…)

eFlow E3 Nitro Electric Bike Review

It is exciting times in the electric bike world! To prove that I would like to introduce you to the innovative eFlow E3 Nitro electric bike.

This urban, sporty, e-bike machine has done something entirely different with the battery and placed it in the seatpost of the bike! The location of the battery pack is a moving target right now in the e-bike world. The battery can be placed on the rear rack, behind the