IZIP E3 Compact Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs

The Currie Technologies IZIP E3 Compact electric bike is in for review and I would like to show off the details of this folding electric bike.

This is part 1 of the IZIP E3 Compact electric bike review and it will give you an idea of what this bike is all about with a bunch of pictures, and info on the specifications of this folding e-bike. (more…)

E-Bike News: Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Mainstream Media, E-Bike Share Program & More!

A hydrogen fuel cell powered e-bike called the Gitane Alter Bike uses replaceable (and recyclable) energy cartridges that eliminates the need for a traditional charger!  This system would allow you to travel long distances by installing new cartridges.  You wouldn’t have to wait for your battery to charge.  Pretty interesting….

A writer for the LA Times recently got a Pedego City Commuter and has realized the benefits of e-bike commuting compared to commuting by car.  This kind of mainstream media is great for getting more people excited about e-bikes.

Speaking of the mainstream media, the Chicago Tribune recently ran an article about electric bikes growing in popularity (more…)

Understanding the Differences Between Direct Drive & Geared Electric Bike Hub Motors

Guest post by Alec Burney from E-Bike Kit.

“Which one is the best?” We get the question nearly every day, and it’s not the easiest one to answer… because ultimately it depends on your personal riding needs.

Do you want faster or lighter? More torque or quieter? More durable or less drag?

The first set of answers corresponds to direct drive motors: they’re faster, but have less torque, they’re more durable, but they’re also heavier and (more…)

Rough Road Ahead – The Electric Bike Battle in New York

Electric Bikes in New York City

Electric bikes facing tough times in New York City.

Guest post by Gary M. Kaye.

Electric bikes, or e-Bikes, are illegal in New York State. Because they have motors they do not qualify as bicycles. Because they cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles they are not vehicles.

For a decade the New York State legislature in Albany has unsuccessfully debated one bill after another that would change that.  Now while that debate continues, at the other end of the Hudson River, a new ordinance approved by the New York City Council and signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made e-bikes even more illegal.   (Can something be more illegal?) (more…)

Battery Care & Tips for E-Bikes & Pedelecs

Guest post by Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric Consultants LLC. 

Electric bikes are equipped with a wide variety of batteries, and this guide will provide basics on the prevention of damage, and care for such diverse systems.

But it is important that the reader refer to the specific instructions given in the owner’s manual for their bike, their battery, and their charger. If you do not have that document, check on line – many such manuals are posted at the website of the brand.  Or contact the (more…)

VIDEO of New European Electric Bikes!

Enjoy this video of some of the new European electric bikes.  One of the bikes has the batteries hidden in the fork of the bike!

Here are links to some of the e-bikes featured in the video:

The Electrolyte Straßenfeger with a small front hub motor and (more…)

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…)