Stromer ST1 Platinum Electric Bike Video,Pictures, & Specs

The fast (28mph!) pedal assist only Stromer ST1 Platinum electric bike is in for review and I want to take a minute to share the features of this high performance e-bike with you.

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

E-Bike News: Flying E-Bike, Tour of Iceland, UMass Police, & More! [VIDEOS]

Yes that’s right, a flying electric bike!  I wouldn’t mind taking it for a ride.  Maybe this traditional 2 wheeled bike thing is outdated; maybe we should be focusing on flying. Kidding, kidding :)  More info.

A tour of Iceland on eFlow electric bikes; does that get your attention?   (more…)

Guide to Rear Rack Bags (Panniers) for Electric Bikes

Basil Tour XL Double Bicycle Bag

Basil Tour XL Double Bicycle Bag

In some cases adding bags to the rear rack of an electric bike is not as easy as buying any bicycle bag or pannier and installing it on the rack.

Some of the racks that house the e-bike battery have larger tubing that won’t allow a some bicycle bags to clip onto.

And in some cases the battery itself gets in the way of the bicycle bag clips and does not allow them to fully attach to the rack.

The bags that work well for these types of racks have two bags that have a connection piece in the center that rest on top of the rack.

Here are some bags that work with (more…)

Glossary of Electric Bike Terms

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

AC Current – alternating current is used in electrical mains, but very rarely in Light Electric Vehicles.

Advanced Battery – a battery using NiMH or Lithium cells. Usually requiring a battery management system (BMS). Higher performance and higher cost.

After Market Kit – a kit of components to convert a manual bicycle to an electric bicycle.

Amp – From Ampere, which is a measure of the amount of electrical (more…)

IZIP E3 Compact Folding Electric Bike Review

The IZIP E3 Compact is an electric bike that is designed to go almost anywhere.  It is easily foldable, lightweight (for an e-bike), simple, and fun to ride!

Folding electric bikes are very handy for travel or if you live and/or work in a place that has limited storage areas.

They are also great if you use other forms of transportation like the bus, train, subway, taxi, etc. during your commute.

Since they can be folded or unfolded in less than a minute it makes for (more…)

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…)