Trip Report: The Electric Bike Scene in Bend, Oregon. [VIDEOS]

I recently took a trip to Bend, Oregon and I had a chance to visit a couple of e-bike shops and check out some other e-bike & bike culture.

Bend is a mountain town in Central Oregon and has a population of around 80,000.

During the summer it’s usually nice and dry with long sunny days.  Bend is a very outdoor focused town with lots of opportunities for walking, biking, hiking, boating/rafting, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, etc.

Like some other towns in Oregon, Bend has a lot of bikepaths and bike routes that many people (locals and tourists) use to get around town.  In addition, (more…)

E-Bike News: Benelli E-Bikes, Win a Pedego, Rubbee Friction Drive, & More! [VIDEOS]

Benelli (a motorcycle company) has introduced 2 e-bike models of what they are calling the Benelli E-Classica.  They are front hub motor e-bikes with the battery in the downtube of the frame.

Enter to win one of 10 Pedego Electric Bikes being given away!  Contest ends September 12, 2013 and you must be at least 18 and a US citizen.

Here is a great article on the transportation trends in Europe: “Are Electric Bicycles Catching Cars As Europe’s Favored Transport?

Men’s Fitness just published (more…)

Trip Reports: Electric Bike Touring in Croatia, Austria, & Italy’s Dolomites

This is a guest “adventure” post from Jane and Carolyn.

This is an article to excite e-bikers to plan a multi-day trip in some fantastic locations and to thank Pete for his generosity in loaning us two e-bikes for an afternoon in Sedona, Arizona.

We had wanted to try out an e-bike on a multi-day trip ever since our city bike tour in Copenhagen in 2011.  It was only a 4 hour tour and more significantly we only rode on flat ground.  To find out how e-bikes would ride in hilly terrain, we contacted Pete.

He was most gracious and offered to have us come to Sedona to see what it was like to ride an e-bike on steep terrain.

Thanks to Pete’s encouragement and our excitement, we set out on some wonderful adventures. (more…)

New Haibike, eFlow, & IZIP Electric Bikes to be Shown/Demo’ed at Dealer Camp

This is a press release from Currie Technologies.

During the last two years, Europe has seen a significant growth in the off-road and urban high performance E-Bike category.

Currie Technologies will introduce this exciting category to North American retailers this month at DealerCamp in Deer Valley, Utah with Haibike, eFlow and IZIP E-Bikes.

“DealerCamp will be the first time retailers have the opportunity to ride Haibike performance E-Bikes for an extensive period of time, in off-road conditions,” said (more…)

Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [VIDEOS]

Recently I have come across a number of electric recumbent trikes and this seems to be a growing part of the electric bike or light electric vehicle world.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting and some of them are high performance “adventure vehicles”.

It is interesting how some of these 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles are beginning to offer some car like features.

The following are some complete e-trikes, along with ideas on how to add electric assist to a recumbent trike. (more…)

EVELO Aurora Electric Bike Review – One Smooth Ride

By Gary M. Kaye from In the Boombox.

I had a chance to try out the EVELO Aurora, an e-bike with some very sweet features. EVELO makes three models.  The Aurora is the middle of the line.

All their bikes feature a mid-drive motor, and all can operate either as a pedelec or fully throttle driven.  The mid-drive motor is compact, efficient, and mounted high enough off the ground so clearance is not an issue if you want to go off-roading.

Since the power source doesn’t reside in the hub, it opens up the possibility of (more…)

E-Bike News: Super E-Cargo Bike, Pope Gets E-Bike, NY Times & WSJ Coverage, & More [VIDEO]

Checkout this wild cargo bike from EcoSpeed and TiCycles: “EcoSpeed, Ti-Cycles and others collaborate in introducing a brand new urban cargo bike design. The CarGoAway – Utility Horse has room in the front for a whole lot of groceries plus an extra seat in the back for a few passengers.

With the EcoSpeed mid-drive motor system integrated into the design it has the power to haul all of that load up the steepest hills.”  Here is a link to more pictures of this e-cargo bike.  No word on price, but I believe it will be up there!

The Pope was recently gifted a Smart electric bike from the head of Mercedes Benz. (more…)

Test Riding the Outrider USA 422 High Performance Electric Recumbent Trike!

The Outrider USA 422 Alpha Adventure Vehicle = 40+ mph, 4,200 watts of power, and up to 165 miles of range!

Let’s just say the Outrider USA recumbent electric trikes are high performance vehicles :)

Recently, Jesse, Daniel and Tommy from Outrider USA visited here in Sedona AZ and I had a chance to ride their top of the line 422 Alpha adventure vehicle.

Not only did I get to test ride this e-trike but the guys from Outrider had a chance to sample some of the scenic and twisty roads here (more…)

A2B E-Bike Rider to Attempt Guinness World Record For Longest Distance on E-Bike

This is a press release from A2B electric bikes.

A2B, leading electric bike manufacturer, announces their official participation in “Ride the Future Tour” – the largest green event and electric vehicle adventure of the year.

A2B will provide various e-Bikes to daily cyclists in each city ready to ride through the country and accompany our official A2B rider to break the 1,912 miles Guinness World Records Title for the longest journey on an electric bike.


Stromer ST1 Platinum Electric Bike Review

If you want to feel like Superman on a bike then I suggest you check out the Swiss designed Stromer ST1 Platinum!

This bike is a pedal assist (pedelec) only bike that can reach speeds of 28 mph with electric assist; yeah that is flying.

This bike is all about pedaling with a serious boost.

The Platinum has a torque sensor built into the frame that senses how much you are pedaling and then provides you with electric assist based on (more…)

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…)