Bosch Introduces Nyon Display, Integrated Shifting, & USA Bosch E-Bikes [VIDEOS]

Bosch eBike Systems has made a serious presence in the European electric bike scene and now they are focusing on the US e-bike market for 2014.  In addition they are introducing some new high tech features to their mid drive systems!

Here is a video that will give you an idea of what the Bosch e-bike systems are like and some background on the company, including the manufacturing of their components:

In addition to their newly revamped e-bike system (more…)

E-Bike News: New Bosch Tech, Grace, ProdecoTech, E-Bike Touring, E-Mtn Bikes, Harley Davidson?! [VIDEOS]

GRACE MX II Trail electric bikeGrace Electric Bikes will be on display at Interbike this year.  These high tech e-bikes feature the Bosch mid drive system, with Gates belt drive and the NuVinci continuously variable rear hub.

Bosch is working on a new control unit called Nyon. It has e-bike controls, navigation, fitness and smartphone functionality. They are also working on integrated shifting solutions with NuVinci, SRAM, and Shimano. 

SRAM is working with Bosch to offer a semi-automatic drivetrain.  It features an internally geared hub that automatically shifts in addition to a traditional derailleur and cogset that the rider can manually shift……..interesting!

If you are looking for a high tech electric bike then (more…)

European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a (more…)

Interview with Faraday Bicycles CEO, Adam Vollmer [VIDEO]

The classically styled Faraday Porteur electric bike.

The classically styled Faraday Porteur electric bike.

Faraday Bicycles made a splash in the electric bike world a few years ago when they introduced the Porteur.

The Porteur has a classic European style and concealed electric bike components that almost hide the fact that it is an electric bike.

In 2011 the Porteur won the Oregon Manifest People Choice Award for best utility bike.

To find out more about the Porteur and Faraday Bicycles, I had the chance to interview the CEO of Faraday, Adam Vollmer.

First of all, enjoy this video with Adam talking about his inspiration for the Porteur: (more…)

Replacement Electric Bike Batteries Guide

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

Eventually electric bike batteries need to be replaced as their lifecycle comes to an end.

You can tell when a battery is nearing the end of its life when it does not provide you with much range.

This guide will help you with ideas on how to get a replacement electric bike battery.

First of all, if you have a complete electric bike you should buy the replacement battery from that e-bike company.  Typically you can get a replacement from your local dealer but in some cases you may need to contact the e-bike company directly.

The same (more…)

“Down Goes the Bike Thief!” Bait Bikes with GPS Trackers & Mug Shots on Twitter [VIDEO]

Bike thieves in San Francisco better watch out! The San Francisco Police Department is placing “bait bikes” around the city with GPS trackers. If one of the “bait bikes” is stolen they will track down the thief, bust them, and post the thief’s mug shot on their Twitter news stream and website for a bit of public humiliation!

You have to watch this video from The New York times, it is brilliant. Checkout how quickly they catch a thief!

The SFPD is taking this seriously. The “bait bikes” are of high enough value to charge the thief with a felony……ouch! (more…)

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

european electric bike tour 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike.

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. (more…)

Visiobike: Pushing The High Tech Electric Bike Boundary! [VIDEO]

The high tech Visiobike e-bike!

The high tech Visiobike e-bike!

The Visiobike e-bike is high tech.

Here’s why: Google Glass integration, serious smartphone integration, rear view camera, carbon fiber frame, integrated Panasonic lithium battery in the frame, MPF mid drive motor, auto shifting NuVinci H|Sync continuously variable hub, Gates belt drive, & more!

To give you an idea of what the Visiobike is all about, here is a video from their INDIEGOGO campaign:  (more…)

The USA Electric Bike Market Numbers

This is a guest post by Edward Benjamin and Audra Poynter, eCycleElectric Staff

With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers…the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers.

The European market, about 742 million people, buying about 20 million bicycles most years, is both larger, and buys fewer bicycles per capita than the USA.

However, much of Europe regards a bicycle of any type as transportation. (As well as for sports, fitness, and recreation.) This is a cultural norm and in such cultures ebike markets grow more quickly.

The USA is almost universal in (more…)

Electric Bike Riding Safety Tips

bike-safetyElectric bikes are a lot of fun to ride but they also require that you be attentive to safety.

By following the safety tips in this guide you will be prepared for potentially dangerous situations that you could encounter on your e-bike.

In this guide you will learn about selecting the right gear, selecting the safest route, watching out for others, and how to handle rough roads.

Make sure your next ride is a safe one! (more…)

E-Bike News: New E-Bikes from Haibike, Visiobike, ProdecoTech, B4, Vintage, IKEA, & More! [VIDEOS]

2 new Haibike's have landed in the USA! The XDRUO RX 29 and the XDURO FS RX.

2 new Haibike’s have landed in the USA! The XDRUO RX 29 and the XDURO FS RX.

It’s time for another electric bike news round up!

2 new Haibike electric mountain bikes are now available in the US; the XDURO RX 29 hard tail and the XDURO FS RX full suspension electric mountain bikes.

Both of the these Haibike’s feature the Bosch mid drive electric bike systems. There will be 5 other Haibike models arriving in the US soon.

Grace Electric Bikes (also a European brand) are  (more…)

The Copenhagen Electric Bike Share Program: Bycyklen [VIDEOS]

Copenhagen electric bike share program station 2Leave it to Copenhagen, Denmark to launch a highly advanced electric bike sharing program!

Their new e-bike share program offers a look at the future of urban transportation for the rest of us.

The Bycyklen e-bike share program provides a way for Copenhagen commuters to use the bikes for their whole commute or to use them for the first/last mile connection when used with mass transit.

They are also promoting the program to tourists as a fun way to get around and experience the city in true Copenhagen (more…)

Survey Says: Electric Bikes Enable More People to Ride Bikes, More Often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often! Photo credit to Turbo Bob.

The results are in from a recent electric bike survey: 55% of those surveyed had ridden a traditional bike weekly or daily.  That jumped to 93% after they bought an e-bike!

6% of those surveyed had not ridden a bike as an adult.  With an electric bike, 89% of those now ride daily or weekly!

Those are just a few of the stats from an e-bike survey that was directed by John MacArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).  John is also a research associate at  (more…)