TerraTrike Rambler with E-BikeKit Pictures & Specs

Since there has been a growing number of electric recumbent trikes hitting the market recently, I thought it was about time to try one out in a review.

By combining the popular TerraTrike Rambler and E-BikeKit Electric Bike Conversion System I thought this would be a good way to dive into the e-trike world!

In this first part of the review there are a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with this electric trike. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Mainstream Media, New Shimano Kit, Retro Designs, E-Trikes, E-Bike Facts & More! [VIDEOS]

Oto Cycles from Barcelona Spain is considering opening an e-bike manufacturing and distribution plant in Port Manatee Florida.  They have some very unique looking electric bikes!

Electric bikes in the New York Times!  I like the title of this article: I Sing the Electric Bike.  It’s a good story on the authors experience of riding a Pedego electric bike.  It is great to see e-bikes in the mainstream media.

Checkout the E-fox: bridging the gap between a bicycle and car.  It’s a [Read more…]

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, [Read 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 [Read 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 [Read more…]

E-Bike News: OT Elf on Today Show, E-Bike Freeway, Dartmoor Tour, E-Road Bike? [VIDEOS]

Here is a concept electric bike/motorcycle from the industrial design firm J.Ruiter:  “This “one horse” concept E-bike was a working sketch prototype in a series of electric thoughts. E-bikes don’t need to be bikes with motors and batteries.  34mph + single front brake + 48v 1000watt hub motor = sketchy…”  Hmmmmm……interesting.  We will see if this ever makes it to production.   In any case, it is fun to think outside the box!

The Emotion Neo Jumper full suspension electric mountain bike recently arrived and I have been out testing it on the tough trails here in Sedona, AZ.  Here is a quick video of yours truly [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Xmas Tree via E-Bike, UK E-Bike Tours, Bosch Batteries, E-Bike Commuting [VIDEOS]

Tis the season for hauling a Christmas tree with……….an electric bike?! 🙂

Brett Thurber from The New Wheel electric bike shop in San Francisco transports their tree via Ohm e-bike with a Burley Travoy trailer!

Here is a good article that addresses how electric bikes provide [Read more…]

E-Bike Kit Review: Geared Front Hub Motor & Lead Acid Battery

Are you looking for a complete and economical electric bike kit to add electric assist to your existing bike?

Well, you should definitely check out this complete review of the E-Bike Kit with 350 watt geared front hub motor and 36V 9ah lead acid pack!

Make sure you checkout this article that includes the kit’s specifications, installation info, a bunch of pictures and a video!

E-Bike Kit is a company that has been around for 5 years and the owner, Jason Kraft, is dedicated to [Read more…]

E-Bike Kit: Specs, Pictures, & Video for Geared Front Motor & Lead Acid Battery.

Here is an introduction to The E-Bike Kit that recently arrived for riding and review.

This is the 350 watt geared front hub motor with 36V 9ah lead acid battery kit.

E-Bike Kit offers other kits including front or rear direct drive hub motors, rear hub geared motors, and lithium ion batteries.  They offer their kits in many wheel sizes: 700C, 26″, 24″  and 20″.

In this post I will go over the specifications and installation of the kit.  There are a bunch of pictures as well as a video that [Read more…]

E-Bike News! Captain Kirk, 80 mph E-Bike?, Carbon E-Bike, Wireless Display

Captain Kirk rides a Pedego electric bike!  William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth recently bought their bikes at Metropolis Bikes in North Hollywood.

The LEAOS electric bike hides the motor, battery, controller, chain all within it’s carbon fiber frame!

Mashable did a nice feature on the stylish and simple Faraday Porteur.  The Porteur is a clean design because it hides the batteries in the top tube and [Read more…]