eBike News: BMW eBike, Mainstream Media, eBike Investing, New eBikes, & More! [VIDEOS]

bmw-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Mainstream Media

Why are e-bikes all the rage? 

The LA Times posted this great article “Why are e-bikes all the rage? Because they’re plenty of fun to ride” and the title pretty much nails it.

The article has some inspiring stories of how people are using electric bikes, eBike benefits, some of the market trends, and of course how fun they are to ride!

Family e-Cargo bikes Inspire U.S. Families

The Chicago Tribune detailed one resident’s journey from bus passenger with toddlers to e-cargo bike family rider. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Versatile E-Cargo Bikes, 2 Seater, Affordable Carbon, Pedal E-Car & More! [VIDEOS]

Ono electric bikeIt’s time for another e-bike news round up!

Electric bike touring and setting world records is becoming a trend these days! I met Bruce MacLeod earlier this year at Eurobike and learned of his adventures to set a long distance world record to ride from Glasgow, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa.

Bruce will be joined by Susanne Bruesch from Pedelec Adventures for some of his journey. His world record ambitions will go head to head with the E-Bike Cycle Tourists who are also aiming at a roughly 20,000 km [Read more…]

Running Errands on Your Bike: It’s Easier Than You Think! – Part 2

41j4l1LxIGLBy David Rodenhiser. Here is Part 1.

Now, let’s talk about the big guns of the cargo carrying world: Bike Trailers!

These range from small ones that are rated for 50 lbs, up to massive ones that can carry hundreds of pounds and are 8 feet long.

I have a friend who is both a handyman, and dedicated cyclist, and he uses one of these to carry his tools and supplies to job sites. It’s probably bigger than you need, unless you want to do all of your shopping for a family of 8, but it’s just an example of just how big trailers can go! [Read more…]

Running Errands on Your Bike: It’s Easier Than You Think! – Part 1

EVELO Luna errandsBy David Rodenhiser.

One of the great things about a bike, especially an electric bike, is how you can combine exercise and fun with the daily tasks you need to get done.

We’ve already talked about how to commute by bike, but now let’s think about adding even more riding to your day, or just some at all – commuting by bike isn’t possible for everyone, or maybe you’re retired, or like me, you largely work from home.

When you think about what you dislike the most about running your daily errands, like shopping, what is it? For me, it’s sitting in traffic, and trying to find a parking space. [Read more…]

How to Start Commuting on an Electric Bike – The Gear – Part 2

electric bike commutingBy David Rodenhiser. Make sure you read part 1 of this article.

Now, on to your gear:

There’s a fair bit to cover here. How should your bike be equipped? What do you need for clothing? How will you carry it and other cargo? What about mechanical malfunctions?

As far as equipment, there’s a number of things to consider.

First, how to carry your cargo? I recommend that at least you have a  [Read more…]

How to Start Commuting on an Electric Bike – Best Strategies You Need to Know!

Omni Wheel bikeBy David Rodenhiser.

One of the many things people consider when making a lifestyle change is how to make their commute to work simpler and less of a hassle.

They think: wouldn’t it be great to eliminate the pain of being stuck in traffic and then parking your car. The expense of gas, maintenance, tolls and parking.

Or waiting for public transit and making connections that slow [Read more…]

Tips & Strategies for a Successful Weekend Electric Bike Tour!

evelo electric bike tour 5By David Rodenhiser.

Many of us entertain dreams of someday taking off on that big bike tour.   The one down the coast or across the country. Or maybe Europe. France would be nice, wouldn’t it?

My own dream is to spend 3 or 4 months riding around various parts of  Australia, bringing my Greenspeed recumbent trike for a visit back to it’s builders in its birthplace near Sydney.

It’s an appealing idea, but like all big ideas, it takes big time, big commitment and usually, [Read more…]

How to Get Ready for a 4,000 Mile Electric Bike Tour Across the Country

evelo electric bike tourBy Boris Mordkovich.

“You’re leaving in a week? Wow, you’ve got a lot to do!” said a trusted bike mechanic at a Brooklyn-based bike shop, as he replaced our tires, adjusted our disk brakes, installed a chain tensioner and roamed all corners of the shop looking for spare parts.

“You know, usually people come to me months before going on a trip like this,” he said, eyeing us in good humor, as if to say, [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…]

E-Bike News: E-Bike Haters?, Super Capacitors, New Mid Drive, & More!

E-Bike haters; what?  Here is a great article to all the e-bike skeptics out there.

Will capacitors replace batteries?  A new discovery in capacitor technology may be on the path to that.

This is a great article about e-bikes that was recently posted in BBC news.  It is focused on the e-bike scene in the UK.  It has a lot of useful info and a funny video with an e-biker racing a road cyclist uphill!

Flight E-Bikes is a relatively new e-bike company to [Read more…]