Kalkhoff & Focus Electric Bikes Now Available in the US!

kalkhoff tasman electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

Situated in Northwest Germany in a region known mostly for agriculture is a town named Cloppenburg. It is the home of Derby Cycle, a company well known for having some of the most prestigious brand names in cycling in it’s ‘stable’.

At least two the brands owned by Derby have made significant strides in the development of their e-bike lineups in recent years: Focus and Kalkhoff. [Read more…]

Electric Bike News Week of 2-7-11

Brompton folding electric bike

Brompton folding electric bike

It’s time for an electric bike news recap from the week of February 7, 2011!  As usual there is a lot of cool electric bike happenings in the world.  This week there were a lot of videos.  Check it out!

And now…the e-bike news!

How would you like to ride a wireless electric bike?  Sounds cool to me.

I really like this idea: testing an electric bike for a two week trial period to “test before you invest”.  That is what the community group has put together.  I have [Read more…]

Electric Bikes Part of the Sydney Australia Sustainable Transport Plan

Bike paths being built in Sydney Australia

This is a guest post from Nina at Reef Bikes of Australia.

Worldwide, cities are remodeling themselves and investing in more sustainable transport alternatives. There have been huge investments in improving public transport, building cycle path and pedestrian infrastructure, with the aim of reducing their greenhouse emissions, cleaning the air, and reducing traffic congestion and reliance on cars.

It is shocking that in parts of Australia the transport sector accounts [Read more…]

Electric Bike News Week of 1-3-11

Raleigh Dover 360 Electric Bike with NuVinci CVP Hub

Well I am still playing catch up from the holidays and the traveling I have been doing recently.  So this e-bike news post might be a little late, but there is some cool stuff happening in the ebike world!

And now the electric bike news!

A race between an electric bike, normal bike, car, and a bus!  Which do you think won?

A new e-bike shop opens in Sacramento, California! [Read more…]

My Visit to Kalkhoff USA Headquarters & Kalkhoff Electric Bike Test Ride

The Kalkhoff Showroom in Portland OR

Last week when I was in Portland Oregon, my wife and I stopped by the Kalkhoff USA headquarters. We were able to meet up with Geoff Wagner who is head of Kalkhoff USA and chat about their electric bikes and take a pair of Kalkhoff’s for a spin.

Geoff is very excited about e-bikes and shares a similar passion of mine which is getting more people out of their cars and on to bikes. He has a great store front set up in Portland’s popular [Read more…]

Stylish Electric Bikes Guide

Electric bikes are cool right?  Well the concept is cool, but not all electric bikes look cool.  That is why I put together this guide to show you some of the cool looking electric bikes that you will actually enjoy showing off to your friends!

A2B electric bikes are tough looking and they look pretty comfortable.

Currie Technologies Electric Bikes has many different styles of bikes to fit almost anyone’s tastes.

Energie Cycles has a unique “mono-tube” aluminum frame design.  It’s a simple and clean frame design that sets them apart from the crowd!

EVELO has a pretty clean looking ebike with a motor that adds power through the gears of the bike (good for climbing steep hills)

Gepida has a cool line up of many different styles

Giant Bikes have always had a clean design that looks comfortable to ride.

Gocycle electric bikes are the cleanest design that I have seen.  They are folding e-bikes that are designed for the dense urban environment.

Kalkhoff electric bikes are elegant sporty city bikes that are well equipped to get you where you need to go with fenders, racks, lights, etc.

M55 is a company that makes rugged electric mountain bikes.  So if you like the tough look, M55 bikes are your ticket.

Ohm Cycles offers city and mountain bike style e-bikes.  They have a design that centers the battery in the middle of the bike for a low center of gravity.  These are high quality e-bikes with a comfortable ride.  See my review of the Ohm XS 750 electric mountain bike.

Optibike electric bikes have a unique mountain bike look.  They are electric mountain bikes that can be used for street or trail use.

Pedego electric bikes are beach cruiser style ebikes that come in many different colors.

Sanyo’s Enloop Electric Bike is a very clean and simple design that looks like it’s very easy to just get on and ride!

The Smart Ebike is one futuristic looking electric bike from the same company that makes the small Smart Car.  Definitely worth a look!

Trek Bikes has a few electric bikes that have a clean style and they look fast.  Checkout the Valencia + and Transport +.

Voltage Cycles are a very laid back and they describe the style as “classic styling of a prewar era motorcycle and the flair of a modern day cruiser”.

Winora has a bunch of electric bikes.

Here is a NON electric bike but it looks like it should be.  This is a super futuristic folding bike from Pacific Cycles called the iF Mode.  You have to see it!

Well that is the list for now.  Stay tuned!  I will be adding more as I come across them.

Please leave a comment below if you know of some other stylish electric bikes that I should add to the list.

-Pete

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