eBike Year in the Rearview Mirror: 2016 eBike Trends & Highlights [VIDEOS]

trek-super_commuterAs 2016 disappears from view and e-bike manufacturers look to what 2017 will bring, ElectricBikeReport.com outlines what it sees as the main trends that emerged in e-bike design over the last 12 months and of course the highlights. 

E-BIKES GO MAINSTREAM….IN THE MEDIA TOO

Whilst its been known for some time that countries like the Netherlands and Germany are leading the e-bike charge in the western world (in terms of sales numbers anyway) 2016 seems to be the year when other countries long languishing in the doldrums really began to catch up – the US and the UK in particular.

E-bikes also made it big in mainstream media too, from the mainstream cycling press to ABC and [Read more…]

eBike News: Holiday Deliveries, Pros on eBMX, Light eFolder, Solaroad, Sidecar, & More! [VIDEOS]

Larry Harry DHL electric cargo bikeChristmas Deliveries by E-bike in London

East London’s Waltham Forest Council are funding a free local delivery service by e-cargo bike or hybrid van paid for by the paid for by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund.

It looked to be off to a good start, with Road.cc reporting that 300 parcels had initially been delivered in three days.   

There are long term plans too, with Councillor Clyde Loakes, commenting: “We will use the results of the trial in Walthamstow to develop our plans for a borough-wide zero emission courier service in [Read more…]

eBike News: UPS eTrike in Portland, New eBikes, Bio-Hybrid, Inspiration, & More! [VIDEOS]

ups-electric-bike-deliveriesUPS Starts eTrike Deliveries in Portland, OR 

Well-known global transport logistics firm UPS has started delivery by electric bike in Portland, Oregon reports Bike Portland.

This is apparently a first for the company in the US and it is initially a testing phase – perhaps no surprise that it has chosen one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities to launch the pilot [Read more…]

eBike News: Frame Kit, Affordable eBMX, Expo, Powerful Mid-Drive, eCargo, & More! [VIDEOS]

hopmod-electric-bike-frame-kit-3HopMod eBike Frame Kit

There are eBike kits that can turn a conventional bike into an eBike and now there is the HopMod eBike specific frame kit. 

Former BMX pro and eBike industry veteran Marty Schlesinger adds the HopMod to the Voltage Cycles line up.

The HopMod is available as a frame, frame with eRad mid drive kit, or complete eBike. 

Here is a video of the HopMod: [Read more…]

Transporting 3 Kids by Electric Bike!

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Kate with 2 of her children.

This is a guest post from Clare Elwes from Justebikes in London.

7 years ago when Kate‘s third child was born she decided to explore the idea of an electrically assisted bike.

Kate lives in rural Suffolk and she wanted to continue to use a bike for the 6 mile round trip to and from school but the weight of a third child made the load too heavy for a traditional bike. [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: In The Fields of Flanders – Part 4

European electric bike tour Grant 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

It’s August 4, exactly one hundred years since World War 1 started, and I’m in a small Belgian town called Diksmuide.

The ride here was simply beautiful – a (very flat) paved towpath along the Kanaal Ieper – IJzer, lined with trees, passing through idyllic rural scenery.

It’s so peaceful that it’s beyond comprehension that 100 years ago this was the front line of a particularly sordid conflict; we’ve all seen the [Read more…]

VIDEOS: Bike Polo Played On Smart Electric Bikes!

The Spring Break bike polo team on Smart Electric Bikes!

The Spring Break bike polo team on Smart Electric Bikes! Photo from: springbreakbikepolo.com

Bike polo is a lot of fun (I know from personal experience) and using electric bikes would make this high paced game pretty wild!

The folks at Smart Electric Bikes put the Spring Break bike polo team in London on their bikes and created some cool videos of this crazy sport.

Haven’t heard of bike polo?  Well, it is very similar to traditional horse polo except it is played on bikes.  Some people play bike polo on grass fields but there are a lot of folks who play polo on asphalt courts or “hardcourts”.

Bike polo is a high paced game with some occasional crashes [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 Bike News Week of 1-10-11

Time for some electric bike news!  Here is a recap of the news from the week of January 10, 2010.  Lots of exciting things going on in the e-bike world!

And now the electric bicycle news!

City of London police are giving electric bikes a trial run to see how they work is helping police officers navigate quickly through congested areas.

Here’s a new electric bike from Daum that uses a mid motor (motor by the cranks).  Bike Radar did a quick review of their experience riding [Read more…]