Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here’s the Data to Prove It [VIDEO]

adam alter electric bike

Adam Alter and his Stromer ST2

By Paul Willerton

As the warm glow of the Texas morning sun rises over the State Capital building in Austin, a cyclist suddenly flashes by.

Flash is the right term. For someone seemingly commuting to work by bike, this one was really moving.

The rider, Adam Alter, is just finishing his 19 mile daily commute from his home in Round Rock to BSX Insight, a company making and using specialized human performance monitoring equipment in Austin.

Alter makes his living helping bike riders monitor and understand how their bodies and muscles, more precisely, are performing. [Read more…]

Electric Mountain Bikes: The Winds of Change Arrive in North America

Haibike FS RX trail 6By Paul Willerton

Just one quarter in, 2016 has turned into a year of dramatic change in the cycling industry.

North American bicycle imports dropped 7% in 2015 and are down 17% year-to-date compared to 2015. Manufacturers seem to be making changes to their sales models at a quickening pace.

Big name brands like Trek and Giant have announced direct-to-consumer sales. Canyon, the top European direct-to-consumer brand, is set to arrive on American shores this year and promises to really shake things up.

More brands, such as Raleigh, have moved forward with direct sales models where the customer orders online and picks the bike up at a brick & mortar dealer. [Read more…]

The Electric Bike: Your Next Family Vehicle

Yuba electric cargo bikeBy Paul Willerton.

We live in an incredible age. With the convergence of the bicycle, electric power and technology, suddenly human beings have the the ability to feel what’s it’s like to become “bionic”.

Not only that, but the price of becoming bionic comes at a price tag in just the low to mid four figures. The gateway is wide open for those who want the amazing feeling and freedom electric assist bicycles provide. [Read more…]

Beeline Your Way to the Bike Shop

beeline mobile bike shop vanBy Paul Willerton.

To say there is a “disturbance in the force” of what we call the independent bicycle dealer (IBD) is putting things lightly.

Your local bicycle specialty shops are IBD’s. Big box stores like Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the like are not considered IBD’s.

The cycling industry has been one of the slowest to adopt modern sales methods that have upended nearly every other major industry.

It’s no secret that consumers are spending more time online, researching and purchasing ever larger items. [Read more…]

First U.S. Electric Bike Sharing Launches in Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham electric bike share 2By Paul Willerton.

By now you’ve heard of the “sharing economy”. Companies like AirBnB, DogVacay, RelayRides and Task Rabbit have introduced millions of people to new solutions of old problems.

Many feel that using the sharing economy enhances their lifestyle and spreads goodwill. In recent years another sharing economy program, Citibike, began in New York City and spawned similar offerings in more large metro areas.

Birmingham, Alabama though can now lay claim to a more modern, efficient – and in the minds of many enthusiasts – more desirable bike sharing program than any other city in America. [Read more…]

EGO-Kits Gravel Battle: E-Bike Racing Limited Only By Imagination [VIDEO]

ego kits electric bike race 4By Paul Willerton.

“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, he understood, but to be with each other.” – Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Electric bike racing is not “coming” – it’s here. Time will of course tell whether or not it has truly “arrived”, but make no mistake, we are sure to see a lot more in the months – let alone years – ahead.

Of course it was the highly skilled, fun loving Austrians who kicked things off with the “EGO Gravel Battle 2015”, an event they are calling the “World’s 1st Extreme E-Bike Race”.

Judging by the video [Read more…]

Waterproof Ortlieb Bike Bags Review by The “Bag Man”

By Paul Willerton.

The last 10 years have seen what must be described as nothing short of a “bag explosion” in the bicycle and commuter markets.

The previous decades saw entrenched brands build on their respectable reputations, bringing new bags to market with what must have felt like an urgent pace.

Eventually, the outdoor and urban markets collided, driving bag fashion and production quality to [Read more…]

Ride Report: Focus Jarifa Impulse 27 3.0 Electric Mountain Bike [VIDEO]

focus jarifa electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

If you search the web for a definition of the word “Jarifa”, you will find this bike turns up as the top result. That may have been the intention of Focus Bicycles. Perhaps they wanted the machine itself to provide the definition.

Mountain bikes without a rear suspension are popular with two groups of riders: Those that want to travel fast and far, including uphill, in the least amount of time, and [Read more…]

Ride Report: Kalkhoff Sahel Compact Impulse 8 Electric Bike

Kalkhoff-Sahel-Compact-Impulse-8By Paul Willerton.

I’ve spent most of the last 30 years clipped into bikes designed to do a few things well: go fast, handle well and be comfortable enough to ride for hours every day.  The riding positions of those bikes become the new normal.

It’s easily forgotten that the majority of cyclists don’t want to ride like that, and their positions are anything but comfortable. For the millions of people currently commuting by car, bus, rail, or foot, owning a fast, traditional bike makes little sense. [Read more…]

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…]