E-bikes and RVs go together like peanut butter and jelly, chips and salsa or turkey and stuffing. They are two great tastes that fit together in a way that doesn’t need any explanation. That is, until it’s time to load up the e-bikes. There aren’t many racks stout enough to carry e-bikes that work with RVs, motorhomes or 5th wheels. That’s where the Hollywood Racks RV Rider we’re reviewing today distinguishes itself.
In our Hollywood Racks RV Rider review we will look at just what sorts of RVs and trailers it will work with and how broad a range of e-bikes it can carry. Plot spoiler: It’s good for nearly any e-bike.
With its understated look, the Specialized Tone helmet is the sort of helmet that could coax the reluctant into donning a skid lid. The Tone hits a terrific price point (<$100) and as we started reviewing the Specialized Tone helmet we were thrilled to see it still includes a MIPS liner which can reduce rotational forces, should the need arise. We’re pleasantly surprised to see such a full-featured helmet retail in such an affordable price range.
Whether you’re an e-bike rider, or still riding traditional bikes, the Tone is a stylish option worth considering. It’s become the daily use helmet for one of the Electric Bike Report staff members for numerous reasons. Read on below to see why.
As soon as we got the Specialized Mode helmet in for review it was remarkable at how, well, normal looking it is. Frankly, there are a great many bike helmets that look like they were worn in a sci-fi comedy. They can look bad enough we’ve considered riding without one—but not wearing a helmet is dumber than the way some of them look. So when one comes along that looks like a hat on steroids, well we get excited.
The Specialized Mode is a helmet aimed at all of us who would prefer not to be noticed for our headgear. It features a MIPS liner to protect against rotational forces in an accident and performed well enough when tested by Virginia Tech that they awarded it a full five-star rating in their testing.
Going even a further step above the norm, it is rated up to the Dutch NTA8776 standard making it a great option for e-bikers with the confidence that it can hold up when traveling at faster e-bike speeds.
In our Xnito helmet review, we will look at what makes this helmet different from helmets that typically meet American CPSC requirements.
Where e-bikes are concerned, Europe has led the way in a great many regards. Europe is also leading the way where safety is concerned with the NTA8776 helmet standard. The Xnito helmet is a helmet that meets this standard, created for riders powering along on Class 3 e-bikes, which have a maximum speed of 28 mph.
Xnito is offering EBR readers 10% off their purchase when you use the code: ELECTRICBIKEREPORT
The Xnito helmet foregoes any needlessly fancy technologies that can drive up the price of a helmet in favor of in-molded EPS (Expanded polystyrene, the foam inside the helmet) with a greater thickness seen in most helmets. And unlike some in-moded helmets, the plastic outer shell into which the EPS is molded wraps around the bottom of the helmet to help protect from dings. It’s built to be safe for crashes, but also withstand the bumps that come from natural use as well.
The Thousand Chapter helmet we’re reviewing with MIPS offers all the protection found in expensive road bike and mountain bike helmets at an affordable price point. It also presents an understated look that can be accessorized with different colored visors (including rose gold, neon yellow and tortoise shell), while magnets at the rear of the helmet allow a rider to attach a blinking light, which is included.
In our Thousand Chapter helmet review we will look at what else makes it a great buy for e-bikers and traditional cyclists alike..
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So, you’ve found an electric bike that you love and you’re ready to explore with it; now it’s time to look at finding the best e-bike car rack for your situation.
The market for car bike racks is not lacking in options, but it is important to find one that can handle the extra weight and bulk that comes with e-bikes. Many bike racks were built with carrying traditional bikes in mind, which seldomly ever meant accommodating more than 50 lbs worth of bike. That can pose a problem for many e-bikes, which often tip the scales at 50 lbs or more. Heck, we have plenty at Electric Bike Report HQ that weigh over 70 lbs.
Beyond weight, there are many other important variables you’ll want to consider depending on the style of e-bike you own. Did you buy an electric fat bike? Make sure your bike rack can secure those massive tires. Did you invest in a cargo e-bike that can tote you and the kids? Make sure you look at a rack that’s long enough to fit that.
Always carefully consider your e-bike’s unique features when shopping for an e-bike car rack, but perhaps the most important electric-specific feature is a rack’s carrying capacity.
There likely will never be one car rack that does it all, but there are several car racks for electric bikes that will likely work best for your style of bike and where you plan on taking it. Listed below are our picks for the best car racks for carrying e-bikes.
Oh, and if you haven’t settled on your e-bike yet, we’ve got you covered with the options for the best electric bikes too.
There’s a truism about bike racks like the Hollywood Destination E bike rack we’re reviewing that they need to be able to carry more different bikes than what the purchaser owns. There’s no telling when there will be a need to pick up a friend on the way to the ride location or to rescue someone who has run into a bigger mechanical than they can fix on the ride. The Hollywood Racks Destination E hitch rack is a rack with more range than most. In a world full of one-size-doesn’t-actually-fit-all, this is a hitch rack that can accommodate everything from a 70-lb. cargo e-bike down to a BMX bike, not to mention any e-bike with tires up to 4.5-in. wide.
While the versatility of this bike rack is what was the star of the show for us, it scores well in the affordable and reliable boxes as well – making it worthy of a look for any e-biker in the market.
In our review of the Hollywood Racks Destination E, we will take a look at what makes this hitch rack such a great value.
As e-bikes with more power and greater carrying capacity have hit the market, transporting these rides has grown more difficult. As weight goes up, the number of hitch racks that can support e-bikes weighing upwards of 65, 70 or even 75 lbs. shrinks. Fortunately, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider we’re reviewing is a goliath of a rack that can not only handle weight, but it can deal with long cargo bikes as well. In our Hollywood Racks Sport Rider review we will take a look at what makes this an e-bike hitch rack that few others can match.
The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider’s biggest recommendations are its abilities. It can carry an e-bike that weighs up to 80 lbs. and is up to 60 inches long. That captures the great majority of all e-bikes on the market. This rack is so capable that for anyone considering an e-bike that this e-bike hitch rack can’t handle would do well to ask themselves why they are considering that e-bike.
This is easily one of the more versatile bike racks that the team at EBR as reviewed. It’s is a straightforward, no-nonsense bike hauler that has all the essential features you’d hope for, while also being more affordable than most bike racks on the market right now.
Like the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, snow, sleet or a demanding 9-to-5 work schedule can stand between you and your training with the Wahoo KICKR smart trainer.
In this Wahoo KICKR smart trainer review, we dive into the specs and features of this top-of-the-line home trainer and talk a little about my real world experience integrating this training tool into my regimine ahead of the 2022 mountain bike season.
Wahoo’s KICKR has long dominated the direct drive home trainer market and has been heralded as the gold standard tool for those who wish to make their outside bike an inside bike. Controlled by a smart device via bluetooth, the Wahoo KICKR pairs with the virtual cycling app of your choice — among the most popular are Wahoo’s SYSTM app, Zwift, TrainerRoad and many others — and automatically adjusts resistance based on whether your going uphill, downhill or are partaking in a structured workout. This makes for an incredibly realistic indoor riding experience that’s engaging, fun and incredibly effective for those looking to gain fitness in a short amount of time.
I used the KICKR to fit structured interval training around my 9-5 duties at Electric Bike Report and saw considerable results. It’s now my favorite training tool, and one I’d recommend to anyone who wants to ride well but doesn’t have a ton of time.
Burley has been around since the ‘70s making bike trailers. Why is that worth noting? Because 40+ years of experience means they’ve been around the block a few times and learned quite a lot.
The Burley D’Lite X we reviewed is the culmination of all those years of experience resulting in a premium bike trailer/stroller combo that has thought through just about every detail.
The standard features that come on this trailer offer great comfort and versatility. The optional accessories available make it so this might be the only stroller you ever need too.
While the D’Lite X is great for getting around on your bike with your little ones in tow, its versatility extends to even being a great cargo hauler as well.
You definitely pay a premium for this experience, so the price tag won’t be for everybody. But for those looking at the best of the bike trailer world there is plenty to discover and love after reading through our Burley D’Lite X bike trailer review.