Electric Bikes and “Quality”

ed-benjaminBy Edward Benjamin.

When I started assembling bikes as a teenager in the back of a bicycle shop, the widely hailed “best quality” bikes in the USA were Schwinn Bicycles that were manufactured in Chicago.

Those bikes arrived at the bike shop with many parts (brakes, saddle, pedals, cables, and more) yet to be attached. Good news for me and my peers – it took most of us 30 – 45 minutes or more of practiced effort to finish the assembly of the bike. And when we were finished, we had a bike that almost always had tiny flecks of paint missing. And there were bikes that needed [Read more…]

The Utility of the eMTB

Haibike FS RX electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

Each year, I spend time at various cycling industry events. Consumer events, industry trade shows, races, seminars, and group rides.

Much of my attention is directed at the different e-bike segments. There are always a few trends that stand out through the year.

In 2015, the e-mountain bike (eMTB) segment has been the standout. Here are a few strong trends in this exciting segment. [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…]

The Statistics of the e-Bike Cycle Tourists World Record Ride after 11,682kms

e bike cycle tourists 1By Gary Corbett.

At what is effectively the half way mark of the e-Bike Cycle Tourists attempt to set a new world e-bike long distance record – give or take 2,000 or so kilometres – the time has come to look at and assess all of our equipment.

Over the next few weeks we will review everything we have been using from our Haibike xDuro Trekking e-bikes and Tout Terrain trailers to our [Read more…]

Cycling Towards a New World e-Bike Record

ebike cycle tourists 6By Gary Corbett

After six months and 11,682 kilometres the e-Bike Cycle Tourists are once again back in London preparing for the next stage of our e-bike world record attempt.

With a paltry 4,365 kilometres now required to break the existing world record of 16,047kms, our new goal is to not only beat the existing record set by German adventurer Maximilian Semsch, but to set an imposing new record. [Read more…]

Please Share Your Thoughts on Electric Mountain Bikes


Photo courtesy of IMBA.

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) is currently conducting a study on the impacts of electric mountain bikes.

They have been looking at the physical impacts of electric mountain bikes on the terrain compared to traditional mountain bikes and the results from that study should be published later this year.

IMBA is also studying the social impacts of electric mountain bikes and that is where we would really like your input [Read more…]

The New California E-Bike Law & Electric Mountain Bikes

focus jarifa electric bike downhill

Photo credit: Paul Willerton

By Morgan Lommele, E-Bikes Campaigns Manager at PeopleForBikes.

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles in California. This new law means that riding an electric bicycle on bikeways is no longer illegal in California.

The bill designates three classes of e-bikes and distinguishes [Read more…]

New California Law Brings Clarity to Electric Bike Regulations

US electric bike law status

Image courtesy of People for Bikes.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that clarifies electric bike regulations and creates a model that other states could follow throughout the U.S.

Current electric bike laws in the U.S. can be confusing on a state by state basis.

This new California law clarifies that electric bikes will follow similar rules to a conventional bicycle. [Read more…]

Raleigh, Haibike, IZIP, & Yuba to Exhibit at Electric Bike Expo Events

Haibike FS RX electric mountain bikeRaleigh, Haibike, IZIP, and Yuba have all signed on to demo their electric bikes at the 2016 Electric Bike Expo multi city e-bike test track events.

The Expo is a 6 city series that offers free electric bike test rides on a track with a hill structure and various terrain features to allow riders to test a number of different electric bikes.

This group of e-bikes from Raleigh, Haibike, IZIP, and Yuba offer a wide variety of electric bike types for people to test ride: commuter, urban sport, beach cruiser, touring, fat, mountain bike, road bike, and cargo bike.

In addition, this range of electric bikes will have both [Read more…]

The Highs and Lows of e-Bike Cycle Touring

e-bike cycle tourists 2By Gary Corbett

Twelve weeks and 6,400 kilometres after setting out to set a new world e-bike long distance record the time has come to look back at some of the more memorable moments we have and have not enjoyed as we have weaved our way through England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Holland.

As we have discovered time and time again you never know what is going to happen next or what you will discover around the next corner.

In many ways it is the anticipation of the unknown that is the x factor that has us buzzing with excitement each morning as we prepare to set off on [Read more…]