UK folding bike manufacturer Hummingbird have just launched an electric version with a claimed weight of 22.7 pound (10.3 kg), which it claims ‘is the lightest folding e-bike available on the market.’
Hummingbird launched its 15.2 pound (6.9kg) non-electric folding bike in 2017 (the world’s lightest) and have now added a Zehus 250 W rear hub motor which also incorporates a 160 Wh lithium battery.The carbon frame is made by Prodrive in Milton Keynes UK.
Hummingbird say ‘The motor automatically senses the need of its rider, delivering the power required to perform the task at hand, whether it be a boost to get away from traffic lights or to provide an assistive push up an incline. To start up the motor, riders need only cycle up to 8 kph and then back pedal three revolutions. The motor then provides the assistance needed and also turns off automatically after two minutes stationary.’
Bluetooth connectivity allows the rider to connect their smartphone to the Hummingbird Electric to control power and monitor usage via the bitride app.
BULLS has just announced a three-year sponsorship agreement to become the official e-bike sponsor of the enormously popular Sea Otter Classic through 2021.
This four-day “Celebration of Cycling” hosts nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and attracts over 70,000 fans.
The eMTB Race at Sea Otter, which takes place during the bicycling and outdoor sports festival, will now officially be named the “BULLS eMTB Race ePowered by Bosch.” The 29th Annual Sea Otter Classic takes place April 11-14, 2019 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.
Some eBikes come stock with GPS tracking devices and now there are options like Findy Bike so that you can add GPS tracking to your current eBike.
The tracking device is housed in the handlebar and it has more than 15 days of battery life. Tracking can be done via a smartphone or computer. The device is 99 Euro with connection subscriptions which are 10 euro/3 months, 15 euro/6 months and 25 euro/12 month.
Findy is also working with eBike companies to offer their system in more eBikes as a stock feature.
Unior’s New Bike Stand
From bike tool specialist Unior, this tool stand looks ideal for public facility bike programmes, for example for installing along bike trails or lanes or for private businesses who want to attract cyclists like hotels and camspsites.
It bolts into the ground and bikes can be hung on the stand arms and a number of different tools that are fixed to stand by strong steel cables can then be used for maintenance. Tools include hex wrenches, cone wrenches and screwdrivers.
Bellevue, WA Trials Bike Lane and E-bikes on the Way
This article details Bellevue’s introduction of it’s first bike lane on a year long trial programme. Nearby Seattle has seen arguments over the provision of bike lanes on main arterial roads so it seems like Bellevue is aiming to sort out any problems before settling on a final design.
Voters approved a transportation levy in 2016 that provided money for road projects, sidewalks and bike lanes, including the 108th Avenue Northeast bikeway.
The lanes are separated in some sections from vehicles using lane dividers, temporary curbs, planter boxes and green pavement markings. Bellevue also unveiled its bike-share program Tuesday with 50 electric-assisted bikes under a pilot permit with Lime. By the end of August, Lime can supply up to 400, and the city has allowed up to 1,200 e-bikes by the end of the year.
Will the Future be Dockless?
We have looked before at how new forms of dockless transport seem to be shaping up to transform the transport landscape of cities around the world and the UK’s Guardian has just added this article to the debate, posing the question as to whether a city could actually function largely on dockless transport. It suggests maybe not – especially for rush hour journeys to work. As they say, ‘flexible may be fun but cities run on reliable’.
In contrast this article from Forbes details how many US cities are anticipating huge growth in just such technology and the author believes ‘Shared, electric mobility in various shapes, sizes, and ranges is the future for the short trips that we take to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in our cities (as the streetcar was, and is, in some cities again). The innovations we are seeing from new companies figuring out how to best deliver this new service is a big part of solving the urban mobility equation.’ Places like Washington D.C., Seattle, Columbia and especially L.A. are leading the way with permit based systems believes the author and he even comes up with a detailed list of regulating e-mobility share schemes.
Manchester in northern England is not the first place in the UK you would associate with cycle lanes in the UK. But the northern post-industrial city is looking to reinvent its image with an impressive investment of £1.5 billion and all the details of the new lanes can be found here.
Warning on Battery Cell Dependency
Electrive has warned that there is a looming battery cell dependency building up – especially outside of countries in the far east.
Stay tuned for more e-bike news and reviews and keep on riding.