Electric Cargo Bike Guide [VIDEOS]

Spicy-Curry-riding-sideOne of the recent developments in the electric bike and traditional bicycle world has been the cargo or utility bike.

Cargo bikes are designed to carry loads that are larger and heavier than a traditional bicycle can carry like passengers, many bags of groceries, boxes, etc.

Electric cargo bikes offer an additional electric assist to the rider which allows them to carry a heavier load for a longer distance.

The electric cargo bike in many cases is a great alternative to driving a car for running errands and commuting to work.

Benefits of an Electric Cargo Bike

The average person who takes the kids to school, commutes to work, and needs to run errands around town can use this type of bike without getting too [Read more…]

Trip Report: The Electric Bike Scene in Bend, Oregon. [VIDEOS]

I recently took a trip to Bend, Oregon and I had a chance to visit a couple of e-bike shops and check out some other e-bike & bike culture.

Bend is a mountain town in Central Oregon and has a population of around 80,000.

During the summer it’s usually nice and dry with long sunny days.  Bend is a very outdoor focused town with lots of opportunities for walking, biking, hiking, boating/rafting, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, etc.

Like some other towns in Oregon, Bend has a lot of bikepaths and bike routes that many people (locals and tourists) use to get around town.  In addition, [Read more…]

E-Bike News! Captain Kirk, 80 mph E-Bike?, Carbon E-Bike, Wireless Display

Captain Kirk rides a Pedego electric bike!  William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth recently bought their bikes at Metropolis Bikes in North Hollywood.

The LEAOS electric bike hides the motor, battery, controller, chain all within it’s carbon fiber frame!

Mashable did a nice feature on the stylish and simple Faraday Porteur.  The Porteur is a clean design because it hides the batteries in the top tube and [Read more…]

Electric Bike Tour In The Nepalese Himalaya!

From the high and dry mountains to the lush jungles along rough dirt roads, this is a new kind of ebike adventure!  And if that weren’t enough; how about finding a place to charge your e-bike battery every night?

This adventure was put together by 3 guys from Australia and they tested 3 different kinds of electric bike kits (Bionx, Daahub, and Ezee) during the tour to see how they would [Read more…]

Choosing Between the Bionx or eZee Electric Bike Conversion Kits: A True Story

This is a guest post from Peter Rosenfeld; not to be confused with me!  Peter Rosenfeld is a research engineer who lives in New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia. A long-term Vehicular Cyclist, he started using a Bionx ebike three years ago after medical problems made it difficult to continue bicycling.

I’m on my third year with an ebike. I’ll talk about my motivation for getting an ebike in a later post. This is about how I selected my ebike solution.

As an experienced bicyclist with 30+ years of commuting, touring and club riding, I had some firm ideas about what would be acceptable to me in an ebike. [Read more…]

Testing Studded Snow Tires on an Electric Bike!

Well this may seem a little wacky but I am testing some studded snow tires. And yes, it does snow in Arizona!

It may be hard to believe but Flagstaff Arizona is at 7000 ft elevation and we tend to get a lot of snow in the winter.

I currently have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires mounted on the Hebb electric bike that I have in for testing and review. They have a [Read more…]

Review of the Hebb Electro Glide Electric Bike

Okay, here is the Hebb Electro Glide electric bike review!  In a nut shell; this has to be one of the more “solid” e-bikes that I have tested.  Hebb refers to their bikes as the “Affordable Luxury Bike” and it seems to be true.

I have ridden this bike for a couple of weeks up hills, on paved streets, down gravel paths, through snow and ice (I used studded snow tires 🙂 ), into headwinds, etc.  The sometimes harsh conditions of Flagstaff Arizona have definitely put this electric bike to the test. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Kit Guide

Here is an electric bike kit guide that I have put together for you to help sort out what kits are available for your bicycle.  Some of these kits are just for converting your current bicycle to electric and other kits will only be speced on new complete ebikes.  I will continue to add to this list as I come across more ebike kits.

Electric Bike Hub Motor Kits

Hub motor kits are the “norm” these days and they are a great way to power an ebike.

Clean Republic offers one of the more economical front hub motor kits.  It looks like it is very easy to install and remove if you want to return your bike to a regular bike.  Use this Clean Republic coupon code to get [Read more…]