Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [UPDATED]

Electric recumbent trikes are lightweight 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles that offer some car like features.

For instance, some of them have weather protection, cargo & passenger capacity, full suspension, comfortable seats, lights & mirrors, etc.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting around town and some of them “amplify” your pedal power up to highway speeds!

The following is a guide to complete e-recumbent trikes, ideas on adding electric assist to a recumbent trike, and a look at the future of e-trikes. [Read more…]

Solar Electric Cargo Bike & Fat Free E-Bike from NTS Works [VIDEO & PICS]

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A solar electric cargo bike.

It sounds futuristic!  But the SunCycle is a real bike from NTS Works.

I had a chance to catch up with the CEO of NTS Works, Neal Saiki, at Interbike and shoot a video of the innovative SunCycle solar e-cargo bike.

In addition, Neal shows us their Fat Free e-bike that is designed for ease of use for almost any size rider.

Enjoy the following video with Neal showing off the SunCycle and Fat Free: [Read more…]

Eurobike Electric Bike Picture Gallery

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Eurobike is the big international bicycle trade show that happens every year in Friedrichshafen, Germany and it is where a lot of the new electric bikes (and conventional bikes) are revealed.

This year the amount of e-bikes at the show was even more impressive than last year.

The director of Bosch forecasts that e-bikes will eventually make up 50% of the total bicycle market and according to Bike Europe that may occur in 2015!

I personally was [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: In The Fields of Flanders – Part 4

European electric bike tour Grant 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

It’s August 4, exactly one hundred years since World War 1 started, and I’m in a small Belgian town called Diksmuide.

The ride here was simply beautiful – a (very flat) paved towpath along the Kanaal Ieper – IJzer, lined with trees, passing through idyllic rural scenery.

It’s so peaceful that it’s beyond comprehension that 100 years ago this was the front line of a particularly sordid conflict; we’ve all seen the [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Venice, The Romantic Road, & The River Main – Part 3

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This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1 and Part 2.

I’ve completed a loop, I’m back in Stuttgart, where it all began, and the bike computer is showing 3,001 km (1,864 miles).

After Slovenia I rode through northeastern Italy, from Trieste (a really interesting but little visited city) to Venice (a wonderful place, full of visitors).

Maybe it was the area, the geography means that there are few roads between major towns, but I didn’t find cycling very [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

european electric bike tour 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike.

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. [Read more…]

Electric Bikes Highlight Sea Otter Classic Bike Festival [PICS & VIDEOS]

There were many Bosch equipped electric bikes at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic.

There were many Bosch equipped electric bikes at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic.

This is a guest post from Douglas Schwartz, President of ELV Motors.

2014 was the turning point for electric bicycles at the Sea Otter Classic.

Frank Yohannan, President and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic, believes North America will follow Europe with embracing electric bicycles.

Throughout the four-day event, electric bicycles had consistent promotion over the loud speakers as well as [Read more…]

Custom Electric Bikes with Bosch Mid Drive, Gates Belt, & NuVinci Hub

Recently Gates Carbon Drive (belts) challenged 12 custom bike builders to build electric bikes using their belt drive along with 3 different e-bike systems; Bosch (with NuVinci N360 hub), SRAM, and BionX.

The result was an amazing array of e-bikes that included, titanium bikes, wood bikes, tandems, cargo bikes, a BBQ bike, and more!

These super custom e-bikes were part of the Gates E-Bike Showcase on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC.

In this first of 3 posts you will get to see the custom e-bikes featuring the Bosch mid drive system with the Gates carbon belt, and the continuously variable NuVinci N360 rear hub. [Read more…]

English Cycles: Designing & Building a Custom Electric Cargo Bike w/ Bosch, Gates, NuVinci

This is a a guest post from Rob English (of English Cycles), a custom bicycle builder from Eugene, Oregon.

This one has been an awful lot of thought in the creating! I first started thinking about the concept a year or so ago.

Misha (my wife) and I have been car free for over four years, and generally we have the bikes to handle most tasks. Misha has an electric assist on her bike to help with the hill when she is carrying a load, and I enjoy the extra training.

But we needed a solution to two problems – one is to [Read more…]