A Bulletproof Electric Mountain Bike Set Up for Long-Distance Touring 

electric-mountiain-bike-touringArticle by Rob Katzenson and trip pictures & maps by Andrea Almering. 

The day described in Little Feat’s song “Old Folks Boogie” has arrived – When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.

The tough to swallow part is your brain doesn’t realize your condition. You want the landscapes, the solitude and the body workout with minimal car contact.

The world offers heaps of places for these things BUT your body needs a little boost to make riding a pleasure – not a pain. Today’s E-MTB’s offer up a Middle Way for the rider whose days of pure human-powered, self-supported touring have dwindled.

Besides the physical realities you’re fixing to put two kids through university and your moneybag has some limits. Rest easy – there is an answer! [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Olympics, Trek eMTBs, Domino’s Delivery, Cargo Kit, & More! [VIDEO]

Trek_Powerfly_Plus_FS_8Electric bikes are in the 2016 Rio Olympics!

Okay, they are not being used directly in a competitive sport, but one is being used in the track cycling keirin event to set the pace for the competitive track cyclists.

The pace cycle (usually a gas powered moped or motorcycle) sets a pace for the racing cyclists and gradually increases from 25 to 50 km/h for 5 1/2 laps when they pull to the side and let the racing track cyclists duke it out for the remaining 2 1/2 laps.

It can be a very exciting style of bike racing with high speed crashes on the steep embankments of the track! [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Spark, E-Freeway, Battery Video, Trek Powerfly, & More!

Shocke Spark electric bikeIt’s time for another electric bike news round up!

I like the title of this article “Will technology help us escape urban commuting hell?“.  Yes, and e-bikes are part of that solution! It is a good article from the BBC and it includes e-bike share programs, mass transit, car share, driverless cars, sentiment mapping, social media, and…………jetpacks!

Electric cargo bikes can be a good car alternative or replacement. Grist posted this article on “6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing” and it includes a lot of good info about [Read more…]