I sometimes come across people who say, “Riding an electric bike is cheating.” I find this very strange, and sometimes infuriating. Usually, I am too furious to reply, and then lie awake all night thinking about what I should have said. So I wrote this post about why I think riding an electric bike absolutely is NOT cheating.
This is an in-depth review of the Specialized Turbo Vado ebike. The writer, John Knott, recommends this premium ebike for cyclists who wish to shop, commute, or just get fit.
Read all about a beautiful day spent riding Bosch-powered e-bikes around Lake Zurich in Switzerland!
For many people with health challenges, an ebike makes it possible to keep on cycling, even when it seems impossible. Denver man Bob Seible had got to the stage where he was trapped in his own home, too visually impaired to drive, and with too many health limitations to walk much. Now he gets around on an ebike, which he built himself! Read Bob’s inspiring story here.
Electric Bike pioneers FLX announce the launch of their BLADE electric crossover bike, a class defining electric bike that blurs the lines between bicycle and motorcycle. Check out the videos!
The Electric Bike Expo in Portland was cancelled just 8 days out from the event, due to the solar eclipse.
The Electric Bike Expo is coming to Portland this month. This Electric Bike Expo is a demonstration event that travels the USA, offering the opportunity to test ride more than 150 different ebikes on a closed test track, for free. What’s not to like about that? Plus, you get to learn all about ebiking and the latest ebikes, also for free!
Don’t miss the fast, powerful, and affordable new Morrison Electric Cargo Bike on KickStarter!
This is a review of the Thule 9032 Easy Fold Electric Bike Rack. This ebike rack is designed to transport up to two electric bikes weighing up to 66 pounds each. Clearly, this rack is intended to be much stronger than the average bike rack. If you are thinking of transporting an electric bike or two, you should seriously consider this rack. The post includes a video that shows how easy it is to install this bike rack – straight out of the box!
This is a review of my brand new Cube Elly 400 Hybrid Electric Bike. She’s an eye-catching, retro-styled, stylish, comfort city ebike. Her crank-drive electric motor works in synergy with her 10 Shimano Deore gears to give you plenty of power, while her 400 Wh battery makes sure you get home from work.
70-year-old Bob Seible decided to build an electric bike that would be tough enough to meet his needs. Most bikes are only intended for people up to about 220 pounds. Bob is in a higher weight class that that, so he wanted a good, strong bike – and he wanted it to be electric as well. Also, he was working to a pretty tight budget. So, this is the story of what he did. I found it very inspirational, and I hope you do too!
Pedelec cycling is about to become safer than ever. Bosch, the leading producer of motorbike safety systems, is about to launch the market’s first series-produced anti-lock braking system for eBikes. Due to this new development it will be possible to prevent the pedelec’s front wheel from locking up and also to limit the lifting of the rear wheel – thanks to an intelligent and innovative system. In this way the braking distance can be shortened and the risk of falling over the handlebars will be reduced.
Vintage Electric Bikes has just launched the Café – a beautiful new electric bike with retro styling. The bike sports integrated components and a powerful, silent hub motor with five levels of assist.
Here is a video that shows how to install a BionX Electric Assistance Kit to your bike. You just retrofit your existing bike with a new back wheel (which has the hub motor built in), a battery, and a console to control it all.
Maggie and I recently did an electric bike tour of the extraordinary and unique city of Paris. It was called the Paris Charms and Secrets Electric Bike Tour, and it turned out to be the highlight of our entire Paris trip. Best of all, this tour is possible for most people, thanks to the smoothly running ebikes that make it possible for 50-year-olds to cycle with 20 year olds! The ebike is a great equalizer, but you still get exercise while being educated and entertained.
I just published the new edition of How to Buy the Best Electric Bike. This brand new, updated and expanded edition of How to Buy the Best Electric Bike is published in collaboration with Turbo Bob and the Electric Bike Review, two of the greatest ebike reviewers and bloggers in the world. As a result, this new edition includes many more reviews of new, quality electric bikes. For a very limited time, I am offering the new edition for a discounted price, cheaper than the first edition.
There is a lot of confusion online about what we mean by a Pedelec bike. This post aims to clear that up by explaining what a Pedelec bike is, the pros and cons of a Pedelec bike, and the various kinds of Pedelec bikes.
Bafang introduces single and 3 speed rear hub motors for compact and folding bikes. Bafang, the leading manufacturer of e-mobility components and complete e-drive systems, will announce a series of new rear hub motors at the upcoming Taipei Cycle Show. Following the strong demand in small wheel bikes globally the Bafang engineering team developed two new motors for 14”-, 16”- or 20”- wheel bikes.
In-depth Ampere Electric Bike Review. Shocke Bike’s Ampere cruiser e-bike is a comfortable electric bike for people looking for a relaxed, upright ride on a powerful e-bike with a long range. The Ampere electric bike offers quality components and careful attention to detail for an affordable price. The Ampere is an ideal urban e-bike for anyone looking for a cruiser bike that can be part of their relaxed but healthy life style. The Pedelec system ensures you can get as much – or as little – exercise as you like. And the combination of step-through style and optional throttle pull-off means that almost anyone can get on this bike and ride off in style!
In this post, guest author Carl Turner explains the basics of how electric bikes work, and the different variations of electric bikes available. Learn about the differences between throttle controlled e-bikes and pedelecs, as well as hub-drive and crank-drive motors. And if you’ve ever wondered what regenerative braking is – we’ve got that covered too! Finally, Carl addresses the myth that electric bikes don’t give you any exercise.
If you’re interested in electric bikes, you’re interested in batteries! Here is an infographic with a whole lot of interesting information about the state of the art with batteries, courtesy of Visual Capitalist. This infographic shows the challenges for battery technology, and the 10 most important properties to consider when choosing the right battery.
Here are three case studies of seniors who have come back from illness by exercising on electric bikes. The challenges they faced included multiple heart attacks, cancer, neurological problems, and stroke. But they didn’t let that stop them – they got out there on e-bikes, and they kept on exercising and enjoying life! Because of cycling on e-bikes, they have all enjoyed an improvement in their health, and a better quality of life. And they are all bravely modelling how to NOT go gently into that good night.
In-depth Spark Electric Bike Review. Shocke Bike’s Spark bike is a highly recommended, fully loaded electric bike with quality components for an affordable price. This ready-to-ride e-bike offers great range, and can be used on the street and off-road, thanks to the rugged construction with military-grade aluminum and SR Suntour shocks.
72-year-old Philip Middlemiss is cycling again as he recovers from heart surgery, stroke, and cancer. His health improves daily as he enjoys cycling with the assistance of an electric bike. Electric bikes make cycling possible for so many more people. And because they make exercise both possible and fun, they can enhance health and quality of life even for people with severe health challenges.
This review of the P 350 DV and P 350 RL BionX Electric Assist Kits was written by guest poster Dr. Len, who is 80 years old and a big fan of BionX. Dr. Len and his wife (also 80 years old) are now cycling many miles every week, and at a good pace too, thanks to their Bionx Electric Assist Kits!
Looking for the best gifts for cyclists? Here’s our list of 7 of the best gifts for cyclists. This list is for you if you have a special cyclist in your life – a parent, a spouse, a child, a best friend – and you want to find them a luxury cycling gift. Price tags on these gifts range from around $50 to over $300. None of them is cheap, but each is a very special, high quality gift for a cyclist.
Here are quick links to our Best Posts about Winter Cycling. Check them out – we’ve covered all of the most important issues and questions about winter cycling, from jackets to balaclavas to getting your bike ready for winter!
Here are quick links to our Best Posts about Bike Lights. Check them out – there are posts to answer all of your questions about bike lights.
How to use an electric bike for sports rehab. An electric bike enables you to exercise without much strain on your joints and muscles, so that you can safely rebuild your strength and abilities.
Are you having a problem figuring out how to carry a water bottle on your electric bike? This problem is caused by the geometry of ebikes. The need to accommodate a motor and a battery often means there is no space left for a water bottle cage. Here’s a cheap, elegant and effective solution!
This post is a guide to the different types of electric bikes – a great starting point for anyone who is thinking about buying an electric bike. The types of electric bikes covered include electric hybrid bikes, electric mountain bikes, electric folding bikes, electric comfort bikes, and electric trikes.