Promising Research May Lead To Reduction Of E-Bike Fires

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering are reporting that graphene (bonded carbon atoms in a sheet form one-atom thick) may take the oxygen out of lithium battery fires. The report explains that the reasons lithium batteries catch fire include rapid cycling or charging and discharging, and high temperatures in the battery. These conditions can cause the cathode inside the battery — which in the case of most lithium batteries is a lithium-containing oxide, usually lithium cobalt oxide — to decompose and release oxygen. If the…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner – Updated 8/14/2019

Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike market” recently published a courageous story on the dangers of Lithium-Ion batteries used in the majority of electric bikes (e-bikes). The publication had a fire safety engineer and battery safety professional examine the aftermath of a fire ignited by an unattended charging battery in a bicycle shop (click here to watch the ignition and blast-off). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You are…

Travel Oregon Promotes Off-Road Riding In The Trippy “Only Slightly Exaggerated” Video

Earlier this year I shared the most amazingly trippy promo video from Travel Oregon. The animation features a few mountain bikers so I filed it under “Cycling.” Well, Travel Oregon is back with another “Only Slightly Exaggerated” promo spot and this one features a motorcycle rider ripping it up on some sand dunes. You’ve got to look closely and the dune buggy gets more screen time than the bike, but it is so cool to see a state promoting itself for off-road motorcycle riding. This part of the video is…

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

Otis Guy, Director of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, has announced the names of the four individuals elected into the Hall following the tabulation of 2019 ballots. The inductee-elects are Tim Neenan, Myles Rockwell, Rebecca Rusch and Derek Westerlund. The Hall’s new inductee-elects will be honored and officially inducted at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame’s induction weekend on Friday and Saturday September 13-14, in Fairfax, California at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. The weekend’s events include a meet-and-greet Friday night; celebrity rides on the trails of Mt.…

DR-Z’ing Washington State’s Backcountry Discovery Route

I intend (hope and dream) to ride all or part of the TransAmerica Trail in 2020, but what would be the best bike? While Husqvarna and KTM offer high-performance, dual-sport bikes, they require race-bike-level maintenance and would need expensive suspension mods to get the saddle down to a manageable height. I didn’t want the weight and complexity of bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure or the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. I needed something easy to maintain, comfortable to ride and light enough to pick it up if…

Lyft E-Bikes Pulled From San Francisco Bike Share Program After Two Fires

The San Francisco Examiner is reporting that Lyft has suspended its e-bike share program on the streets of San Francisco after two e-bikes caught fire in separate locations in the span of a week. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department classified the incident as a “battery pack issue” and a “fire from battery pack.” The fire was deemed not suspicious by the San Francisco Fire Department although a Lyft spokesperson has told media outlets that vandalism has not been ruled out (by Lyft)…

British Battle Between Triumph & BSA Running When Parked

I’m out of my league on this one. Did Triumph and BSA share an engine in the mid 70’s? I ask because the tank on this Running When Parked says Triumph but the engine looks like a BSA. The seller’s headline doesn’t help matters because it sort of says this bike is both. Either way, the offering appears to be in nice shape. The price is on the high side once you figure in new tires, saddle cover and going through the engine. Still, the giant exhaust pipes are sure…

Best 2019 Tour De France Article Wasn’t From The Cycling Media

I haven’t really cared about the Tour de France since Andy Hampsten retired from professional bicycle racing. I try to watch the action covered on TV and reported in the media but always leave with the feeling that I’ve been had or duped. So when I saw an article posted about the Tour by the best “cabinet of chic curiosity” website, I had to read Messy Nessy‘s opinion on the event. Their article ‘The Tour de France is a Beautiful Mess and Maybe that’s How it Should be” didn’t disappoint.…

E-Bikes Prove To Be Cleaner Transportation Than Electric Scooters

Researchers at North Carolina State University were skeptical of emissions claims made by Lime and Bird about their dockless electric scooters. These claims were based on the assumption that the electric scooters’ life cycle is two years. The North Carolina State University study looked at real-world usage and found the product’s life cycle to be closer to two months than two years. That is a lot of obsolescence happening very quickly. Factoring in the emissions released from making, shipping, charging, collecting, and disposing of scooters, the report found that Lime’s…