More Reported E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED 7/21/22

The e-bike industry and its trade associations are often quoted as saying e-bike fires are “a rare occurrence” or have gone so far as to point fingers at other industries. These organizations are more apt to use the sanitized phrase “a runaway thermal event” that is code for “the bike’s battery blew up in flames.” The list of e-bike factories, retailers and owners who have experienced meltdowns is indeed a small percentage of total e-bike factories, retailers and owners. That shouldn’t make you feel a lot better if you have…

Yamaha MX 400 Destined To Be Parted Out

The 1976 Yamaha MX 400 was an awesome dirt bike with its monoshock rear suspension and an engine that put out plenty of power. But this one looks rough. It is missing the magneto cover revealing electrics that have been exposed to moisture and dirt. The air box/filter is missing. That’s never a great sign. And there are dangling wires all over the bike. The tank looks pretty cool. Anything with two wheels on Craigslist starts with an asking price over a grand, even Running-When-Parked bikes. Are the sellers getting…

Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? We just Hit 174 – UPDATED

It was after viewing endless advertisements from obscure e-bike companies that I began to wonder: Just how many e-bike companies are there anyway? The answer is shocking. And ever expanding. I went down the rabbit hole and haven’t hit the den yet. I skipped the obvious, big-name players. You should already know that every major bicycle company (like Specialized, Trek, Giant and Cannondale) offers e-bikes. There is also an ever-increasing number of motorcycle and automobile companies jumping into the e-bike game. I haven’t counted them either. The e-bikes being pitched…

The National Bicycle Dealers Association Takes Strong Stance On E-Bike Fire Risks

I have a rule not to regurgitate press releases from companies and organizations but I’m breaking my own rule for this one. While the statement falls short of asking for governmental oversight, it is the strongest stance yet about addressing the potential fire hazard related to e-bikes. Kudos to The National Bicycle Dealers Association. This is so encouraging after reading an article by a cycling trade publications that attempted to point the blame at other products rather than address the problem like the NBDA does here. Following is their release…

British Columbia’s The Tyee Publishes Great Story On E-Bike Fire Risks

Jen St. Denis, a journalist for The Tyee, an independent, online news magazine, published a well-researched and informative story on the potential dangers of e-bike fires. Compared to stories from trade publications or media outlets dependent on e-bike manufacturer advertising, The Tyee gives a clear-eyed, balanced look at the fire potential that e-bikes bring into your home. The comments below the story are as interesting as the article. Some people think the recent focus on e-bike fires comes from the oil industry. Another feels calling for Government oversight is an…

Checking In On The Too-Good-To-Be-True Park & Diamond Helmet Fiasco

I was skeptical when I wrote about the Park & Diamond foldable helmet three years ago. Based on prototype photos, I didn’t see how this helmet could pass any bicycle helmet certification. Well, it still hasn’t shipped and customers who invested in the company (that had never made a product, let alone a bicycle helmet) are feeling used, abused and scammed by both Park & Diamond and Indiegogo. Between a flood of investor comments demanding refunds, there are comments like these: “I’m now finding out how to scam people. I’m…

Steal This Running When Parked – Wait, It’s Already Stolen

The $400 price seems like a downright steal for this complete-but-dirty Honda Shadow until your read the entire ad. The seller thinks this is his motorcycle to sell but the real owner (and the court system) might just disagree. It doesn’t matter if the missing roommate owes the ad lister some rent. The motorcycle is not the seller’s property to sell. And when the poor sap who buys this motorcycle goes into DMV to register it, warning alarms are going to be blasting. Great asking price, but in my opinion,…