Black Friday Is Now Bicycle Friday As Deals Abound

Long story short, bike shops are making great deals on new bicycles and e-bikes starting on Black Friday and should continue these great deals through the end of the year (depending on how well sales go). If you were on the fence about buying an e-bike or bicycle, this is a great time to get off the fence and save.  WHY THE SUPER DEALS? It has been a weird three years for bicycle shops. Two years ago when the COVID lockdowns were implemented, people headed for the hills. That is,…

More Reported E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED 11/23/22

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…

Dave Dewhurst Drops “Motocross, The Golden Era” At Book Signing Event

Forty-eight years in the making, Dave Dewhurst’s 484-page tome titled Motocross, The Golden Era is hot off the presses and was officially introduced to the world on November 20th, 2022 at a book signing event held at the Troy Lee Designs store in Laguna Beach, California. In attendance were a number of the athletes featured in the book including Jeff Ward, Gary Jones and Roger DeCoster. If every athlete featured in the book had attended, there wouldn’t have been room for the fans eager to buy their own copy. Yes,…

Proof E-Bikes Are Motorized Off-Road Recreation And Should Be Restricted to OHV Trails

Through the lobbying efforts of companies looking to increase their sales, motorized bicycles (e-bikes) are now allowed on many trails once developed, designed and intended for non-motorized recreation. These trails were once for hikers, non-motorized mountain bikers and horse riders. Now, many of those trails are opened to motorized recreation.  The first off-road e-bikes I tested were pretty bad. I was criticized for being “too negative” at a time when other reviews read more like advertising copy. I even had the audacity to point out that e-bikes were not really…

PikaBoost E-Bike Conversion Kit Concept Seeks Investors

The first time I read a media report on the PikaBoost, I chuckled at the brazen claims the article made, shook my head and filed the story with a command-backspace keyboard tap. But then something wild happened. The PikaBoost kept popping up on bicycle, tech, environmental, business and “Cool Things” websites. If the engineering department at Livall (the company that is planning to make the PikaBoost) is half as good as their public relations department, they will have a runaway hit on their hands. What Livall is trying to do…

When Did 750cc Motorcycles Become “Midsized?”

A slew of 2023 motorcycle models are being announced and motorcycle websites almost universally refer to 750cc models as “midsized.” I don’t like using the term “gaslighting” (because it has become way, way overused), but it sure fits this situation. Keep telling people a 750cc or 800cc engine is midsized and they will start to believe you. Yes, I’m old school. In my not-so-humble opinion, once a motorcycle goes beyond 500 cubic centimeters, it is not midsized no more! “Midsized” compared to what?: I guess you could claim this is…

Revered Hopetown Race Remembered And Preston Petty Is Paid Tribute

Another Hopetown Reunion is in the books. The event drew a former World Motocross Champion (Brad Lackey, who won Hopetown as a young whipper snapper), a slew of former flat track, speedway, desert and motocross racers and plenty of current day motorcycle racing fans. It also attracted an impressive collection of vintage and collectable motorcycles. The reunion was highlighted by a tribute to Preston Petty who left this mortal coil in January after living a life that no “normal” person could comprehend. The man was a racer, adventurer, aviator, inventor,…

$20,000 Running-When-Parked Indian Scout Well Worth The Price

I’m guessing but the average price of the Running-When-Parked motorcycles featured here is around $5000 and most of those asking prices represent an over-valuation of what’s up for sale. Not so with this 1943 Indian Scout. Even at $20,000, it might be a reasonable asking price. The seller says it was Running When Parked yet this is a far cry from the bikes offered up that were left exposed to the elements or used as a parts department and picked clean. This Scout looks well cared for and complete. There…

Bicycle Retailer And Industry News Blames The Fake News On E-Bike Fires – UPDATED

There are many ways the bicycle industry can and should address the issue of e-bike fires. Some are very productive and responsible. The recently announced webinar series sponsored by the National Bicycle Dealers Association is a step in the right direction. The information available from Human Powered Solutions is intended for bicycle retailers but their tips and directions work just as well for e-bike owners. Third-party certification is my favorite answer to the problem. The recently published article in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN), written by the “staff,” is…

Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? 202 And Counting – UPDATED

I never expected this list of e-bike companies to exceed 100 brands yet here we are reaching 201 brands and I’m not even counting the big guys! 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 (but I probably should). The e-bikes being pitched on crowdfunding sites are not counted because they won’t exist until (or if) they eventually ship. To…