New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo Anti-Cycling Rant Hurts Everyone

Steve Cuozzo’s editorial against the use of bicycles in New York City is so misguided that, as a cyclist, it is hard to read it or take it seriously. There may be some valid points in his editorial, but the racial and sexist overtone drowns out what little common sense the editorial possesses. If you find the time to read the editorial, you might want to drop Steve a message with your feelings. This is especially important if you are a female or a non-white male rider (because Steve doesn’t…

An E-Bike So Stealthy Only Your Legs Will Know The Truth – UPDATED 8/31

Update August 31, 2018: The Zeitgeist website has changed since we last visited it back in May and the revamped website is a little puzzling. Gone is the bike’s selling price, details on the $500 refundable reservation and delivery estimates. In their place is a “reservation” link that sends the reader to an e-mail address. They did add that the bike will be available in small, medium or large and that the bike’s claimed weight has been reduced to 28.7 pounds. This is a neat bike if they can pull…

Trek Powerfly 5 Stolen During “Test Ride” and I Found My Favorite New Newspaper

It is a total bummer that a hard-working bike shop owner was duped out of a brand-new Trek Powerfly 5 after a customer taking a test spin decided not to return. He still might return from the test ride, but he has been gone since August 3. Unless he borrowed a battery charger at the same time, the battery has to be dead by now. Maybe he is pushing the bike back to the shop? Reporting on the extended test ride was Arcata’s Mad River Union in their Police Log…

Enter To Win An iZip E3 Moda E-Bike By Taking A Survey

A bicycle trade organization, People For Bikes, is offering riders a chance to win an iZip E3 E-bike (valued at $3749 but being blown out by iZip for $2999) for taking a rider survey that helps rate your community for its bicyclebility (a word I just made up that I don’t believe will stick). The survey will identify where cyclists are welcome and where more work needs to be done to make them welcome. Share your feelings on local cycling and earn a chance to win an electric-motorized bicycle. Good…

Clean Republic’s Hill Topper E-bike Kits Recalled Due To Unintended Acceleration

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a product recall for Clean Republic’s Hill Topper E-bike Controllers due to reports of unintended motor acceleration after water had penetrated the controllers. Clean Republic, based in Seattle, has received six reports of riders losing control when the motor accelerated without rider input, including one reported injury resulting in scrapes and bruises to the rider. Riders (and there are around 3,500 of you) should immediately stop using the recalled motor controller circuit boards and kits and contact the Clean Republic for a free…

Specialized E-Bike Advertisement Debunks Proponents’ Low-Speed Claim

The Specialized advertisement that pits their Turbo e-bike against a bicycle has got to be the weirdest advertisement Specialized has produced since their high-speed police pursuit video. It sends a message that must have e-bike proponents gnashing their teeth. The bicycle is piloted by Peter Sagan, one of the fastest bicycle racers on earth. The Turbo e-bike is ridden by a rider identified only as Grandma Joan. The ad, that does not reveal Joan’s age, explains that her heart requires a pacemaker and she has had two knee replacements. The…

E-Bike Storage Facility Destroyed By Massive Fire, Releases Toxic Smoke

Stella Fietsen, a bicycle company located in the Netherlands, suffered a devastating fire in their e-bike and e-bike battery storage facility. European News reports that the fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. in a store room at Stella Fietsen’s headquarters. The article reports that the store room where the fire originated contained 3,000 electric bikes and 6,000 batteries. The building collapsed and is considered a total loss. The fire was classified as a GRIP 3. This means the fire “threatened well-being of (large groups of) the population within a single…

NASA’s E-Bike “To Boldly Go Where No Bike Has Gone Before”

The NASA lunar e-bike prototype was said to be developed in the event of the lunar rover vehicle not being ready for the Apollo missions of 1972 and 1973. The moon scooter didn’t need to be deployed because the lunar rover hit its intended completion deadline. It would take a few years for earth-bound e-bikes to catch up to the lunar bike, but I guess there is one larger trend that can be accredited to this NASA research: hard-shell bicycle helmets.  

Connecticut E-Bike Regulations Protect Unsuspecting Consumers

California was the first state to address e-bike usage by modifying its vehicle code with Assembly Bill 1096. The modified vehicle code is a big victory for companies and retailers who sell (or rent) electric-motorized bicycles in the state, but the legislation puts consumers at a marked disadvantage. The e-bike regulations recently adopted by Connecticut corrects California’s goof and results in legislation far more fair to consumers. APPROPRIATE TRAIL ACCESS The California law allows all but the most powerful e-bikes to be operated on equestrian, hiking and recreational trails. The…