IMBA Declares War On Class-2 E-Bikes

A new battle has emerged pitting the e-bike industry against itself. Gear Junkie’s article detailing the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) softening stance on e-bike use is nothing new. IMBA has been encouraging, and I feel “promoting” e-bike use on non-motorized, multi-user recreational trails for years. What the Gear Junkie article reveals for the first time is a civil war started by IMBA between pedal-actuated e-bikes and throttle-actuated e-bikes. Class warfare The Gear Junkie article states that IMBA now supports “Class-1” electric-motorized bike access to non-motorized trails. What the article incorrectly…

Johnny Loco Cargo E-bike Pure Three-Wheeled Fun

Johnny Loco is a company located in the Netherlands that creates beautiful city bikes of both the human-powered and motorized variety. Their bikes are ultra-rare in the States and that’s too bad because they offer a certain flavor that is missing from city bikes sold on our shores. This is why it was so surprising to spy a Johnny Loco for sale locally (at least locally for me) on Craigslist. The bike looks brand-spanking new and the seller’s ad explains the bike was used for filming and has never been…

E-Bike Racing Keeps Them Off The Trails

I’ve been asked my opinion on electric-motorized mountain bike racing many times and my response surprises a lot of people. I think it is great. These events are held on closed-circuit, off-road courses specifically designed for e-bikes. In some cases, like at the Sea Otter Classic, the e-bike racecourse is surrounded by miles of singletrack where e-bikes are not permitted. These events separate electric-motorized bikes from human-powered mountain bikes (and hikers and equestrians), and that is a good thing. The recent Boogaloo event at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park (another…

California State Parks Tighten Noose On E-Bike Use

Craig Sap, the District Superintendent of the Angeles District California State Parks, signed an order on September 13, 2017 that closes all State Park trails within the Angeles District to electric-motorized bicycles. The ban on electric-motorized bicycles (also called e-bikes, eMTBs or electric-assisted bikes) took effect on October 1, 2017. The parks closed to electric-motorized bicycles include popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails including Cheseboro, Ahmanson Ranch and Sycamore Canyon. The order explains that electric-motorized bicycles are “impacting the unique trail and backcountry experiences afforded by the District and…

Jube E-Bikes, Functional, Fashionable and Fun

Australia’s Jube Bikes take inspiration from iconic rides of the ’70s and ’80s and then blends in a mix of signature super-wide rims, re-engineered frames, wikkEd graphics and retro paint jobs. The result is a line of e-bikes that appear (I have not had the opportunity to throw leg over a Jube) to be functional, fashionable and fun. Unlike America’s Super 73 (that hits the fun goal and misses the functional goal), Cannondale’s Moterra (misses the fashionable and hits the functional) or Mike’s backyard conversions (that miss everything including rider…

Rungu Juggernaut Run-In

The Rungu Juggernaut is a very strange vehicle. While its inventor is quoted in an Outside article as saying “This is not a bicycle. This is an ATV [all-terrain vehicle],” their website claims their three-wheeled, electric-motorized vehicle is “the most powerful portable off-road EV in its class.” They go on to define “its class” as “electric fat bikes available online in the US as of December 2016.” Confusing yes, but what isn’t confusing about the Juggernaut? The company claims the trike was invented to haul surf gear to the Trestles…

How Much Trail Do You Use In An Hour? (A Trail User Speed Comparison)

Four major user groups share unpaved recreation trails designated for non-motorized use; hikers, trail runners, equestrians and mountain bikers. A change in California law (that other states may adopt) has permitted electric-motorized bikes access to these same trails, thus adding a new user group into the mix. While these five different user groups share the same trail, how do their speeds and amount of trail used in a specific amount of time compare? Anecdotal answers abound, but finding quantitative data on the question is difficult. My solution was to conduct…

E-bike Fires More Prevalent Than Claimed?

While e-bike publications claim fires are a rare occurrence, more reports of exploding e-bikes and e-bike fires seem to point to a larger problem. The latest report comes from the Sun, a British newspaper and website. The story includes video footage of the bike burning and exploding. You can read the story by clicking here. The exploding bike is a mountain bike that appears to have been converted to an electric-motorized bike with the addition of a hub motor. These inexpensive and popular conversion kits can turn bicycles into a…

$20 Audi Hood Renovation

This has nothing to do with motorcycles (or mountain bikes or electric bikes) although this product could be used to great affect on any of them.  My 2004 Audi A4 Avant started to develop paint issues five years ago.  I’ve always suspected the problem was caused by Audi wrapping the car (for shipping) too soon after it was painted.  The creeping fog looked to be trapped between the paint and the clear coat. Audi tech guys said it was not their problem.  I don’t believe Audi wants owners to hold…