Costco Offers Jetson Adventure E-Bike At $500 Off Suggested Retail

Costco, the second largest retailer in the United States (behind Walmart), is offering a Jetson electric-motorized bike for the very attractive price of $1299.99. That’s 500 bucks off Jetson’s suggested retail price. And the Costco price includes shipping because they don’t actually sell them out of their warehouse locations. The Adventure (that’s the model name) was on display at my local Costco and it appears to be a lot of bike for the price. The motor automatically kicks in when the rider starts to pedal. It has a triple chainring…

Luna’s X-1 Enduro Blows All Other E-Bikes (And Hikers) Off The Trail

Earlier this week I wrote about how the Nicolai’s D1 EBOXX marked the first skirmish in the e-bike power wars. I certainly didn’t expect that the return fire would come so quickly or with such velocity. The recently announced X-1 Enduro from Luna, an electric-motorized bike company out of El Segundo, California, buries the Nicolia with a claimed 2000-watts and then drives nails into the Nicolia coffin with an introductory price of $3550. You could buy almost three Lunas for the cost of one D1 EBOXX e-bike. Luna seems to…

Escalation Of E-Bike Wars Destine To Alter All Other Trail Users’ Experiences

The problem I’ve always had with allowing electric-motorized bicycles on multi-user, natural-surface trails is that they are motorized. While a hiker or mountain biker may experience incremental gains in the amount of trail used in an hour by improving their physical condition and technique, the operator of a motorized bicycle can record substantial speed improvements by upgrading equipment. Case in point, the $10,300 Nicolai G1 EBOXX mountain bike. Nicolia explains the bike uses a Bosch motor that was “tested for months in secret.” This months-long testing (that doesn’t seem like…

Lyft E-Bikes Return To The Streets With New Brakes But Will Fix Work?

CNN Business is reporting that Lyft E-Bikes are returning their rental fleets to the streets after being removed due to a number of crashes linked to the front brake locking the front wheel (and the rider going over the bars). CNN explains that the Lyft fix is to replace the bikes’ roller brakes with disc brakes. I theorized that similar crashes experienced by Citi Bike renters were more likely due to rider error than a mechanical issue. Lyft’s disc brake solution will certainly test my theory because disc brakes are…

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UPDATE: Di Blasi Offers Mobility In A Box With Electric-Motorized Scooter

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019: My original R30 story mentions that the $199.99 price seems very inexpensive for such an interesting vehicle. I contacted Sheryl Wright of Cavendish Healthcare in the United Kingdom and she explains: “The DiBlasi is actually manufactured in Sicily and we retail the R30 at £2,600 (excluding VAT) in the UK. As far as I know the R30 is not readily available in the USA, however, I can put anyone in touch with a company that would be able to arrange purchase and shipping to the USA,…

Cheap Protection: Is A $36 Motorcycle Helmet Worth It?

Stumbled upon Wish, an online retailer that ships products directly from China to your doorstep. The product selection is mind numbing and the prices are amazingly low (even after paying freight). There are motorcycle jerseys for $14. Anti-theft brake locks for $16. A motorcycle headlight for $41. You can even open your own tattoo business for $34 with the tattoo starter kit. A $36 open-face helmet? I had to try one. What did I have to lose? Well, in this case, $36. The helmet is described as (take a deep…

Pedego’s William Shatner Advertisement Wastes A Great Opportunity

I don’t think you could find a better pitchman than William Shatner for targeting your product to aging baby boomers. Shatner is well known to us as Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker’s Sgt. T.J. Hooker. The man has no less than 242 acting credits in film and television. And I believe he is almost as effective reaching younger generations due to his music recordings that are a guilty pleasure. The man is a national treasure. A MAJOR COUP For electric-motorized bicycle company Pedego to get the icon…

Citi E-Bike Safety Concern Is Most Likely A Rider Problem, Not A Mechanical Issue

The New York Times is reporting that Citi Bikes has pulled its e-bikes off the streets of New York, San Fransisco and Washington D.C. due to safety concerns of a front brake issue. The company issued a statement saying “we recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being.” While a mechanical issue should not be ruled out, it is…

FIM And UCI Lock Horns Over E-Bike Racing

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is sure upset that the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has started to sanction e-bike racing. You see, the European-based UCI is the giant bureaucracy that controls bicycle racing and the FIM is the European-based, giant bureaucracy that controls motorcycle racing. The UCI recognizes e-bikes as bicycles (except when motors have been secretly installed to cheat in non-motorized bicycle races) and the FIM looks at e-bikes as a kind of stepping stone for young riders into motorcycle racing. You would think that there are enough…