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…

Another “Rare” Fire Destroys All MotoE Series Race Bikes

The UK’s Independent is reporting that all the bikes and equipment for MotoGP’s electric support series, MotoE, were destroyed in a paddock building fire at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. This comes just a few weeks before the start of the 2019 series. All the bikes in the spec-class are provided by Italy’s Energica. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where 18 bikes could be safely made race-ready in time for the series’ beginning. It is also unimaginable that MotoE series management would allow this equipment to be…

General Motors’ ARĪV E-bike Line Not Coming To America (Yet)

General Motors announced that their two-model line of ARĪV e-bikes will first be sold in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands because all three countries have shown a hearty appetite for electric-motorized bicycles. The Meld is a compact e-bike that looks ideal for urban riding. The Merge model takes the compact design and folds it in half, making it very attractive for commuters who can use the bike to compliment their own automobile or public transportation. There was no information of the ARĪV bikes coming to America. By the way, the…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner – Updated 2/3/2019

UPDATE 2/3/19: Forbes reports that it is “unusual for electric bikes to catch fire” in their report on Stella, a Dutch E-bike company that suffered three fires in seven months. While supposedly a rare occurrence, if a charging battery explodes in your garage are you supposed to feel like a lottery winner? Please take the time to read this story that includes steps to reduce (but not eliminate) the chance of burning your house down. Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike…

Christian Bagg Designs An Off-Road Electric-Motorized Trike Par Excellence

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an English proverb that Christian Bagg proved correct. Christian was an avid outdoorsman when a 1996 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. His desire to get back into the outdoors and his talent as a machinist/fabricator/mad scientist lead him (after more than one failed prototype) to a three-wheeled, electric-motorized all-terrain vehicle that accomplished his dreams. PBS Newshour Weekend has an in-depth report on the amazing Mr. Bagg. You can watch it by clicking here. The website Engineering.com also has a story…

Elegant Coleen E-Bike Stunningly Beautiful

One problem that plagues so many e-bikes is that they are flat-out ugly. The French company Coleen proves that e-bikes don’t have to be eye sores. Their three models (the Elegance, Sport and Speed One) have a unique backbone frame, sleek cable routing and muted graphics. The motor is neatly tucked into the rear hub and a belt-drive replaces a messy (but efficient) roller-bearing chain. The battery is housed in the main frame tube. I would love to take one of these beautiful creatures out for a test.  

Harley-Davidson’s Two Concept Vehicles Are Not E-Bikes

Harley-Davidson made headlines recently by announcing their $29,799 LiveWire electric motorcycle. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed two electric-powered concept vehicles. While some news sources have identified the concepts as e-bikes, neither bike fits that definition. E-bikes, even the e-bikes that use a twist-grip throttle or thumb-push throttle to apply their power (rather than power up as soon as pedaling begins), have operational pedals connected to a crank that turns a chain (or belt) connected to the rear wheel. To the relief of everyone from the high-end Specialized Bikes…