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…

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…

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…

22,000 Ancheer E-Bikes Recalled Due To Possible Battery Fire (UPDATED)

This is a serious Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall that affects 22,000 Ancheer e-bikes. The bikes were sold online at www.aliexpress.com, www.ancheer.shop, www.amazon.com, www.ebay.com, www.newegg.com, www.overstock.com, www.rakuten.com, www.sears.com, www.walmart.com and www.wish.com from January 2016 through June 2022 for between $280 and $930. Please, if you own one of these Ancheer E-bikes, take this recall seriously. The website link supplied by the Consumer Product Safety Commission did not work but I found this link that does work. You can also call Ancheer during working hours at (888) 661-1330. The company…

Squaw Flat Road Gets Cleansed: A Great Update On A Sad Story

Awesome news. After posting a story and photos of trash dumped and vandalism along Squaw Flat Road in Fillmore, California, I was contacted by The Los Padres Forest Association. They reached out with an offer to pitch in and help address the situation. They asked me if I had any local Fillmore connections who might help out. I contacted some long-time friends who are bicycle riders and active in the Fillmore community. They started to get things organized. Then something very unexpected happened. Before all the parties could be brought…

Lessons Learned From The Park & Diamond Bicycle Helmet Debacle

Just checked in on Park & Diamond’s progress in delivering a foldable bicycle helmet and found that, surprise, there is none. The last company update is not from the company, but from Indiegogo, the investment firm who hawked the concept helmet based on little more than a slick public relations blast. That update said, “opps.” The last update from the actual company was back in March of 2022 and provided nothing more than hollow claims of progress. The investor comments on Indiegogo are flooded with requests for refunds. My gut…

The Sad State Of Squaw Flat Road

While living in Fillmore, California, Squaw Flat Road at the end of Goodenough Road was my escape route. Didn’t matter if I was grunting up the climb on a mountain bike (and sometimes a road bike way before gravel bikes were invented) or twisting the throttle of a dual-sport motorcycle, the partly-paved, mostly-dirt road never got old. I rode it hundreds of times. I rode it on birthdays. I rode it solo and with close friends. I rode it at night. I rode it in the pouring rain. I rode…