Kiss Limited-Edition E-bike Ready To Rock ’N Roll

Australia’s Vallkree offers a line of retro-ish e-bikes that pay homage to motorcycles built around 1920 (like the Harley-Davidson Model F). While the style cues are antique, the components are modern with what appears to be well-sourced brakes, wheels and tires. Any of their bikes would look right at home cruising along the bike path in Malibu. They are stylish. KISSED BY KISS The company is offering limited collector’s Kiss editions of their Drifter and Scrambler models in honor of the band’s last world tour. Vallkree will ship to anywhere…

Masks Are The New Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts drive me crazy. My eyesight may be blurry, but I can spot a cigarette butt while riding along a beautiful singletrack or while hiking or when setting up a campsite. My brain is wired to focus in on this trash and it really bugs me. It is bad enough that these butts “harsh my mellow” but now I’ve got a new nemesis on the trail. Face masks! Flicking cigarette butts has been glorified by everything from movie stars to the Marlboro man. From combat solders to rock stars.…

When Updates Become Excuses: Park & Diamond Helmets Still Not Shipping – UPDATED

April 13, 2021: Park & Diamond released another update on April 11th with photos of the production helmet and manufacturing facility. The company also urges their backers to open a Shopify account because that is how the helmet orders will be fulfilled. Wait. Check that. First backers have to “lock in” their shipping address. AFTER everyone has done that, Park & Diamond will move all the orders over to Shopify where the orders will be processed. Got that? Good. Because I don’t.  It seems that Park & Diamond’s early promises…

People For Bikes Make A Bed We Are Forced To Sleep In

The trade organization People For Bikes was instrumental in crafting boiler plate legislation to get electric-motorized bicycles legally recognized and defined as human-powered bicycles. This trade organization made sure, through design or ineptitude, that identifying illegal e-bikes is difficult or impossible for consumers, land managers and police. They also included loopholes big enough to slip a shipping container full of e-bikes through. The Xion CyberX shows how easy it is to offer a bike that meets the e-bike’s legal definition but, with a push of a button, can become a…

Reevo Hubless E-Bike Looks Otherworldly

The Reevo Hubless e-bike, that can be reserved on Indigogo (the bike is claimed to be near production but not shipping yet) is a bike that will turn heads wherever it is ridden. It is reminiscent of a Storck carbon fiber mountain bike I rode a decade ago until you check out the wheels. Where are the hubs and spokes? Reevo doesn’t use them. Wild!  I don’t get the Indigogo website? The top line says Reevo has raised $3.5 million from 1,700 backers. Then the “perks” (the different packages you…

Proposed E-Bike Act Subsidizes Recreational Vehicle Purchases Up To $1500

The proposed E-BIKE Act introduced by Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressional Bike Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer has great intentions. Unfortunately, it is so poorly defined that it invites abuse. If the act passes in its present form, riders who use their e-bikes solely for off-road recreation get the same incentive as riders who use their new e-bike to reduce car trips. THE GOOD INTENTIONS Congressman Jimmy Panetta has great intentions with his E-bike Act. “E-bikes are a legitimate and practical form of transportation that can help reduce our carbon emissions,”…

Congressman Panetta’s E-Bike Act Discriminates Against Bicyclists

Congressman Jimmy Panetta recently introduced the E-BIKE Act that financially benefits purchasers of electric-motorized bicycles (e-bikes). The Act has a major loophole (the $1500 tax credit can be claimed by riders who intend to use their e-bikes solely for off-road, recreational activities) and just as disturbing, it is highly prejudicial to riders who choose non-motorized bicycles for transportation. Congressman Panetta says that “cutting our carbon output” and encouraging “more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation” are what justifies his tax kick back. Excluding non-motorized bicycles (that cut carbon…

The Frey Beast To Escalate The E-Bike Power And Speed War

Electrek is reporting that Frey, an electric-motorized bicycle company, is introducing an all-new model called the Beast with performance that is claimed to live up to the bike’s name. The company claims that this yet-to-be-released model “features the power of a motorbike combined with the performance and ride style of an electric mountain bike.” Electrek even reports the company claims it will not “advise it for riders who haven’t had previous experience on high-powered electric bikes.”  I won’t get into the bike’s component selection or power claims because the Beast…

The Secret To Enjoyable Winter Cycling Is Not Beating The Cold

You need to watch this great story from Not Just Bikes on why winter in Oulu, Finland, doesn’t slow down their bicycle-riding populous. While the story compares Oulu to Canadian cities, the same comparison can be made to American cities in the winter (or summer, for that matter). The takeaway is that winter cycling has nothing to do with the weather conditions, and everything to do with providing a safe cycling infrastructure.