A Growing List Of E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED

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…

Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? We just Hit 169 – UPDATED

It was after viewing endless advertisements from obscure e-bike companies that I began to wonder: Just how many e-bike companies are there anyway? The answer is shocking. And ever expanding. I went down the rabbit hole and haven’t hit the den yet. I skipped the obvious, big-name players. 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. The e-bikes being pitched…

Brompton Folding E-Bikes Recalled Due To Fall Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Brompton Bicycles has issued a recall on the company’s foldable e-bike because the front fender flap can get sucked into the wheel, causing the rider to lose control. This recall involves Brompton foldable e-bikes with 16-inch wheels, sold in black, white, bolt lacquer, Turkish green, and white/gold colors. “Brompton” is printed on the center tube of the bike’s frame.  Recalled models include the Brompton Electric M2L, H2L, M6L, and H6L which are printed on the bicycles name plate, which is affixed to the…

Businesses And Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

WCVB 5 ABC is reporting that a group made up of Cambridge, Massachusetts, business owners known as “Cambridge Streets For All” is suing the city to stop them from removing parking spaces in favor of bike lanes. The business owners claim the reduction of public parking is impacting their businesses already weakened by the COVID pandemic. Watching the news report footage, it is easy to understand why cyclists want separated bike lanes on these busy thoroughfares. Even where separated bike lanes are shown, the cyclists are forced to navigate intersections…

Trip To The Whistling Duck Pub Ends In E-bike Inferno

This poor guy claims to have purchased two new e-bikes, loaded them in his truck and then watched in disbelief as they exploded and burned. I use the word “claims” because the only news report I found on the incident was a report on the video, not a report on the actual fire or quotes from the fire department. There is no doubt that two e-bike burnt up. How they caught fire is not as clear. Still, I post this because I love the name of the pub the guy…

Bicycle Retailer And Industry News Blames The Fake News On E-Bike Fires

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…

National Bicycle Dealers Association To Address E-Bike Fire Risks In Webinar Series UPDATED

The National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) just announced four webinars dealing with e-bike fire potential. The series will be aimed at retailers but I would imagine that any e-bike owner could benefit from the disseminated information. The first webinar took place on May 24th and addressed e-bike explosions, fire safety and product third-party certification. Comments from a New York City Fire Department official were very enlightening as were all the topics covered by the panel members. You can watch this webinar by clicking here. The second webinar takes place on…

Bike Library Offers Free Transportation (And Recreation) To Everyone

While on a recent vacation in Scotland, I spotted the Bike Library of Fort William. Like the name implies, a person can check out a bike and see how it fits into their world. The library has a number of e-bikes to loan also. The Library hopes that by lending a bike for a few days or a few weeks, the rider may find that they reduce car usage and get some health benefits at the same time. If the borrower likes the bike, the Library can assist in its…

Recall: Santa Cruz Heckler 9 E-Bike Dropping Its Battery Like A Bomb

Santa Cruz Bicycles has recalled their Heckler 9 e-bike after customers report of the battery falling out of the bike’s frame, creating both fall and fire hazards. Santa Cruz explains that, “The latch mechanism that holds the battery in place can malfunction, causing the battery to dislodge from the frame and fall to the ground, posing a fall hazard to the rider.  Additionally, the latch spring can cause additional wear on the battery housing over time, posing a fire hazard.” Riders should stop riding the recalled bicycle and should remove…

Mountain Bikers Robbed At Gunpoint On The Trail

I estimate that 80% of my mountain biking has been done solo. There are dangers of riding solo. An injury, animal attack or a mechanical far from the trailhead could all put the solo rider in jeopardy of a safe return. I accept the risk because it builds confidence in one’s skills and sure, it adds a little sense of danger (and that keeps you young if it doesn’t kill you). But now there is a new threat to the solo trail rider that I never imagined in my 30-plus…