Easy Hack To Reduce Potential COVID-19 Exposure Until You Get Vaccinated

Need to visit a shop to get a part or service for your motorcycle, bicycle or electric-motorized bicycle? There is a simple hack that can reduce your exposure to others during the visit. Go to Google Maps and in the search bar, type in the shop’s name. Below the address, hours of operation and contact info, there may be a bar chart that shows the most-busy and least-busy hours of operation. The current day is shown, but you can see the history of floor traffic for every day of the…

Convert Your Old 26er Hardtail Into A Motorized SnowBike

I’m all for repurposing an outdated or seldom-ridden bicycle. It seems like every garage has at least one hardtail mountain bike hanging from the rafters that has been replaced by a dual-suspended, large-hooped mountain bike (and even that bike may be in storage while the snow is falling).  ENVO, a company out of Canada, has come up with a reason to get that bike out of the attic. Their electric-motorized SnowBike Kit can turn that “back-up” bike into your winter wonderland wanderer. ENVO makes it clear that their $2,100 kit…

Serial 1 E-bikes (Harley-Davidson) Looking Porky And Eurocentric – UPDATED

UPDATED January 6, 2021: A rather lively-worded opinion piece by Cleantechnica’s Jo Borras proved me wrong on at least one assumption made in November’s Harley-Davidson e-bike story. My story asserts that the “web will be filled with gushing reports from websites hungry for Serial 1 advertising dollars.” Jo called my bluff on that one! His scathing take on the new e-bike line will not make it easy for the Cleantechnica sales rep to call on Harley’s advertising director.  Got to admit, I’m surprised and impressed that Cleantechnica’s Chief Editor, Zach…

Cannondale Recalls All Canvas NEO E-bikes

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for all Cannondale Canvas NEO E-bikes. The reason for the recall is a front fender that can become detached and jam the front wheel. Jamming the front wheel is likely to cause a loss of control. Cannondale is asking Canvas NEO riders to remove the front fender and wait until a replacement is available for installation by a Cannondale dealer. These parts are expected early in 2021. More information on the recall is available here.

National Park Service Opens National Parks To Motorized Recreational Vehicles

The National Park Service (NPS) will issue new guidelines (you can read the pre-publication document here) that allow electric-motorized bicycles access to all trails and paths where human-powered bicycles are now allowed access. These new guidelines show that the Department of The Interior views its responsibility to maximize the use of public lands. While I strongly oppose the opening of these natural treasures to motorized recreational, I appear to be in the minority. Americans have given the Department of The Interior and the NPS a mandate to open these public…

Pedego Recalls 11,600 E-Bikes Due To Unexpected Acceleration

The Pedego E-bike Company is asking riders of 11,600 Pedego e-bikes purchased between January 2018 to August 2020 to stop riding their bikes. The CPSC recall is blamed on improperly manufactured electrical cables that can cause the bikes to accelerate unexpectedly, posing the rider a fall or collision hazard. The models with the potential defect are: • Interceptor (including Platinum Edition). • City Commuter (including Mid Drive Edition and Black Edition). • Boomerang Plus. • Ridge Rider. • Trail Tracker (including Gorilla Edition). • Stretch (including Dual Drive Edition). Pedego…

Bimotal’s 28-Mile-Per-Hour Kit Thwarts E-Bike Regulations

The Bimotal company is cleaver on so many levels that it is tough to know where to start. THE PRODUCT Bimotal is in the process of introducing the Elevate, a powerful electric motor that attaches to the disc brake mount of select mountain bikes. It is an ingenious invention for motorizing a mountain bike if it works as claimed (the product is not yet available although they will take your deposit). Once the mounting hardware and gearing is installed (included in the $1950 price), your bike is ready to blast…

Concept Bicycle Helmet That Tucks Into A Water Bottle – UPDATED 9-18-2020

UPDATE 9/18/2020: The Park & Diamond company posted another “update” and “sneak preview” on August 28th. The update says the company has “secured agreements with a new contract manufacturer [and] several new suppliers.” They go on to say that the company is “firming up new shipping logistics” that should ship the first production by the end of December 2020. “Secured agreements” and “firming up” is, in my opinion, public relations mumbo jumbo. Backers want to hear that manufacturing has begun, not that Park & Diamond has “agreements” to manufacture and…

Davis Phinney Teams With Trek Domane+ LT E-Bike To Keep The Legend Rolling

The story from Trek Bicycles, “How Davis Phinney finds freedom in the saddle of his Domane+ LT,” caught my attention and brought back memories of an interview I did with Davis in 1994 for Road Bike Action Magazine. Davis had just retired from racing when he, his wife, Connie Carpenter, and their son and future professional cyclist, Taylor, welcomed me into their home for hours of conversation. It would have been a killer Podcast if iPods had been invented in 1994! I just dug out the issue and the interview…