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…

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…

No Sea Otter Classic For 2020

It comes as no surprise that the Sea Otter Classic promoter is pulling the plug on their rescheduled 2020 event. The event that is traditionally held in the Spring of each year was shifted to October for 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19. As it became clear that the pandemic is still a concern for any event that draws large numbers of participants (except for the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and social justice protests), the Sea Otter promoters have pulled the plug on the 2020 event and are pinning their hopes…

InMotion V11 Electric Unicycle A Dream Come True For Product liability Attorneys

There are attorneys who specialize in product liability negligence. This form of Product liability occurs when a supplier sells a product with inaccurate or inadequate labeling. While product liability negligence claims are usually complex and challenging to prove from a legal standpoint, I feel that InMotion is going out of their way to make it easier for these attorneys with the introduction of the V11 Electric Unicycle. CONSUMER DIRECT InMotion ships the V11 directly to your home. BEFORE you take delivery (or order one), watch their how-to video. It might…

The Drive Has No Idea That The Segway X260 Is A Motorcycle

A story on the Segway X260 electric-motorized, off-road motorcycle by The Drive’s Jesus Garcia, reveals how little he (and The Drive) knows about motorcycles and e-bikes. Jesus describes the X260 as a “dirt-slinging electric mountain bike that masquerades as a dirt bike.” No, it doesn’t masquerade as anything. It is a motorcycle. How The Drive equates this vehicle to a bicycle is a mystery. Aside from the fact that the X260 uses footpegs (not pedals), its claimed top speed of 46.6 miles per hour exceeds any legal (or non-legal) definition…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner (UPDATED)

Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike market” recently published a courageous story on the dangers of Lithium-Ion batteries used in the majority of electric bikes (e-bikes). The publication had a fire safety engineer and battery safety professional examine the aftermath of a fire ignited by an unattended charging battery in a bicycle shop (video footage of the shop fire has been removed). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You…

Bosch Throws Out One More Concept E-Bike – UPDATED

July 7, 2020: The day after I posted my opinion of the Bosch Urban Sports Cruiser (below), TechRadar came out with their own press release rewrite. The story pretty much follows my story adding that Bosch feels “e-bikes [need to] shed their clunky, unstylish image and become more accepted as a convenient and green means of travel.” I’d have to argue that Specialized has already done that with their Turbo Vado SL. But the Vado SL doesn’t use a Bosch power source and it is available right now (if Specialized…

VICE Reports On The Shredding Of Jump E-Bikes

Vice is reporting that thousands of perfectly good Jump electric-motorized bikes and scooters have been dropped off at a recycling facility and will be shredded. This is a sad and demoralizing story at a time when cities desperately need alternatives to crowded and confined mass transportation. The 60-dollar question is what is happening with all the batteries and electric motors removed from the bikes? That is not revealed in the article and could be far more troubling than the scrapping of the bikes.

General Motors’ ARĪV E-bike Line Not Coming To America – UPDATED

5/13/20 – The Verge is reporting that General Motors has pulled the plug (pun intended) on their ARĪV e-bike. Mark Peterman, a respected bicycle industry expert, explains, “The main issue was the arrogance in making a proprietary motor. They launched in the EU with a folding bike? The whole approach to the market smacked of an incredible lack of any kind of real knowledge of the competitive set and trending.” Mark feels the ARĪV shouldn’t suffer such a quick death. He states, “Having met the team that made that bike…

Specialized Turbo Vado SL E-Bike The One I’ve Been Waiting For

I’ve sometimes joked that there must be an unwritten law that says e-bikes have to be ugly. While there have been bikes that buck the ugly trend, alas, most are concepts, yet-to-ship crowd funders or limited-run customs. If there is such a hit-me-with-that-ugly-stick law, Specialized is now guilty of breaking that law with their 28-mile-per-hour Turbo Vado SL. Finally, a major manufacturer is delivering an e-bike that I’d like to have in my garage. No, I take that back. I don’t want it in the garage; I want my butt…