New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio Gets Right With E-bikes

Mayor Bill de Blasio took a potentially giant step forward towards reducing traffic congestion, parking shortages and fossil-fuel-burning auto emissions by rescinding his total ban on e-bike use in New York City. The mayor’s press release (click here to read it) is welcome news for delivery services, commuters and tourists in the Big Apple. The mayor’s announcement takes the same stance as IMBA as far as Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes. He welcomes Class 1 e-bikes while keeping the door closed to Class 2 e-bikes. My feeling is the…

Lohner’s E-Bike Built For People, Not Bike Riders

March 15, 2018: E-bikes have yet to catch on with people looking to ditch their cars in favor of an economical, maneuverable (especially in crowded cities) and more fun vehicle to operate. Plenty of “experts” have theories on why e-bikes have not met with the same acceptance in America that they are enjoying in some European countries. Few (if any) of these experts ever cite the most obvious objection: E-bikes are too much like bicycles. Lohner, an Austrian company, is addressing this issue with their Stroler e-bike. They’ve tossed the…

Seattleites Game The E-Bike Share System

Lime Bike’s e-bike share program seems perfectly suited to Seattle’s hilly terrain and riders seem to agree. Unfortunately, The Stranger is reporting that riders are already gaming the system. How? They get to a destination on their rented e-bike and then park it (or hide it) on private property. You only pay for the bikes when in use, so as soon as you hide the bike and log off, you’re off the meter. The bike isn’t available to other users (unless they trespass) and the rider who hid it won’t…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner

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 (click here to watch the ignition and blast-off). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You are…

Jump Bikes Gets 18-Month Stationless E-Bike Trial On San Francisco’s Streets

Social Bicycles, the maker of Jump Bikes, just got permitted to run a fleet of stationless e-bikes in the city of San Francisco. The permit runs for 18-months and the service will be evaluated at that time (for the possibility of extending the contract). Stationless? It means you can rent a Jump Bike (that is the name of the brand, you’re not suppose to jump them) and when you get to where you want to go, you leave it there. This eliminates the need to return your rented e-bike to…

IMBA Declares War On Class-2 E-Bikes

A new battle has emerged pitting the e-bike industry against itself. Gear Junkie’s article detailing the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) softening stance on e-bike use is nothing new. IMBA has been encouraging, and I feel “promoting” e-bike use on non-motorized, multi-user recreational trails for years. What the Gear Junkie article reveals for the first time is a civil war started by IMBA between pedal-actuated e-bikes and throttle-actuated e-bikes. Class warfare The Gear Junkie article states that IMBA now supports “Class-1” electric-motorized bike access to non-motorized trails. What the article incorrectly…

Johnny Loco Cargo E-bike Pure Three-Wheeled Fun

Johnny Loco is a company located in the Netherlands that creates beautiful city bikes of both the human-powered and motorized variety. Their bikes are ultra-rare in the States and that’s too bad because they offer a certain flavor that is missing from city bikes sold on our shores. This is why it was so surprising to spy a Johnny Loco for sale locally (at least locally for me) on Craigslist. The bike looks brand-spanking new and the seller’s ad explains the bike was used for filming and has never been…

E-Bike Racing Keeps Them Off The Trails

I’ve been asked my opinion on electric-motorized mountain bike racing many times and my response surprises a lot of people. I think it is great. These events are held on closed-circuit, off-road courses specifically designed for e-bikes. In some cases, like at the Sea Otter Classic, the e-bike racecourse is surrounded by miles of singletrack where e-bikes are not permitted. These events separate electric-motorized bikes from human-powered mountain bikes (and hikers and equestrians), and that is a good thing. The recent Boogaloo event at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park (another…

California State Parks Tighten Noose On E-Bike Use

Craig Sap, the District Superintendent of the Angeles District California State Parks, signed an order on September 13, 2017 that closes all State Park trails within the Angeles District to electric-motorized bicycles. The ban on electric-motorized bicycles (also called e-bikes, eMTBs or electric-assisted bikes) took effect on October 1, 2017. The parks closed to electric-motorized bicycles include popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails including Cheseboro, Ahmanson Ranch and Sycamore Canyon. The order explains that electric-motorized bicycles are “impacting the unique trail and backcountry experiences afforded by the District and…

Jube E-Bikes, Functional, Fashionable and Fun

Australia’s Jube Bikes take inspiration from iconic rides of the ’70s and ’80s and then blends in a mix of signature super-wide rims, re-engineered frames, wikkEd graphics and retro paint jobs. The result is a line of e-bikes that appear (I have not had the opportunity to throw leg over a Jube) to be functional, fashionable and fun. Unlike America’s Super 73 (that hits the fun goal and misses the functional goal), Cannondale’s Moterra (misses the fashionable and hits the functional) or Mike’s backyard conversions (that miss everything including rider…