Promising Research May Lead To Reduction Of E-Bike Fires

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering are reporting that graphene (bonded carbon atoms in a sheet form one-atom thick) may take the oxygen out of lithium battery fires. The report explains that the reasons lithium batteries catch fire include rapid cycling or charging and discharging, and high temperatures in the battery. These conditions can cause the cathode inside the battery — which in the case of most lithium batteries is a lithium-containing oxide, usually lithium cobalt oxide — to decompose and release oxygen. If the…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner – Updated 8/14/2019

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…

Lyft E-Bikes Pulled From San Francisco Bike Share Program After Two Fires

The San Francisco Examiner is reporting that Lyft has suspended its e-bike share program on the streets of San Francisco after two e-bikes caught fire in separate locations in the span of a week. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department classified the incident as a “battery pack issue” and a “fire from battery pack.” The fire was deemed not suspicious by the San Francisco Fire Department although a Lyft spokesperson has told media outlets that vandalism has not been ruled out (by Lyft)…

E-Bikes Prove To Be Cleaner Transportation Than Electric Scooters

Researchers at North Carolina State University were skeptical of emissions claims made by Lime and Bird about their dockless electric scooters. These claims were based on the assumption that the electric scooters’ life cycle is two years. The North Carolina State University study looked at real-world usage and found the product’s life cycle to be closer to two months than two years. That is a lot of obsolescence happening very quickly. Factoring in the emissions released from making, shipping, charging, collecting, and disposing of scooters, the report found that Lime’s…

Costco Offers Jetson Adventure E-Bike At $500 Off Suggested Retail

Costco, the second largest retailer in the United States (behind Walmart), is offering a Jetson electric-motorized bike for the very attractive price of $1299.99. That’s 500 bucks off Jetson’s suggested retail price. And the Costco price includes shipping because they don’t actually sell them out of their warehouse locations. The Adventure (that’s the model name) was on display at my local Costco and it appears to be a lot of bike for the price. The motor automatically kicks in when the rider starts to pedal. It has a triple chainring…

Luna’s X-1 Enduro Blows All Other E-Bikes (And Hikers) Off The Trail

Earlier this week I wrote about how the Nicolai’s D1 EBOXX marked the first skirmish in the e-bike power wars. I certainly didn’t expect that the return fire would come so quickly or with such velocity. The recently announced X-1 Enduro from Luna, an electric-motorized bike company out of El Segundo, California, buries the Nicolia with a claimed 2000-watts and then drives nails into the Nicolia coffin with an introductory price of $3550. You could buy almost three Lunas for the cost of one D1 EBOXX e-bike. Luna seems to…

Escalation Of E-Bike Wars Destine To Alter All Other Trail Users’ Experiences

The problem I’ve always had with allowing electric-motorized bicycles on multi-user, natural-surface trails is that they are motorized. While a hiker or mountain biker may experience incremental gains in the amount of trail used in an hour by improving their physical condition and technique, the operator of a motorized bicycle can record substantial speed improvements by upgrading equipment. Case in point, the $10,300 Nicolai G1 EBOXX mountain bike. Nicolai explains the bike uses a Bosch motor that was “tested for months in secret.” This months-long testing (that doesn’t seem like…

Lyft E-Bikes Return To The Streets With New Brakes But Will Fix Work?

CNN Business is reporting that Lyft E-Bikes are returning their rental fleets to the streets after being removed due to a number of crashes linked to the front brake locking the front wheel (and the rider going over the bars). CNN explains that the Lyft fix is to replace the bikes’ roller brakes with disc brakes. I theorized that similar crashes experienced by Citi Bike renters were more likely due to rider error than a mechanical issue. Lyft’s disc brake solution will certainly test my theory because disc brakes are…

UPDATE: Di Blasi Offers Mobility In A Box With Electric-Motorized Scooter

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019: My original R30 story mentions that the $199.99 price seems very inexpensive for such an interesting vehicle. I contacted Sheryl Wright of Cavendish Healthcare in the United Kingdom and she explains: “The DiBlasi is actually manufactured in Sicily and we retail the R30 at £2,600 (excluding VAT) in the UK. As far as I know the R30 is not readily available in the USA, however, I can put anyone in touch with a company that would be able to arrange purchase and shipping to the USA,…

Cheap Protection: Is A $36 Motorcycle Helmet Worth It?

Stumbled upon Wish, an online retailer that ships products directly from China to your doorstep. The product selection is mind numbing and the prices are amazingly low (even after paying freight). There are motorcycle jerseys for $14. Anti-theft brake locks for $16. A motorcycle headlight for $41. You can even open your own tattoo business for $34 with the tattoo starter kit. A $36 open-face helmet? I had to try one. What did I have to lose? Well, in this case, $36. The helmet is described as (take a deep…