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…

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…

A List Of “Rare” E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED

The e-bike industry and its trade organizations are often quoted as saying e-bike fires are “a rare occurrence” (if they comment on the issue at all). 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 an e-bike charging in…

Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? We just Hit 161 – 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…

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…

Why Bicycle Friendly States Ranking Probably Doesn’t Matter To You

The League of American Bicyclists releases a ranking every year of how well states treat bicyclists. My state (California) ranks number 4 and that’s depressing.  If California is the 4th best state to ride a bicycle, then drivers in Wyoming (last place) must be running over cyclists on purpose or picking them off with shotguns. California coming in 4th shows the weakness in the league’s rankings. Somis, California, where I live, is not a great place to ride a bicycle. There are roads that go from nowhere to not much…

E-Bike Riders Unfairly Targeted By Carlsbad City Council

After watching this report a couple of times, I have the following observations: 1. There may have been 186 collisions last year (combined bikes and e-bikes) but how many of those were caused by distracted automobile drivers? An injury still hurts no matter who was at fault but it is likely that the Carlsbad City Council needs to tell automobile drivers to slow down, drive at least near the posted speed limits, get off the phone and pay attention to cyclists and pedestrians. 2. Bikes and e-bikes reduce traffic congestion…

Orange Bikes Help Put Lorraine Truong Back In The Saddle

Normally I would not be impressed with an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) disguised as a mountain bike. Rungu makes one and I feel they mislead consumers by hyping their ATV as an e-bike (it’s not). The Rungu is an electric-powered ATV (that uses a lot of mountain bike components). It is way too powerful to be classified an e-bike. When a Rungu was involved in a traffic collision, the rider was cited for operating an “unlicensed motor vehicle” by the California Highway Patrol. So when I saw photos of Orange Bikes’…

Park & Diamond Helmets Start The New Year Headed Backwards With No Helmet On The Horizon

I really feel for the poor backers who bought the hype from Park & Diamond’s founders as well as from media outlets like TC Disrupt and Digital Trends way back in 2019. They paid for the promised helmet and all they have received is one lame excuse after another from a company that doesn’t even have a helmet yet. You can read the latest update here. The update says, “We have successfully changed our manufacturing vendor and other key vendors. We have re-ordered tooling and are currently fine-tuning the tooling process…