More Reported E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED 10/6/22

The e-bike industry and its trade associations are often quoted as saying e-bike fires are “a rare occurrence” or have gone so far as to point fingers at other industries. 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…

Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? We just Hit 199 – UPDATED

After viewing endless advertisements from obscure e-bike companies I began to wonder: Just how many e-bike companies are there anyway? The answer is shocking. And ever expanding. Folks, the brands just keep coming and I’m not even counting the big guys! 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 (but I probably should). The e-bikes being pitched on crowdfunding sites…

Lessons Learned From The Park & Diamond Bicycle Helmet Debacle

Just checked in on Park & Diamond’s progress in delivering a foldable bicycle helmet and found that, surprise, there is none. The last company update is not from the company, but from Indiegogo, the investment firm who hawked the concept helmet based on little more than a slick public relations blast. That update said, “opps.” The last update from the actual company was back in March of 2022 and provided nothing more than hollow claims of progress. The investor comments on Indiegogo are flooded with requests for refunds. My gut…

Specialized Expands E-Bike Recall Due To Fire Concern

We reported last May that Specialized issued a recall for 1st-generation Turbo Levo and Kenevo e-bikes manufactured between 2017 and 2019. This was due to a fire potential created by the bikes’ battery packs (and battery packs sold separately). News on August 30th, 2022 from Specialized reveals this initial recall didn’t correct the problem completely. Specialized is expanding the scope their first recall to include additional batteries and e-bikes. The recall now covers bikes and batteries sold between 2016 to 2021. Specialized and bike shops that sell Specialized bikes will…

Opening Trails To Class-1 E-Bikes Opens Trails To All E-Bikes – UPDATED

E-bike designations (Class 1, 2 and 3) were written by a trade organization to do three things: (1) open previously non-motorized trails to motorized vehicles, (2) evade enforcement, and (3) sell more e-bikes. This class definition is being adopted by state and local legislators who don’t understand that opening a non-motorized trail to any class of e-bike, virtually opens the trail to all e-bikes. Here’s why. THE CLASS DISTINCTION Class-1 and Class-2 electric bicycles have less than 750 watts and cease to provide power when the bike exceeds 20 miles…

Reevo Hubless Bike Reveals Over-blown Expectations Of Investors

The Reevo Hubless E-bike concept raised over six and a half million bucks from 2,769 backers on the crowd funding site Indiegogo. Close to three years later, the majority of those backers are still waiting for their Reevo and browsing the recent comment section reveals a growing frustration from those backers. What were they expecting? INVESTING IN A CONCEPT BIKE It is clear from the comments that many considered themselves customers, not investors. These folks were naive (showing a lack of experience, wisdom or judgment) when they plunked down the…

British Columbia’s The Tyee Publishes Great Story On E-Bike Fire Risks

Jen St. Denis, a journalist for The Tyee, an independent, online news magazine, published a well-researched and informative story on the potential dangers of e-bike fires. Compared to stories from trade publications or media outlets dependent on e-bike manufacturer advertising, The Tyee gives a clear-eyed, balanced look at the fire potential that e-bikes bring into your home. The comments below the story are as interesting as the article. Some people think the recent focus on e-bike fires comes from the oil industry. Another feels calling for Government oversight is an…

Checking In On The Too-Good-To-Be-True Park & Diamond Helmet Fiasco

I was skeptical when I wrote about the Park & Diamond foldable helmet three years ago. Based on prototype photos, I didn’t see how this helmet could pass any bicycle helmet certification. Well, it still hasn’t shipped and customers who invested in the company (that had never made a product, let alone a bicycle helmet) are feeling used, abused and scammed by both Park & Diamond and Indiegogo. Between a flood of investor comments demanding refunds, there are comments like these: “I’m now finding out how to scam people. I’m…

Look For The UL Label: Why Your New E-Bike Needs UL Certification – UPDATED

I get downhearted and disgusted posting so many stories about e-bike battery fires. These events include fatalities and loss of personal property into the millions of dollars. Unfortunately, this burden seems to rest on my humble shoulders. I don’t know of anyone else shinning a light on one of the e-bike industry’s most guarded dirty secrets. Ranting about the fire potential lurking in every e-bike is frustrating because I don’t see a viable solution to the problem. I pass along tips for reducing the chances of an e-bike battery fire…

Brompton Folding E-Bikes Recalled Due To Fall Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Brompton Bicycles has issued a recall on the company’s foldable e-bike because the front fender flap can get sucked into the wheel, causing the rider to lose control. This recall involves Brompton foldable e-bikes with 16-inch wheels, sold in black, white, bolt lacquer, Turkish green, and white/gold colors. “Brompton” is printed on the center tube of the bike’s frame.  Recalled models include the Brompton Electric M2L, H2L, M6L, and H6L which are printed on the bicycles name plate, which is affixed to the…