E-bike Fires More Prevalent Than Claimed?

While e-bike publications claim fires are a rare occurrence, more reports of exploding e-bikes and e-bike fires seem to point to a larger problem. The latest report comes from the Sun, a British newspaper and website. The story includes video footage of the bike burning and exploding. You can read the story by clicking here. The exploding bike is a mountain bike that appears to have been converted to an electric-motorized bike with the addition of a hub motor. These inexpensive and popular conversion kits can turn bicycles into a…

AN E-BIKE LOVE STORY

The Guangzhou Orientway Electric Motorbike Industry Company offers a large line of electric motorized vehicles including bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, cargo bikes and even tricycles. But they don’t sell them under the Guangzhou Orientway name. They will make them for you if you will commit to a certain number of units. Just add your own graphics, dream up a catchy brand name and slap on a head-tube badge. It is that easy. You could be a bike company! While Guangzhou Orientway is not the only manufacturer to offer this opportunity to…

CANNONDALE MOTERRA, $5500 OF UGLY

The industrial designers at Cannondale must have been on vacation when the Moterra was created. This bike represents everything wrong with e-bike design. The bloated downtube and engine cradle mated to the aluminum top tube, rear triangle and seat tube give the distinct impression of a Segway welded to bicycle. The Moterra appears to be the result of a production line collision between two different models (“Hey Charlie, I think the Bad Habit parts got delivered to the Moterra assembly line by mistake.”).  And let’s be honest, the under-powered 250-watt…

E-BIKE FIRE SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL AND QUESTIONS REMAIN

ABC Eyewitness News, WABC-TV in New York has an exclusive report on a fire that appears to have been sparked by an electric-motorized bicycle. The questions that remained unanswered by the coverage are many. Was there a defect in the bike’s design, electric motor or battery? Was there an assembly error? Was the battery being charged at the time of the fire? Had the bikes been recently ridden? EV World claim fires are a rare occurrence, but even electric bike shops have burned down. And e-bike fires are not limited…

PEOPLE FOR BIKES CORRECTS E-BIKE RIDE INFO

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels was contacted today by PeopleForBikes who agreed to remove outdated information that encouraged electric-motorized bike riders to break the law by riding the Big Topanga Loop in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Their action will save electric-motorized-bicycle riders from being hit with a $1000 fine and will spare an unsuspecting rider from buying an expensive electric-motorized-bicycle believing it would be welcomed on any trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. PeopleForBikes requested us to link our readers to their updated California E-Bike Law page, but we have to…

AN E-BIKE CONVERSION THAT COULD PROVE DEADLY

Converting your bicycle to an electric-motorized bike has never been easier.  A recent visit to eBay revealed over 600 kits to motorize your bicycle.  But just because you can convert your bike, doesn’t mean that you should. Mike, an enterprising “expert” (and we use that term loosely), starts with a $149 Schwinn Sidewinder Mountain Bike (sold through Walmart) and adds a 1200-watt conversion kit that makes the bike capable of being propelled to a top speed of 33 miles per hour (claimed by Mike).  Mike’s ad even states his conversion…

NYC NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE POLICY ON E-BIKE USE

UPDATED: October 20, 2017: New York City’s war on e-bike use has escalated according to a DNAinfo article. Instead of adopting a comprehensive plan for sensible e-bike use, the mayor of New York City has taken the misguided approach of declaring all-out war on the very vehicles that could reduce traffic congestion, parking issues and polution in his city. Sad. There are no small problems in America’s largest city (the eighth largest in the world).  New York City’s mass of humanity crammed onto a 23-square-mile island magnifies everything, both the…

E-BIKE EXPLODES INTO BALL OF FIRE

The Orange County Register is reporting that the rider of a new E-bike luckily escaped injury when the bike caught fire while parked during a break in an afternoon ride. “Lifeguards on scene reported that the battery was popping and sending projectiles dozens of yards from the fire,” said Mike Halphide, lifeguard battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department. The Register reported that firefighters used a dry chemical to extinguish the blaze. It was fortunate that the bike was isolated on the sand instead of resting on a structure.…