Convert Your Old 26er Hardtail Into A Motorized SnowBike

I’m all for repurposing an outdated or seldom-ridden bicycle. It seems like every garage has at least one hardtail mountain bike hanging from the rafters that has been replaced by a dual-suspended, large-hooped mountain bike (and even that bike may be in storage while the snow is falling).  ENVO, a company out of Canada, has come up with a reason to get that bike out of the attic. Their electric-motorized SnowBike Kit can turn that “back-up” bike into your winter wonderland wanderer. ENVO makes it clear that their $2,100 kit…

National Park Service Opens National Parks To Motorized Recreational Vehicles

The National Park Service (NPS) will issue new guidelines (you can read the pre-publication document here) that allow electric-motorized bicycles access to all trails and paths where human-powered bicycles are now allowed access. These new guidelines show that the Department of The Interior views its responsibility to maximize the use of public lands. While I strongly oppose the opening of these natural treasures to motorized recreational, I appear to be in the minority. Americans have given the Department of The Interior and the NPS a mandate to open these public…

Pedego Recalls 11,600 E-Bikes Due To Unexpected Acceleration

The Pedego E-bike Company is asking riders of 11,600 Pedego e-bikes purchased between January 2018 to August 2020 to stop riding their bikes. The CPSC recall is blamed on improperly manufactured electrical cables that can cause the bikes to accelerate unexpectedly, posing the rider a fall or collision hazard. The models with the potential defect are: • Interceptor (including Platinum Edition). • City Commuter (including Mid Drive Edition and Black Edition). • Boomerang Plus. • Ridge Rider. • Trail Tracker (including Gorilla Edition). • Stretch (including Dual Drive Edition). Pedego…

Bimotal’s 28-Mile-Per-Hour Kit Thwarts E-Bike Regulations

The Bimotal company is cleaver on so many levels that it is tough to know where to start. THE PRODUCT Bimotal is in the process of introducing the Elevate, a powerful electric motor that attaches to the disc brake mount of select mountain bikes. It is an ingenious invention for motorizing a mountain bike if it works as claimed (the product is not yet available although they will take your deposit). Once the mounting hardware and gearing is installed (included in the $1950 price), your bike is ready to blast…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner (UPDATED)

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 (video footage of the shop fire has been removed). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You…

E-Bike Battery Explosion Kills 60-Year-Old Rider

The United Kingdom’s Shropshire Star is reporting that 60-year-old Christabel Timmins suffered 55-percent burns and died of multiple organ failure after a charging e-bike battery exploded and caught fire to Timmins’ motorhome. The tragic story can be read by clicking here. I have posted a number of tips to reduce the risks when charging your e-bike’s battery.  After reading the specifics of this tragedy, I’ve add one more tip…Don’t charge an e-bike battery in a confined space like a motorhome, RV, boat, automobile, van or shed. Here are all my…

Coronavirus May Take The Sea Otter Classic As Its Next Victim – UPDATED

UPDATE: The 2020 Sea Otter Classic has been rescheduled for October 1-4, 2020. There is more information here. The date change makes the best out of a bad situation and may work better for brands interested in releasing new model and product information. March 9th, 2020: The 2020 Sea Otter Classic, a week-long celebration of bicycling scheduled for April, has pulled the plug due to Coronavirus fears. The thousands of riders who ride or race in the downhill races, cross-country races, E-bike races, circuit races, cyclocross races, gran fondo and…

Intense E-Bikes Coming To A Motorcycle Shop Near You – UPDATED

Intense Bikes struck an amazing deal with powersports super distributor Parts Unlimited to distribute their Intense Tazer MX E-bike to a claimed 12,000 powersports dealerships worldwide. In a word, wowzer! While we have reported how various motorcycle companies have jumped into the E-bike business, this agreement is a serious threat to these motorcycle manufacturers who distribute only through their authorized dealership network. Parts Unlimited (or Parts for short) has no such limitations. Parts has the ability to sell the Tazer MX E-bike to any powersports retailer involved in motorcycle sales,…

Modified E-Bike’s Fiery Explosion A Warning

An E-bike with a modified battery ignited into flames that were quickly contained because of the fire’s close proximity to an extinguisher. Reports were not clear if the bike was privately owned or used by a food-delivery service. The Straits Times reports that the fire took place in Singapore where, unlike in the United States, there are strict laws on e-bike modifications (that obviously didn’t deter this owner from making modifications) and there are a much larger number of E-bikes in operation than in the States. As E-bike use expands…

Cheaper, Faster, Off-Road E-Bikes Threaten Multi-User Trail Networks

I lamented that the Suru Scrambler represented everything wrong with allowing electric-motorized bicycles on multi-user, natural-surface trails. Less than a year later, the E-bikes headed down the trail make the Suru look quaint in comparison. The E-Cell Super Monarch AWD 1000 is a perfect example of an E-bike that is blurring the line between E-bikes and motorcycles. The E-Cell Super Monarch AWD 1000 (AWD stands for All Wheel Drive) was recently reviewed by the website Electrek. Their test states, “While the bike does come factory limited to 20 mph, it’s…