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Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels was contacted today by PeopleForBikes who agreed to remove outdated information that encouraged electric-motorized bike riders to break the law by riding the Big Topanga Loop in the Santa Monica Mountains.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…

SEE ANYTHING WRONG?

At the risk of being labeled a troll (having an opposing viewpoint these days is to be chastised into the dreaded “troll” category), I still have to pass this along. After posting the reasoning for not renewing my IMBA membership, a friend, who is still a member, sent me this link to a new IMBA graphic. See anything weird? The bike is clearly based on a battery-in-the-downtube, electric-motorized mountain bike. This is either IMBA’s attempt to subliminally get its members to see motorized mountain bikes as no different from human-powered…

WHERE E-BIKES CAN BE LEGALLY RIDDEN OFF-ROAD IN NEW ENGLAND

The New England Mountain Bike Association has published an article that explains where E-bikes are permitted to be ridden in New England. This information is important because manufacturers and retailers do not always properly represent where the bikes they sell can be legally operated. You can read the story in its entirety by clicking here. The biggest takeaway from the article (that mostly addresses off-pavement riding) is that in New England, E-bikes ridden off pavement are welcome on off-road trails currently designated for motorized vehicle use.  They are not permitted…

WHY I BURNED MY IMBA CARD

I feel the International Mountain Bicycling Association has recognized motorized mountain bikes as a category of mountain biking and I don’t want to fund that direction. Instead, I donated directly to a local trail organization (and continue to donate to regional trail organizations when on road trips). My reasoning to leave an organization that has done so much good for mountain bikers? Read on. EROSION of HUMAN MOTION The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has stated that “riding e-bikes on natural-surface trails is not mountain biking. Further, we state that…

MAGURA PUTS RIDER SAFETY FIRST WITH NEW FORK DESIGNED FOR SPECIFIC E-BIKE NEEDS

July 28, 2016 – Magura, a German company known for their bicycle brake and suspension components, confirmed today what I have long suspected about the use of standard bicycle components on motorized bicycles; they were never engineered for the unique demands of a motorized bicycle. Magura developed their new Boltron suspension fork specifically for electric-motorized mountain bikes. The fork was developed with WP Performance Systems, an Austria-based company that specializes in motocross suspension, not mountain bike suspension. Magura stated that modern electric-motorized mountain bikes are ridden at higher speeds and…

SUPER 73 CHANNELS 60’s MINIBIKE DESIGN WITH AN ELECTRIC TWIST

The Super 73 by Lithium Cycles is a fully-funded Kickstarter project that the company says is “A powerful electric bike full of features. Go anywhere with 1000 watts of power, Californian design, and even a cup holder.” Not so fast, Lithium. The 1000-watt power plant prohibits the Super 73 from operation on California’s bike paths and equestrian, hiking and recreational trails (where the limit is 750 watts). It is considered a motorized vehicle in most states, restricting its use on non-motorized paths and trails. The tiny cranks and their forward…