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Archive for May, 2011

Les and Maury: The Downside of e-Bikes as Equalizers

E-bikes have been touted for their equalizing effect in a couple of ways. First, a weaker rider can keep up with stronger riders on an e-bike. Secondly, an e-bike helps the rider do his/her commute and errands faster than on a non-powered bike–in some contexts, equaling toward the speed of errands and commuting by car. [...]

Take It Easy: Jackson Browne Trivia and a Dead E-Bike Battery

I succeeded in running down the battery the Hebb ElectroCruiser 700 until it wouldn’t go anymore. I was right in front of The Route 66 Dog Haus. The three-LED power indicator went permanently red after 20.4 miles on a single charge. The last five or more miles were no picnic. And given the hills, headwinds, [...]

‘Gearing Up’ for Bike to Work Week (Get it?)

I was interviewed along with Josh Lipton and Anthony Quintile about the upcoming Bike to Work Week.

The e-Bike Guinea Pig Talks Traffic

Steve Benning has been bike commuting for two weeks, and shows no sign of waning enthusiasm. We sat down and talked about dealing with drivers, motorcycle baggage, and family planning. Wait. That didn’t come out right. I’ve been using this as my second car, because we only have one car in our family. So I’ve [...]

Running on Empty: Power Anxiety and e-Bikes

Am just using a lot of power, or am I about to be stranded going up this hill with a dead battery and a 60 pound bike?

It’s Bike Month: Get Out There and Proselytize!

Top Four Tips For Being More Influential to Non-Cyclists during Bike Month.