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E-Bikes

The Electric Cargo Single-Speed Fatbike

Pedaling up to Mama BurgerĀ for lunch recently, I noticed a cargo bike parked outside, unlike any cargo bike I’ve seen. This was an electric, cargo, single-speed, fatbike. I went inside and scanned the tables — there aren’t many of them to scan — thinking I’d be able to guess the owner of this bike on [...]

The International Color Conspiracy and the IZIP E3 Path Electric Bike

Look: I don’t expect you to believe that the Freemasons control gravity, that Facebook is a CIA program, or even that General Motors killed all the streetcars in America. But there is a real conspiracy I learned about years ago when I got involved in e-commerce, product development, and the shadowy world of the nonprofit [...]

The Urbana and BionX: Peanut Butter and Chocolate

The Current is an Urbana bike integrated with a BionX electric assist system. We’ve had a really, really, long term test of this bike — like more than a year. At first it was, Oh God! It’s so cute! Can I ride it can I ride it? And now it’s, Hey, I’m taking the Urbana [...]

Extensive Hands-Off Experience: Installing the BionX Electric Assist

I consider myself The World’s Leading Expert on BionX Retrofits… who has never actually done a retrofit himself. In a previous post, I talked about the natural ride of BionX — and I referred to bikes that come from the manufacturer with the BionX system already installed. But what about someone who wants to put [...]

E-bike is to Bike what Trolling Motor is to Rowboat

Last week the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) released a position paper (PDF) on how electric bikes should be regulated when off-road. And predictably, the pedal-power purists flipped out without absorbing the nuances of IMBA’s position — even though the second paragraph is all reasonable and stuff. IMBA believes all recreational uses of public lands [...]

e-Bikes and Commuters: Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations!

Steve Benning has been experimenting with bike commuting on a loaner Ohm XS 750 e-bike. Now he has to return the fancy Ohm bike. But he sounds like he’s ready to dust off his own bike and to switch to pure pedal power. Sure, he’d like to keep that sweet $3,799 bike, but it has [...]