Monday
Mar122012

The times have changed (for the better)

So much better to commute both ways with the sun! This time makes so much more sense.

 
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GPS track of the daily commute. Download GPS Track.

Monday
Feb202012

Electric Bicycle Magazine issue 4 available online


The UK based Electric Bike Magazine has made available volume 4 online as well as hardcopy. Other issues can also be downloaded via their webpage 

Saturday
Feb182012

Electric Bike Report's interview with Pedego's Don DiCostanzo  

Pete Prebus from Electric Bike Report has a nice interview with Don DiCostanzo of Pedego Electric Bicycles. Also included is a link for a chance to win two Pedego electric bicycles. 

Don: 

"For those who might think of an electric bike as cheating, consider that not everyone has the energy and stamina to ride a pedal only bike in a competitive lean-forward riding position. The creation of some power assistance to overcome hills and winds has made it likely for millions of consumers who would not likely ride, let alone purchase, another bicycle in their lifetime."

I totally agree. If you ride an e-bike, inevitability somone will call you a cheater. But I must admit, I do feel like I am cheating. I would not normally ride a bike to work unless it has an electric assist motor. Instead I would take a car!

Sources: electricbikereport.com, pedegoelectricbikes.com, Facebook Pedego

Monday
Feb132012

ODK Utility Bicycles now available online

Shop now and have your bicycle shipped directly to you. Bicycles arrive 95% ready to go. Simply attach handlebars and pedals. $799 includes free shipping within the USA. Electric version only avaliable through retail dealers. 

 

Sunday
Oct022011

Documenting a Revolution - Cargo Bicycles

 

Filmmaker Liz Canning is on a mission to document the recent boom of cargo bicycling in the USA. Global economic conditions, concerns about the environment , and disenchantment with the automobile are factors creating wave of people taking control of their lives by using cargo bicycles as transportation.  

The film will feature croudsourced footage and images uploaded by cargo bicyclist. How has commuting by bicycle impacted you? Check out the trailer and get inspired.  Share your story and become co-director of the documentary.


Sources:  Liz Canning.com , Bicycling.com: Is This the Coolest Bike Ever Made?

 

Monday
Sep262011

Now Official: Cheating is OK if your electric bicycle is carrying cargo.  

BEST OF SHOW: TONY PEREIRA, PEREIRA CYCLES (Source: Oregon Manifest)

This year's winner of the Oregon manifest Utility design bicycle challenge goes to... an e-bike? 

“We need to adjust our view of the cycling future.”
- Tinker Hatfield, the renowned Nike product designer.

Yes, the veridic is in: E-bikes are cool as long as you are carrying cargo. 

Q: What is the Oregon Manifest Challenge?

A: "The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind design/build competition, in which some of the country’s best custom bike craftsman and select student teams vie to create the ultimate modern utility bike." (link)

Q: But I thought e-bikes were cheating? 

A: That was under the old rules. Under the new rules, e-bikes make sense for utilitarian tasks such as moving you and your things around town. 

Q: Wouldn't that make my car redundant

A: Exactly 

Sources: Oregon Manifest Design Challenge , 2011 Winners Gallery , Judging Pannel Reaction , Pereira Cycles

Saturday
Sep242011

Engadget Show reviews the Grace One, misses the point of e-bikes

Tim Stevens takes the Grace One for a ride around the streets of New York. Perhaps the high performance and rather high price tag worked against the electric bicycle in this instance. Skip forward to 6:30 to see the video review. 

Sources: Engadget Show, Grace Electric Bicycles

Tuesday
Sep202011

Interbike 2011

Random snapshots from Interbike 2011

Friday
Aug262011

E-Bike Family (Part II) Sec 4 and 5: Pre-Production E-bike Build and Testing

In the next morning, we went over to the final assembly factory to make a pre-production build. While I wait for some critical parts to arrive by carrier, I explore the section of the facility where cargo e-tricycles are made. By the time the bike comes alive, it's time to clock out and get some dinner with more suppliers.


 

Nov 2, 2010: Today was the last day in China before I returned to the states. We got a chance to take the e-bike out for a little trip around the factory before lunch. There was just enough time to test the normal bicycle version before I left. The bikes will be painted and later flown to San Diego for more testing.

Wednesday
Aug242011

E-Bike Family (Part II) Sec 3: Battery Enclosure Factory


We had breakfast with the Bafang guys in the morning and then drove over to Kunshan, China to the factory where the battery enclosure is made. I can see now we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use - even if that means an increase in cost.

We later made our way back to Shanghai for a night of rest. The next morning we drove the van to Jinhua where we do the final assembly. In the next days, we will build up a pre-production sample to evaluate the sourced parts and figure out how to efficiently manufacture the bike. http://www.juicedriders.com

 

Tuesday
Aug232011

E-Bike Family (Part II) Sec 2: Frame and Bafang Motor Factories

The next morning, we headed over to the frame factory to check up on the samples. There was no way to escape without having lunch and booze with the factory managers. That made us really late getting into Suzhou and the Bafang motor factory was about to close. Another big dinner with the Bafang managers rounded off a long day.

Tuesday
Aug162011

E-Bike Family (Part II) Sec 1: Battery Factory Visit

Just posted is the video from the first section of The E-Bike Family Documentary Part 2. Part 1 can be seen here.
 
Early the next morning and still somewhat hungover. I head into Shanghai to meet up with my team. Together we drove to Hangzhou to check out a battery supplier. Later on we drove to Ningbo -arriving just in time for dinner and a little Karaoke. 
 
There is a big week ahead of us.
 
Sources: Vimeo , YouTube
Wednesday
Aug032011

E-Bike Family - The Documentary (Part I) Posted

In Part 1 of the video documentary, I head to Shanghai to help Justin Lemire-Elmore over at Ebike.ca/Grin Tech with his parts suppliers before meeting up with my team in Part 2. It was an epic journey through China where we visit the The Controller GarageThe Nine Continent Factory and later spend a little time in Shanghai.

See the E-Bike Family (Part 1) page

Saturday
Jul232011

Video: Running on Empty

Imagine the possibilities. 

Sources: rossching.com/running-on-empty , Vimeo

Friday
Jul222011

The national average is $177 per month on fuel according to Mint.com

Mint.com has an infographic showing which cities spend the most and least on gas per month. San Jose, CA is at the top of the list with $216 while not surprisingly, New York, NY is at the bottom with $102.

It is interesting to compare this to Bicycling.com’s list of top 50 best bike cities. 

Sources: mint.com , bicycling.com

Thursday
Jul072011

Ridekick trailer provides cyclist with an electric boost

The Ridekick Trailer gives cyclist another option for electric assist. The trailer attaches to a normal bicycle, instantly turning it into an e-bike with a range of 15 miles (24 km).  

The electric-assist trailer format is very clever as when you need a boost, it is often when you are carrying cargo. This solution serves dual purpose and quickly disconnects when not needed. 

Key Figures: 

- 19 mph (30.5 km) maximum assistance
- 15 mile (24 km) range
- 10 minutes installation
- $729.00 including shipping
- Available for now for online ordering 

There are no batteries or electronics to ruin the lines of your pedal bicycle. All of the heavy electronic components are protected from the elements. The unit can be wheeled "carry-on style" indoors for charging. Check out the video of the Ridekick in action.

Sources: Ridekick.comevauthority.com