History

Electric Bike History, patents from the 1800′s

I was looking at patents recently, because they show the internal workings of recent drives that have been introduced. This way, I can find out more about how they work, and the details are something which manufacturers seem to think most of their customers might find to be a bit boring.

I was looking at patents recently, because they show the internal workings of recent drives that have been introduced. This way, I can find out more about how they work, and the details are something which manufacturers seem to think most of their customers might find to be a bit boring.

 

Dogman’s Tale

When I started chatting on the internet, I wanted a screen name to protect my identity.
So I chose Dogman because I am part dog, I speak dog fluently, and I have always had
a pack of dogs around the house. Mostly bloodhounds, Jed Clampet style dogs with the
big saggy faces and long ears.

When I started chatting on the internet, I wanted a screen name to protect my identity.
So I chose Dogman because I am part dog, I speak dog fluently, and I have always had
a pack of dogs around the house. Mostly bloodhounds, Jed Clampet style dogs with the
big saggy faces and long ears.

 

Ebike Family Vimeo Documentary

The Ebike Family video series is a well done documentary, which shows what goes into building an electric bike from the ground up out of China. Many electric bike vendors just source an electric bike from China and slap their brand name  on it, while other more serious companies actually go to China and oversee the production of their bike and its components, shaking hands and eating hard core Chinese food with the factory owners while they are there. Tora

The Ebike Family video series is a well done documentary, which shows what goes into building an electric bike from the ground up out of China. Many electric bike vendors just source an electric bike from China and slap their brand name  on it, while other more serious companies actually go to China and oversee the production of their bike and its components, shaking hands and eating hard core Chinese food with the factory owners while they are there. Tora

 

Electric Bike Graveyard

The electric bike graveyard stands as a warning to all entrepreneurs who think that the electric bike market is a lucrative easy business. So far there has been lots of investment money, and lots of attempts to start electric bike companies, but no real success stories. Electric bikes remain a hard sell to consumers…but an easier sell to investors. This is just a sampling of significant electric bikes that bit the dust. There are numerous other companies that did not get

The electric bike graveyard stands as a warning to all entrepreneurs who think that the electric bike market is a lucrative easy business. So far there has been lots of investment money, and lots of attempts to start electric bike companies, but no real success stories. Electric bikes remain a hard sell to consumers…but an easier sell to investors. This is just a sampling of significant electric bikes that bit the dust. There are numerous other companies that did not get

 

Electric Scooters vs Electric Bikes

The electric scooter craze bit the dust in 2002, now in 2012 with electric scooters all but dead, electric bikes are having there first major market surge. However, the market seems to be made up of more sellers than buyers. Is the electric bike graveyard bound to fill up just as the electric scooter graveyard did? Electric scooters use to be way cooler than electric bikes, and companies were jumping onto the small scooter  sensation.  Sometimes I wonder why are

The electric scooter craze bit the dust in 2002, now in 2012 with electric scooters all but dead, electric bikes are having there first major market surge. However, the market seems to be made up of more sellers than buyers. Is the electric bike graveyard bound to fill up just as the electric scooter graveyard did? Electric scooters use to be way cooler than electric bikes, and companies were jumping onto the small scooter  sensation.  Sometimes I wonder why are

 

Electric Scooter Survivors

Here is a short list of the survivors of the electric  scooter craze. Now there are very few scooter manufacturers who are making a serious go of selling electric scooters. For good reason.  Every survivor on this list is barely scratching by, and is teetering on the edge of falling into the electric scooter graveyard.  Notice that all of these electric scooter are high quality, expensive, and are worth resurrecting if you can pick one used instead of allowing them

Here is a short list of the survivors of the electric  scooter craze. Now there are very few scooter manufacturers who are making a serious go of selling electric scooters. For good reason.  Every survivor on this list is barely scratching by, and is teetering on the edge of falling into the electric scooter graveyard.  Notice that all of these electric scooter are high quality, expensive, and are worth resurrecting if you can pick one used instead of allowing them

 

Electric Scooter Graveyard

Here we pay homage to all the electric scooters that came and went in the early 2000′s when electric scooters were all the rage.  Unfortunately thousands of these electric kick scooters sold, and rarely do you see any on the streets today. We can assume that most of them became landfill. Lithium batteries came too late for what could have been the electric scooter revolution. Even Steve Jobs theorized that cities would be built around electric scooters (specifically the Segway).

Here we pay homage to all the electric scooters that came and went in the early 2000′s when electric scooters were all the rage.  Unfortunately thousands of these electric kick scooters sold, and rarely do you see any on the streets today. We can assume that most of them became landfill. Lithium batteries came too late for what could have been the electric scooter revolution. Even Steve Jobs theorized that cities would be built around electric scooters (specifically the Segway).

 

My First Electric Bike Store in Fisherman’s Wharf, SF

Extreme Green Machines first store was in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, one block from Jefferson street. We started as an electric bike and scooter rental shop, giving many tourists their first taste of small EV’s, and then began retailing E-bikes and scooters. We specialized in very fast machines and got a lot of attention both positive and negative. I was hanging around a lot with Brian from thunderstruck motors and together we designed the 50-MPH Jackal which is still sold

Extreme Green Machines first store was in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, one block from Jefferson street. We started as an electric bike and scooter rental shop, giving many tourists their first taste of small EV’s, and then began retailing E-bikes and scooters. We specialized in very fast machines and got a lot of attention both positive and negative. I was hanging around a lot with Brian from thunderstruck motors and together we designed the 50-MPH Jackal which is still sold

 

Gruber Assist – Doped Electric Bike

To us, it’s nothing new that ebikes can be built so stealthy that barely anyone will know the difference between an electric bike and its pedal-only counterpart, and we are used to the idea of spandex-clad road bikers yelling: “Cheater!” As an electric biker…when you look at the Gruber Assist, it is so small that it fits inside the seat tube, and almost to impossible to identify a Gruber-converted bike as an electric bike. It’s made in Germany, and since

To us, it’s nothing new that ebikes can be built so stealthy that barely anyone will know the difference between an electric bike and its pedal-only counterpart, and we are used to the idea of spandex-clad road bikers yelling: “Cheater!” As an electric biker…when you look at the Gruber Assist, it is so small that it fits inside the seat tube, and almost to impossible to identify a Gruber-converted bike as an electric bike. It’s made in Germany, and since

 

The Strange Saga of Tidalforce

Wavecrest Laboratories was a company that apparently had everything going for it:  deep pockets (see angel investor Allen Anderrson, who reportedly poured $30-40 million into the enterprise),  revolutionary technology,  i.e. an amazingly silent and powerful hub motor developed by a couple of Russian scientists with dozens of patents on it, and top-shelf industry management recruited mostly from the auto industry.   And yet Tidalforce, Wavecrest’s flagship enterprise for showcasing its silent brushless motor technology, had a startlingly short market life—about

Wavecrest Laboratories was a company that apparently had everything going for it:  deep pockets (see angel investor Allen Anderrson, who reportedly poured $30-40 million into the enterprise),  revolutionary technology,  i.e. an amazingly silent and powerful hub motor developed by a couple of Russian scientists with dozens of patents on it, and top-shelf industry management recruited mostly from the auto industry.   And yet Tidalforce, Wavecrest’s flagship enterprise for showcasing its silent brushless motor technology, had a startlingly short market life—about