Rides

The Misadventures of Thud (Ebike Racer)

Endless-Sphere builder Thud (Todd) is a furniture designer with a small workshop in his basement. He has some CNC equipment and fabricates his own drive systems which make it possible to build fast electric bikes using inexpensive RC technology. Thud’s focus is to use very cheap but powerful solutions such as the Turnigy 80-100 outrunner motor (80mm in diameter, 100mm in length) which cost only $100 direct from China (Hobby King). To run a motor like this requires a custom

Endless-Sphere builder Thud (Todd) is a furniture designer with a small workshop in his basement. He has some CNC equipment and fabricates his own drive systems which make it possible to build fast electric bikes using inexpensive RC technology. Thud’s focus is to use very cheap but powerful solutions such as the Turnigy 80-100 outrunner motor (80mm in diameter, 100mm in length) which cost only $100 direct from China (Hobby King). To run a motor like this requires a custom

 

Electric Bike Racing

Electric bike racing has caught on with a fringe group of electric bike riders who build and hot-rod electric bikes to  go at fast speeds and compete in closed course race tracks. Most of these builders / racers document their builds and race stories / photos on the forum endless-sphere.com, which is an excellent resource for someone who is interested in getting into the electric bike racing scene. The racing ebike scene is showing the awesome performance that electric bikes

Electric bike racing has caught on with a fringe group of electric bike riders who build and hot-rod electric bikes to  go at fast speeds and compete in closed course race tracks. Most of these builders / racers document their builds and race stories / photos on the forum endless-sphere.com, which is an excellent resource for someone who is interested in getting into the electric bike racing scene. The racing ebike scene is showing the awesome performance that electric bikes

 

Crushing Pikes Peak With a Hub Motor; on a $1,600 Electric Bike

July, 2012 No hub motor powered electric bike has ever made it to the top of Pikes Peak, although many have tried and failed. This is because hub powered bikes generally are not as good at mountain climbing as mid drives which are able to use the bicycle’s gears to change the motor’s gearing. This year the results of the Pikes Peak electric bike race were surprising. A hub motor bike not only finished, but finished well ahead of five $13,000+

July, 2012 No hub motor powered electric bike has ever made it to the top of Pikes Peak, although many have tried and failed. This is because hub powered bikes generally are not as good at mountain climbing as mid drives which are able to use the bicycle’s gears to change the motor’s gearing. This year the results of the Pikes Peak electric bike race were surprising. A hub motor bike not only finished, but finished well ahead of five $13,000+

 

Electric Bike Websites Converge; Power Powwow

July 5th, 2012. The owner and webmaster of electric-bikes.com Rob Means and Electro Ride shop owner Brian Howell (based on back end of electric-bikes.com) met up with myself, the webmaster of electricbike.com for a summer ride in San Francisco. For a brief moment in time, two electric bike “power” sites were united and running in parallel. In fact lets call it an electric bike  power powwow…changing story title now…brb. Ok back. The Bay Area is the epicenter of electric bikes in

July 5th, 2012. The owner and webmaster of electric-bikes.com Rob Means and Electro Ride shop owner Brian Howell (based on back end of electric-bikes.com) met up with myself, the webmaster of electricbike.com for a summer ride in San Francisco. For a brief moment in time, two electric bike “power” sites were united and running in parallel. In fact lets call it an electric bike  power powwow…changing story title now…brb. Ok back. The Bay Area is the epicenter of electric bikes in

 

Electric Bike Tour In Switzerland

June, 2012 As the passengers of the river cruise ship Scenic Crystal set off on tours in air-conditioned buses, I had a pang of trepidation. I was about to take a self-guided tour on an electric bike during a port stop in Basel, Switzerland. My ride was a rather ordinary-looking black bicycle, notable mostly for an electric motor barely bigger than a hamster cage in a box behind the seat. Would this Dutch-made Qwic electric bike  have enough oomph to

June, 2012 As the passengers of the river cruise ship Scenic Crystal set off on tours in air-conditioned buses, I had a pang of trepidation. I was about to take a self-guided tour on an electric bike during a port stop in Basel, Switzerland. My ride was a rather ordinary-looking black bicycle, notable mostly for an electric motor barely bigger than a hamster cage in a box behind the seat. Would this Dutch-made Qwic electric bike  have enough oomph to

 

Guerrilla E-biker / Filmmaker

June, 2012 Adam’ got a unique opportunity when his family moved to a home in Brittany France that was just  500 meters from the beach. While walking around his new neighborhood, Adam noticed there was  some great coast side riding trails with filmic scenery. With some lithium a123 cells from a disassembled Dewalt drill packs, Adam slapped them on  a kids mountain bike with  20 inch wheels  with a direct drive 9c hub motor built into the rear.  Riding in

June, 2012 Adam’ got a unique opportunity when his family moved to a home in Brittany France that was just  500 meters from the beach. While walking around his new neighborhood, Adam noticed there was  some great coast side riding trails with filmic scenery. With some lithium a123 cells from a disassembled Dewalt drill packs, Adam slapped them on  a kids mountain bike with  20 inch wheels  with a direct drive 9c hub motor built into the rear.  Riding in

 

Extending Your E-Bike Daytours

Over a decade or so of recreational E-biking I’ve learned a few tricks I’d like to share for extending the length of your individual rides. Many lessons have come the hard way, through amateur mistakes that often resulted in riding my battery pack to depletion or having to walk that last half-mile home. It may seem obvious, but a little planning and forethought can go a long way towards peace of mind once you’re in the saddle and pedaling towards

Over a decade or so of recreational E-biking I’ve learned a few tricks I’d like to share for extending the length of your individual rides. Many lessons have come the hard way, through amateur mistakes that often resulted in riding my battery pack to depletion or having to walk that last half-mile home. It may seem obvious, but a little planning and forethought can go a long way towards peace of mind once you’re in the saddle and pedaling towards

 

Electric Bikes Tap Into LA Market

In search of a speedy, yet green alternate way to get to work, Calvin Phuong used an electric bicycle conversion kit on his bike. The 32-year-old Marina del Rey resident took his modified bicycle for a ride around a parking lot and was amazed by its speed and handling. “One day my wife and I stopped by an Izip store in Venice and rented a couple electric bikes for the day. We had so much fun, we didn’t want to

In search of a speedy, yet green alternate way to get to work, Calvin Phuong used an electric bicycle conversion kit on his bike. The 32-year-old Marina del Rey resident took his modified bicycle for a ride around a parking lot and was amazed by its speed and handling. “One day my wife and I stopped by an Izip store in Venice and rented a couple electric bikes for the day. We had so much fun, we didn’t want to

 

The Joys of E-Bike Day Touring

As an aging baby boomer who’s always been passionate about cycling but who’s put on significant pounds over time, about twelve years ago I hung up my road bike in favor of an electric-assist bicycle. For the last several years on my road bike I’d found I was limiting all my longer weekend rides to gentle grades, usually river valleys and mild rolling hills. The fact is I’ve never loved steep hill climbing, period…even in my younger days. And so

As an aging baby boomer who’s always been passionate about cycling but who’s put on significant pounds over time, about twelve years ago I hung up my road bike in favor of an electric-assist bicycle. For the last several years on my road bike I’d found I was limiting all my longer weekend rides to gentle grades, usually river valleys and mild rolling hills. The fact is I’ve never loved steep hill climbing, period…even in my younger days. And so

 

SF Bridge Ride in Hail Storm

Last night SF was hit by big thunderstorm.When the rains and winds were still light, and the sun was still out, I decided to ride my newly built electric fat bike over the bridge into Marin, to my favorite bar at the base of the bridge.  I always prefer to ride my electric bike when i go out drinking in the city  because I don’t want to drink and drive, but am ok with drinking and riding since i am

Last night SF was hit by big thunderstorm.When the rains and winds were still light, and the sun was still out, I decided to ride my newly built electric fat bike over the bridge into Marin, to my favorite bar at the base of the bridge.  I always prefer to ride my electric bike when i go out drinking in the city  because I don’t want to drink and drive, but am ok with drinking and riding since i am