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A Home-Built Ebike Battery Pack from 18650 Cells

Editor Note: Affordable and powerful 18650 battery cells are the hottest thing in the DIY electric bike revolution (most well-known from their use in cordless tools). Bike builders everywhere are discovering that clustering many 18650s together are an effective way to build not only an affordable pack, but one with unbeatable performance and safety. Note that even though they are safer than soft pouch LiPos (popular with RC enthusiasts), it is still a lithium chemistry, which is always dangerous when

Editor Note: Affordable and powerful 18650 battery cells are the hottest thing in the DIY electric bike revolution (most well-known from their use in cordless tools). Bike builders everywhere are discovering that clustering many 18650s together are an effective way to build not only an affordable pack, but one with unbeatable performance and safety. Note that even though they are safer than soft pouch LiPos (popular with RC enthusiasts), it is still a lithium chemistry, which is always dangerous when

 

T-shirts now available from ElectricBike.com

We decided to make up some ElectricBike.com T-shirts for ourselves and some of our close friends. However, once we went through the process…we thought it might be worthwhile to make up a few more and sell them on our website. However…we’re not going to make something good for ourselves, and then try to slide by with selling crap to our readers. If this works out well and appear to be popular, we will offer more colors and more sizes…and possibly

We decided to make up some ElectricBike.com T-shirts for ourselves and some of our close friends. However, once we went through the process…we thought it might be worthwhile to make up a few more and sell them on our website. However…we’re not going to make something good for ourselves, and then try to slide by with selling crap to our readers. If this works out well and appear to be popular, we will offer more colors and more sizes…and possibly

 

Aldi stores carry Generic Bike with Bafang mid-drive

Aldi is an unusual store. They are based in Germany and they are primarily a grocery store that is expanding into many countries. I was only recently introduced to the Aldi brand when a store was built in my home town in north-eastern Kansas. It was only when I began researching for this story that I found out the Aldi brand was once one store chain, started by two German brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht. There was a business disagreement,

Aldi is an unusual store. They are based in Germany and they are primarily a grocery store that is expanding into many countries. I was only recently introduced to the Aldi brand when a store was built in my home town in north-eastern Kansas. It was only when I began researching for this story that I found out the Aldi brand was once one store chain, started by two German brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht. There was a business disagreement,

 

3rd Element, German Electric Bike with MPF-5.0 mid-drive

3rd Element is a company that is located in the city of Gauting (in Bavaria, southern Germany, near the border of Austria). Back in February of 2013, I caught a glimpse of the 3rd Element eSpire, and it is very “eye catching”. I couldn’t find any information about it at the time and was only able to publish a grainy picture.

3rd Element is a company that is located in the city of Gauting (in Bavaria, southern Germany, near the border of Austria). Back in February of 2013, I caught a glimpse of the 3rd Element eSpire, and it is very “eye catching”. I couldn’t find any information about it at the time and was only able to publish a grainy picture.

 

2013, year of the non-hub with gears?

Written by Ron/Spinningmagnets There haven’t been as many articles written here recently at electricbike.com, but we haven’t been just sitting around. There are lots of exciting developments these days in the “non-hub” world. If you have an easy commute, with fairly flat terrain and modest hills, the simplicity and affordable price of a common hub-motor kit may still be the best choice for you. But…if you have significant hills (I’m lookin at you, San Francisco) or you want high performance

Written by Ron/Spinningmagnets There haven’t been as many articles written here recently at electricbike.com, but we haven’t been just sitting around. There are lots of exciting developments these days in the “non-hub” world. If you have an easy commute, with fairly flat terrain and modest hills, the simplicity and affordable price of a common hub-motor kit may still be the best choice for you. But…if you have significant hills (I’m lookin at you, San Francisco) or you want high performance

 

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

 

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

 

Electric Bikes everywhere; past the “100 posts” mark

Things are going good. Got several good staff writers now….spinningmagnets, kingfish, and deerfencer. And for the most part we are ticking like a clock. I have been dedicating more and more time to the site…becoming like an obsession. This week I wrote 5 stories. culminating in the 10 fastest bikes on the planet story which is the one I am most excited about. We are getting a lot of good reference material down like kingfish’s 9C hub motor story which

Things are going good. Got several good staff writers now….spinningmagnets, kingfish, and deerfencer. And for the most part we are ticking like a clock. I have been dedicating more and more time to the site…becoming like an obsession. This week I wrote 5 stories. culminating in the 10 fastest bikes on the planet story which is the one I am most excited about. We are getting a lot of good reference material down like kingfish’s 9C hub motor story which

 

Maker Faire 2012; DIY Electric Bikes

Maker Faire is an event put on  by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”. Being involved in the local electric bike community, there is a little bit of buzz when the Maker Faire comes around, and this year heard my friend Justin Lemore from ebikes.ca was taking a train all the way from Vancouver Canada just to spend a few days at the event, and then taking the long train ride all the way back.  I had

Maker Faire is an event put on  by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”. Being involved in the local electric bike community, there is a little bit of buzz when the Maker Faire comes around, and this year heard my friend Justin Lemore from ebikes.ca was taking a train all the way from Vancouver Canada just to spend a few days at the event, and then taking the long train ride all the way back.  I had

 

Mission Statement

The mission of electricbike.com is to make the public aware of the quickly evolving electric bike, by providing honest reviews and ride reports on commercially viable products. Because what most people want (fast, long range, and cheap) does not exist on the open market, we are writing a series of stories which will make the task easier on which compromise you should make.  Basically if you pick wisely, you can have 2 of the things on the list, (i.e. fast

The mission of electricbike.com is to make the public aware of the quickly evolving electric bike, by providing honest reviews and ride reports on commercially viable products. Because what most people want (fast, long range, and cheap) does not exist on the open market, we are writing a series of stories which will make the task easier on which compromise you should make.  Basically if you pick wisely, you can have 2 of the things on the list, (i.e. fast