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12 Crank-Forward bikes as an E-bike commuter

A crank forward frame means that the bottom bracket has been positioned a little more forward than it would be on most common cruiser frames. This creates a comfortable riding position that is more upright, and it also places the seat a little farther back and a little lower. Riders who love this type of frame for daily riding not only like the upright riding posture, they really like being able to put both of their feet flat on the

A crank forward frame means that the bottom bracket has been positioned a little more forward than it would be on most common cruiser frames. This creates a comfortable riding position that is more upright, and it also places the seat a little farther back and a little lower. Riders who love this type of frame for daily riding not only like the upright riding posture, they really like being able to put both of their feet flat on the

 

Brave New Electric World: 2015

Having heard so much good about gasoline cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast re-fill time. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in real life? Lets take a look…. We sat down in the loaner car at the car salesman’s office. Automakers do not sell the cars themselves, only through independent car repair shops as middlemen. It may sound like a bad omen to buy the car from

Having heard so much good about gasoline cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast re-fill time. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in real life? Lets take a look…. We sat down in the loaner car at the car salesman’s office. Automakers do not sell the cars themselves, only through independent car repair shops as middlemen. It may sound like a bad omen to buy the car from

 

Felt Lebowsk-e Fat Ebike Review

Editor Note: This review posted with permission from The New Wheel, a really good electric bike shop in San Francisco owned and operated by true believers in the electric bike revolution.   Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of riding most of the ebikes that can be found at The New Wheel. The Felt Lebowsk-e stands alone as the most unique experience I’ve had so far. It’s enormous 4″ wide, 26″ tires make it’s presence known: it’s truly a

Editor Note: This review posted with permission from The New Wheel, a really good electric bike shop in San Francisco owned and operated by true believers in the electric bike revolution.   Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of riding most of the ebikes that can be found at The New Wheel. The Felt Lebowsk-e stands alone as the most unique experience I’ve had so far. It’s enormous 4″ wide, 26″ tires make it’s presence known: it’s truly a

 

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).  If you are looking for ready to buy 18650 packs with BMS go to Luna Cycle website. 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

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).  If you are looking for ready to buy 18650 packs with BMS go to Luna Cycle website. 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

 

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