Ebike Pioneer Turbo Bob, RIP

May 2, 2019

Bob Bandhauer was a tirelessly enthusiastic promoter of electric bikes who lived in San Diego, southern California.

Bob noticed that there were a lot of business buildings with large parking lots that were empty on the weekends. He also knew that whenever he convinced someone to test-ride one of his ebikes, they often bought one for themselves. He decided that he needed to organize weekend meets so that ebike sellers and potential customers can take test rides on a variety of ebikes. Here is a link to one of the events (click here).

If you start a festival, the first one may not have many ebike shops show up with samples to ride, and people who are curious about ebikes might stop by and be disappointed that there isn’t much of a selection. However, if you stick with it, it will grow every time you hold an event.

Bob’s events in San Diego became very popular, and he was even working on starting events in other cities. His events welcomed all ebike brands, and they were a great promotional tool in order to reach a lot of potential customers who may have been reluctant to visit a particular ebike store. These events also cleared up a lot of myths about ebikes for the general public, and we hope someone picks up the torch that Turbo Bob has lit, and continues on by following  his example. His Facebook page can be found here, and you can read “Turbo Bobs Bicycle Blog” by clicking here

For a short while, Turbo Bob wrote a bit for electricbike.com, and Bob even made our list of the ten most influential ebike people in 2017 (click here). We are sad to hear about his passing, after a long struggle with cancer.


Turbo Bob


Here is a paragraph from a biography I found:

“Turbo” Bob Bandhauer, a SoCal native, is a life long mechanic. His youth included bikes, kit built hifi equipment, and countless Rube Goldberg type creations. Years of building hot rods and motorcycles, including some wild turbocharged econo cars followed.

Nicknamed by his friends, career paths include aircraft electrical mechanic in the 82nd Airborne, BMW specialist, and more recently, sewing machine technician. Turbo and his wife have been E-biking close to 10 years.

His bike blog (Turbo Bob’s Bicycle Blog) draws a world-wide audience. He also created and hosts a twice-a-year E-bike event here in San Diego that draws 200 people, and 60+ E-bikes


Turbo Bob Bandhauer


If you want to see any of his ebike reviews, here is a link to his youtube channel (click here)

Written May, 2019

Grew up in Los Angeles California, US Navy submarine mechanic from 1977-81/SanDiego. Hydraulic mechanic in the 1980's/Los Angeles. Heavy equipment operator in the 1990's/traveled to various locations. Dump truck driver in the 2000's/SW Utah. Currently a water plant operator since 2010/NW Kansas


  1. Turbo Bob will definitely be missed in the ebike industry. As one of the co-founders of the Electric Bike Expo we worked with Turbo to create the second of the 17 events we ran across the USA, with our stop in San Diego. Turbo Bob not only helped promote but he brought together our first organized morning bike ride and had close to three dozen people sign on. He helped find bikes to use on the tour, adjusted settings for the riders and even stop en route to readjust. Definitely one of the good guys. RIP Turbo Bob!

  2. So very sorry to learn of’Turbo’Bob’s passing. I loved reading his blog. He has made a wonderful contribution to the Ebikes world and my life in particular.

  3. Turbo Bob paid me a visit in my three car garage about 12 years ago. I was building ebike conversions as a hobby, and it did not take long to became a business. Bob rode some bikes, wrote a wonderful article for us, and we became friends. I’ll always remembered how positive he was and that wonderful smile.

    Will miss you my friend.
    Pat Winston
    Founder, San Diego Electric Bike

  4. Bob was an ambassador for the Electric Bike Industry. His passion for sharing the benefits of e-bikes and getting the word out will be missed.

  5. So how fast does it go?

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