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Introducing the Vienna E-Trike

Introducing the Vienna E-Trike

The Vienna E-trike is a tricycle that is both human and electrically-powered, but has a unique suspension system that “makes the ride feel every bit like being on a bicycle.”

This trike from Austria also comes with an extension bar and a cargo box that can carary a trunkload of groceries.

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Valentin Vodev’s Partially Electric Vienna Bike Can Carry a Trunk Load of Groceries

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It’s Not a Bicycle, It’s a Diwheel

It’s Not a Bicycle, It’s a Diwheel

A group of engineering students at the University of Adelaide have built a vehicle that looks like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie: Electric Diwheel with Active Rotation Damping, or EDWARD for short.

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It’s Not a Bicycle, It’s a Diwheel-and its name is Edward

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The Perfect Bicycle…You’ll Never Get to Ride

The Perfect Bicycle…You’ll Never Get to Ride

Engineering students at UPenn spent a year designing the perfect ebike. It has a drive train completely enclosed within the bike’s frame. There’s a three-speed electric gearbox contained within the central hub, which is controlled by a handlebar-mounted LED screen. Also on that screen is a readout that displays current gear, distance traveled, speed and data from the SD card that you’re completely free to insert into the bike’s SD reader.

Powering all these onboard electronics is a dynamo in the front wheel housing. Safety lights (LED, naturally) are located in the rear for night riding.

Unfortunately the bike is one of a kind and there are no plans to start mass-production.

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Engineering Students. Big Budget. One Year. The Perfect Bicycle?

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Want to go to Europe? Take an E-Bike tour!

Want to go to Europe? Take an E-Bike tour!

Riding a bike across Europe isn’t a new concept, but doing so on an electric bicycle is, and now an option with Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Based in Billings, Mont., Austin-Lehman has been offering bike tours all over the world for over 35 years. This year, the company has begun offering e-bike tours for their European trips, with plans to expand the option to all 59 of their trips.

“An e-bike adds five more years of biking, “ said Ron van Dijk, Director of European Operations for Austin-Lehman. “It’s a breeze. A couple that cycles together can always ride together.”

Van Dijk did extensive research on choosing a specific e-bike model for the company. He eventually went with the Trek Electric Bike, as Van Dijk said it’s one of the best in the United States.

“It’s similar to the Diamant in Europe,” he said. “The technology is the same, but the components and frames are different.”

A tour from Austin-Lehman typically includes multi-lingual guides to take the group from location to location. A group consists anywhere from 12 to 18 people. Each participant is given a map of the day’s itinerary, so participants are allowed to pick and choose which sites to see and to take the trip at his or her own pace. Although not required to stick with the group at all times, there are a few group lunches and dinners scheduled.

“It’s life as it’s meant to be seen in the country,” said Chuck and Judy Silberstein, from Westchester County, New York. The couple has done 50 of Austin-Lehman’s trips over the past 23 years. “[The guides] make a trip come to life for you.”

Austin-Lehman just completed their first e-bike tour, which took place from April 9 to April 15 in the Tuscan region of Italy.

Patti Hohner of Chugiak, Alaska, who has done many biking trips through Austin-Lehman, said that the e-bike made it so much easier to take on the hills. Hohner was one of four to try the e-bike option for the Tuscany trip.

“This trip would have been long and hard without the e-bike,” she said. “These bikes take most of the effort out of climbing hills that have 10 to 14 percent grades.”

Because of the hills, Austin-Lehman ranks the Tuscany trip a “4”, which labels the trip as moderate to challenging. Van Dijk said that e-bikes open this trip to up to more people.

“On an e-bike, the hills just melt away,” he said.

The Silbertsteins agreed and will be trying an e-bike tour this September. The couple said that an e-bike is perfect for senior citizens.

“We could use help now and then,” said the Silbersteins. “The bikes don’t take all the work out of it.”

The Silbersteins agreed that the e-bike option is a great addition for Austin-Lehman, as the option gets more people to try the hilly trips.

“The hillier, the prettier,” they said.

As for the hills of Tuscany, Patti Hohner recommended the trip, and the e-bike option.

“I would recommend an e-bike to someone who might need or want a little extra help. Not just for hilly terrain, but also for less active people that are not hardcore bikers,” Hohner said. “These e-bikes assist the rider in enjoying the view while not being out of breath or struggling to move up hill, and Tuscany has a lot of viewing to be done.”

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San West & CountyImports.com Launch New Product to Combat Rising Fuel Prices

San West & CountyImports.com Launch New Product to Combat Rising Fuel Prices

A press release from Marketwire:
SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwire – March 25, 2011) – San West Inc. (OTCBB: SNWT) an emerging leader in the off-road vehicle (ORV) industry, operator of the industry leading ORV portal, www.CountyImports.com, and Buggy World retailers, is excited to announce the launch of a variety of new product offerings designed to combat rising fuel prices throughout the United States.

Currently, a perfect storm of factors are aligning to drive growth in San West’s online segment to unprecedented heights: Surging fuel prices and improving customer purchasing trends with regard to off-road vehicles (ORVs) are driving strong demand for the company’s continuously evolving product suite, which it is now positioned to fulfill more efficiently than ever before due to its rapidly strengthening market presence and improving internal capabilities.

According to online sources including Gasbuddy.com, the USA average price for one gallon of regular gasoline is now approximately $.40 or 12% higher than at this point during 2008, which represented this best year in CountImports.com history with regard to sales and profitability. Management is excited to note that to date, preliminary un-audited online sales have surpassed 2008 levels and are poised to continue this trend throughout the year.

In response to these developments, San West & CountyImports.com have decided to launch a more robust offering of fuel efficient off-road vehicles (ORVs). In addition to new electric bicycle and electric bicycle kit products, the company intends to launch a new series of motorized scooter products and other ORVs over the next two months that will help solidify its fuel efficient product suite and position the company to optimally capitalize on the trend towards higher gasoline prices. More details on this product releases are expected within the next 30 days.

More on San West’s Electric Bike Offering: The company’s new electric bicycle offering holds a number of significant advantages over traditional bicycles and gasoline-fueled off-road vehicles (ORVs). Firstly, this innovative product enables the traditional bicycle user to travel further than their normal vehicle and physical attributes would typically permit with more confidence. The option of electric power also provides the rider with an extra boost of energy to help climb steep hills or conquer tough terrain, a must for everyone whose leg strength is not what it once was!

The electric bicycle is also cleaner and more economical than other gas-fueled recreational vehicles and ORVs, requires no license or registration to operate and is not banned from accessing recreational areas like many other motorized vehicles. Compared to motorized scooters, this product benefits greatly from its multi-use functionality, which enables it to be used as both an exercise mechanism (traditional bicycle) that can also be pedaled when battery power supplies run low and as well as motorized vehicle. In addition, the electric bicycle can be operated in areas where motorized scooters and other ORVs are banned.

“The business climate is by far more favorable for our company today than it was back in 2008 and consequentially, sales levels for the first two months of 2011 outpace the corresponding period of any year since our inception. Much like in 2008 — the best year in corporate history for CountyImports.com — surging fuel prices are driving consumers to seek out alternative means of transportation and recreation and our product suite is becoming an increasingly popular choice for this demographic. However, on a very positive note, gasoline prices around the country are actually much higher compared to the national average in late March of 2008 and our market positioning and strategic abilities are clearly exponentially stronger now than they were back then,” commented San West, Inc. CEO Frank Drechsler.

Mr. Drechsler concluded: “While many other industries tend to flounder as fuel prices rise, ours is rather unique in that it tends to thrive. I feel strongly that this factor, coupled with our continued documented growth warrant increased consideration of our company on behalf of the media and the investment community as a whole and I look forward to updating the public on our future successes as developments transpire.”

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BionX Bikes – Video

BionX Bikes – Video

Here’s a video of the BionX Bike system, part of a kit you can use to electrify your bicycle on your own.

It was put together by the “Its Electric” online store, “carries the best complete conversion kits to modify your standard bicycle into an Electric Bicycle, as well as offering the best online resources for information on electric bicycles and conversion kits for our customers convenience. These systems are quick to install and simple to operate, and will revolutionize your cycling experience!”

http://us.itselectric.ca/ is the website.

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Sale of Ebikes in the UK Sluggish

Sale of Ebikes in the UK Sluggish

From BikeBiz:

Electric bikes are selling in ‘tens of thousands’. Yet, here in the UK, uptake at retail level has been sluggish…

The result, as Carlton Reid and Mark Sutton discover, is an industry brainstorming session in the Midlands on how to get the market moving…

Despite its relative niche status when compared to many other sectors in cycling, electric bike firms are quite abundant in the UK. In fact, more than 40 suppliers and retailers attended the first Bicycle Association-organised meet held at the headquarters of the BEN, the automotive and associated industries charity, toward end of November.

This was not a meet for the firms accused of ‘loving and leaving’ sector. Many at the BA event will pull no punches when talking about how the sector’s reputation has been tainted by cheaply made imports in the past decade. Many feel the problems caused by a high number of returns and the complexity of the electric components turned dealers off the sector.

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REPORT: Bicycle Association electric bike conference

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Blacktrail and Its Rivals

Blacktrail and Its Rivals


Last summer, the German-designed Blacktrail carbon fibre electric bicycle made headlines with its 60mph top speed and £50,000 price tag, but a new design of retro-fit electric motor will give a similar performance for a fraction of the price.

The EGO Boost aims to make downhill mountain bikes a practical option for cyclists without access to chair lifts. The kit costs £2,000 and boasts a 2400Watt motor and weighs only 3.1kg – the battery is carried by the rider in a rucksack. Mating the electric motor kit with an exotic frame and wheel set would result in a Blacktrail rivalling bike for a tenth of the price.

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DIY Blacktrail rival – Retro-fit electric bicycle motor gives 50mph

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Germany’s Derby Cycle Goes Public

Germany’s Derby Cycle Goes Public

CLOPPENBURG, Germany – Germany’s biggest bike maker – Derby Cycle - is preparing to go public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company, headed by Mathias Seidler (photo), will use the capital from its flotation for further penetration of the markets in Germany and Europe.

Derby Cycle also intends to focus strongly on electric bikes as the company expects further growth of this market in which it wants to become a leading maker.

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Derby Cycle Goes Public

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Mia Birk and Her Electric Bike

Mia Birk and Her Electric Bike

Eugene, Oregon–The UO student organization LiveMove is sponsoring a speaker series titled “Movers and Shakers: Connecting People and Places.”

The speaker on January 13, 2011 was Mia Birk, who appeared at the Oregon Electric Station

Mia BIrk is an Award-winning Portland Bicycle Transportation Planner/Advocate.

Eugene residents who are also ebike or bike riders will want to bookmakrk the WeBikeEugene website to learn of future events.

(There are a handful of videos entitled “Mia Birk’s Joyride” at YouTube. Check them out.

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Ebike Riders Need to Follow the Rules

Ebike Riders Need to Follow the Rules

The latest report of an ebike rider who didn’t realize that he was technically in charge of a vehicle – and could not be riding it while mentally impaired – comes from Sarnia, Canada.

A banned driver caught with marijuana after whizzing by on an electric bike was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday.

Donald Traxler, 29, of Sarnia, had previously pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, marijuana possession and court-order violations on July 9, 2010. He was sentenced in Sarnia court Wednesday.

Traxler was driving an electric bicycle on a sidewalk, without a helmet and at speeds of 15 to 20 kilometres per hour, when stopped by a Sarnia police officer.

A search produced 15 grams of marijuana.

Traxler was banned from driving due to three prior convictions for driving while disqualified. He was also under a court-ordered drug ban.

After serving the jail time on weekends he will be placed on probation for a year.

A further one-year driving ban was also imposed.

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Prohibited driver nabbed on electric bike

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Tweed (Australia) Looks to Ban E-Bikes

Tweed (Australia) Looks to Ban E-Bikes

Tweed, Australia — A SURGE in the number of motorised pushbikes on the Tweed – some of them tuned-up to do high speeds – has alarmed Tweed Shire Council’s local traffic committee which wants state government action.

Several cycle shops on the Tweed have privately admitted concerns about the bikes fitted with petrol-powered or electric motors and say they won’t sell them.

The council’s traffic committee has drawn up a recommendation asking councillors to write to the NSW ministers for transport and police to amend the definition of a motor vehicle to include any vehicle “powered by a volatile spirit, steam, gas or electricity”.

Council staff say they have observed “a significant increase in the numbers and usage of motorised bicycles throughout the shire”.

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Call to ban motorised bikes

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Take a Look at the IZIP

Take a Look at the IZIP

In this video, an IZIP representative talks about the IZIP. The IZIP has a חеw lithium ion-powered Express electric bicycle.
–Real Transportation at Speeds up to 20+ mph / 32+ km (Rider Weight, Rider Input and Terrain Contingent) in Turbo Mode
–Plush, Easy Riding Comfort Bike Design with Modern Electric Hybrid Performance
–36v18Ah Lithium-ion Battery Pack with Advanced Battery Management System for High Performance and Extended Range
–Designed to Effortlessly Climb Hills and Cover Long Distance

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Take A Look at the Yike Bike

Take A Look at the Yike Bike

Take a look at the Yike Bike.

The YikeBike is now available for purchase. It’s powered by an electric motor, weighs 23 pounds, and costs $3,600.

“It is designed for all those small journeys that are too far away to walk yet too much of a hassle to use a car or large bike,” says Yike Bike.

It has a limited range: only 6.2 miles.

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YikeBike scooter thing now on the market

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The Controversy: Should EBikes Be Allowed on Bike Paths?

The Controversy: Should EBikes Be Allowed on Bike Paths?

Breckenridge, CO — Step aside, strollers, traditional bikes and Rollerblades. There’s a new recreational vehicle in town.

Electric-assisted bicycles — bikes equipped with small chargeable engines that kick in to assist riders as they pedal — are a rising trend with bicyclists and, in Summit County, with tourists. They’re also presenting a bit of a dilemma for local governments trying to decide whether to allow the new contraptions on local recreation paths.

The electric bikes are currently prohibited on rec paths, along with other motorized vehicles, but are legal on the street.

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Officials ponder the place of electric bikes

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Introducing the Stromer Electric Bike

Introducing the Stromer Electric Bike

The Stromer Sport is available for test rides at Electric Cyclery in Laguna Beach, California.

The Stromer electric bike’s patented “dual power system” allows for power on demand riding using a variable speed throttle with a top speed of 20 mph and a range of up to 20 miles. For longer rides simply switch to power assist mode and let Stromer’s state of the art torque sensor match your pedaling efforts with motor assistance. Power assist mode allows for 45 mile + range and nobody will know its an electric until you silently blow past them uphill.

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Stromer Electric Bike

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Japan Touts Electric Bicycles to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Japan Touts Electric Bicycles to Revitalize Neighborhoods

The city of Kiryu in Gunma Prefecture is introducing eco-friendly power-assist bicycles in an effort to revitalize the city.

Here’s the first few paragraphs:

MAEBASHI–Known for its once-prosperous textile industry, historical brick buildings and structures with serrated roofs, the city of Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture, is riding into what it hopes is a new era of prosperity on eco-friendly power-assist bicycles.

By offering the use of the bicycles to tourists free of charge, the municipal government hopes to both reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reinvent the city as a low-carbon tourist destination.

In September, the city made the bicycles available at three locations. The source of electricity for the battery-assisted bicycles is a hydroelectric power plant located on a tributary of the Watarasegawa river in the mountains about 15 kilometers from downtown.

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A low-carbon ride to revitalization

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Ebike Conversions Ease the Way

Ebike Conversions Ease the Way

Frederick, Maryland — The technologically literate continue to modify their own bicycles to turn them into electric vehicles. Take the story of David Bedard:

Hills present no challenge to David Bedard as part of his daily bicycle commute to Fort Detrick.

When he wants an extra kick, he pushes the throttle and an electric engine propels his bike forward.

Bedard, an information assurance specialist at the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency, Fort Detrick, is one of a growing number of Americans taking advantage of electronic bicycles, also known as e-bikes.

He modified a regular bike he picked up at a pawn shop to include the engine and battery. But he can still operate it as a usual bicycle, using the electric capability to boost the speed or to climb on steep hills.

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Fort Detrick worker’s electric bike helps ease the ride

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A Review of the Kona Electric Ute

A Review of the Kona Electric Ute

Road.cc presentes a review of the Kona Electric Ute:

The Kona Electric Ute is a fun companion, and it’s given me a glimpse of true, sweat-free utility cycling even in the hilliest bits of hilly Bath. It’ll carry huge loads and the power assistance means that shifting them is a doddle. It doesn’t feel like the finished article though; it needs better electrics to fully justify that £1,800 price tag.

So what’s in the box, assuming that they make boxes this big? Well, the Ute is built around a 7005 aluminium frame that’s fairly standard upright geometry at the front but extended at the back to include room for a massive pannier (one supplied) and a rear platform that’s big enough to give a mate a lift back from the pub, or nip round to school with a couple of kids. That’s mated to the ever-dependable P2 cromoly fork and Deore/Alivio MTB running gear. The brake set up is reversed from the non-electric version, with a disc at the rear and a V-brake at the front, since the front hub motor isn’t disc-compatible. It’s all dependable kit and eminently upgradeable if your Ute is destined for a long and hard life.

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Kona Electric Ute

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Check Out Fort Collins, CO For E-bikes

Check Out Fort Collins, CO For E-bikes

Fort Collins, Colorado — Josh Kerson, the manager of Small Planet E Vehicles, is passionate about one thing: electric bicycles.

“They really have so much potential and are truly my life’s work,” Kerson said. “I could seriously talk about them all day.”

Kerson became enamored with electric bicycles in 1998 after attending a trade show where he saw 25 Asian manufactured electric bicycles that hadn’t yet caught on in the U.S. Seeing an untapped market, he immediately quit his job and went back to school at age 30, studying the mechanics of electric vehicle design and business.

This ultimately bloomed into Small Planet E Vehicles and Run-About Cycles, two businesses owned by Kerson that focus on bringing eco-friendly, electric cycling technology to the masses.

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It’s electric! Charging the cycling world

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