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Video: Gates Belt Drive for an Electric Bike

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Many of the electric bikes EVELO offers use a carbon belt drive instead of a conventional bicycle chain. This belt drive can last eight-to-time times longer than a chain, is easier to maintain, and a lot less messy.

In this video, Alex describes some of the benefits of a carbon belt drive on an electric bike. We’ve transcribed the video so you can watch it or follow along in this text. … Read more

Video: How Electric Bike Throttles and Pedal Assist Work

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Electric bikes add the power of a motor to your pedaling and make commuting, recreational riding, or getting back in shape easy and a lot of fun.

Two of an electric bike’s most important systems are pedal assist and throttle. Each of these is designed to help a rider decide how much he or she wants to pedal, effectively “flattening” hilly terrain and letting them get the ride they want or need. … Read more

Electric Bikes May Help Baby Boomers Stay Active

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Physical activity is vital for American baby boomers, and electric bikes, which can ease adults into regular exercise, may be one of the best ways for baby boomers to both stay active and have fun.

In 2018, 29.5 percent of American adults aged 65 and older reported doing no physical activity or exercise according to data from the Center for Disease Control published on the America’s Health Rankings website. … Read more

Top 5 Reasons Commuters Should Consider an Electric Bike

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Fitness and speed are among some of the best reasons to commute to work or school on an electric bike.

In 2017, nearly 837,000 Americans rode a bicycle to work, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2018.

That number was down almost 30,000 from the prior year, perhaps, because of the lack of investment in bike lanes or similar infrastructure. Or perhaps because of how long bicycle commutes can take or the effort needed to make them. … Read more

Electric Bikes: How Watts, Volts, and Amp Hours Impact Performance

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If you want to know how fast or powerful an electric bike will be, you need to understand watts (W), volts (V), and amp hours (Ah) as these energy measurements apply to ebike motors and batteries.

Otherwise, “attempting to compare ebike power ratings is a great way to lose your sanity. That’s because ‘rated power,’ the metric some manufacturers use, doesn’t equal a motor’s actual power output or maximum potential power output,” wrote Dan Roe in Bicycling magazine. … Read more

The Power of $1 for Transportation

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A single dollar bill can take you a mile or it can take you 600 of them. The difference is in how fast or slow you travel, the purpose of your trip, and how much work you have to put into the journey.

Here are a couple of examples.

Recently, I took an Uber from a semi-rural community west of Boise, Idaho some 22 miles to a modern and popular shopping area called The Village. The drive took about 30 minutes in a silver Dodge Grand Caravan. It cost me some idle conversation and a little more than $37.00.

That same week, I took my EVELO Galaxy TT electric bike on a meandering December ride. I crossed over a set of railroad tracks (it was in the 40s and clear so they weren’t too slippery); stopped at a lonely thrift store with lots of small glass figurines that reminded me of Michael Rooker’s character from the Guardians of the Galaxy; and went into a pub to warm my hands. The journey (stops included) took a couple of hours and cost me much less than a dollar for the electricity that helped to power my electric bike.

I mention these two trips because they represent two transportation extremes in terms of cost. And, perhaps, they can set the stage for our premise. How far can you travel for one dollar in fuel? … Read more

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