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3 Challenges Facing Electric Bikes and the First-mile-last-mile Problem

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Personal electric bikes could help public transit systems manage the first-mile-last-mile problem, encouraging ridership and lowering mass transit costs. But like many possible solutions to this problem, electric bikes still face challenges.

If privately-owned electric bikes are to impact the first-mile-last-mile (FMLM) transit problem, communities must address infrastructure, transport, and storage. … Read more

Seth Weintraub

Seth Weintraub, Publisher & Electric Bike Rider

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Bicycling in America needs a community. This is true whether you’re discussing electric bikes or conventional ones. If bicycles are going to continue to grow in popularity and if they are to emerge as a serious alternative to at least some automobile trips, it will be a community of committed riders that helps them go mainstream.

This is important. For example, several years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that the United States could save $900 million a year if Americans rode a ride instead of driving for half of all trips less than one mile. … Read more

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Can You Take an Electric Bike on a Plane?

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In the United States (and in many other nations worldwide), the powerful lithium batteries that fuel your electric bike are prohibited on passenger aircraft. So, unfortunately, you cannot take most electric bike batteries on an airplane.

“Lithium batteries, which power everyday devices, can catch fire if damaged or if battery terminals are short-circuited,” explained the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a March 2019 lithium battery fact sheet. … Read more

Bill Cummings

Podcast: How to Ride an Electric Bike in Traffic

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Like it or not, when you ride your electric bike (or conventional bicycle) you will encounter traffic, road hazards, and certainly other folks. This is true whether you’re taking a recreational ride, running an errand, or commuting, so it’s pretty important to ride carefully and safely in traffic.

In this episode of The Electric Bike Podcast from EVELO, Bill Cummings, a long-time rider and the director of customer service at EVELO talks about how to safely ride a bicycle in traffic. You’ll learn about the rules of the road, taking the lane, and all about a right hook. … Read more

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What is the Difference Between a Cadence Sensor and a Torque Sensor on an Electric Bike?

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Cadence or torque sensors tell an electric bike’s pedal-assist system (PAS) when to engage the motor and propel the e-bike forward. Although just about any combination of a cadence sensor, a torque sensor, or both will work, each sensor type can have an impact on an electric bike’s performance and ride.

So what is the difference between a cadence sensor and a torque sensor on an electric bike? A common response in the bicycle manufacturing industry is that a cadence sensor determines if you are pedaling while a torque sensor measures how hard you are pedaling. … Read more

John O'Donnell designs electric bikes for EVELO.

Podcast: The Electric Bike Design and Manufacturing Process

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Each year EVELO brings new and constantly improving electric bikes to market. These bikes are specially designed to meet customer needs. Recently, John O’Donnell, who is responsible for product design at EVELO, joined us for a podcast.

In the podcast, you will learn about John’s background, the EVELO design process, and bicycling industry manufacturing and design trends. You can listen to The Electric Bike Podcast from EVELO and read along with the transcript below. … Read more

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Electric Bikes Offer Similar Health Benefits as Conventional Bicycles

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Electric bike riders are just as active as conventional bicycle riders and are likely to enjoy similar health benefits, according to the results of a three-year European study released in June 2019.

This large electric bike survey monitored the physical activity of nearly 10,000 adults in seven major European cities.

In the end, the data showed “that physical activity from travel-related activities is similar for e-bikers and cyclists, as measured by MET-minutes [metabolic equivalent or energy expenditure of a specific activity each minute] per week…Moreover, overall physical activity among both groups was also comparable. These findings counter the often-raised concern that e-biking may result in a substantial reduction of physical activity for traveling due to the electric assist of e-bikes, which reduces the required physical effort.” … Read more

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