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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

Test Rides at the 2019 Western Area Rally for RVs

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As the 2019 Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Western Area Rally for RVs in Indio, Calif., moved into high gear on Thursday, January 10, 2019, the EVELO team gave dozens of test rides, show just how well RVs and electric bikes go together.

The pair (RVs and electric bikes) work well together because your RV can take you to some of the most interesting places in the country from the aforementioned Western Area Rally to Branson, Mo. and beyond. Once you arrive, it is the electric bike that opens up the opportunity to explore in a healthy and active way. … 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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