Podcast: Noa Banayan Discusses E-bikes on Public Lands
Electric bikes will be given more access to U.S. public lands. That was the U.S. Department of Interior's August 2019 directive to the various land-managing agencies it oversees. But what exactly does that mean for e-bike riders? As Noa Banayan, federal affairs manager at People for Bikes, explains, it could mean different things for each class of electric bicycle at each individual park, dam, or recreation area. So while this is good news for the electric bike community, it is nuanced. Noa took a few minutes to explain this new policy on The Electric Bike Podcast from EVELO. You can listen to that podcast and follow along with the transcript below.
You Should Probably Already Have an Electric Bike
Electric bikes are booming. People of all ages from a 20-something commuter in Seattle to an 85-year-old grandma in Massachusetts are enjoying the benefits of owning and riding an e-bike. In fact, you should probably own one already too. “A certain subset of masochistic cycling purists believe that you should suffer any time you set out on a bike,” wrote Ashley Mateo in a June 2019 The Wall Street Journal article.
Three Reasons You Should Consider a Folding Electric Bike
Improbable in its form and unlikely in its function, an electric folding bike can be a convenient recreational ride. It can help you master intermodal transportation, and a folding bike may encourage personal well being.
Electric Bikes Permitted in U.S. National Parks
The U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service clarified its position regarding riding electric bikes in national parks in a memorandum released August 30, 2019. “E-bikes are allowed where traditional bicycles are allowed,” the National Park Service (NPS) wrote.
Podcast: Renée Moore Encourages Bicycling
Electric bicycles are an enjoyable part of alternative transportation. They can replace a trip you might otherwise take in a car, saving money and contributing to a better environment. This week's podcast was an enjoyable conversation with Renée Moore. You will learn how Renée was introduced to bicycling and bicycle commuting, and hear something about the programs she manages which are meant to encourage bicycling. You can play the podcast and follow along with the transcript below.
Podcast: Jonathan Lansey Makes Bicycles Honk
Bicycle safety is an important topic. You should feel safe riding your electric bike. A Boston-based company, Loud Bicycle, believes that one of the ways to improve safety is to speak the language of the road. And what they mean is that they want to make your bike honk. Recently, we recorded an interview with Jonathan Lansey, one of the founders of LoudBicycle for The Electric Bike Podcast from EVELO.
3 Challenges Facing Electric Bikes and the First-mile-last-mile Problem
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.
Seth Weintraub, Publisher & Electric Bike Rider
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.
Can You Take an Electric Bike on a Plane?
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.
Podcast: How to Ride an Electric Bike in Traffic
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.
Your Electric Trike Needs a Differential
Most electric tricycles have traction problems. In fact, they have the same traction problems that many wheeled vehicles have faced since Rome used chariots, settlers crossed the Great Plains in covered wagons, and Ford introduced the Model A.
What is the Difference Between a Cadence Sensor and a Torque Sensor on an Electric Bike?
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.
Podcast: The Electric Bike Design and Manufacturing Process
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 ... Read More
Electric Bikes Offer Similar Health Benefits as Conventional Bicycles
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.
Electric Bikes vs. Cars: 5 Reasons the Bike Might be Better for Commuting
For many, if not most, Americans an electric bike complements a car. One is used for recreation and the other for practical transportation. Which role each plays, however, could be changing, and there are at least five reasons that an electric bike may be a better choice for commuting and transportation. Let’s be clear. A ... Read More
8 Health Benefits of Riding an Electric Bike
Riding an electric bike, whether as you commute or just for fun, can significantly contribute to your health, improving cardiovascular conditioning, improving brain function, and helping you maintain a healthy body weight. Bike riding is one of many kinds of exercise that get you outside, elevate your heart rate, and induce the many benefits of physical activity.
Henry Gold and the Life of Adventure
On a TDA Global Cycling tour, you are likely to pedal 60 miles a day, sleep under an open sky, and connect with your primal nature. You will also experience the adventure of a lifetime as you ride from Cairo to Cape Town or from Athens to Amsterdam. Learn how Henry Gold founded TDA Global ... Read More
Hub-drive vs. Mid-drive Electric Bikes: What Are the Differences that Matter?
Comparing a hub-drive and mid-drive electric bike? You’ll want to consider power, performance, and price. Because when it comes down to it, these are the differences that really matter. How your electric bike is propelled has a significant impact on its ability to climb hills, on how it feels to ride (what we’re calling performance), and on how much it costs. Here is what you should consider.
Podcast: Manufacturing and Mobility for Electric Bikes
Electric bikes are part of a new mobility movement wherein recreational riders and commuters can use their bikes not just for fun, but also to drive less and get around better.Percy Chien is the executive director of Fairly Bike Manufacturing Company, a high-quality contract manufacturer that has built bicycles and electric bikes for leading brands all over the world.
How to Create a Bicycling Route with Google Maps
Google Maps is among the best, free online mapping solutions, and it can be a good tool for planning recreational bike rides or commutes.
5 Tips to Help Baby Boomers Ride (bikes) Again
Baby boomers can have fun, improve their fitness, and create or strengthen friendships with bicycling. And riding an electric bike makes getting back into bicycling even easier.Here are five tips to help you get back into riding a bike.
A Survey of U. S. Electric Bike Owners and Interested Consumers
Electric bikes (e-bikes) give riders a motorized boost. This additional power has many significant benefits, including helping riders cycle up steep hills, improving the riding experience for older or relatively slower riders, and allowing commuters to arrive at work neatly and not sweaty.
Podcast: Pete Prebus Has Fun
Riding an electric bike is fun. It reminds you of when you were young and you patrolled the streets and roads in your home town. This week, Pete Prebus, the founder of the Electric Bike Report joined EVELO to talk about electric bikes. Turns out they are fun for him too.
Seat and Handlebar Position
Riding an electric bike is fun. No doubt about it. Yes, an electric bike helps you climb hills and makes certain you have the energy to make a long ride, but an electric bike is also just fun.In this video, Bill describes how to properly set the saddle height, how to check if the seat is tight enough, and even how the handlebar position can affect the ride. Bottom line, Bill’s advice will help you get a comfortable and controlled ride.You can watch the video, read the transcript that follows, or do both.
Video: Hydraulic versus Mechanical Brakes for Electric Bikes
An electric bike can help you climb a steep hill with ease, but it is your electric bike’s braking system that will help you descend that same hill safely.All of the bikes we build at EVELO have braking systems selected specifically to match the bike’s performance, but there are still important differences, for example, between hydraulic brakes and mechanical brakes.
Can You Use an HSA to Pay for an Electric Bike?
The short answer is no. In most cases, you cannot use a health savings account (HSA) to purchase an electric bike or really any sports or recreational equipment. But there is a longer answer which could end in “yes.”“Americans can use their health savings account to purchase exercise equipment, like a bicycle, if they have a diagnosed medical condition and receive a Letter of Medical Necessity from their doctor,” said Shobin Uralil, founder and COO of Lively, a customer-centric HSA provider.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) on EVELO Electric Bikes
Electric bikes are fun to ride, great for fitness, and easy to use. In fact, many of the components found on an EVELO electric bike were selected specifically to provide a better overall riding experience than what's available from most conventional bicycles or other e-bikes.
Baby Boomers, Generation X Powering Electric Bike Boom
Between 70-and-90 percent of electric bike owners and shoppers in the United States are 45-years-old or older. These mature, mostly recreational riders are helping to encourage bicycling, fitness, and growth in the popularity of electric bikes.
E-bikes Basics for RVs, Couples, and Fun
In February 2019, EVELO Electric Bicycles’ director of customer service, Bill Cummings, presented to an audience of Recreational Vehicle (RV) owners at the Southeast Area RV Rally in Florida. You can watch his complete Electric Bikes 101 presentation on video or read your way through the partial transcript provided below.
Electric Bikes Could Help to Combat Type-2 Diabetes
Riding an electric bike helped adults with type-2 diabetes improve aerobic conditioning and lower cardiometabolic risk factors, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom monitored the impact riding an electric bike had on participants with type-2 diabetes. The study’s 18 subjects rode their electric bikes an average of 13 miles per week for 20 weeks.
The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019 Seeks to Restore a Tax Incentive for Bicycle Commuters
In an effort to encourage bicycle and electric bike commuting in the United States, Representatives from Oregon, Florida, and Massachusetts introduced a new, bipartisan bill that would restore and expand tax incentives for some riders, allowing them to receive employer-paid transportation benefits of as much as $53 per month tax-free.
Riding an Electric Bike Improves Cardiorespiratory Performance in Adults
Cycling on an electric bike just a few times each week can improve an adult’s cardiorespiratory performance and general health in ways similar to riding a conventional bicycle or taking vigorous walks, according to several clinical studies.
5 Electric Bike Charging Tips for Long Battery Life
You want to be able to ride and enjoy your electric bike whether you’re taking a leisurely afternoon cruise in the park or challenging the automobile traffic on your morning commute. To do that, all of your electric bike's systems must be working well.
Pedal Power Equals Brain Power for Adults over 50
Riding an electric bike just a few times a week may improve brain function in adults 50-years-old and older, potentially reducing the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other age-associated neurodegenerative disorders, according to a new report from the U.K.-based cycleBOOM project.
How many charge cycles will an electric bike battery have?
The batteries used on EVELO electric bikes are rated for 600 charge cycles. Thus, if you average 30 miles per charge, you could ride an EVELO electric bike about 18,000 miles before you would need to replace the battery under good conditions.
Video: How Electric Bike Throttles and Pedal Assist Work
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.
Video: Gates Belt Drive for an Electric Bike
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.
The Perfect Pedal Stroke May Be Your Natural Stroke
Whether you’re riding a road bike on a training run or exploring the well-designed Greenhorn to Imperial Loop near Stanley, Idaho on an EVELO electric bike, you’ll probably want to get the most out of each and every pedal stroke.
5 Tips for Bicycling in Groups
Bicycling with friends and family is one of the real joys of cycling generally and one of the significant benefits of riding an electric bike specifically.
Top 5 Reasons Commuters Should Consider an Electric Bike
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.
Electric Bikes: How Watts, Volts, and Amp Hours Impact Performance
If you want to know how fast or powerful an electric bike will be, you need to understand watts (W), volts (V), amp hours (Ah) as these energy measurements apply to ebike motors and batteries.
The Power of $1 for Transportation
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.
Top 10 Features for a Folding Electric Bike
Folding electric bikes are a great choice for commuters, travelers, RV owners, or anyone who wants an easy to store, easy to move transportation option.
10 Tips for Riding an Electric Bike in the Rain
Slippery roads, biting wind, and low visibility can make biking in the rain more challenging than a sunny-day ride. But, in most cases, a few drops of rain shouldn’t stop you from touring the countryside, commuting, or simply enjoying your electric bike.
Intro to Electric Bikes – What They Are & How They Work
When someone hears electric bicycle, the first image they imagine may be a scooter or electric motorcycle - but they actually look pretty different.
Podcast: Better Bike the Car Alternative
The automobile has driven (pun intended) progress in America at least since the first Model A Ford rolled off of the production line on October 20, 1927. There is also little doubt that cars and trucks will continue to be the most popular form of transportation in the United States for the foreseeable future. But that hasn’t stopped some folks from trying to reduce the number of car trips they take. In fact, many shoppers purchase an electric bike or an electric trike because they want an inexpensive, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to replace short car trips.
10 Reasons Why Electric Bikes and RVs Are a Perfect Match
It’s no secret that RVers are adventurous folks, always looking for a great new way to explore our country, see its many beautiful sights, and come up with fun and innovative ways to travel.
Electric Bike Motors Explained: Mid-Drive vs Hub
Whether you are researching a multitude of electric bike configurations currently on the market, or trying to decide between different EVELO models, the motor will be one of the first things you look into.