Hybrid Electric Bicycles

Hybrid electric bicycles (also sometimes called pedelecs, e-assist bikes, or e-bikes) look and ride much like standard bicycles, but with the addition of an electric motor to assist the rider. Some are standard off-the-shelf bicycles with aftermarket motors added on, others are purpose-built with a battery and motor thoroughly integrated into the design. Hybrid controls run the gamut from simple twist throttles to sophisticated systems that provide as-needed assist based upon the amount of torque being generated by the rider. Unlike electric scooters and motorcycles, hybrid electric bicycles can be ridden as conventional bicycles with no assist.

The hybrid electric bicycle has yet to really take off here in the U.S., but if Europe and Asia are any indication, we may be seeing many more of these on our roads in the future. It’s yet to be determined exactly where they’ll fit in among existing road users, but so far it appears many local municipalities are classifying hybrids as bicycles, not motor vehicles. I don’t see a problem with this as long as speed limits on multi-use trails are set low enough (and enforced) to prevent conflict among user groups. Certainly there’s no problem with allowing hybrids access to all on-street bike lanes.

Hybrid electric bicycle riders sometimes get a bad rap from the macho crowd as being “cheaters”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hybrids are just another alternative to the automobile and they provide tremendous potential to attract riders who otherwise would not be able to use a bicycle at all, such as those with physical disabilities, age-related exercise restrictions, or overwhelmingly difficult terrain to traverse.

We’re going to dip our toe in the pool and start providing a little hybrid electric coverage here on EcoVelo. I’ve fielded many questions about hybrid electric bicycles over the past year, and we’ve taken on our first e-bike sponsor (Currie Technologies), so I figure it’s time to get up to speed (haha) and learn more about these interesting bicycles.

To start, please note that we now have a “Hybrid Electrics” category in our link collection at right. The next step will be a full hybrid electric bicycle review later this year.

50 Responses to “Hybrid Electric Bicycles”

  • Bobby says:

    I don’t think 70 pound bicycles are particularly user-friendly, also they can’t be fixed down at the local bike shop, and how do you dispose of/replace a battery that isn’t any sort of standardized product? Additionally, many of these electric bikes are low-quality chinese junk sold by fly-by-night importers looking for a sucker, this goes double for any low-priced “affordable” versions of the electric bike. Note that the Bion-x electric bike aftemarket costs $1700 + new wheel plus bike-shop-installation costs.

    Just buy a decent bike in the first place, is that so hard to figure out?

    thanks for starting the debate.

  • Casey says:

    Bobby, who so negative? I don’t think the post was meant to start a “debate”, and why should it? Why can’t you just accept that electric bikes or conversion kits may make sense for some and not for others? And since many of the local bike shops sell and install them, I’m pretty sure they can repair them. If it gets more people out of their cars then we all win.

  • Alan says:

    @Bobby

    There’s nothing at all controversial about this topic. As I said in the original post:

    “Hybrids are just another alternative to the automobile and they provide tremendous potential to attract riders who otherwise would not be able to use a bicycle at all, such as those with physical disabilities, age-related exercise restrictions, or overwhelmingly difficult terrain to traverse.”

    These bikes are widely ridden all over Europe and Asia without issue. And I’m sure many of our local bike shops would love to increase their customer base by supporting e-bike riders if they become more common here.

    Alan

  • beth h says:

    And guess what? If we live long enough, we’ll all gt to a point where riding a bike will get difficult unless we install some kind of helpful assist. I have no need for electric-assist or hybrids bikes right now, but that’s not to say I might not need one later on. My hope is that they will make the bikes easier to service at a typical bike shop; easier to fix flats on at home; and more environmentally sustainable before too long. Today’s models are heavy, unwieldy and too complicated for me to ever consider owning one; and I can’t stand the thought of yet more batteries winding up in a landfill.

  • 2whls3spds says:

    The batteries can be disassembled and recycled…

    I can see a need for them, not every one has the physical stamina to ride a bike the distances some of us do. In the case of the Stoke Monkey system they provide a much needed boost to help a heavily loaded bike up a hill that otherwise probably could not be ridden. I would rather see someone on an electric hybrid bike than behind the wheel of yet another car.

    Aaron

  • Nipper says:

    I have seen these things in the bike shop, weird looking contraptions, what are they for?…

    The other day while not smoking at smokers corner (just outside my work) I saw a very old and frankly ill looking chap whizzing along to the corner shop on an electric assist bike. It immediately changed my perception of the bike. This guy was out enjoying a ride to the shop which he probably never could have made without the assist. Alan is right these bikes scream one less car, they are not for everyone but are great for those who would struggle without a little extra help.

    Best
    Nipper

  • Kenneth Rhodes says:

    Good Decision, Alan. I just returned from a short trip out to lunch in my car. Why didn’t I ride my bike? Ninety-seven degree temperature and a long climb. With electrical assist I could have cruised up the incline and been able to dine comfortably. I encounter the same problem if I want to ride my bike to a movie or any daytime social function.

    I have been very reluctant to visit some friends out in the country on my bike because of a harrowing experience I had climbing a steep hill up from a river bed – a pulp wood truck nearly ran me off the road. Judicious use of electrical assist could reduce my exposure to dangerous situations by half I am sure.

    Electrical assist would essentially double or triple my effective useful cycling range.

  • Larry Guevara says:

    I’ve sold our second car due to the Ecospeed electric motor on my Lightning Phantom. The bike is now fast, carries everything, and the pedals can still can be used, although the batteries and motor add an extra 20 pounds.

    The Ecospeed website lists an upcoming electric motor for mountain bikes, and an announcement on Joe Bike (http://www.joe-bike.com/cargo-bikes/electric-assist-from-ecospeed/) says that some of their models will have lower cost Ecospeed options.

  • peteathome says:

    I put a Bionx 350 PL assist system on my bike two years ago primarily because I couldn’t exercise in the heat anymore due to an autoimmune neurological disease. This is their largest and most expensive system. I went with a kit because I wanted to keep using the bike I had. It is pricey ( my kit cost a total of $1600, which includes the hub motor wheel. I installed it myself – pretty easy. Their smaller 250 watt lithium system is about $1200). It adds 16 pounds total to my bike, so my bike now weighs about 40 pounds – heavy, but still lighter than a typical Dutch bike.

    I REALLY enjoy it. You feel just like you are riding a bike but the same effort that would get you going 12 mph without assist gets you going about 18-19 mph with the assist at level 2. It detects your effort and adds a certain percentage to it depending on the assistant level. I average a good bit faster than I use to in my heyday and travel about 35 miles on a charge ( which is 350 watt hours – the amount of energy a 100 watt light bulb uses in 3.5 hours, about 5 cents worth of electricity) and since I got it I pretty much quit using my car. And I get more exercise with the assist system than I was on an unassisted bike just because I put on some many more miles.

    On long trips I have recharged it at my destination to give me enough juice to help me home. So I have done 60 mile round trips on this. The lithium battery is good for about 16,000 miles and is fully recyclable but is quite expensive to replace. Newer lithium battery technologies such as the A123 are available that allow a LOT more charge cycles and also charge as fast as you can dump charge into them, so you could, in theory, recharge the battery is just a few minutes. I hope that technology is available for the Bionx when I need to replace the battery.

    I think the price is too high for most users and I wouldn’t of spent this kind of cash other than it was the only way to keep bike commuting. In my case, it pretty much paid for itself in less than a year. There are other kits that are cheaper (maybe half price with lithium) but not as sophisticated or well integrated as the Bionx with its seamless torque sensor.

  • Alan says:

    @Nipper

    “This guy was out enjoying a ride to the shop which he probably never could have made without the assist.”

    Yup, if we’re lucky enough, all of us are going to get old, and with getting old may come physical limitations of one sort or another. These bikes just may extend our bike riding years.

  • Alan says:

    @Larry

    Thanks for the heads up on EcoSpeed; I added them to the link list.

  • Alan says:

    @peteathome

    Thanks for sharing your story and the technical details regarding the BionX. Your use of the BionX perfectly illustrates the benefits of these bikes.

  • Major Taylor says:

    That bicycle is a FUNK BALL! Beautiful design and the lines are just…nice

  • JC Seattle says:

    I’m new to bike commuting. I have occasionally in the past ridden a regular bike on the weekends for recreation. But, lately I wanted to do more for the environment by commuting on bike. My problem: I live on a 450′ hill. I work at the top of a 650′ hill. In between my commute route drops to about 30′ above sea level – and there are no shower facilities at my work and no plans for them. It’s a 6 mile trip. 0h yes – and add to it I’m a 44 year old out of shape man.

    I bought an e-bike. I love it. I use the battery assist on the steepest climbs. It gets me to work almost as fast as a car and WAY faster than a bus. By peddling myself on the flats and even with getting assistance on the climbs, I have lost 5 pounds in the first month, saved about $35 in gas and put virtually no CO2 into the atmosphere because I’m using both my bikes for commuting and errands. I arrive at work only a little sweaty because no e-bike can climb the hills without plenty of effort on the part of the rider.

    e-bikes have their place. To me, the priority is to get more people out of cars and onto feet and bikes. The important part isn’t whether or not everyone conforms to one ideal – and ideal apparently set by the “lycra elite.”

    The negative attitudes from some people are driving away potential bikers – not adding to the list.

  • Nolan Brown says:

    I have been riding an Currie IZIP ebike for over two years, getting started when gas prices started to climb a few years ago. I still ride a roadbike for fitness but I use my IZIP to commute to the office or for utility instead of getting in the car for a quick jaunt to the store. It has really been wonderfully enjoyable and the money I have saved on gas has more then paid the $800 I spent on the bike. Currie has been making ebikes for many years and I am beginning to see these showing up more and more places. Bike shops are slowly adopting them. I was at Jax in Long Beach the other day and saw them there. Once you try one that is designed for the type of riding you intend to use it for (there are a bunch of different types –http://www.currietech.com/) even if your a hard core cyclists, you might even start to envision how it could make sense to own one.

  • Susie says:

    I rode the express model pictured here earlier this spring when izip was doing a demo at Sea Otter. This bike is amazingly fast and climbs like a rocket but it’s not for wimps, you still need to ride it. And if you ride it hard — wow! I’m saving up for one and ditching the car. Ill arrive at work unpirspired and in have the time it takes me to wade through LA traffic.

  • Finish in the field says:

    It blows my mind how negetive the cycling elite can be about almost anything that is outside of the ordinary. I was just in Germany on a business trip and every single bike shop I visited was selling these electric bikes and saying how great they have been for their business bringing older people back to cycling and getting people that would never even dream of riding onto a bike. It got me thinking that the euros are so much more open minded about almost everything. Lets loosen up a bit here.

  • Stephan says:

    I grew up riding bikes. I’m now 48 and have developed chronic arthritis in my knees a few years ago and was unable to ride because it was too painful to climb even a small hill. I bought an izip electric bike in 07 and it has completely changed my life. I am back on the bike and loving it. It has also made me stronger and my arthritis less painful.

  • bongobike says:

    Thanks for doing this, Alan. I look forward to your e-bike reports. I like the way you thoroughly and objectively analyze all the gear you get your hands on.

  • John Gear says:

    I bought my wife an eGO scooter and now a Giant “Twist Freedom DX” electric-assist bike because it means the difference between her riding and not riding. The eGo is for when she doesn’t want to pedal at all, but get there fast; the Giant is for when she can do some pedaling and for weekends. With the electric assist, she can keep up with me, a strong rider (and, of course, fly up hills that I struggle to surmount).

    She has a “suit and tie” job and a crazy-heavy schedule with frequent unplanned visits to legislators and other bigwigs — if she can’t get to work and be ready to go to such meetings, she won’t go that way again. Meaning she can’t be dripping sweat or need a shower and change room.

    With peak oil here, I am hoping that these bikes become VERY ubiquitous, as I would like there to be a huge installed user base of these, so that as I age and am more likely to need one, they will still be out there. It’s no skin off purist-snobs’ noses if the rest of us enjoy a little electric assist that keeps a lot more of us out of cars.

    The bottom line is that the rule is “Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad.” All else is sectarian infighting and a huge waste of time.

  • Roland Smith says:

    Electric propulsion assistance is ideal for bicycles (and other vehicles) because it is quiet, efficient and doesn’t generate exhaust gasses (at least locally). And you could couple it with e.g. solar or wind energy collection to make it more environmentally sound.

    The main factor holding electric vehicles (and assisted bikes to a lesser degree) back is energy storage technology, IMHO. Electric motors are quiet and can be very efficient. But current batteries are heavy for the energy they hold and the power they can produce. In engineering terms they have a low energy and power density. And there is the materials problem. Currently the best batteries use lithium in one form or another (Lithium-ion, Lithium-ion polymer). There are not enough winnable reserves of lithium to go around. See the “Production and world supply” section of the lithium article on Wikipedia. There are also safety issues associated with lithium-ion batteries in the form of thermal runaway.

  • martian1 says:

    A few weeks ago my LBS had a Schwinn Continental on the display floor. LBS owner egged me on to ride it, so I did some circles in the parking lot with it. One km on the flat is hardly a test ride, Felt like a hybrid type bike- just a little heavier on pedal power. It was “fun” and a little spooky when the electric was engaged- the electric drive and components and drive were quite neatly integrated into the bike. While not my need- at present; I was quite impressed with the bike. Echoing some other’s comments- if/when I get older or physically impaired it might be a good fit for me. Also if this type of bike would help increase utility cycling and decrease car use- would be a great thing.

  • Alan says:

    What martian1 touched upon and I neglected to mention in my original post is that these bikes are a ton o’ fun. Last fall, Michael and I test rode an Ohm XS750. It’s their top-of-the-line model and quite expensive, but beautifully built. What was most impressive is how seamlessly the assist is integrated into the bike; you literally forget about it after just a few minutes. We were in a hilly area and it was so much fun flying up and down the hills as if we were pro racers. I wrote about it here:

    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

  • FR Mahony says:

    Two years ago my daily commute change expanded from 15 miles to 30 miles roundtrip. My work week averages 70 -75 hours and the hours are irregular. Last Friday I rode home at 4 am. Normally I ride 100% pedal power but I wanted an alternative and an electric bike seemed like a logical solution. After doing some research I purchased the BionX 350 conversion system from a local dealer and an old Schwinn High Plains mountain bike off of Craigslist. I cleaned up the Schwinn (laborious) and mounted the BionX system(easy). End result? A badass bicycle that shaves 20 minutes off my daily rounder and is a kick in the pants to ride. Not one additional moving part and no additional maintainence. I love to ride my Schwinn as much as I dig my Atlantis. On average I still ride 4 out of 5 days a week on my Riv but on the days when work starts at 3pm and I have a cross LA commute home at 4 or 5 am I stilll look forward to the ride.
    By the way Lance Armstrong or a guy who dresses like him and rides a bike like his has accused me of being a “cheater” on several occasions as he struggled to keep up with the Mighty Schwinn on the MUP as I was commuting. I apologized to the man but I didn’t know that I had been entered in the race.

  • Alan says:

    @FR

    Awesome. Love the “cheater” story. :-)

  • steve says:

    Hybrids can be great ways to make it more practical for many to think about cutting their car use. I helped a friend install a BionX conversion a few years ago and continue to be impressed by the quality of the system (there is a lot of low end garbage on the market these days).

    The interesting thing is my friend, who is in his early 50s, has become much more fit with the exercise he contributes and recently bought a second bike that is a “pure” hpv.

    If you want to use a bike for exercise that’s wonderful, but if the exercise of a commute may be a bit much and keeps you in an SUV, this is a fine alternative.

    I’m hoping the huge drop in lithium battery prices that will be coming from the automotive world and more competition among bike makers will result in outstanding models in the thousand buck range or perhaps a bit less.

  • ken sanders says:

    Bion x is by far the best product on the market i sell contact sandersks@accesscomm.ca

  • JaFO says:

    Here in the Netherlands bikes can only have an ‘assist’ up to 25 Km/h which is about the same speed as the ‘snorfiets’ (50 cc engine, 25 Km/h maximum speed, no helmet required) .
    A better assist may be legal (if imported), but it certainly won’t be classed as a ‘normal’ bike.

    There is another advantage to owning a bike with an electrical assist : lower theft-insurance compared to regular bikes. Although that will probably change once they become really popular.

  • Molnar says:

    If Bobby from the top of the thread is still reading, I would love to hear if he has had a Nipper epiphany or is unmoved by those whose comments follow his.

    As for the “cheater” story, I agree that it’s good, but I would be truly shocked if the other rider were a professional (and I say that as a card-carrying Lance hater), unless he was making a joke. Those guys race for money, and they really don’t care what the rest of us do for transportation.

  • FR Mahony says:

    @Molnar
    You are correct, he wasn’t a pro. Unless the pros are now training here in LA on the Ballona Creek Bikepath. He was, however, fully kitted up and riding a Trek Madone, a far more expensive whip than the Mighty Schwinn.
    By the way I meant to ask before if anyone has knowledge of a portable Solar AC charging setup. There are several Solar to battery to AC systems available but they seem cumbersome at 20+ lbs.

  • Don DiCostanzo says:

    It is about time that ebikes are being recognized as tomorrow’s main stream products for the bike industry. Due to the sins of the past (poor quality, unavailibility of repair parts, lead acid batteries) most bike shops are hesitiant to carry and electric bikes. The good news is that much better quality and stylish ebikes from Schwinn, Giant and Pedego are now making there way into the mainstream because there are well made, stylish and use lithium batteries. Those new to ebikes should be careful and not buy any ebike that uses lead acid batteries and be even more careful about buying kits to convert regular bikes to electric bikes. Most ordinary bikes were not engineered to be electric bikes and can be very dangerous due to the weight and torque put on the front fork when using a front hub motor. Ebikes do not have to be ugly but for some reason, many are geeky looking. An ebike should look cool and be fun to ride.

  • Eddie says:

    I see Li-Ion pedelec bikes are now being sold at Costco for about $900. That’s gotta be an indication of something happening to the market – not sure whether bad or good – but I would hope the latter.

  • DeltaTrike says:

    @ Molnar:
    One post talks about the evils of the cycling elite and then you come along wondering if negative Bobby has been “moved” because as a bikes as transportatuion “purist” you proudly declare you are a Lance “Hater”. You want bikes to become the preferred mode of transportation and you hate the person who has done more for cycling than perhaps any other person – ever? I think you need to go out to Boulder and get involved with those idiots (Left Hand Canyon Century Ride) that are so good at stirring a pot that just doesn’t need to boiled – like your apparent soulmate Bobby. Hate is Hate and yours is no different from any other.

  • Doug D says:

    I could really get to like electric bikes if it weren’t for the guys who pass me on multi-use trails going 40km/h without pedaling. It’s another case of a few jerks spoiling it for the rest.

  • Molnar says:

    DeltaTrike, you appear confused: I said nothing of being a purist of any kind. What I hate about Lance Armstrong and those of his ilk is what they have done to damage the sport of cycling; that has nothing to do with electric-assist bicycles. Perhaps you could do better than to attack straw men.

  • Rick Steele says:

    It was announced in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN), that Best Buy in the US was going to carry electric bikes. That should be interesting since the sales people there know less about what they’re selling than I. All this may help make these bikes more mainstream.
    Time will tell. Ten years ago no one wanted to touch an electric bike despite all the ones out at that time.

    Rick
    Gold Country Cyclery

  • astarok says:

    My wife has been riding a Giant Lite (sadly no longer in production) for a few years now. Primarily it was a response to her knee problems. It has extended her cycling range and enabled her to ride with me again as well as continue to commute daily to work. Glad to see you will be covering them here. It is worth noting that there is a big difference between “pedal assist” bikes and throttle driven designs. A bike like my wife’s uses bike paths in precisely the same way that a conventional bike does. If you don’t look closely, there is no way to tell from the rider’s speed and behavior that the bike has a motor. Throttle driven bikes are a bit more of a problem from a joint use perspective since they (potentially) have higher top speeds and more aggressive acceleration.

  • donald stewart says:

    Now let’s not get too negative about the folks who are being negative _:}}-
    As far as the speed issue goes it has always been a problem on trails and on roads with and without power assist some people just don’t understand physics and the relationships between what one can see now and what they are about to see and their reaction time and ability to stop.
    Hey, if we are into complaining what about the people who walk on multi use trails early in the morning and late in the evening with no lights and a pet on the far side of said trail from attached to them by a long thin and therefore invisible leash. Some of us lack foresight.

    I don’t think it can be legislated the rest of us have to have a little extra and live defensively. Closely related to the speed issue are the riders who insist on tearing by people, pedestrians and other cyclists with no warning sound. A bell sounded at a distance or a friendly “hello” or “coming by on your right”would reduce the risks dramatically and the mounting hostility as well but some people seem to not realize or think it is beneath them or perhaps they can hear themselves and really don’t realize that others are not aware of them until it would be too late. I actually think our best hope is blogs like this where we can see the world through others eyes a little and perhaps through forethought gain foresight but there will always be…

    Don’t need an assist yet but sure hope there will be some good ones economically available when I get to that stage either because I’m riding more and farther or getting less able and/or energetic.

    I actually don’t think electric assists increase top speeds by much if any. They probably increase average speeds a lot and the time spent near top speeds somewhat.

    still lovin’ this blog
    donald

  • Stephan says:

    I don’t necessarily agree with the comment that Don made about the lower cost bikes with Lead-Acid batteries. While I clearly understand that Lithium battery bikes are lighter and the batteries can be less problematic, my two year old izip that I paid $800 has been great. Not everyone and afford $1000 or more.

  • bongobike says:

    Molnar,

    Just to keep things in perspective, yes, I agree that Armstrong has brought bicycle RACING to the fore in this country, not transportation cycling. However, at least here in Austin he has been promoting transportation cycling, has a bike shop that carries a lot of practical bikes and accessories, and has been involved in making the city more bike friendly. A cross-town bikeway is named after him.

    I am not a Lance fan, far from it–in fact I despise hero-worshipping–but I don’t see any reason to hate him.

  • mike rubbo says:

    Alan, . I’m glad to see that you are open to E bikes . I think that in some circumstances they are breakthrough technology, even though the batteries are their weak point. Most batteries only have a a six month warrantee, and are expensive to replace .

    Here in Australia there is very little utility bike use, i.e, for shopping going to work etc. I’m hoping that the E bike might change diehard minds, people with a ton of excuses for not ussing a bike for transport. In this video, I work on a cyclist neighbor who long ago decided the ride work on his regular bike was too hard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjDNfU_XdNs

    By the way, did you notice that Gazelle, the venerable Dutch company which has been making classic bikes for 116 years, recently won Bike of the Year with an E bike, and that for the first time!

    http://www.gazellebicycles.com.au/component/content/article/160.html

    Cheers,

    Mike Rubbo

  • cycledad says:

    I’m rooting for lance to win (yellow, green for Mark please) and i’m the proud owner of a lovely kalkhoff agattu pedelec. Does that get me a camp of my own?

    Come on Mark!!!

    PS The sudden success of GB on the cycling scene has definitely raised cycling’s profile in a positive way in the uk. Coming on the back of a period of cycling growth its definitely been a ‘good thing’ for all uk cycling.

  • Frits says:

    E-bikes help a lot in keeping people mobile. I have three neighbors with an e-bike: one is a short stocky man of 93 who takes it out daily for his errands (he also has a car but that is too much trouble in town). Another is a 81 year old man with a bad heart, ditto. The third is a woman in her 60s, again with heart problems; the bike is her only means of transport.
    I also have two sisters who recently bought an e-bike. One lives in a hilly part of Holland (they do exist) and at 67 she appreciates a bit of help. The other one is 57 and has diabetes, is overweight and has had a hip replacement (all connected of course); no car but 4 bikes and a busy job. Walking is difficult but the bikes allow her to zip around as she wishes.
    All these bikes look like normal bikes. The batteries are either hidden in the down tube or packed under the rear carrier. They are relatively expensive, though: 2,000 to 5,000 dollars (there are cheap Chinese bikes on the market but those are still very unreliable).

  • JaFO says:

    lol … that can’t be Holland, must have been Limburg ;)

  • Frits says:

    Utrechtse Heuvelrug! I know … but Dutch people take even a mole-hill literally.

  • Jim says:

    For every somehow-afflicted person who comes into my shop looking for an electric bike to extend bicycle-mobility or whatever, about 100 seemingly healthy people come in looking for a fun toy to tear up the streets and bike paths without the unpleasantness of physical exertion or the monetary expense of a gas-powered scooter. When they learn that a decent electric bike will cost more than a couple hundred bucks, and that pedaling will still be required sometimes, they usually lose interest.

  • Robert S says:

    I have a 2009 BionX PL-350, and I LOVE IT!!! I’ve put on about 1000km so far this year, without any issues – have it mounted on a comfort hybrid with 700c wheels. I use it to commute to work, and ride my road bike on weekends.

    Toronto streets aren’t very kind, so I’ve been hitting every pot hole (not intentionally!!), and everything is working perfectly.. less my sore bum! I couldn’t be happier!!

  • Steve Doroghazi says:

    Hello Alan: I am glad to see your interest in the ebike revolution. While my wife and I regularly ride our Greenspeed GTT tandem recumbent trike (which does not yet have electric juice), I completely agree and understand how an electric assist brings folks back to cycling who might otherwise go away due to physical limitations. Further, once I have a chance to install a mid-chain E4 kit from Electro Portal out of CA, my wife plans to commute via a KMX Typhoon to her recumbent trike and electric bike specialty shop in Fort Lauderdale.

    I want to draw attention to a very high quality electric bike and electric trike brand we just started to carry. E-Moto Vehicles builds electric assist bikes and a trike that use rear hub motors and Panasonic batteries. Moreover, the motors and batteries are guaranteed for one to two years, something not seen too often in the electric bike industry.

    to learn more about my wife’s recumbent trike and electric bike offerings, please visit herwebsite at http://www.trikeshoppe.com/Showroom where you can also learn about the E-Moto line of electric assist bikes; their trike is due to be introduced by the end of 2009.

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  • DervAtl says:

    Thanks for the coverage on these bikes. I have one that I converted myself with a quality kit. The kit, battery, and new bike have pushed the cost to around $1,400. However, I commute to work on it as well as grocery runs and just about everything else. If you were to see my bike, you might not know it was electric, unless you were very familiar with bikes. The average non biker would never notice. I orginally built this for use at dog shows from motorhome parking to the show site. However, it’s so much fun I now use it for transportation everywhere practical. You can pedal as much or as little as you like.

    It has also led me to really enjoy non electric biking, which I haven’t done since grade school. I now own 3 bikes and have become a biking advocate.

 
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