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The Interbike Electric Bike Media Event—2013, the Year of the E-bike, by Turbo Bob

Interbike E-bike Event

Interbike E-bike Event

The new year kicked off with an exciting day of E-bikes here in the Southern California sun. Interbike has launched what should be an annual event and the start was worthy of a repeat. Many firms gathered to showcase their products to the reporting world and to the Electric Bike retailers that hope to get the public nestled in the saddles of these fun and useful machines.
Although the day revolved around the electric bikes themselves, the event had two key speakers to help things along. After the well attended breakfast on one of the large patios, we moved into a conference room to hear Bill Moore of EV relay thoughts on E-bikes. His topic was about the history of E-bikes and it was covered well. Of course when you consider history, you are doing so with the future in mind. With the American market for E-bikes growing daily, there was much to discuss about new electric bike technology and the future of electric bike legislation.

Interbike E-bike event

Interbike E-bike event

Time to test ride some E-bikes

Then we moved outside to view and ride the bikes on hand. The Terranea Resort, where the event was held, is a coastal gem. This LA location has much to offer and the area for the rides was perfect. A long graded asphalt drive and a big level parking lot is surrounded with great lawns where the booths were located. The selection and types of E-bikes to ride was extensive.
One of the goals for Interbike was to draw lots of non-bike media groups to find out more about the feel and uses of E-bikes for their readers. Many publications sent reporters to learn for themselves what Electric Bikes are all about. With the hope of spreading the word of electric-assist bikes to a larger audience, the wheels turned for a few hours before the lunch break. E-bikes could be seen riding all over with the matching smiles on board.
There were celebrities and press taking to the bikes. Men’s Journal, US Weekly and Oprah Magazine are just a few of the many who made the trek to this seaside location. I shot some videos I have posted on my You-Tube channel that show some of the activities taking place. Of course I rode just about every E-bike on hand, some simple, some expensive and some just downright fast.

Interbike E-bike Event

Interbike E-bike Event

E-bike Advocacy

Lunch was served before long and seated in the conference room again, we were treated to a presentation from Bikes Belong. Bruno Maier told us of the many programs and advocacy lobbing they are involved in. We got to learn about the progress they have made in getting more people on bikes on safer and more complete bike infrastructure. There is still much to do, but the ball continues to roll in the right direction.
The riding session after the meal was geared for the media and the e-bike dealers. The firms that brought bikes and products were knowledgeable and helpful to pass on their message to the interested crowd. There were so many people that changed their views on E-bikes that day and even more that were introduced to them for the first time. This event has done much to help bring E-bikes more into the forefront and minds of the American people.
Due to the time span on many magazines from the initial story until the publications hit the newsstands, the word of E-bikes will be trickling into the minds of the general public for months to come. Some reports, including this one and several others I will write (including one for my own bike blog), are coming to you only days after the close of the event.

The future of E-bikes

I was glad to be able to attend. I thought I would be representing and speaking for Momentum Magazine to promote my feature article on E-bikes they published last year. Although Momentum was not able to come, I still got a chance to make my own personal big splash at the event. That came in the form of me taking a couple full-speed runs down the course on a Kranked Kustoms 1200 watt mountain bike conversion they offer. I am not the biggest fan of over-powered off-road E-bikes, but the thrill was hard to pass up and I saw no one else give it a try. Somewhere around 50 mph I would guess.

Test rides at Interbike!

Test rides at Interbike!

Most all of the E-bikes on hand are more geared for legal road use. There were many folding E-bikes, including the new Dahon based model from a locally based firm. BionX had a sales rep there and the Solex E-bikes were sporting their systems. I rode another BionX equipped bike that was decked out with some fantastic pieces. Commuters, sport, three-wheeled, cargo and mountain bikes of all sizes and shapes filled the test area. They even had a bike-share E-bike for us to try.
The day was a big success and I do expect it to be a yearly addition to the main Interbike venue in Las Vegas. I had a great time and the word of E-bikes will be added to the vocabulary of many as the year continues. The year of the E-bike? I do think so, Turbo Bob.
“This is a pretty extreme occupation—it isn’t the kind of job you can separate from the rest of your life. It completely affects your health, your habits.”—Travis Brown.

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What’s your Type? Choosing an E-bike.

by Jack R. on January 22, 2013

These days Electric Bikes come in many different shapes and sizes and it’s important to know what would be the best choice given your specific needs as a rider.  Here are three different electric bikes, each tailored to fit the needs of a different riding style.

The Montague Crosstown with BionX

Montague Crosstown with BionXThe Montague Crosstown with a BionX motor attached would make a great E-bike for riders used to commuting on an average road-bike.  On it’s own, the Montague crosstown is a folding bike designed to ride like a full-sized road-bike.  It has 7 speeds, large 700c wheels, fast tires and a stiff frame.  And, at the end of the day, it will still fold in half, small enough to store in your closet at home.   Using the BionX motor you can turn this already versatile bike into an electric bike that is lightweight (only 43 lbs), fast, and portable with a 20 mile range. This makes the Montague Crosstown BionX bike ideal for bikers who are used to commuting to work on their road-bikes but want to add a little electric kick.

The Kettler Twin electric bike

Kettler Twin electric bikeThe Kettler Twin Electric Bike would be my recommendation for someone looking for a reliable, comfortable, electric bike perfect for joyrides, trips to the market, rode primarily just to have fun.  With a low step through frame, riders from 5 feet to over 6 feet will be comfortable riding.  It has a very comfortable seat, large wheels, and 8 speeds for hills and longer distance riding.  It is one of the more efficient electric bikes out there, able to go over 20 miles on a single charge, and it is still light enough to pedal like a regular bike if you happen to run out of juice.  I imagine myself charging overnight and then taking the Kettler Twin electric bike on a joyride around central park on my day off.

The Electric Brompton Bike

The Electric Brompton folding bike is powerful and versatile— somewhat of a super-bike with all advantages of the Brompton (renowned for it’s folding ability) added to a powerful and efficient electric motor, capable of 20 + miles on a charge, and great acceleration.  Unlike the previous two models, the E-brompton has smaller 16 inch wheels so its not going to be the right choice for someone looking for the feel of a full-sized bike.  Instead the Electric Brompton is the perfect choice for a hardcore everyday commuter who treats his bike like it’s attached to him.

With the small folding size, you’d be able to store this ebike in your home, or take it with you into coffee shops or the office.   One of our most prolific writers, TurboBob, has an entire blog devoted to his electric Brompton, “E-Brompton Banter” in which he details taking his E-brompton all across California.  The Electric Brompton folds smaller than any folding e-bike on the market, is light (45lbs), powerful, and perfect for your everyday diehard commuter who has convenience and portability as priorities.




Brompton Electric: Sentimental Journe-E

June 12, 2012

A blog by TurboBob In this installment of my E-Brompton Banter I want to talk about the bike itself. As you might know, I had my Raw Lacquer M3L for over three months. I got a chance to really fall in love with this little folder. Fantasy said lightly close in… generictadalafil-20mgdosage @ how does [...]

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David Balzer, eBike rider, BionX rider | Author

April 30, 2010

Born in New York City College in Rochester New York Employed by Connecticut Dept. of Transportation – Title: Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Traveled New York state and Vermont by bicycle with American Youth Hostels Leader with 5 Borough Bicycle Club since 1995. After a small incidence roller-blading, David Purchased EV Global electric bike in 2009. [...]

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