CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
Last updated: 5/22/2018
This article (Over the Alps on a Bike With a Boost)
caught my eye as it suggested a way to let those who aren't
quite as strong (spouse, physical limitations, slowing down but still yearning
to get out on that bike) enjoy the camaraderie of cycling with a partner or group.
One of my readers, Miles Walker*, pulled together this summary of currently
available (as of 12/2011) electric bicycles.
Top 5 Commercially Available Electric Bicycles
Electric bicycles are something of a curiosity for many people, as it seems
like an abstract idea. Quite simply, an electric bicycle, also known as an
e-bike, is defined as a bicycle that uses an electric motor to power itself.
There are three important components to an electric bike: the electric motor,
a battery, and a controller that turns the bike on as well as regulates the
power delivered to assist and propel the bike. The idea is that while the
bicycle must be pedaled by the rider, the electric motor augments the mechanical
pedaling so that pedaling actually becomes easier. Usually electric bikes do
not go faster than 20 miles per hour. This article reviews the top 5 electric
bicycles available on the market today.
*Miles Walker is a freelance blogger who usually writes about getting the
best car insurance quotes at
Car Insurance Comparison.org.
- Urban Mover UM26S TERRAIN
Urban Mover produces some of the higher range, high quality, and most
lightweight electric bikes on the market. Their UM26S Terrain model is the
ultimate electric bike in terms of flexible options and varied uses. There
are many great features of this bike that make it highly flexible: first of
all, its flexible, and weighs only 43 pounds. This makes it highly portable.
It has a range of up to 60 miles. This bike also comes with its own carrying
bag. Retail price is around $999.
- Yuba elMundo Cargo Bike
This e-bike is excellent for those who want a little more room to carry their
stuff around with them, thanks to an extra long back tail over the rear
tire. It is also great because it offers a wide variety of fully customizable
and practical accessories and gear. For example: a baby seat for young
passengers; stand alone kickstands; and a high quality bag that is precisely
fit to the cargo bike's long tail. This bike is great for grocery shopping
and running other errands around town.
- Daymak Shadow Ebike
This is another innovative, high quality e-bike with a higher price tag.
However, it uses novel wireless technology to make this electric bike
completely wireless. The wireless nature of this bike means no wires in the
open, saving the owners of this bike from many of the other common complications
that can arise in wired bikes. Priced at around $999.
This elegantly designed bike is made by Swedish manufacturers, and is made
with some of the finest ebike technology around. Dual power modes offer the
rider the ability to cruise effortlessly, or to assist in the delivery of
power by pedaling. With a maximum range of 45 miles with power assist, this
is one of the longer ranged bikes.
- HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain
This is one of the best and only all-terrain e-bikes, built for riders who
like to go off paved roads. A three hour charge will give this powerful bike
a one hour ride. With additional batteries, the ride time can be extended to
five hours. With fat tires and a strong chassis, this bike is made for
EBIKES IN THE NEWS
- E-BIKES GET ANOTHER BOOST - Paris to subsidize ebikes. Electric cars will address the pollution problems but
not the congestion. An electric bike seems the best fit to improve both of them.
Paris will probably be just the first of many cities to come to the same conclusion.
Subsidies are the least expensive way to move things in this direction.
- WIRELESS CHARGING - With the movement toward electric bikes (electric assist or
electronically controlled adjustments on the fly) I suspect wireless charging will have a place.
When you park the e-bike in the garage, this option will eliminate the extra step of
plugging it in, or changing out batteries.
- THE TOTALLY ELECTRIC BIKE - Technology in cycling marches on.
Here we see a different slant - a smart bike that adjustments on the fly to adapt to varying riding conditions.
I was particularly intrigued by the idea of a dynamo in the rear derailleur to power the electronics.
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