CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
One of my readers, Miles Walker*, pulled together this summary of currently available (as of 12/2011) electric bicycles.
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.
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.
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.
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 adventure.