It is hard to believe that the electric bicycle has been banned in New York City. They have been declared a menace to society! I do not understand the justification for the ban. If E bike riders break the law, they should be given tickets like any other driver. E bikes offer New York a great chance to reduce congestion in the city. Delivery drivers have been hit hard by the ban, as they use electric bikes to deliver meals. The electric bike saves them so much time and money over a car. Electric bikes make sense in New York. I hope they repeal the ban soon. You can watch the protest here.
The electric bicycle is rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative to a 100% human pedal power bicycle. Until recently it was almost impossible to find a proper insurance policy to cover an e-bike for theft or damage and the rider for liability. Velosurance, a Fort Lauderdale, FL based bicycle insurance agency that launched a bicycle-specific insurance policy in 2012 now has extended this policy to cover electric-assisted bicycles. Read the full Press Release Here
The key to any electric bicycle is the battery and how much energy it can hold. The battery is the gas tank. The battery holds energy. Power accelerates the car, but the size of the gas tank (energy capacity of the battery) determines the distance.
A kWh is a unit of energy equivalent to one kilowatt (1,000 watts) of power expended for one hour of time, or 1,000 watt hours (Wh). This is the way you buy electricity in your house. Your house electricity bill charges you for the amount of kWh of energy you use in the month. The best electric bicycle will have a larger battery, measured in kWh.
It’s therapeutic for me! I was actually considering moving from Los Angeles because of the traffic congestion. Once I had ridden the Optibike around for the first couple of days I was convinced to sell my car and remain in LA. I have given up my car and no longer have all that dead car time and have eliminated stress and frustration.
I get three awesome benefits from the Optibike electric bicycle :
1) a workout,
2) the thrill
3) Commuting I leave other electric bike and bike riders in the dust.
I mostly enjoy riding on my Optibike in the rush hour. It gives me such an adrenaline rush! I like to go where the worst traffic is and beat all the cars and trucks down the streets.
Normal traffic in LA is 3 hours and who wants to travel 3 hours every day just to get to where you need to go. I am an adrenaline junkie and love the thrill of the Optibike. I can go faster than most cars because the average speed on streets in LA during the day in a car is 20 mph.
While riding, I meet a lot of really cool people who are interested in the Optibike. It’s a great chick magnet too. It doesn’t look like an electric bike so I look like Superman on the Optibike. The brakes stop on a dime to give me the confidence I need.
The Optibike is a beautiful piece of machinery and one awesome fun toy and I love toys. I also use the Burly trailer for doing my laundry and running errands and carry cargo.
I don’t need a car in LA anymore. Most people think you need a car when all you need is an Optibike. I go all out on the Optibike.
So many people say the Optibike is expensive for an E-bike, but it is so worth every single penny. Optibike has a 90 day test ride with the 90 day guarantee they offer. No risk whatsoever.
I could not find a better high performing electric bicycle than The Optibike”
It is possible to save time and get fit riding an electric bicycle. Most of us in the Western world struggle with the lack of time and the lack of exercise. Many Americans sit in their cars for an hour or more each day. If that time was spent riding an electric bicycle, it might take slightly longer, but in the process you’d get over an hour of exercise.
A free hour of exercise per day If we all got an hour of exercise each day, we would start to solve the health crisis in America. Because, in spite of all the talk of the health crisis in terms of insurance costs and rising health care costs, the real root cause of the health crisis is our health. We need to fundamentally change our lifestyles and therefore our health in order to solve the health crisis financial problem.
Easy to Replace the Car One of the greatest misconceptions about electric bikes is that it is not possible to lose weight riding one. Admittedly, at first glance, it seems counter intuitive. With a motor to assist, one would think the rider did less work. The truth is, the e bike makes it easy to use the bicycle to replace the car, and in doing so increase one’s amount of daily exercise. Hill climbing is easier (so you will actually ride up them), and speeds are faster so you can ride longer and go further, hence burning more calories. You can effectively replace sitting in car with easy exercise, which is the best type for longevity.
Huge Health Benefits There are huge health benefits in riding an electric bike for just 30 minutes a day. The basis of a healthy lifestyle isn’t necessarily high intensity exercise – it’s consistent, moderate exercise. Throughout history, humans mostly just walked around and that’s what we’re made to do – light-duty exercise. Intensity exercise can be good, but you’re muscles aren’t designed to handle it in large doses.
Control your Workout So the electric bike allows you to modulate the amount of intensity you’re getting regardless of the terrain. If you climb a hill with a regular bike, you send your heart rate screaming, start perspiring and become winded. But with an electric bike you can get over that hill easily and it remains gentle exercise. And when your muscles are gently exercising day in and day out, it greatly improves your health. The accumulation of a half hour a day of exercise makes a fundamental difference. Most health studies claim that only a few hours of moderate exercise a week puts you into the top few percent of Americans health-wise. It’s not that hard to do, but it’s hard to find the time to do it. An electric bike provides a convenient way to exercise while pressed for time.
Great for Knee or Hip Replacements E-bikes also offer a great assist to people who have had knee or hip replacements. The electric bike removes the large strain on the joints and makes getting exercise possible again. With the added assist of the motor, the pedaling is smoothed out and less instantaneous strain is created on the joints.
Great for Heart Recovery Electric bikes are also great for people recovering from heart operations as the amount of cardiac output can be controlled, so the heart is not strained during the recovery period, but exercise can still be achieved.
Excerpted from “The Electric Bike Book” by Jim Turner. Available FREE on I Pad and Kindle. Order yours today! Want to learn more about how e-bikes can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Join us in our yearly Electric Bike Weight Loss Challenge. And don’t forget to follow our Electric Bike Blog to learn more about the industry and what’s going on at Optibike.
It has finally happened! There is now a full paper magazine dedicated to electric bikes; Electric Bike Action. The magazine is being published by Hi Torque Publications who publish Motocross Action and Mountain Bike Action. This is another sign that e-bikes are now about to explode.
Electric Bike Action editor Zapata Espinoza had this to tell me about the new magazine:
“For the last few years we have watched the growth and evolution of the e-bike market as seen through the eyes of the European market. The prevailing question as always seemed to be, when in America? From Dirt Bike and Motocross Action Magazines in the 70′s to Mountain Bike Action in the 80′s, Hi-Torque publications has a history of jumping in before the bandwagon rolls into town. With domestic technology making exciting new in-roads, the publisher saw that clearly, America is ripe for an e-bike specific magazine to showcase a two-wheeled category that is about to go big.”
Look for future articles about all the new Optibike innovations in Electric Bike Action, coming soon. Meanwhile, check out our line of e bike models using the latest technology and design.
How are Electric Bicycle Batteries Rated?
In Lesson 1 we learned how energy is measure in watt-hrs and this is the like the size of the gas tank. You will often hear the term amp-hrs used to rate an electric bicycle. This is similar to watt-hrs, but only half the story. Amp-hours indicate how many amps a battery can discharge in one hour. A 20 amp-hour battery can discharge 20 amps for one hour before it’s drained. But that’s not the whole story; the entire amount of energy in the battery is the amp-hours times the voltage of the pack, which is called watt-hrs. Knowing the battery capacity in watt-hrs, instead of amp-hrs, lets you easily compare batteries of different voltages.
Lets see how this works. An electric bike with a 12-volt pack with 10 amp-hours capacity has 120 watt-hours and is not the same as an electric bike with a 36-volt pack with 10 amp-hours capacity, which has 360 watt-hours. The 36-volt pack at 10 amp-hours has three times the energy of the 12-volt battery at 10 amp-hours because the voltage is three times greater. The electric bike with the 360 watt-hr battery can go further and is more capable of doing long range touring.
We all know watt-hours because our electric bills charge us by the watt-hour. It’s not only how big your light bulb is, but also how long it is on. In other words, they’re charging you for the duration that your bulb is on, in addition to how big the bulb is to obtain the bill in watt-hrs. We’re used to paying the utility in watt-hours, which is energy.
Remember the difference: power is in watts and energy is power (watts) over time measured in watt-hrs.
On Sunday December 22nd, cyclists4Jamestown is having a fat tire fundraiser ride up to Jamestown. Jamestown was hit hard by the September flood and the road is still not open. This is one of my favorite rides and also for hundreds or thousands of other Boulder cyclists. Left Hand Canyon is one of my favorite routes for testing our new electric bikes. The ride is limited to 200 people and no bandits allowed. The road is still closed, so this is an escorted ride. You can sign up here.
To see a video of how bad the damage to the road was, watch this video.
Electric bike sales in the USA doubled from 2011 to 2012 to a total of 159,000 units. This is a huge increase and follows the several years of increase in European E Bike sales which are now at over 800,000 units per year. The trend of rapid growth in electric bicycles is expected to continue for the next decade. Click here to read the full article.
Guest blog post from Kevin Bell at Boulder B Cycle
To run a successful bike-sharing program, like Boulder B Cycle, a number of key components need to come together—chief among them are system balancing, maintenance, and marketing. Our partnership with Optibike this summer allowed us to cover those bases in a completely unique way. On Bike to Work Day 2013, we inaugurated The B.E.A.S.T.—The B-cycle Electric-Assist Service Trailer. From day one, it turned heads. Continue reading