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Riding Zygg: taking Toronto’s new e-bike subscription service for a test ride

Riding Zygg: taking Toronto’s new e-bike subscription service for a test ride

An electric-assist bike offered by Zygg, a Toronto-based e-bike rental service.

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Everyone who tries the Zygg has a similar reaction: a short scream, followed by a smile as the e-bike suddenly streaks forward with unnatural speed, as if someone hit fast-forward on a VHS.

The bike’s electric motor augments your own pedalling power so you feel like Lance Armstrong, ready to climb the tallest mountain without breaking a sweat. Or, at the very least, ready to ride across town without ever pausing to think “It’s uphill, and it’s far and – forget it, I’ll just take an Uber.

Suddenly, the whole city and its suburbs are within easy biking distance. Your first time riding an e-bike feels like the first time you held an iPhone, or maybe something like your first time in an airplane: thereʼs a sense of delight, wonder, but also possibility.

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“This is a kind of magical device,” says Kevin McLaughlin, founder of Zygg Mobility Inc., an e-bike subscription service that launched in Toronto in June.

For $69 to $189 a month, Zygg will rent you a pedal-assist electric bicycle. No sharing, no docking. It is, effectively, your bicycle – and we are talking about a bicycle here, not one of the larger, Vespa-style e-scooters. Zygg supplies a lock, takes care of maintenance, and will swap it for a fresh one if it breaks. The price varies, depending on which of their three bike models you want and whether you subscribe for a 12-month contract, just the summer or month-to-month.

As the pandemic continues to make people wary of taking public transit, more commuters who don’t own a car are looking to buy one, and bicycle sales have surged to the point it’s become difficult to find one in stock. People are looking for new ways to get around, and Zygg presents an intriguing, timely new option.

“Weʼve got people from Regent Park to Rosedale, from 21 to 82 years old, all giving it a try, and for all different reasons,” McLaughlin says.

On a weekday in August, Deb Reeves, a teacher, arrives at the Zygg office in downtown Toronto to collect her new e-bike. Her son is going to school in the United States, so they’ve given him the family’s second car, she explains. She plans to use the Zygg for her 20-kilometre commute instead of buying another car.

“I just think, this fall, being able to be outside is important,” she says. She describes herself as an occasional cyclist, but was sold on Zygg after taking a test ride.

Your first time riding an e-bike feels like the first time you held an iPhone, or maybe something like your first time in an airplane: thereʼs a sense of delight, wonder, but also possibility.

Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

A map on the wall at Zygg’s headquarters – the first floor of an old brick building near Regent Park – shows that most customers live in or around the downtown area or near subway lines. But Zygg also has riders in Etobicoke, Mississauga, North York and Scarborough.

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Zygg is the first e-bike subscription service in North America, and demand has been strong so far, McLaughlin says. Nearly every new e-bike the company gets is immediately spoken for.

Prior to Zygg, McLaughlin co-founded car-sharing companies AutoShare and Modo. He also worked on French automaker Groupe PSA’s car-sharing service in Washington, D.C.

Car-sharing, though, doesn’t really work for daily commuting. Before the pandemic, McLaughlin imagined Zygg as a new option for commuters underserved by transit, or those who would rather not drive but saw no viable alternative. The pandemic changed everything. “We certainly are not here to take people off transit, but … obviously, people are looking to alternatives,” he says.

I tried Zygg’s cheapest bike, the Model M, which costs $69 a month on a yearly subscription or $139 for a single month. Sign-up was online and then, at the allotted delivery time, a white van pulled up in front of my apartment and out jumped McLaughlin to explain how my new bike works.

You switch it on by pressing a button on the frame, then select the boost level – which dictates how much the electric motor augments your pedalling – using the plus and minus buttons on the handlebars. It’s an odd-looking bike, developed by General Motors’s recently shuttered Ariv e-bike division.

The motor makes a loud, coarse “eeeee” noise when it kicks in, so it’s obvious to bystanders why you’re not breaking a sweat. Hold down a little red button – effectively a throttle – and the bike takes off on electric power alone, no pedalling required, although this drains the battery quickly. It feels fast, with one obvious caveat – for a bicycle.

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The Model V’s cargo rack makes it a more effective commuter bike.

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Going uphill, sweaty friends on old-fashioned non-electric bicycles could only watch and curse as I cruised past. They got the last laugh, though, seeing me haul the 19.5-kilogram bike up some stairs. That was by far the most tiring part of an otherwise breezy ride across the city. I found myself using the Zygg instead of driving for almost every solo trip, anywhere in the city; it was simply more fun, although I suspect that may not be the case once temperatures drop below freezing.

Plugging the bike into a regular household outlet should recharge its battery in three to four hours, except that one day, it didn’t. The battery wouldn’t charge.

Jennifer McLaughlin, Zygg’s manager of rider experience – and Kevin’s sister – picked up the phone. She helped troubleshoot the issue, and when nothing worked, she offered to have a replacement bike delivered later that day. If only getting my car fixed was that easy.

Top speed on the Model M is limited to about 26 km/h before the motor cuts out. At those speeds, the small wheels and steep steering angle make the bike twitchy, especially over rough roads, so it works best when riding slowly. It’s an affordable, unintimidating entry into e-biking. Anyone who is at least 21 years old can sign up for a subscription.

Next, I tried the pricier Model V, which is a much better commuter bike thanks to its cargo rack and bigger wheels. It costs $99 a month on a yearly subscription or $189 for a single month. It’s also a GM design, originally called the Ariv Verity, which never made it to market. At 26.5 kilograms, it’s even less fun to lug up stairs.

Those two models have a rated range of up to 60 kilometres; I got an estimated 35-40 km before needing to recharge, but I leaned heavily on that red throttle button. The third model, the $99-a-month Zygg Model G – made by the Dutch brand Gazelle – has up to 175 km of range. It’s the most comfortable of the three bikes, too.

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As with regular bikes, demand for pedal-assisted e-bikes surged during the summer of COVID-19. In June alone, sales of e-bikes rose 190 per cent in the United States compared with the same month last year, according to market research firm NPD Group.

A bike like the Model G would cost about $4,000 to purchase – equivalent to 3.3 years of monthly Zygg fees – and you’d have to pay for repairs and maintenance, too. But if you’ve got that kind of cash and you’re committed, buying an e-bike may be a better bet. Alternatively, if you just want to try one, Bike Share Toronto recently added 300 e-bikes to its city-wide fleet.

“Shared mobility,” McLaughlin says, “is really a world where youʼre mixing and choosing the best vehicle for that trip; it can depend on the weather, or your age, or whatever.”

Zygg’s bikes are available on yearly, single-summer or month-by-month subscriptions.

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In other words, the future is multi-modal transportation. For most people, a Zygg bike alone won’t replace a car. But a Zygg bike combined with improved cycling infrastructure, a car-share membership, ride-hailing apps and – post-COVID-19 – a bus pass for the coldest winter months, well, maybe that could replace a car, or at the very least a second car, thereby reducing pollution and traffic congestion.

“My whole life Iʼve been trying to, in some ways, turn people from a two-car household into a one-car household and call that a victory,” McLaughlin says.

Despite increasingly fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, climate-change-causing pollution from cars, SUVs and light trucks is continuing to rise, while at the same time traffic and congestion in Canadian cities is bad and will likely worsen as more people return to work. And yet, so many commuters in this city and others don’t have a good alternative to driving. Clearly, new solutions are required. Zygg is not right for everyone, but it will be the right answer for some, and that’s enough to call it a victory.

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A bicycle subscription service based in the Netherlands, called Swapfiets, has more than 120,000 members. Zygg plans to expand to a second city in Canada next year.

After giving up the Zygg and returning to my old human-powered bicycle, I’d completely forgotten how much work it is to pedal the old-fashioned way. It’s uphill? Maybe I’ll just drive.

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The Gazelle Ultimate T10+ Electric Bike (CleanTechnica Review)

The Gazelle Ultimate T10+ Electric Bike (CleanTechnica Review)

Bicycles
Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike

Published on August 11th, 2020 |
by Kyle Field

August 11th, 2020 by Kyle Field


The Netherlands has embraced bicycles more than any other country, boasting more bicycles than people. The transition to a bicycle-powered transportation model was no accident, but rather, the result of an intentional effort to integrate bicycles into the fabric of the country over several decades.

Bicycles are ubiquitous in Amsterdam. Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

With bicycles at the center of the country’s transportation model, it should come as no surprise that many of the finest bicycles in the world come from the Netherlands. Founded in 1892, Gazelle is at the top of that list, producing more than 275,000 bicycles per year in the Netherlands. Electric bicycles are the natural evolution of the bicycle and are increasing in popularity around the world. Gazelle reached out to us to review the Gazelle Ultimate T10+. The T10+ is a beast of an electric bike that melds Gazelle’s decades of experience building bikes with Bosch’s Performance Line Speed powertrain in an impressive package. Let’s dive in.

With much of the world sheltering at home and finding new use cases for bicycles in their lives, it felt like the right time to review another electric bike. Gazelle sent us an Ultimate T10+ HMB in a bright red for a few weeks to run through the paces around Southern California and we gladly obliged.

Premium

Right off the bat, the build quality, the thought, the design, and components on the bike make it clear the Gazelle Ultimate T10+ is a premium bike. The Selle Royal Essenza saddle is plush without being overly burdensome or heavy. The Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires provide stability and puncture resistance without being bulky.

Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike

Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike, image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

Taking off down the road for the first ride, the bike handled extremely well, even without the Bosch powertrain turned on. The rear Shimano XT derailleur snapped through the 10 gears with surprising alacrity, leaving no room for doubt about the gear change, even when under a load. A trigger shifter made easy work of shifting, putting everything in easy reach with nary a thought required to fly through the gears.

When it was time to throttle down, the front and rear hydraulic brakes were more than up to the task, bringing the bike down from any speed with control and precision. Hydraulic brakes eliminate any squishy braking that is common in mechanical braking systems where cables can flex under heavy loads. A larger 180 mm Shimano rotor up front provide maximum stopping power while the smaller 160mm Shimano kit out back rounds out the package.

Intelligent Integration

The T10+ looks like a normal bike, with only a few giveaways that signal its true nature. An oversized drop tube hides the 500Wh battery battery that provides powers to the motor. The seamless integration of the battery into the frame not only makes the bike look cleaner, it leverages the mass and rigidity of the battery for supplemental structural strength.

Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike

Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

Up front, a Suntour Moby 45 fork provides just enough shock absorption for a comfortable ride on the occasional jaunt off-road without adding unnecessary weight or bulk. Up top, the adjustable stem makes it easy to adjust the height of the handlebars to suit multiple riders without the need for tools. A quick release seat post would be a nice complement to allow taller and shorter riders to swap out without tools, but as it comes from the factory, an Allen key is required to adjust the height of the seat.

A sturdy set of aluminum fenders and a plastic chain guard make commuting a breeze on the T10+, though they were not required during our review in sunny Southern California where rain is a rare sight. In its home country of the Netherlands, cyclists hit the road in any weather, making weather-ready bikes a necessity for market acceptance.

Out back, a solid rack with an integrated bungee strap makes it easy to quickly clip on a jacket or small bag, with capability for more permanent add-ons like baskets, platforms, and panniers. Just under the rack, an integrated AXA ring lock is a great way to immobilize the rear wheel of the bike, especially with the capability to add on an optional chain lock to strap the whole assembly to a fixed post or bike rack.

Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike

Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

The Gazelle Ultimate T10+ is available in a bright red high-step frame in 53 and 57 cm sizes. A smaller mid-step frame is also available in a modern looking dust grey in 46 and 53 cm sizes. We tested the high-step frame and it was tight. The posture of the T10+ is in line with speed bikes, sporting an aggressive, forward leaning posture.

The swept back bars with Ergon grips make for a comfortable ride, while the Selle Royal Essenza saddle successfully strikes a balance between sport and comfort. At 50.7 pounds, the T10+ is on the lighter side of the range of electric bikes and it shows when you’re riding it. Hauling around less weight means more bang for the buck when it comes to the motor and batteries, not to mention a lighter feel for the bike itself.

Electrified

The comparably light weight of the Gazelle Ultimate T10+ is nice for daily handling, but it becomes even more impactful when looking at the electric powertrain. Every pound pulled off of the bike is one less pound the motor or your legs have to get moving.

About that powertrain, the T10+ sports a Bosch mid-drive powertrain that puts the motor down at the bottom of the cranks. It’s a more efficient setup for the bike, but means it can only power the bike when the pedals are moving. The motor can put out up to 75 Nm of torque at four different levels of support, each providing supplemental power as a percentage of the power contributed by the rider. Eco provides 60% assistance, tour kicks it up to 140%, sport goes crazy with 240% assistance, and turbo, as the name implies, contributes a staggering 340% assistance.

Gazelle Ultimate T10+ electric bike

The Gazelle Ultimate T10+. Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

The Bosch powertrain is smart, leveraging an array of three sensors to determine power input from the rider. A cadence sensor detects how fast the pedals are moving, a torque sensor communicates the amount of power from the pedals, and a sensor on the wheels tells the system how fast the wheels are moving.

Depending on the rider’s weight, the level of assistance, and the terrain, the onboard 500 Wh battery provides assistance for 20 to 60 miles of riding per charge. Because the built in battery is removable, it can be charged on the bike via the frame-integrated connector or when removed from the bike.

Specs

  • Weight: 50.7 lbs
  • Maximum range: 55 mi
  • Watt-hours: 500 Wh
  • Capacity: 13.4 Ah
  • Eco range: 55 mi
  • Tour range: 35 mi
  • Sport range: 25 mi
  • Turbo range: 25 mi
  • Motor assistance level: 28 mph
  • Engine model: Bosch Performance Line Speed
  • Motor torque: 75 Nm
  • Tires: Schwalbe Energizer Plus
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Essenza
  • Price: $3,999 USD

The Future Of Sustainable Automobile: HOTEBIKE 750W A6AH26 Electric Bike

The Future Of Sustainable Automobile: HOTEBIKE 750W A6AH26 Electric Bike

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HOTEBIKE 750W A6AH26 Electric Bike

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Trek electric bike and HOTEBIKE electric mountain bike review

Trek electric bike and HOTEBIKE electric mountain bike review

Trek electric bike is a brand mostly known for its high-quality performance and mountain bikes, but the Wisconsin-based manufacturer is making a major play for urban commuters with its new lineup of powerful, sleekly designed, and impressively fast electric city bikes.

Trek’s new Allant+ lineup features 10 different e-bikes, ranging in price from $3,600 to $6,000. If that seems steep, it’s because every model is powered by a top-of-the-line Bosch motor that is lighter and offers less resistance than previous generations for “a more natural ride feel,” Trek says.
trek electric bike
I recently made the trek (heh) to one of the company’s retail stores on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to test out the most expensive model, the Allant+ 9.9S, which retails for $5,999. At first glance, the bike is similar in appearance to Trek’s Dual Sport+, which was first released in 2018. Like the Dual Sport+, the battery on the 9.9S is completely integrated into the frame, giving it a clean, aesthetically pleasing look overall. trek electric bike is clearly ready to move past the sunken-battery design of its Super Commuter+ 8S, which itself was a step above the bolted-on battery design of trek electric bike older models.

The frame shape was very inviting, with a slightly downward-slanting top tube that has a stand-over height of 82.1 cm (32.3 in). If that’s still too high, you can also opt for the Stagger variant with a stand-over height of 70.6 cm (27.8 in). This is sure to be attractive to customers who want a bike they can share with other members of their family.

Beneath the polished surface lurks a heck of a lot of power. An impressive 625Wh battery fits snugly inside the frame, which is just a ton of power for a city-style e-bike. If somehow that’s not enough juice, you can bolt a second battery to the down tube for even more range. There are many e-bikes sold with dual batteries, but this is the first I’ve heard of a bike seller letting you add a second battery after the sale.

I haven’t had the chance to test out a bike with Bosch’s Performance Line Speed motor, but it only took one loop around Central Park to impress me. It’s about 40 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the previous Bosch motors. That means less drag when you pedal through the assistance level, according to Darren Snyder, director of Trek’s global city bike category. And it’s quieter, because there are fewer meshed gears and less surface area to create noise. Overall, the smaller motor gave Trek more room in the down tube for that bigger, 625Wh battery.
The bike itself is heavy, but mostly due to its high-powered battery. Trek has worked to shave some weight off the frame itself — about four pounds, compared to previous generations — by using its own patented OCLV carbon material. The Allant+ 9.9S clocks in at 23.36 kg (51.5 lbs), which is about five pounds more than the Dual Sport+, but a pound less than the Super Commuter+ 8S.

A cool feature is the bike’s digital display. You can either use the screen that comes with the bike, or you can sub in your own smartphone by snapping it into an adjustable mount and pairing it via Bosch’s COBI app that tracks your speed, assist levels, power usage, location, and more. The app also has a fitness tracker that can pair with other devices like a smartwatch, and a music tab which can connect to Spotify or whichever podcast app you prefer. That said, I didn’t get a chance to test out all of the apps features.

On my brief ride around the park, I found the 9.9S to be a delightfully speedy and smooth ride that was equally enjoyable in low- and high-power settings. I wouldn’t take the bike off-road, though, without getting some added suspension in my seat or front fork. But that said, the 27.5-inch tires, made by Trek’s own Bontrager brand, were comfy and — I was surprised to learn — made specifically for e-bikes with a thicker piece of rubber in the middle of the tread to provide more traction.

Snyder said the Allant+ bikes were designed to conquer commutes and tackle that first- and last-mile challenge. The metal fenders, for example, are designed to withstand more abuse than a plastic equivalent. The bike felt sturdy, but I’d need more time with it before gauging whether it was a daily rider or not. Trek isn’t offering any folding models, which, depending on your commute, could be a possible drawback. I know some cyclists like having the option to bring their bike onto public transportation or toss it in the back of a car. The rear rack is replaceable to accommodate a child’s seat, but Trek isn’t actively marketing this bike to parents due to liability concerns. As a dad who takes my kid to school every morning and is mostly interested in e-bikes that can replace my need for a car, I hope they reconsider that tactic.

As we’ve previously noted, e-bikes for commuters are expensive. E-bikes from Trek or the recently released models by General Motors are designed to dramatically increase the range of what is considered “bikeable” distances while reducing the reliance on cars, ride-hailing apps, or public transportation.

Trek’s bikes are especially pricey because you also get access to a range of services, from warranties to the company’s vast network of repair shops, that you don’t have with a less well-known brand. There are hundreds of e-bikes out there that are exponentially cheaper than the Allant+ 9.9S, but you could be stuck out on a limb when it eventually breaks down.

Snyder told me that “design integration” was the driving force behind the Allant+ lineup. “We really wanted to clean up the profile and aesthetic,” he said. Most e-bikes on the market today have extremely visible batteries and design profiles that distinguish them from most traditional bikes. That’s fine, but sometimes you want to ride under the radar. Trek’s new e-bikes are some of the first I’ve seen from a US manufacturer that don’t scream “it’s electric!” when you’re out riding.
hotebike electric mountain bike
HOTEBIKE is a brand mostly known for its new design and like mountain bikes, chinese manufacturer is making a major play for urban commuters with its new lineup of powerful, Cost-effective, a variety of sizes 26″ 27.5″ 29″,sleekly designed, and impressively fast electric mountain bike.

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Electronic control system,Design and production by ourselves. Multi-function large screen LCD display shows lots of data like Distance, Mileage, Temperature, Voltage, etc. Comes with a 5V 1A USB mobile phone charging port on the LED headlight for a convenient phone charging on the ride.
A6AH26 LCD

Mechanical part:Front and rear mechanical 160 disc brakes provides more reliable all-weather stopping power, which keep you safe from any emergency. Shimano 21 speed gear increases hill-climbing power, further range variation, and greater terrain adatability. Suspension alumimun alloy front fork and 27.5″ kenda tires, make your riding more comfortable.We believe electric bikes are charging the concept of travel providing a clean, efficient and exciting new mode of transportation. Join us today in the revolution of green efficient transportation in style.
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Why choose Hotebike A6AH26 electric bikes

Why choose Hotebike A6AH26 electric bikes

At the point when a considerable lot of us were first figuring out how to ride, we may have been given a delicate push to kick off our force. From various perspectives, that is the thing that the engine on an electric bicycle can accomplish for you today, then again, actually the lift it gives supports to as long as you keep on accelerating.
The first thing you should know about e-bikes is that they’re here to stay. Electric bikes sales jumped by an incredible 91 percent from 2016 to 2017 alone, according to the market research firm NPD Group. It’s a $15.4 billion industry as of last year, and there’s no sign of a slowdown. In 2018, e-bike sales even surpassed traditional bike sales.
It was an unforeseen at the end of the day positive result of the COVID19 pandemic: individuals wherever are purchasing up e-bicycles all at once. Regardless of whether for a moderate transportation elective that gets workers out of pressed transports, or for no reason in particular to ride around subsequent to going through weeks under lockdown, e-bicycle organizations over the US are seeing void stockroom racks and hysterically restocking as clients purchase out most of their stock.
Pick a notable brand:
While picking an electric bicycle, the brand is significant. Brands with yearly creation and deals volume arriving at a specific scale have high notoriety both at home and abroad, standard purchasers can likewise become commonly recognized names, and the after-deals administration framework is sound. As a rule, the brand with a huge deals volume and a long history has collected more insight. Following quite a while of item improvement, a few subtleties are continually improved.
Pick the brand with an ideal after-deals administration framework:
After-deals administration is significant on the grounds that you can’t ensure that your e-bicycle is consistently in acceptable condition. At that point, you can choose in the wake of knowing whether there are sufficient chain stores of a similar brand, regardless of whether the administration inclusion is sufficiently wide, how advantageous the fix is, etc. Regardless of what sort of electric bicycle is chosen, it ought to be observing the public norms, whether in the index as the essential, notwithstanding the electric bicycle brand, quality, cost execution, administration as a source of perspective, gauge the focal points and drawbacks, settle on a decision. Along these lines, they have a steelyard in the heart, can settle on the rightest decision.

why I choose Hotebike A6AH26 electric bikes:
Who realized that biking could be so much fun? I haven’t ridden a bicycle normally in about the most recent 5 years. Here comes COVID. presently I am out of nowhere riding my sibling’s bicycle routinely with my companions around. Time for my ride, and I took a risk in Hotebike Electric off-road bicycle 26-inch 350W e-bicycle engine 36V concealed battery A6AH26

Difference from other bikes
Some view the ascent of e-bicycles as a danger, like standard bicycles will go the method of the penny-farthing once everybody goes electric. Yet, dread not: E-bicycles aren’t here to deny us of our human-controlled lifestyle. Actually, they might just improve it—particularly as movement and driving propensities change in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. So as we fold our way into top riding season, here’s all that you have to think about the electric upset.

1. electric bikes make accelerating simpler:
As a rule, e-bicycle will be bikes with a battery-controlled “help” that comes by means of accelerating and, now and again, a choke. At the point when you push the pedals on a pedal-help e-bicycle, a little engine draws in and gives you a lift, so you can speed up slopes and voyage over extreme landscape without gassing yourself. Called “pedelecs,” they feel simply like regular bicycles—however better, says Ed Benjamin, senior overseeing chief at the counseling firm Electric. “You control your speed with your feet, as with a standard bicycle,” he says. “You simply feel truly incredible and quicken without any problem.”
Notwithstanding the pedal-help include, some e-bicycles accompany a choke that draws in the engine with the press of a catch. These have a place with a different class of e-bicycle that, clearly, doesn’t offer an unadulterated cycling experience; they’re likewise unlawful in certain districts. Strangely, Benjamin says, individuals who aren’t now “cyclists” will in general incline toward choke bicycles from the outset, yet then pivot and pick a pedal-help for their next buy.

2. They go really quick… to a point:
The harder you pedal, the greater the lift, the quicker you’ll ride—to a point. electric bikes let you murmur along at a lively clasp, yet they aren’t cruisers. You’ll never pound not far off at 45 mph. The engine is represented to quit impelling you further when you hit 20 to 28 miles for each hour, contingent upon the bicycle. So you’ll spare time on your drive (I shave around three minutes off a five-mile trip) yet at the same time appreciate the landscape.

3. You’ll ride much more, regardless of whether you as of now ride a great deal:
Getting an electric bike can drastically build how regularly you ride, as indicated by an overview of almost 1,800 e-bicycle proprietors in North America. Heretofore, 55 percent of respondents said they rode day by day or week by week. In the wake of purchasing an e-bicycle, that number took off to 91 percent. It bodes well: Even in case you’re overly fit, you actually get worn out (likely from preparing or dashing) and remounting your bicycle can feel like a task. In the event that you have an e-bicycle, you can keep riding while at the same time giving your knackered legs somewhat of a break. You can likewise speed up, which makes biking for longer outings more alluring, in any event, when you’re in a hurry.
For the individuals who aren’t continuous riders, e-bicycles open up a totally different world. While you may not be adapted to ride 5-10 miles all at once, you can cover those separations effectively with an electric help, which is an incredible method to assemble perseverance and certainty. That equivalent overview found that 94 percent of non-cyclists rode day by day or week after week in the wake of getting an e-bicycle.

4. There’s an e-bicycle for everything:
Name a sort of riding, and there’s an e-bicycle for that. In the event that you have zero enthusiasm for an electric street bicycle, you may get yourself head over heels for a high-limit e-payload bicycle that can pull 400 pounds of stuff while as yet cruising at a cool 15 mph. E-bicycles are accessible in fat, freight, worker, recreational, hardtail, full-suspension mountain, and even execution street bicycle styles. For verification, here are twelve e-bicycles we love for each sort of cyclist.

5. They can supplant driving:
“Individuals are purchasing electric bikes as an approach to diminish vehicle trips,” Benjamin says. The information backs him up: 28 percent of overview respondents said they purchased an e-bicycle explicitly to supplant driving a vehicle. What’s more, numerous different reasons purchasers recorded for needing an e-bicycle—including conveying load and children, abstaining from stopping and traffic, and natural concerns—likewise show a longing to get out from in the driver’s seat. Besides, you don’t have to switch garments or tidy up when you show up at your objective, since you don’t need to work up as a very remarkable perspiration.
Consider that the greater part of all driving outings are shorter than 10 miles, with certain studies announcing that the normal single excursion adds up to simply 5.95 miles. That is an easy decision separation to cover by e-bicycle. Indeed, the overview found that proprietors supplanted 46 percent of their vehicle drives and 30% of their driving tasks with e-bicycle rides. All you need is an incredible worker sack to convey your stuff, and you’re set.


Simple to amass:
Bought on Amazon and simply got the bicycle. I need to state it’s magnificent. All parts are pressed well and simple to gather the bicycle. Took around 1 and a half hours to amass and make changes. I don’t figure the vast majority will experience any difficulty in the event that you follow the Great you-tube video that shows the bit by bit.

Why I love this electric bikes?
I love this bicycle since it has so many cool highlights and it rides like a fantasy. I love the brand. You need to become acclimated to this bicycle and ride it parking garage or something so you can perceive how quick the pedal-help takes off, it is stunning! I will claim nothing else. Sweet looking also. The greatest amazement of this bicycle was the force. I had not foreseen how much the sell help helps. I keep it generally around 2 or 3 and change to 5 while going tough. When riding roads I only here and there change the gears down from 21 yet on trails, I utilize the full range. Incredible bicycle at an excellent cost. I give the best grades conceivable to their client care. The main thing I didn’t care for was the seat, however the simple fix to purchase a more agreeable one…Enjoy! Increasing speed goodness. First bicycle and regardless of not taking a gander at the manuals I made sense of the principle capacities before long.
It looks significantly quite great and wonderful in the publicized pictures.
Above all, riding it is additionally a genuine joy. It’s an all-around planned bicycle by placing the battery in the edge making it resemble a customary bicycle. Furthermore, the engine has adequate force for most streets at a quick movement.

Naturally amicable:
The climate the condition was exceptionally terrible over the most recent couple of days yet My Hottie far surpassed all desires. She performed well beyond what would have been acceptable anyway in her first visit, with distinction!
The smooth progress of rigging changes from 1 through 5 were designed with greater quality execution then I foresee, which made each ride significantly more pleasant than the last. The pickup power while assaulting each slope climb was gigantic.
The slowing mechanism proceeded true to form for the principal month of riding as did the derailleur. No issues what so ever, again, smooth.
Getting to the battery bar was amazingly easy which is immensely significant for ordinary riding. In addition to the fact that it is open, it’s hard for others to try and know it’s an electric bicycle. I love that about my Hottie, she is very secrecy just as up-to-date stunning.


Features Explained:


1. Apparatus and Brake System:
Rear and front mechanical 160 circle brakes convey an extreme, ‘whatever-the-climate is’ slowing down force. It guards you consistent and during crisis stops with a brake separation of 3 meters. Also, the 21 speed gear upgrades slope riding power, amazing landscape flexibility, and adaptable range choices. Besides, the 360V 350w Electric Bike can be balanced apparatus shrewd in explicit street conditions, for example, tough, downhill, and level.
2. 3 Functional Modes:
HOTEBIKE fuses this bicycle with three working modes; Pedal Assist Mode, Normal Bike mode, and Electric Bikes mode. It likewise has an uncommon guarantee for the regulator, battery, and engine!
3. The Assembly:
The E-bicycle arrives in a nearly gathered circumstance. You should simply attach the front wheel, pedal, seat, handlebars, and the front fork.
4. Driven Headlight and LCD Panel:
This E-bicycle incorporates a forward-looking LED headlamp to give safe vision during evening time, overseen by the select and effective LCD board. The board shows a lot of subtleties, for example, temperature, separation, voltage, mileage, and so forth. It likewise accompanies a USB versatile charging port where you can charge your telephone advantageously.


5. Altered Design:
The 36V 350w Electric Bike incorporates a removable shrouded lithium battery, a 36V 350w powerful engine, a strong plate brake, LED headlights, 21 gears derailleurs, a dazzling LCD board, and sturdy, yet lightweight aluminum composite edge


Reasons to buy Hotebike:
Need to show up at your objective quicker and sans sweat? Get the HOTEBIKE 36V 350w Electric Bike, on which you don’t need to pedal vivaciously. Yet, in the event that you “got the inclination” in you, you can utilize the pedals and ride it like a standard bicycle as well.
HOTEBIKE is a committed E-bicycle organization with many years of involvement with bicycle advancement, advertising, and creation.
The HOTEBIKE 36V 350w E-bicycle is a wonderful looking ride with a lithium-particle battery connected inside the casing. From the appearance, it might look like as a customary bicycle, yet once you use it, you will comprehend its usefulness.
The battery is removable, which makes it simpler to charge it away from the bicycle. It looks smooth and popular, and it can take you anyplace you need with least endeavors.
With regards to execution, the A6AH26 highlights a 350W Hub Engine that easily takes you tough with a speed of 30KM/H by means of the five pedal help levels and a handlebar-mounted thumb choke.
Another energizing component is while you ride, the wonderful quality LCD board will show the separation, PAS level, riding pace, temperature, and then some.
Remember when settling on your buy a significant update. Not exclusively is “your Hottie” naturally amicable. She will likewise be your nearest and closest companion for quite a long time to come.
Generally, I am extremely happy with my buy.

Electric mountain bike 26 inch 350W ebike motor 36V hidden battery A6AH26

Gocycle GXI (2020) Review: The mini folding ebike to beat

Gocycle GXI (2020) Review: The mini folding ebike to Beat

A dizzying amount of gear flows in and out of my home every year, but Gocycle’s GXI mini folding ebike is the one that’s brought me the most joy during this pandemic. With the help of this electric bike, I saw my family for the first time in months. I also managed to go all the way from Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan (a long trek) for a dentist appointment. These are things I could have done on my regular bicycle, but I know I would’ve struggled on the longer trips and ended up a sweaty, exhausted mess.

It’s also the most expensive product I’ve ever tested. No, you do not need to pay this much for a good ebike (here are our fave ebikes). But this one folds! And it takes up a minuscule amount of space in my tiny New York apartment, shifts automatically, feels (relatively) lightweight, and provides a smooth ride without needing to fiddle with anything. It’s like a car—just hop on and off you go.

Fast Folder,There are a few things I love about the GXI mini folding ebike.

First, it folds—fast and easy. You unlatch the handlebar stem to collapse it down, then unlatch the middle of the frame and fold the bike in half. That’s it. It takes a few seconds to shrink this thing down to a little under 3 feet in length, which means it takes up very little room in my small apartment (around half the length of my normal bicycle, and not much thicker). A strong two-legged kickstand keeps it upright.

I fold it everywhere, like when I’m entering a bakery to grab a cake (with a mask on!) or before I step into an elevator. I never need to lock it up somewhere—and risk it being stolen—because it’s compact enough to tote or roll around. That brings me to my second favorite part of the GXI.

At 39 pounds, it’s also one of the lighter ebikes around. It’s about the same weight as the shimano 7-Speed Propella ebike, and it’s a godsend compared to the 63-pound Lectric XP I’m testing. Sure, it’s not as light as my 25-pound non-electric bike, but I can still carry it with ease—handy when my building elevator stops working. (That might not be the case for everyone; my colleague Adrienne So tested a different Gocycle ebike that’s about the same size, and she found it too heavy.)

Unlike mini folding ebike that have you choose levels of pedal assist while moving, the GXI has an app that lets you preset when you want the 500-watt motor to kick in and how much. If you want to break a sweat, you can have the motor start after harder pedaling, with its full power jumping in later so you’re forced to exert more effort. If you want an easy ride, the motor can immediately ramp up to full power after just a little pedaling.

I prefer this system over choosing levels of assistance while I’m pedaling. I did start and stop several times during my first trip so I could dial down exactly when the front-hub motor dished out pedal assistance, but once I had it down, I didn’t need to tweak the app much after. I set up two modes, one for when I wanted to feel the burn and one for the hot days when I wanted to enjoy the ride and the cool breeze on my face.

Finally, I love the GXI’s mini folding ebike automatic gear shifting. There are three gears (it uses a Shimano Nexus 3-speed transmission), and while you can manually shift through them with the right handlebar grip, I mostly relied on what Gocycle calls Predictive Shifting. As the name suggests, it figures out when you’ll want to shift and does it for you! It almost always nailed the exact moment I’d have shifted—one less thing to think about.

Hassle-Free Ride

The GXI is a smooth ride. The thick “all-weather tires” handle everything from a grassy field to pothole-ridden Brooklyn streets without a hitch, and the front and rear hydraulic brakes halted me in my tracks as quickly as needed. The rear suspension never made things feel too bumpy, though I will say the Velo D2 Comfort saddle isn’t super comfortable on longer rides. I recommend some mini folding ebike shorts to keep your derrière pain-free.

Exro Proven to Dramatically Increase Performance of Electric Bikes in Independent Field Tests

Exro Proven to Dramatically Increase Performance of Electric Bikes in Independent Field Tests

  • Motorino Electric Validates Electric Bike Performance Boost With Exro Coil Driver Technology
  • Breakthrough for the Future of Advanced Bike Technology and Micro-Mobility Applications
  • Focus on Commercial Product Strategies Into 2021

CALGARY, AB / ACCESSWIRE / October 7, 2020 / Exro Technologies Inc. (TSXV:EXRO)(OTCQB:EXROF) (the “Company”), a leading technology company which has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and powertrains, is pleased to announce third-party testing has proven its patented Coil Driver technology dramatically improves performance of electric bikes.

Motorino Electric (“Motorino”), the Vancouver-based manufacturer and distributor of electric bikes and motorcycles, tested Exro’s technology through 2020 against a standard electric bike in the field. Testing found that the Exro-enhanced electric bike saw its performance increase by more than 20 percent, and up to 50 percent in climbing conditions. Exro will now start negotiations on a commercial product for 2021.

“The Exro-enhanced electric bike performed up to 50% better in climbing conditions during testing” commented Steve Miloshev, Founder and CEO of Motorino. “The Exro bike was noticeably more advanced going up the hills specifically, it sustained consistent high torque and speed immediately from the start all the way to the top of the hills. Our standard electric bikes were no match for it in a race through Vancouver.”

Exro’s Coil Driver technology can be added to an electric vehicle power train to make electric motors faster, stronger, and smarter. The electric bike field-tests results now indicate that Exro can be transformative for the quickly growing electric bike and electric scooter market, which Allied Market Research reports will exceed USD $23 billion by 2025.

“This is an amazing breakthrough not just in electric bike technology but also for micro-mobility applications,” stated Sue Ozdemir, Chief Executive Officer of Exro. “We couldn’t be more excited. This changes the model for enhancing the performance of electric bikes and other micro-mobility applications, to ensure we get more from the energy we put into batteries. I’m looking forward to moving into product commercialization for next year.”

About Exro Technologies Inc.
Exro is a Clean Tech company that has developed a new class of control technology for electric powertrains. Exro’s advanced motor control technology, our “Coil Driver”, expands the capabilities of electric motors and powertrains. The Coil Driver enables two separate torque profiles within a given motor. The first is calibrated for low speed and high torque, while the second provides expanded operation at high speed. The ability to change configuration allows efficiency optimization for each operating mode, resulting in overall reductions in energy consumption. The controller automatically and seamlessly selects the appropriate configuration in real-time so that torque demand and efficiency are optimized.

The limitations of traditional electric machines and power technology are becoming more evident. In many increasingly prominent applications, traditional methods cannot meet the required performance. This means either oversizing the equipment, adding additional motors, or implementing heavy mechanical geared solutions. Exro offers a new solution for system optimization through implementation of its technology which can yield the following results: increased drive cycle efficiency, reduced system volume, reduced weight, expanded torque and speed capabilities. Exro allows the application to achieve more with less energy consumed.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sue Ozdemir
Chief Executive Officer

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Let’s Take a Ride: Pushing My Boundaries

Let’s Take a Ride: Pushing My Boundaries

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

After I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), I wanted to live my best life. But because of waxing and waning symptoms, I haven’t pushed my boundaries as much.

I have yet to bounce back after several traumatic hospitalizations. It is almost like those setbacks took the wind out of my sails. Was this a learned reaction or a result of age?

My little family engages in physical activity that tests their strength and boundaries. I usually cheer them on from the sidelines, amazed at their strength. If I’m a bit peppier, I push myself. But then I pay for days. These setbacks often deter me from pressing more.

Since my diagnosis in 2005, I have met many inspiring and unique people who live with a rare disease. Want to see resilience? Please get to know some of the incredible beings who continue to PHight despite their struggles. The kids are some of the strongest. While it breaks my heart to hear their stories, they inspire me to PHight harder each day.

One young woman, Britt, was born with congenital heart disease and developed PH. She has been through more in the few years I have known her than I have in all of my 40-something years.

Britt’s social media posts and updates inspire me to push harder. She is a Pulmonary Hypertension News columnist, which is how I learned about this website. You can read her column, “Recharged and Rewired,” to learn more about her.

I debated buying an electric bike for a while, but fear and negative thoughts clouded my mind. One of the biggest issues was the cost. Because I am my husband’s “Million Dollar Baby,” I’m not particularly eager to spend much on myself.

Last week, I finally selected one. Yep, I am the proud owner of a shiny, new, beautiful e-bike. After the first ride, my husband, Manny, remarked, “It is already worth every cent.”

Jen and Manny on their first ride together. (Courtesy of Jen Cueva)

Given the chaos in the world, this was not as easy as one would think. Everyone is buying bikes. But I was fortunate, and we found one within an hour’s drive. Don’t fret, I have a bike helmet, too — safety first, or third, as my son-in-love says.

For those who do not know, my husband, Manny, cycles, and now we can enjoy rides together. I cannot begin to explain how surreal this is for me. Of course, I am far from his level, but our few rides thus far have felt almost magical. I usually use a wheelchair for distances, so this is simultaneously exciting and frightening.

electric bike

Suited up with my backpack carrying my oxygen, I’m ready. E-bikes offer pedal assist, which includes a throttle. The first day, we rode almost four miles! The weather was beautiful, and the nature trails were picturesque. I didn’t experience any problems falling asleep that night. I slept hard, which is a struggle for me most nights.

Our most recent ride was at the Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. Last year, I sat on a blanket by the play area and read books while my husband rode. He said he wished I could see what he did. On Saturday, his wish came true. Riding with the cool breeze of wind against my face and taking in the spectacular nature was profound.

An e-bike may not be for everyone, but I am excited to continue building up my strength. I hope this column will inspire some of you to push your boundaries a bit.

Of course, I discussed this with my medical team. At first, they were not fully on board. But then I approached e-biking as physical exercise and agreed to listen to my body. We don’t know how long we have left, but I plan to enjoy life and ride as long as my body permits.

A shoutout to my family, PHriends, and friends who inspire me by always setting the bar high. You are the true heroes. Words cannot express my love and appreciation for your support.

It certainly takes a village. Without y’all, I wouldn’t have the courage to push through and try new things. Remember: We have PH, but PH does not have us.

Note: Pulmonary Hypertension News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Pulmonary Hypertension News or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to pulmonary hypertension.

Jen Cueva is a “ well -seasoned” patient who has been living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) since 2005. Although her favorite place is Southern California, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast. She lives with her supportive and comical husband and their Mini Schnauzer named Sasha. Prior to acquiring pulmonary hypertension (PH), she worked in nursing, which she wholeheartedly loved. She enjoys cooking for her family, listening to live music, and sitting by the water. You can also find her visiting local coffee shops with her daughter(as she writes or chills) or at a medley of restaurants. She’s a total foodie!
In her weekly column, ”Worth the PHIght ”, she delves into the rollercoaster of emotions that she faces living with PH. She hopes to share her challenges and tips while touching on current topics with other PH patients and their caregivers. Her goal is that by sharing her PH journey, she will inspire and instill hope in others. Together, eventually, we will find a cure for pulmonary hypertension- Never give up hope.

The e-scooters: road menace or saviour of the commute

The e-scooters: road menace or saviour of the commute?
Standing upright, you glide, ghostlike, along the street. You have no emissions. You are alone, outside, unlikely to catch anything or pass anything on. You are no burden to the public transport system, nor do you contribute much to congestion. You take up little space.

Now you join a busier road, one with buses. Perhaps you feel small, vulnerable. But when the traffic bunches up and stops, you can pass. Ha! This is the future of urban travel, isn’t it? Make that the present: it is here, you are here, going somewhere else quickly, with a smile. You are also breaking the law.

 

It may be surprising, given the number around, but privately owned electric scooters cannot be ridden legally on the road or on pavements in the UK (for now, at least: a consultation by parliament’s transport committee said they could help cut car journeys and recommended legalisation). That is why Federico does not want me to use his real name.

A 45-year-old investment manager at a hedge fund, Federico has a short commute in London, plus he goes to meetings across the city. He used to cycle, but it was tiring, he would arrive sweaty and he could not take his bike into meetings. The e-scooter  which he rides on the road and cycle paths, always wearing a helmet – has been a gamechanger. “I stopped taking the tube, taxis and Ubers,” he says. “I could go anywhere and take it into the meeting room. It saves me time and money, it makes me more ecological and it is a tremendous amount of fun.”

At weekends, he rides to the supermarket. He often takes one of his three kids – aged eight to 10 – out on the e-scooter, too. It does not compromise stability, he says: “It’s a nice way of moving around London. It also gives them the appetite not to drive cars.”

Federico – who is from Italy, where private e-scooters are legal, as they are in most of Europe and much of the US – thinks the government is being timid and luddite as well as sending out mixed messages. Year-long trials of e-scooter rental schemes, like those in Paris, Copenhagen and loads of other European cities, are under way in places including Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Milton Keynes and will begin soon in Salford, Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and elsewhere. But the only place where you are legally allowed to use your own e-scooter is on private land with permission from the landowner. You can buy one in a shop (for anything between £150 and £1,500), but you are not allowed to ride it home. It makes no sense, says Federico. “The most dangerous drivers are those who rent, because they’re often tourists or occasional riders. The safest drivers are those who own them.”

He says e-scooters, used responsibly, are no more dangerous than bicycles and have broader appeal. Not everyone can ride a bike – people with mobility issues, for example. “Anyone can ride a scooter – it’s more democratic than a bicycle.”

Democracy on wheels may be, but he gets shouted at by taxi drivers and told he should not be on the road. Maybe hansom cab drivers shouted at early cyclists, back in the day. Federico has been stopped by the police a couple of times; although he could have been fined and given points on his driving licence, no action was taken.

The growing international trend, alongside people steering clear of public transport during the pandemic, was good for e-scooter sales in summer. The Bicycle Association estimates that there are about 200,000 in the country. Halfords, the biggest retailer of them, has seen sales of e-mobility products, including e-scooters and e-bikes, increase by more than 230% since April.

The legality issue seems to be a touchy one; no one at Halfords would be interviewed, although the company did supply written answers to my emailed questions. “Our research has found that many want the UK laws to catch up with the rest of the world … While e-scooters cannot legally be ridden on public roads, they can be ridden on private roads and are enjoyed by many in this way.” Luckily, we all live in stately homes with long drives to scoot up and down.

Halfords’ response continues: “We welcome the news of the government announcing the fast-tracked e-scooter rental trials … These are a way for the government to monitor how consumers respond to riding e-scooters on public roads and, with this now in motion, we think it will go some way to setting a legal and regulatory framework that means they can be safely and lawfully used on our roads.”

Regarding the rental trials, Steve Pyer, the UK general manager of Spin – which runs the Milton Keynes scheme and is owned by Ford – tells me that 3,000 people have signed up and taken 10,000 rides since the scheme started in August. “Milton Keynes is particularly suited to scooters – it’s a new town, so there’s plenty of space.”

To rent one, you need to be 18 or older and have a provisional licence, which you scan using an app. A ride costs 25p a minute. You are insured, which you are not on a private e-scooter. Julian Chamberlayne, of the law firm Stewarts, says it should be possible to insure private e-scooters, though. “The current trials treat e-scooters as motor vehicles and it would make sense to continue to do so. That includes compulsory insurance, the cost of which need not be high. It could be a simple add-on to household or existing motor insurance.”

In Coventry, a scheme operated by the Swedish firm Voi was paused after just five days because of people riding in pedestrianised areas. “I was absolutely shocked to see riders going on the pavement, whizzing around, going the wrong way, scooters discarded all over the city centre,” said Sarah Gayton, a campaigner for the National Federation of the Blind. She would like to see e-scooters “disappear from the UK”.

She is not the only one. David Davies, the executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) – and not the MP for Monmouth – questions how wonderful and beneficial e-scooters are. “I think there is a lot of greenwash attached to them, saying they reduce car journeys, often citing cities in the US where there is no alternative to the car. European cities have public transport facilities; shops are more local. Fundamentally, the trips on e-scooters come from walking and to a lesser extent cycling and public transport.”

Pacts also has serious concerns about their safety. Davies does not agree with Federico that they are equivalent to a bicycle. “They are significantly more risky, because the rider is standing upright on very small wheels – typically 8in, compared with a 27in bicycle wheel. Usually, the rider isn’t wearing a helmet; they get pitched forward, and they tend to have nasty facial injuries.”

The TV presenter Emily Hartridge last year became the first e-scooter rider to die when she collided with a lorry at a roundabout in London. Davies says e-scooters are a risk to pedestrians, too; he mentions a woman who was recently knocked into a canal in London by an e-scooter rider who did not even stop. It’s because of such abuses that one US company is promoting e-scooters that will turn themselves off as soon as they stray into unauthorised areas.

Most riders are young men, Davies says. My brief foray into e-scootering does nothing to suggest that he is wrong. (Halfords has not done a gender breakdown, but it says 47% of its e-scooter customers are under 35.) I post on Nextdoor, the neighbourhood social network, to ask if anyone nearby has an e-scooter I can have a go on. James Khan replies; he has just imported a bunch from China, which he is going to sell. We meet in the park and he has a couple with him, one worth £500 and a more powerful one with a seat, which he is going to sell for £750. “They’re green,” he says. “People don’t want to go on public transport because of the pandemic; we just saw it as an opportunity.” Khan agrees that his main market is going to be young men.

We are soon joined by one, e-scootering through the park. He is 18 and does not want to give his name, but he says he uses his e-scooter to get around. He used to ride it to college, but not any more; too many were being stolen. He is interested in the seat on James’s; they talk spec, range and speed. Another rider of a similar age shows up to compare e-scooters. None of them are wearing a helmet.

Make that none of us, because it is my turn now, first on the path (also not allowed, although there is no one walking on it), then on the road. It is great – quick, easy, clean and, as Federico said, a tremendous amount of fun. I pass a couple more e-scooters on the pavement – young men, late teens or early 20s, probably not hedge fund managers. One of them does not appreciate being overtaken, rides off the kerb on to the road, then screams – well, whines – past me, triumphantly. I am going at 15 mph; he is doing at least double that.

Then, at the T-junction, he pulls out without looking properly. A car screeches to a halt, the e-scooter rider swerves, wobbles, stays on – just – and continues. The car driver honks and shouts after him – you can imagine what.

I think it is safe to say my 10-minute inaugural ride has taken in most of the concerns surrounding e-scooters.

Riding YAMAHA New Electric Bikes

Riding YAMAHA’S new Electric Bikes

Yamaha is one of those companies that’s different things to different people. For us, it’s all about motorcycles, for others, the company might be about music or snowmobiles. Now, Yamaha has been getting more and more serious about electric bicycles. The Yamaha YDX Moro and Moro Pro are legit electric mountain bikes worthy of head-to-head comparison against the bigshots of the bicycle world. We got to spend a day riding Yamaha’s new E-bikes in the San Bernardino mountains.

Yamaha YDX Moro Pro Electric Bikes

These are Yamaha’s first full-suspension Class one electric mountain bikes, using 27.5″ wheels and offering 160mm of travel. The difference between the Moro and the Moro Pro is primarily componentry. The Moro uses a RockShox Revelation RC fork and Deluxe Select+ rear shock while the Moro Pro uses YARI RC fork and Super Deluxe Select+ rear shock. The shifers and the wheels are also upgraded on the Moro Pro, which is why it sells for more: $5499 vs $4499. Both have Yamaha’s next-generation PW-X2 drive unit, which has fairly sophisticated programming compared to anything we are familiar with.

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For the frame, Yamaha has a split top tube, which allows a lower standover height. In the past, we got the feeling that Yamaha was primarily interested in making and selling its drive units. The complete bikes just seemed half-hearted. This is different. The new mountain bike frame shows some committed thought and engineering. Up front, we have to confess that we aren’t experts in the bicycle business. We are motorcycle guys and we tend to approach everything two-wheeled from that perspective. We do, however, share an office with Electric Bikes Action, and those guys are certifiable experts. You can see what they had to say in the video below.

As for us, the new Yamahas strike us as the best of that young industry so far. The bike, in either guise, is a well balanced, user-friendly machine. It has a super smooth pedal-assisted power delivery. We have ridden others that are so abrupt that control is difficult. The power and weight of electric mountain bikes can easily exceed the limitations of traditional bicycle components. The wheels, tires and suspension just aren’t up to the increased demands. With the Yamaha’s smooth assistance, you don’t have that problem. It offers power levels that will be familiar to anyone who has previously riden pedal-assisted mountain bikes, plus there are other modes that can be helpful. MTB and MTB Extra Power mode react a little more accurately to the power provided by the rider. Just as importantly, they stop providing assistance when you stop pedalling with very little time lag. Yamaha also offers an Auto mode that adjusts the amount of assistance over a wider range. Then there’s Push Assist Mode, which is basically push-button power for those situations where you can’t get enough pedal stroke to get underway. That’s very useful.

Pete Murray on the trails at Sky Park in the San Bernardino Mountains.

As motorcycle guys who use bicycles for training, we’re fascinated with electric bikes and love the fact that Yamaha is finally serious about offering a legitimate contender. We’ve discovered you can get the same workout on an E-bike as on an old-school pedal bike, you just have more fun and cover more ground. Most of the Pros in the off-road racing world use electric bikes to pre-ride race courses. WORCS and GNCC both have separate EMTB classes just for that. The fact that most high-end bicycles are almost the same price as Yamaha’s pedal-assist offerings make it that much better. If you’re one of those guys who has been waiting for the technology in the E-bike world to level off before you invest in it, the time has come.

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