The Annual Spring Pilgrimage: A Sea Otter Classic Preview
My annual Spring pilgrimage to the Sea Otter Classic, taking place this year April 14-17, begins with a drive up the California coast towards Montana de Oro (Mountain of Gold) State Park in Los Osos. The terrain provides marvelous MTB explorations with a challenging technical…
The Perfect E-Commuter: A Buying Guide
No e-bike will be perfect for every commuter and use-case, but there is an optimal electric two-wheeled vehicle for you. This primer will help you select an e-bike that satisfies your functional requirements and falls within your financial constraints.
eMTB: Full-Day Adventures Turn Into Morning Explorations
Saturday, January 2 the Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosted Open Access Day at Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. Individuals were permitted to bike, hike or
Pedego Stretch Cargo Bike – Updated and Revisited
The Pedego Stretch cargo bike has been retained by BICYCLIST for the last four months. We plan to share our experiences with the bike in the future issues as the “Stretch” has been very popular with the BICYCLIST staff. This cargo bike seems to be…
DIY E-Commuters: Get Started on Building Up Your Own ‘Franken’ ebike
Many excellent bike shops in Southern California already sell e-commuters, with more retailers adding them their inventory every month. So then why would anyone want to assemble a do-it-yourself (DIY) e-bike when there are scores of superb OEM models available? The reasons, many and varied, include the cost savings, the assurance that the conversion of a bike that already fits you perfectly will continue to do so as an e-bike, a new hobby, the feeling of accomplishment and an intimate knowledge of the functional parameters of your bike.
For Pure Enjoyment, A Look At The E-LUX Newport Cruiser
H.L. Mencken said that one characteristic of Americans is we’re afraid that someone somewhere is having fun. If that’s the case, we need to close our collective eyes when someone rides by on an E-LUX cruiser, because they’re definitely having a good time.
Easy Motion EasyGO Race eBike: Single Speed Commuting Made Easier
The EasyGo Race is built to zip around the city, giving the feel of a very fast single speed. The motor sensitivity is very well tuned, almost taking the place of gearing.
Stromer e-Commuter ST1 X: Half the Price and Just As Good
The ST1 X has the same frame as the ST2 S and both models move stealthily. We tested the ST1 X on both short rides and long touring expeditions. The three levels of PAS, low, medium and “Captain Kirk, can we slow down a little” were very effective in moderating speed, and we were able to exceed 30 mph on this bike almost as easily as on the ST2 S.
The Trail Blazing Pedego Ridge Rider
The Ridge Rider is a mountain bike powered by an impressive 500 watt Dapu brushless geared rear hub motor. The bike has five levels of pedal assist (PAS) with a throttle override for full power on demand at each level plus a throttle-only mode. The motor was more than equal to any ascent that we attempted and the drivetrain and brakes performed with the excellence we expected of them.