In this episode we discuss the claims of “weak culture” in cycling, complacency in cycling media, how Domino’s is utilizing electric bikes for delivery, and soon all Trek Road Bikes will have compact cranksets.
In today’s episode we discuss options for traveling with a bicycle, or how to acquire a bicycle while traveling. We also discuss some stages and information from the Giro d’Italia 2019, as well as a discussion on following the Pro World Tour in Europe. Also a book recommendation for Father’s Day (or casual reading), and some industry news.
Although I’m a die-hard roadie, I do enjoy getting a little dirt on my cleats. So when Yamaha invited BICYCLIST to preview the Wabash on the legendary SoCal Belgian Waffle Ride course, I put my snow shovel away, packed sun tan lotion and headed west for an e-adventure.
The all-new lineup of road bikes includes the UrbanRush, a drop-bar do everything road bike, the CrossConnect, a completely accessorized commuter/utility bike, and the CrossCore, a high style efficient fitness bike. Yamaha’s performance hardtail e-mountain bike, the YDX-TORC is also now available.
This new ebike represents the gateway to enjoying the space in between where these new riders are and where they’re going. The Parkway retails for $2,799.00 and features a lightweight, quiet and award winning (2017, Red Dot Design) e-assist system from Bosch’s Active Line.
ZBIKE stands out from the rest of the electric bicycles on the market. We’ve seen a lot of iterations of the same model with an emphasis on fast and furious, but few have been as unique as this one. The design allows for some stand-out features you might not be used to seeing.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has announced full specifications and pricing for its complete line of power assist electric bicycles. While e-Bikes are new for Yamaha in the US this year, Yamaha created the e-Bike segment in the early 1990s and has made and sold more e-Bikes (~2 million) and e-Bike motors (~4 million) than any other OEM in the world.
Pedego® Electric Bikes has announced a program for shoppers seeking savings without compromise on gently used Pedego bikes. Participating Pedego stores are now offering sales of Certified Pre-Loved Pedego electric bikes with the protection of a 12-month warranty.
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 2017 Koda is an improved version of their 2015 model that was one of five finalists for e-bike of the year at Interbike. The Koda is listed as a “sports commuter” and satisfies the designation very well.
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.
A 28mph Class 3 e-bike like the Trek XM700+ can be fully utilized on Class 2 and 3 bike routes in California, but can also be used on Class 1 trails with the electric system disengaged. You’ll have a tough time depleting a full battery, but the bike makes an excellent hybrid even without the pedal assist.