E-bikes took charge in 2013 and more than ever, e-bikes and e-bike solutions seemed to be either in the concept, production and/or distribution stage in North America. Fat bikes also gained traction this year and the trend’s upward trajectory means that cyclists now have a genuine solution to winter riding woes. A few of the famously-ruined P.I.G.S. economies (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain) also made news this year by reporting that more bikes than cars were sold, which raised some eyebrows considering the <ahem> nationalities of certain Formula 1 super stars.
This totally grin-worthy bike is a cure for boredom (and pollution, obesity, and so on). It’s small enough to throw in the backseat of your car should opportunity present itself and, at $150-$230, it won’t put much of a dent in your budget.
Since bikes are my preferred method of transportation, anything that makes it possible for me to get around by bike whenever I’m in a new city usually translates to saving me time and money, which make me happy too.
Commuting by bike has been so trendy lately that it’s newsworthy, thanks to a dramatic increase in the number of bike commuters hitting city streets. Unfortunately, the “the most visible cyclists are the brain-dead jackamoes that pedal through stop signs begging for pain and death” seem to be the cyclists that do matter, at least to drivers. What Jo wrote next should be repeated often, loudly, and by the commuters who think they should matter (that’s me, that’s you).
While war re-enactors might regard the Icon E-Flyer with upturned noses, given its modern power source, the bike’s classic look and limited production run of 50 bikes nearly qualifies it as a collector’s item.
What’s a “best of” post doing in a “best of” post? The first ‘graf says it all. There’s mention of an e-bike so top secret that the author was sworn to keep mum before she was allowed to see it. There’s also a convenient comparison chart for a short, sweet overview of e-bike features.
Small, quiet, and costing next to nothing to “fuel” and maintain, the UPS Cargo Cruiser is a brilliant solution that could become increasingly important in clustered urban environments in a world where energy prices are only rising.
The concept: filthy air passes through a handlebar mounted filter and blasts clean air into the face of the rider and the world behind him. This isn’t just a good idea but rather could become a vital necessity to curing sick cities of their pollution problems.
Earlier this year, North America’s largest cycling festival, the Sea Otter Classic, set aside space in its venue for e-bikes, sent out invitations to e-bike companies, and eagerly waited for what surely would be an overwhelming response to come show off e-bikes to a wad of consumers. But nothing. Then, in September, it was practically raining e-bikes at the industry’s annual tradeshow, Interbike, which we reported on here, here, and here. What makes Bosch so special is that it tends to make stuff that works…really well. That counts in this new stampede to stake a claim in the e-bike market, and Bosch probably wouldn’t gamble a 125-year reputation on a crappy product, which is why it’s on this list.
Ya, I know this isn’t specifically about bikes but it’s worth mentioning for the basic reason pointed out by the author, “anything that keeps me ‘not dead’ is cool.”
In the spirit of full disclosure, I live in Spain where I race and ride bikes year-round so this story has personal significance. However, this is the third story of its kind, after Greece and Italy reported similar findings. Citizens in these famously-ruined economies looking for ways to trim household expenses have found the solution at their local bike shop, which is saying something when one of the world’s top-ranked Formula 1 drivers is Spanish.
I’m a bit of a hard-boiled skeptic when it comes to new sensations in the bike biz (remember biopace? my knees do) but when I saw these cartoonish bikes, they seemed too outlandish to pass up. After trying a few, the symptomatic grinning was so persistent that I looked like the Joker. For the first time in a long time, I’ve been desperately waiting for snow for the chance to roll another fattie.
The stealthy, zero-emissions features of this fatbike are nice and all but, practically speaking, how do you haul large game back to your vehicle after a successful hunt? Before you answer that, first you have to get to your hunting spot. The point is not extraction, but access and, considering that some private hunting grounds are closed to motorized vehicles, you begin to see the real merit of the Cogburn CB4 Realtree Camo bike.
And, to answer the question above, according to Hansi Johnson, Midwest region director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association — also a hunter and dedicated fatbiker, “Most folks are either quartering the animal and using the bike as a cart, are hauling it out with a true hand cart, or dragging it.”
If being able to convert an existing bike into an e-bike for a modest price isn’t cool enough, the Copenhagen Wheel features wireless connectivity to customize your ride, smart locking to discourage theft, and functions that integrate with your riding environment to personalize your experience. It doesn’t stop there, if you like to program your own apps, then the Copenhagen Wheel offers the option to program your desired functions into your ride. My knees nearly buckled at this, which is why it claims the top spot for my “13 Best of 2013.”