• Revealed here: The Mystical Bicycling Experience

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by in Community and Planet, Performance

    The Mystical Bicycling Experience Revealed Compared to the presumptuous car the humble bicycle costs far less, rarely brings speeding tickets, provides exercise, may be parked free on sidewalks, is low on emissions, bestows moral superiority, is efficiently simple, low on maintenance, saves money etc. These can be important, even crucial factors in deciding whether to [...]

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  • Pedaling Poetry

    Posted on November 7, 2013 by in Community and Planet, Our Fellow Riders

    That would be ‘pedaling’ not ‘peddling’ * RIDING IN TRAFFIC: unrelenting din of powered metal pushing through air filling our nostrils with what tail pipes are spewing rubber on pavement, muffled combustion, horns blare distraction ever mounting, impatience ever brewing. balancing with shakes and quiver, as cars incessantly and narrowly push by on an apron, [...]

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  • What’s the focus of this blog?

    Posted on July 4, 2013 by in Design and Technical

    Human/electric powered bikes: The Cyclist’s eBike While several categories of ebikes are being offered on the U.S. market this blog focuses on the distinct design that replicates closely the feel and handling of a quality regular bicycle, while providing significant but not overwhelming electric power. It augments—rather than replaces—the pedaling of the rider. The electric [...]

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  • The human power augmented, a.k.a. electric, bike

    Posted on July 3, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Our Fellow Riders, Performance

    The Adventure of Human Power Augmentation You may have noticed our references to ‘augmenting, not replacing human power’, ‘human power augmentation, ‘designed as if human power matters’, ‘hybrid electric bikes’ or ‘blending human and electric power? What are we talking about? We begin by wondering whether one actually always needs to take the step from [...]

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  • Torque sensing

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Performance, Reasons to Ride Electric

    Torque Sensing Pedal-Activation The motor responds instantly and proportionally when the rider steps on the pedal. It does so intuitively (rather than having to operate a throttle or wait for a rotation sensing system to kick in). Discover the advantages of the this system including when you need to restart on a steep hill or [...]

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  • What’s Watt?

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Health, Performance, Reasons to Ride Electric

    Motor Wattage and Performance Many a rider seems comfortable pedaling somewhere between 50 and 100 Watt ‘continuously’ on a regular bike. 80 W of pedaling is miraculously all that’s needed to glide along on level ground at 14 mph. Few of us can but briefly maintain 20 mph on level ground, for which 170 W [...]

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    Giant Twist electric bike

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Performance

    The Twist is the fourth generation model in Giant Bicycle Company’s electric bike series since entering the U.S. market. This highly evolved model comes with a state of the art drive system developed in cooperation with by Sanyo-Panasonic, uniquely incorporates two 9 Ah Li-Ion batteries = 18 Ah total delivering around 50+ miles of range, [...]

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    Panasonic electric folder

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Performance

    The Panasonic folder is another outstanding example of ebikes most akin to regular bicycles (read about the Giant Lite and Twist elsewhere on this blog). Its drive system is designed under Japanese regulations, which means torque sensing pedal activation with matching power til about 9 mph whereafter the power tapers off til shut-off at 15 [...]

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    Giant Lite electric bike

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Performance

    The highly accomplished, ‘reliable beyond belief’, torque sensing Lite was discontinued in 2006 to outpourings of disappointment on both sides of the Atlantic. The Lite was replaced by Giant’s equally outstanding Twist models. The Lite incorporates a pedal-activated drive system by Panasonic, the #1 electric bike manufacturer on the huge, sophisticated Japanese market. The system [...]

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  • Range

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Design and Technical, Performance

    ‘Range’ is the distance an electric bike can travel on fully charged, fairly new and warm batteries. Claims abound. While some may be accurate (stating the exact conditions under which a certain range is achieved), some estimates are accomplished under such rarefied test conditions as to render them irrelevant, others are too vague, overly enthusiastic [...]

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