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Sea Otter Stories: Fear And Loathing In Laguna Seca

Cain Ramirez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cowgirl Bike Courier. He has been designated by Cyclelicious as part of the less-than-one percent of transportation cyclists that identify as “Strong & Fearless”. It started off as a joke. Rich had just posted a press release for the Sea Otter Classic on Twitter. In it was mention of read more » Continue reading »

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Crazy eBike race at Sea Otter, 2nd Edition

Bosch eBike Systems invites racers to participate in the 2017 Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21st at the Sea Otter Classic. This year’s eMTB race looks to be bigger and better than ever, with a new race course that will test even the best read more » Continue reading »

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Pedal faster for safety!

You know when you’re just riding along at 20 MPH and some guy in a car at the cross road glances briefly past you before he blows through the stop sign and cuts you off? Apparently, research shows that pedaling cadence is one of the factors motorists use to judge your speed. Dr Katja Schleinitz read more » Continue reading »

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Vintage Electric Bikes

We all see many electric bicycles with designs inspired by the Igor Pachmelnik Zakuskov school of engineering. They’re functional enough, but these cobbled hunks of junk don’t inspire. I’ve seen another trend to counter this function-over-form mindset. These are electric bicycles with design cues borrowed from the early days of motorcycles. Take, for example, the read more »
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Over the hill on an electric bicycle

Neal at NTS Works in Santa Cruz built up a prototype Fat Free electric assist bicycle for me to try over the next few days. Of course I took it straight from assembly to a 32 mile ride with 2000 feet of elevation over the Santa Cruz Mountains without so much as a shakedown ride. read more »
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See NTS Works new ebike at tonight’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup

NTS Works in Santa Cruz gave me a shot at trying their new “Fat Free” ebike a few weeks ago. NTS Works found Neal Saiki will discuss the features of this machine at tonight’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup, which takes place at the Cruzio Green Building on Cedar Street beginning at 6 PM. Before Neal read more »

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Fat bikes everywhere at Sea Otter 2014

Every style of bikes are available to demo as the Sea Otter Classic wraps up today. The standout this year: fat tire bikes from numerous vendors. Shown above is On One’s Fatty with their new hot pink “Floater” four inch tires.  I overheard this brand ambassador tell her colleague that this was the first time read more »

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2×4 electric cargo bike live on Kickstarter

NTS Works just went live with their Kickstarter campaign for the 2×4 electric cargo bike. The goal is $100,000. The first 100 bikes are deeply discounted on Kickstarter at $3,600. Other incentives for supporting NTS Works include a cargo bike parking sign (shown above) at the $50 level, and a desk sized scale model with read more »

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This is an electric assist bicycle

This Electrolyte “One Armed Bandit” electric assist bicycle puts the battery inside of the “Lefty” style mono-fork. The front hub motor connects directly to this battery-fork assembly. 36 volt 320 watt hour battery can provide up to 100 km of pedal assist power to the 250 watt motor, which is speed governed to 25 km/h. read more »

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A Santa Cruz cargo bike at Eurobike

My neighbor Neal Saiki is at Eurobike to show off his 2×4 electric assist cargo bike. Neal and his wife Lisa founded Zero Motorcycles in 2006 and began designing this cargo bike before he sold Zero in 2011. The EU compliant 250 watt motor might seem a little underpowered by American standards, especially on a read more »

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