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10th May, 2016

Chainless electric bicycles are probably on the way

By Micah Singleton

Bike2’s electric motor is intriguing, but raises questions

Bike2 has built a chainless electric bike motor that it hopes will become a major part of bicycle manufacturing moving forward. The chainless e-drive system will allow manufacturers (at whom it’s targeted) to outfit standard bicycles with an electric motor that can be recharged as the user pedals.

What Bike2 hasn’t discussed is what happens when your bike runs out of juice. It’s fully electric, so there’s no way to manually pedal like you would with a chain-drive bike. Does it turn into a stationary bike until you manually recharge it by pedaling? [...]

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3rd May, 2016

Make your bike electric with this swap-in tire

By David Lumb

The fully-funded Kickstarter project trades an ordinary tire for a battery-powered one.

Electric bikes have been around for decades but haven’t broken out of their niche audience. Instead of building a bicycle around electric power,GeoOrbital is a universal wheel you can swap into your existing bike to power your ride.

GeoOrbital’s creators had previously worked at SpaceX and Ford, companies that know a thing or two about renovating traditional transportation. The device replaces the front wheel in bikes with 26-inch or 700c (28-inch/29-inch) size tires; either way, its proprietary foam wheel won’t get a flat when punctured. Additionally, [...]

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