San Francisco bike shop lets you trade in car for e-bike

April 17, 2017 by  
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A new bike store in the Bay Area of San Francisco has come up with an interesting way to get people to reduce their transportation footprint. Electric bikes make a great alternative for commutes in cities like San Francisco , but many people find the hefty price tag of an e-bike prohibitive. The New Wheel solves that by allowing patrons to trade in their old vehicles for an e-bike – and a healthier lifestyle. San Francisco’s 74 hills don’t make for pleasant bike commutes – unless you’ve got an e-bike to help you. The New Wheel is making it easier for people to obtain e-bikes. Patrons can bring in their old cars, and the bike shop will take notes on the car’s condition and mileage, and send the information to Roadster.com . 48 hours later they make patrons an offer, and will even come pick up the old car and deliver a check. Ideally patrons will spend some of that money on an e-bike at The New Wheel, but aren’t required to do so. Related: Propella’s lightweight electric bike rides like a regular bike Shop co-founder Brett Thurber told Fast Company, “We’ve always been in the business of trying to figure out ways to get people out of cars and onto bikes. With all the traffic and even parking, it’s not convenient anymore, in many instances, to own a car. I think the thing we’re up against is just habit.” The New Wheel has adopted other ideas from the car industry to help people get used to the idea of owning a bike as their main vehicle. They offer financing for e-bikes and allow people to trade in their old e-bikes. They even offer roadside assistance; if bikers get a flat tire The New Wheel will pick them up twice a year and give them a free ride up to 30 miles. + The New Wheel Via Fast Company Images via Pixabay and Tom Lowenthal on Flickr

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Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

March 20, 2017 by  
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Are you intrigued by electric bicycles but already own a regular bike? UrbanX created a drop-in wheel that can turn almost any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only takes around one minute to install and boasts an impressive range of 30 miles on a single charge. The UrbanX bike wheel simplifies e-bikes: add their wheel and you’re good to go. The product adds an additional 15 pounds to a bike, which isn’t as heavy or clunky as some electric bikes can be. The company behind the product offers the wheel in six sizes; they say it will fit 99 percent of bikes. Their compact battery charges in an hour and a half. Related: Juicer electric bikes bridge dorky environmentalism and cool-guy style https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934648866/urbanx-convert-any-bike-to-an-electric-bike-in-60/description The company offers a 240 watt motor and a 350 watt motor. The 240W motor’s top speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) while the 350W motor’s top speed is 20mph. Bikers can also pedal as normal; UrbanX includes a three level pedal assist system that can be switched via an app. UrbanX says their product “works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100 percent of motor output is utilized to power your ride.” They came up with their patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to boost the battery and motor’s efficiency. UrbanX isn’t the first company to come out with such a product; GeoOrbital also recently unveiled a bike wheel that converts bicycles into e-bikes within 60 seconds. The look of the two wheels are quite different, and UrbanX’s 240W motor wheel is much less expensive than GeoOrbital’s wheel. To help bring their product to market, UrbanX also turned to crowdfunding . With over 30 days to go, they’ve raised more than double their initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter . The limited early bird prices for the tires start at $299. UrbanX ambitiously says they’ll be delivering the wheels this summer. Via TreeHugger Images via UrbanX Electric Wheel Facebook

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Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

April 11, 2016 by  
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Even in a refugee camp , this man is working to build a better life. Safwan Harb fled Syria with two family members, and they settled in Zaatari , a refugee camp monitored by the United Nations and government of Jordan. Yet Harb and his family are all disabled, and it was difficult for them to get around on Zaatari’s uneven dirt streets. So Harb designed a creative electric bicycle . Read the rest of Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

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Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican City for social justice conference

April 11, 2016 by  
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Environmental and social justice will be the topics at an upcoming meeting at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences , and one US presidential hopeful has been invited to speak: Senator Bernie Sanders . The visit could be an important moment for the Senator to convey his ideas about the economy on a global scale. Read the rest of Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican City for social justice conference

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Conquer hills in style with the elegant Faraday Cortland electric bicycle

February 8, 2016 by  
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The beautiful Bolt electric motorcyle can be ridden like a bicycle

December 10, 2015 by  
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SitGo is a foldable electric bike that charges using a cigarette lighter receptacle

October 29, 2015 by  
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SitGo is a unique, portable electric bicycle that can be charged with a car’s cigarette lighter receptacle. SitGo is not an ordinary electric bicycle – along with its unique, efficient design, it has a USB port for charging your devices while on the go. It also has a 360-degree rotating cell phone holder allowing you to ride while listening to the music or keeping an eye on your navigation. When you get to where you are going, the SitGo can be folded up to slip under your desk or in a closet. You can help bring the handy little electric bike to the world by funding the SitGo campaign on Kickstarter . + SitGo on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Vela is the bike of the future in the body of a classic cruiser

July 20, 2015 by  
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  Vela is the bike of the future, wrapped up in the body of a classic fixed-gear cruiser.  The beautiful, electric single-speed cruiser comes with a Li-ion 370Wh removable battery, GPS tracking, anti-theft alarm system, and a control panel with a USB port, battery life LED indicator, and charging port. With a battery  range of at least 20 miles and full charging in 90 minutes, it can take you anywhere you need to go. Users can track Vela via GPS on their Google Maps application – compatible with iOS and Android. An internal 100dB motion sensitive, remote controlled sound alarm activates if anyone tries to steal it, and the Pure Pedal Assist System allows a clean look without throttles or switches. In fact, all of the electronics – including the wires, connectors, circuits, and the battery – are inside the Chromoly Steel classic frame. Hop over to Vela to snap up one of your very own. + Vela Bike The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Revolutionize your daily commute with the stylish and futuristic Spark e-bike

February 25, 2015 by  
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Canadian company Shocke bikes designed a new kind of electric bike that’s guaranteed to spice up your daily commute. Introducing the Shocke Spark , a stylish and sleek all-terrain electric bike that offers all the power, durability, and hi-tech gadgetry of high-end e-bikes for a fraction of the cost. Equipped with an easy-to-remove 36V 12AH lithium ion battery that provides up to 43.5 miles of juice, the 7-speed Spark helps riders stay safe with LED turn signal lights and can even project a laser illuminated bike path. Want one of your own? Head over to Shocke Bike’s Kickstarter to help bring Spark to production and learn more about its many other hi-tech features. + Spark Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bikes , electric bicycle , electric bike , laser illuminated bike path , LED , lithium ion battery , reader submitted content , Shocke Bikes , Spark

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Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

February 25, 2015 by  
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The long-time head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment filed in his home country, India. Rajendra K. Pachauri was chairman of the panel for 13 years and one of the world’s strongest voices against climate change. But the New York Times reports he tendered his resignation shortly after a woman employed at an institute he heads accused him of unwanted text messages, emails and other contact. Read the rest of Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , i.p.c.c. , International Panel on Climate Change , pachauri , resigns , sexual harrassment allegations , steps down , U.N , United Nations

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