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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These ageless retro bikes fight against planned obsolescence

October 25, 2016 by  
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Looking for an electric bike with a timeless, retro look? Vintage Electric Bikes has you covered. The company is dedicated to handcrafting gorgeous and distinctive bikes that stand the test of time and fight back against planned obsolescence. Lead designer and founder Andrew Davidge writes , “I am determined to only manufacture products that can be passed down through generations to come.” Vintage Electric’s e-bikes come in three distinct models , retailing between $4995 and $6995. They can reach a racing speed of 36 MPH and have a range of 35 miles when used at legal street speeds (20 MPH). When plugged in, the battery takes only two hours to fully recharge, making them perfect for running errands or commuting to work. While the Cruz and Tracker models are clearly designed with city travel in mind, the limited edition Scrambler will appeal to those with a desire to go offroad. Related: Tempus launches stylish e-bikes modeled after vintage café racers While the specs of each model differ, it just takes a quick glance to see that these frames are made of highly durable materials like chromoly steel and hydroformed aluminum. Even the tires are made to stand the test of time with a Kevlar lining woven inside – yes, the same material used in bullet-proof vests can be used to prevent an ill-timed flat. The bikes can be ordered online at Vintage Electric’s website, or purchased from a local dealer if you just can’t wait or would like to take one for a test drive. + Vintage Electric Bikes

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VanMoof unveils new Electrified S super-connected electric smart-bike with 500% power boost

April 5, 2016 by  
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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

October 15, 2015 by  
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It’s that time of year again: people across the United States are eating and drinking pumpkin everything , storefronts are decked out in fake cobwebs and creepy eyeball lights, and Inhabitat is launching the best Halloween costume contest to date with a chance to win a VANMOOF electric bike valued at a whopping $3,000 . Which means the competition will be stiffer than ever. We aren’t looking for witch hats from Target, folks. We’re looking for the most innovative, thought-provoking DIY costumes made by you for you – not in some factory in China. Luckily, we have a host of brilliant past costumes to share as inspiration. So roll up your sleeves, evoke your creative ghouls, and enter Inhabitat’s 2015 Halloween Contest by October 31st, 2015 for a chance to win the world’s first intelligent electric bike complete with built-in GPS tracking. ENTER YOUR ADULT COSTUMES HERE > ENTER YOUR KIDS’ COSTUMES HERE > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

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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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Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life

July 20, 2015 by  
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Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

July 20, 2015 by  
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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

August 6, 2014 by  
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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi , bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes. Read the rest of Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle charges electronics , bicycles , e-bike , electric bicycle , electric bikes , Flux project , gadget charging bike , green transportation , inductive bicycle lanes , Inductive coupling , Offer Canfi , Royal College of Art

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ICON’s Sexy E-Flyer Electric Bike Puts a Modern Twist on WWI Board Racers

November 5, 2013 by  
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Bike aficionados and green tech buffs will love the new Icon E-Flyer Electric Bike, which combines modern technology with the classic elegance of World War I board racers. Each of the 50 limited edition two-wheelers, with a top speed of up to 36 miles per hour, is handcrafted to bring that retro look of the first motorcycles ever made into the modern age. Read the rest of ICON’s Sexy E-Flyer Electric Bike Puts a Modern Twist on WWI Board Racers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery-powered vehicles , electric bikes , ev vehicles , green transportation , Icon E-Flyer Electric Bike , Icon electric bikes , Icon EV vehicles , LED lights , retro bikes , vintage motorbikes , vintage motorcycles        

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