Bike Tech Blog:

This is where we geek out over anything with circuitry that goes on a bike -- or on a cyclist.

Lights, electric bike kits, GPS, computer systems, and other bike tech gadgets.

And we'll take a closer look at some of the products found on Bike Tech Shop.

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The Latest From Electric Bikes

Sergeii’s Piano E-Bike and Road to a Million

“My goal is to get Paul McCartney’s attention to endorse bicycle e-power to the music industry.”

The contraption fueling this goal: Sergeii’s Bionx powered bicycling piano.  Best of luck to our ambitious, innovative and bicycle advocating friend — We’re rooting for you!

Bionx Winter Trike

Says Gus of his winter rig:

I don’t have a car and use a trike for my shopping trips in the winter (about 10-15 miles round trip).  This is my newest creation using 20″ Wandertec Bongo wheels.  The BionX I had from my previous trike.  In the warmer months I use a conventional touring type bike with 4 panniers.

Gus’ winter panniers look awfully familiar

For more tips on winter touring and commuting, check out the wealth of information on our sister-blog Commute By Bike.  Most recently, and extremely entertaining – adventures commuting through the harsh Alaskan winter.

Jean-Paul’s “Incroyable” BionX

Bonjour, je suis Mr. Jean Paul je viens de passé une commande pièces BionX, je suis très contant de votre site BikeTech Shop, rapide paiement avec PayPal,  de France au État Unie, merci.  Cordialement, Mr. Jean Paul.  Bonne fêtes à toute l’équipe
Google translate:  Jean-Paul is very happy with his BionxX purchase from Bike Tech Shop.  PayPal (apparently the same in French) was quick and easy, as was our FedEx International delivery to France.  Happy Holiday to you as well, Jean-Paul.  Enjoy the easy (er) ride.  Bonne fêtes et profiter de la balade facile.

Winter Mess Riding

It’s been dry for the last month in Flagstaff. But today we woke up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground. So it is finally appropriate to publish a few images of riding in the snow in Flagstaff. And I get to test out my new winter bike commuting gear, a pair of Garmont Winter Boots that I got for Christmas and some old ski goggles that I think will do well in the flying snow.

A view of the BionX controller on the Urbana Current (Bar Mitts Frozen from being parked outside)

The Slush

E-Bikes: The Great New Way to Con Your Friends to Go Cycling

When my friends Ben and Jaimie were out last Thanksgiving, I was able to con them into going on a bike ride. Ben and Jaimie are not cycling nerds dying to go on a bike ride whenever possible. They do like cycling in Chicago and do some bike commuting. Jaimie even reviewed a Vaude Pannier for us recently over at CommuteByBike.com. But that said, they typically don’t consider cycling as something on the top of their recreational activities.

A visit with Ben and Jaimie more typically involves things like sitting around talking, drinking coffee, playing Settlers of Catan and other intellectually but not necessarily physically stimulating activities. As a cycling nerd, I’m always looking for a way to con my family and friends into going on bike rides without to seriously imposing on their style. With a bunch of electric bikes hanging around the shop for the JOYBAG project I had the perfect bait for suggesting we go for a bike ride.

A2B Metro and Urbana Current Electric Bikes on a Neighborhood Spin

Merry Christmas from BikeShopHub.com

A2B Metro E-Basket

I wasn’t really using this basket to carry laundry. But zip tying on the back of the A2B Metro’s bike rack was a convenient place to get it home to where it was needed. I think there is an interesting collision of junk, tetchiness and consumer products in this photo bending in tones of grey.

RideKick Trailers and BikeTechShop.com

With the launch of BikeTechShop.com, we are becoming quite familiar with electric bike and electric assist kits. Another direction in electric that we’ve always been interested especially given our roots with BikeTrailerShop.comhas been electric powered bike trailers. The idea of having an electric push from a bike trailer has intrigued us from multiple perspectives.

  1. It allows for the a non-electric assist bike to be quickly converted into an electric bike.
  2. For someone or a family with multiple bikes, one investment in an electric assist unit can be shuffled between multiple bikes.
  3. The electric assist is there when you need it the most, basically when you are carrying cargo in the bike trailer.

Reality Sucks – Buy an Electric Bike

We’ve been enjoying all of the uproar over GM’s recent Reality Sucks ad campaign, directing college loosers to become winners by further signing their lives away to paying off a car loan.

Many cycling bloggers and even Giant bicycles have glommed onto this softball that GM lobbed over the plate and GM’s own Facebook Page for their college promotion has become a major hatefest against GM.

We’d like to join in and capitalize on the ridicule by promoting our end of year closeouts on our 2011 electric bikes that we still have in stock. We still have 4 fast and efficient electric bikes available to get you around town just as quickly as you might in a new (or even used GM car or truck) at a fraction of the operating and purchasing costs.

We are offering 20% off on the four following bikes:

Ohm Urban XU 700 – 18.5″ silver frame – was $3299 now only $2639
Hebb ElectroGlide 500 – 17″ silver frame – was $2199 now only $1759
A2B Velociti – white frame – was $2199 now only $1759
A2B Velociti – red frame – was $2199 now only $1759

Please Note: this offer is for in store purchases only on the 4 select models – while supplies last.

Ohm E-Bike Urban XU700

Paul’s Extrawheel Classic Trailer on Electric Recumbent Tour

We’ve just kicked of an Extrawheel Trailer sale (thru Oct. 10th), so I’ll be posting up a few Extrawheel related posts that have been building up in the queue. During the sale period, the Extrawheel Voyager is $225 and the Extrawheel Advert is $269.

Our reader Paul sent in this photo of the classic style Extrawheel hooked up to his Bacchetta recumbent with a Bionx electric bike kit. The original style Extrawheel had a large fender wrapping over the wheel with nets for waterproof drysaks. A few years ago they switched to the new simpler and tougher setup which is basically a rack that fits around the wheels allowing for any size of pannier including Extrawheel’s enormous Expert or Dry panniers. Paul utilized his Extrawheel Classic similarly to the new style Extrawheel Voyager by mounting his panniers to it rather than using the cargo nets..

Here's my new recumbent bike with an engine Bacchetta BionX, battery and trailer Extrawheeel, ready to leave. The engine is very easy to start and place the feet on the pedals.