News Archives - e-bikes

Bicycle beaconisation’s the name, high-tech victim blaming’s the game

Everyone wants to stay safe on the roads. Unfortunately, there are wildly different ideas about how that’s best achieved. Beaonisation is a digital version of the red flag they waved ahead of early cars* – except this time it’s for cyclists. If you think fitting pedestrians and cyclists with transponders to prevent them being run over in the brave new…

Is my e-bike a bicycle or a motorcycle?

It’s deeply unhelpful that the term e-bike has become a catch-all for both road-legal, electrically assisted bicycles and full-blown battery powered motorcycles. And as if the water isn’t muddy enough, bikes in both camps can look similar, if not identical, to each other. Little wonder so many people are confused. UK law: Is my e-bike a bicycle or a motorcycle?…

What’s the biggest thing you’ve carried by bicycle?

With the exception of child seats, few of us here in Britain use bicycles as a way of carrying stuff of any size. By contrast, cyclists elsewhere in the world are dab hands at lashing all manner of cargo to bog-standard bikes. Adding luggage racks makes things a whole lot easier – elevating the humble bicycle into a veritable workhorse.…

EU says no to compulsory e-bike insurance

Electric bicycles in Europe will not require mandatory motor insurance after the European Court of Justice ruled e-bikes (EPACS) are not motor vehicles. According to a panel of five judges, e-bikes cannot be considered motor vehicles under EU law because they are not ‘propelled exclusively by means of mechanical power’. As a result, directive 2009/103, which covers civil liability from…

Is this the world’s most exotic DIY folding e-bike?

Not content with slashing the weight of his Brompton to a featherlight 7.1KG, retired engineer Derek Cranage once again beat the folder specialists at their own game by producing his own battery-powered version. And what a bike it is. All but the main frame has been replaced with lightweight parts – many of which Derek fabricated himself from carbon fibre and…