Category: ebike

2×4 electric cargo bike live on Kickstarter

Cargo bike parking sign

NTS Works just went live with their Kickstarter campaign for the 2×4 electric cargo bike.

The goal is $100,000. The first 100 bikes are deeply discounted on Kickstarter at $3,600. Other incentives for supporting NTS Works include a cargo bike parking sign (shown above) at the $50 level, and a desk sized scale model with moving parts made on a rapid prototype machine for $200. If you can’t afford the cargo bike I think that scale model sounds pretty cool as a gift for the bike nerd in your life.

Pedego electric fat tire bike

I ran into Doug of ELV Motors of Santa Clara last Friday night at Bike Party. He rode Pedego’s “Trail Tracker” fat tire electric assist bike.

Pedego electric fat bike

You can read the history of this bike over at, but the short of it is that this $3000 singlespeed bike features a 48V 10AH lithium battery to power a 600 watt geared hub motor in the rear wheel to drive those big fat Innova 26×4 inch tires.

I didn’t try this bike but it looks like it could be fun.

Pedego electric fat bike

More electric bike news

Everybody’s talking about this Treehugger poll and the e-bike market which is expected to grow to $11 billion by 2020. I think this is the world wide market. In the USA, e-bikes are lower impact than SUVs, minivans and cars, but I think $11 billion worth of electric bikes mostly means 200 million Chinese citizens will trade up their pedal bikes to electric bikes and scooters.

Europeans are buying more electric bikes, too. One of the concerns I’ve heard in America is you’ll get more newbies attempting to ride more bike than they can handle. German insurance companies are apparently concerned, too, and performed electric bike crash tests. (Via Jenny.

Cat’s new electric super cruiser

Even if you don’t know Cat, you might have seen his old Blackbird Super Cruiser around town. He recently completed an all new redesign that’s more better than the original.

About five years ago, Cat bought an electric conversion kit for his cruiser style bicycle. That bike broke after about 2000 miles of hard-commuting miles, but he had such a ball he decided to build a new cruiser from scratch. Most people who see Cat and his bike just call it “The Bike,” but he calls it the Blackbird Super Cruiser. I first saw the Blackbird in 2010.

Cat's chopper