Ride, compare electric bicycles Dec. 7

Myron's electric bicycle shop

Sam Townsend, owner of Myron’s Extreme Machines, one of Orange County’s largest electric bicycle dealers, is offering customers a chance to test ride and compare models of electric bicycles Saturday, Dec. 7.

Here’s a chance to ride an electric bicycle, and compare brands.

Myron’s Extreme Machines, Fullerton’s Electric Bicycle Center, is having an electric bicycle show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

All the bicycle brands sold by the shop will be available for test rides, Sam Townsend, owner, told the Veggie Biking. “We stock a total of 12 different brands and over 50 floor models to choose from making us one of the largest retail stores in the nation to sell electric bikes,trikes,and kits. We even stock an electric motorized trailer,” he writes on his web site.

Brands Include: iZip, eflow, eZip, E-motion, Motiv, Hebb, EG Bike, e-Joe, Juiced, eMoto, and BionX.

Myron’s, as a store, has 25 years experience selling and servicing gas and electric bikes. The shop offers test rides and side-by-side comparisons of bike brands. The Veggie Biker recently took a test ride on a pedal-assist electric bike that interests him. He has his electric Hebb bicycle serviced by Sam.

The store is open six days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The store started dealing in electric bikes in 1988. However, the lithium battery kicked off the electric bicycle industry in 2008.  Over the last 5 years electric bikes have been the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry, Sam writes.

There are bike shops in Orange County who do not let customers test ride electric bikes. This is a chance to try before you buy.

Bicycle Travel: Does your bike belong in a Bicycle Zoo?

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Photos copyright 2013 Robert R. Mercer

The Veggie Biker felt a bit like an Alice in a Wonderland when creatures from Austin’s Bicycle Zoo was spotted at the Austin Mini Maker Faire May 5. While the Veggie Biker used a Lytro Light Gathering System Camera to photograph Austin, he felt the exotic bicycles deserve even more exotic images.

Rather than use the original Lytro images, in which the viewer can zoom, focus and shift perspective, the Veggie Biker pulled out a Photography 101 assignment he created in Prague–3-D Stereoscopic Images. The assignment came about when he discovered folding stereo post cards with built-in viewers. Instead of making two images and mounting them together, the perspective shift of the Lytro allows you to make a stereoscopic image with just one exposure. You can shoot moving objects!

Of course, you don’t have an old-fashioned viewer; and you probably don’t want to order an inexpensive folding viever, so, just cross your eyes. You can cross your eyes, can’t you? Really, cross your eyes and put your nose about 5 inches away from screen. Ah, yes, that’s it.

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Cycling News: He’s pedaling his amphibian around the world

“Dutchman Ebrahim Hemmatnia is pedalling around England in a boat on the first stage of a fully human-powered round-the-world trip,” reports Bike Hub.

“Ebrahim Hemmatnia is currently making slow progress around England in a large, boat-shaped recumbent. He describes his adventure as a ‘tour with the world’s first amphibian and pedal-powered boat.’???

You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Cycling News: 28 mph electric bike is not illegal!!!?

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A street-legal 28 mph pedal assist bike. It is all in how your read the law written by the best Congress Money Can Buy.

Outdoor Magazine says the new 28-mph Specialized Turbo pedal-assist bicycle is NOT illegal!

Note the words, “pedal-assist.”

Here’s the legal dodge: “This weekend, the Turbo goes on sale at Specialized dealers in the U.S. How’s that possible? No, they didn’t slow the bike down. They just took a closer look at the law, which states that e-bikes must have a motor of less than 750 watts and an unassisted speed of less than 20 mph. Because the Turbo is an electric pedal-assist bike, meaning you have to pedal to get any kick from the motor, the speed limit doesn’t apply. In fact, the only reason it tops out at 28 mph is to comply with European laws, which restrict e-bikes to 45 kph. Specialized installed a governor on the Turbo that automatically turns the motor off when it reaches this speed.”

Of course, the Turbo is exceeding one legal limit for most cyclists. ‘Cause you have to rob a bank to afford one: It has a $6,000 price tag.

But wait, there’s other pedal-assist companies. Stromer for example is coming out with a new pedal-assist bicycle that will also hit 28 mph. But the Swiss bike company is putting a sticker on the $3,500 bike saying it is only for off-road use, the Veggie Biker was told by Mike Wachler, at the Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, TX.

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The current Stromer will be joined by an “off-road” pedal assist electric bike this year. But if Specialized Turbo is correct, it too will be street legal.

Mike had Crash Clifford orient the Veggie Biker to the current Stromer pedal-assist and I took a few spins around the parking lot and down the street. It has four settings depending upon your impatience and how far you are going. It was so much more fun than my throttle-controlled Hebb electric bike.

Veggie Biking recommends you rent a bike you want to buy for a day’s ride. There is a huge difference in these bikes. And you have to expect to pay for what you really want.

It just spoke to me

Lunartic (stet) Cycle Bike Without Spokes

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“Nulla means nothing, and that is probably how designer Bradford Waugh could answer the question about the spokes on his Nulla bike,” writes NerdBeach.com. ” The bike features no spokes and a very clean design with very minimal physical presence.   The direct gear chain drive system moves and apparently support the wheels via the rims, leaving the rider the potential envy of the other minimalist riders.  Right now the bike is only a concept, but it has some potential to be on the market in the future.”

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