Recent content by Asher

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    Prodigy available for pre-order

    The product page still says 1 year warranty.
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    Vanmoof V dual motor, 1kw, 31mph

    They're just going to notch the speed down to 28/30 to comply with local rules. This bike looks interesting, biggest flaw is it's from vanmoof which has a horrendous QC record, as it's Reddit page can affirm. I hope it inspires copycats, albeit as 28 mph Class 3s.
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    I recall very early on the author of the bill flagged kits as an important consideration, and that they were considering amendments to support them. So it's certainly curious that those were never made. I'm something of a transportation wonk, and I've seen plenty of wonky policies discussed...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    Great observations. Belgium and the Netherlands allow cyclists to go the 'wrong-way', but those people are generally going ~10-15 mph, and the narrow roads force the drivers to go slow. 'With-flow' bike lanes on residential streets that are already slow are a pet peeve of mine, because they...
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    I'm not looking forward to the debates of the future, where after this subsidy fails to do much of anything, some will say ebike subsidies will never work, and others that they were too small. (I would say the subsidies should be big but highly targeted to cases where affordability is an issue...
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    Ecotric Rocket E-Bike Catches Fire in Austin Texas Hotel

    There have been fires at ebike shops and warehouses. The government and insurers are asleep at the wheel. I'm confident that if you investigated, you'd find a recurring pattern of dodgy suppliers. If sellers/platforms (like Amazon) were held liable, you'd see these shenanigans decline. That's...
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    "The coming together of the bike and car industries"

    "The real effort will be a spinoff industry." A spinoff effort is the most likely, but even then, it's more efficient for carmakers to simply give their profits back to shareholders than to try anything in the ebike sector. It's like McDonalds experimenting with hot dog carts, the scale is too...
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    "The coming together of the bike and car industries"

    Carmakers have not been and will not be a part of a mass e-bike rollout for the next few years (beyond that is impossible to predict). Carmakers don't know how to do anything that's less than billions in costs and revenue. And, e-bikes are so cheap comparatively that it's hard to sell e-bikes...
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    Ecotric Rocket E-Bike Catches Fire in Austin Texas Hotel

    Good catch, so likely not an Ecotric issue?
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    Electric Bike Battery Repair & Repacking

    "Most replacement packs are priced $500 to $900 but their repair service costs around $300." Insofar as this is true and the service is good, this seems pretty ideal. I wonder what tooling is required - seems like something that should be available in every major city.
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    Not sure if it matters but the commuter benefit as a separate bill had Republican sponsors but the ebike subsidy had none. As for giving employees the choice, I think it depends on how the employer implements it, and they often use an outside party to administer it who let's you pick your...
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    Alternatively, reinstating and raising the tax deduction for bike spending to $50+ a month is a much better idea, and is also being proposed. It applies to everyone, to bikes old and new, analog and electric, and opens the door to even employer subsidized bike leases or parking (because without...
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    An ebike tax credit may be a good idea... For when the bike shortage ends, which experts say won't be until 2023. Until then, an ebike shortage is like trying to make Sotheby's more affordable by giving all the auction bidders more money - it's just going to let prices go up, or at best, supply...
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    Giant drop Yamaha for Shimano

    Here's one. They're probably withholding the 2022 listings for now. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/revolt-eplus-2022