Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Even More 2017 Ebikes (Kits) on Holiday Sale - Copenhagen Wheel and E-BikeKit

[Alternative Title: Free Pants from Superpedestrian!]
Two more e-bike companies have offered up holiday deals, so I figured I'd share them with you:
Copenhagen Wheel
Wheel start with the Copenhagen We'll. The deal is this - buy a Copenhagen Wheel at full price and they'll attach that wheel to a kilt, pair of skinny jeans, or a pair of trousers. That's a $500 savings. (No, they're not actual articles of clothing intended to cover your privates - they are bikes named after articles of clothing intended to cover your privates.) The trick to getting your free bike is in the first line of the following image:
Everyone needs a button that says Buy the Trousers.
My Christmas wish - for Superpedestrian to offer this bike as the Whitey Tightey!

E-BikeKit's fun whiteboard video - "Slap this puppy on!"
Luckily for them (and you, Dear Reader), it's gonna be much harder to poke fun (throw shade?) at E-BikeKit. If you're not familiar with them, they are a well-respected vendor of (you guessed it) e-bike kits, and are known for great support through the whole process. They are not known for being cheap, but they are known for delivering a very dependable product. And, they have everything on sale for 25% off. Again, check the image below for the trick to getting your savings.

That's it for today. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may we create a healthier world (and even more to be thankful for.)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More 2017 Ebikes on Holiday Sale - RadPower (Minipost)

Yep, the Radwagon of my dreams (and the whole 2017 Rad lineup) is on sale.
Rad Power has done some upgrades and redesigns on all of their bikes, so they're discounting the 2017s to make room for the new stuff. Most of the upgrades are small, but the Radwagon gets a new aluminum frame and the RadCity is now available as a step-through.)
Below are the sale details:

The new Radwagon in town

The Old Model - $300 discount!
(I like the looks of the old one better.)
The other big news at Rad Power - the RadCity Step-Thru!
(On the right)
Yep, these are some tempting prices on very solid bikes from a vendor with a very good reputation. And (if you live in the contiguous 48 or Canada) you get free shipping!
If you've been looking for a good deal on a ready-built e-bike (especially an e-cargo-bike), now's the time!
May the e-bike of your dreams cure your gas-powered headaches!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

EICMA Electric Motorcycles and Scooters (minipost)

Yep, this one is a lazy post, but Grizz, the Canadian Knievel, and I have been perusing this New Atlas post with lots of lovely bikes from the 2017 EICMA (Italian International Motorcycle Expo) show. I was so excited that I thought I'd pick out the electric models to share with all of you. I also tried to find relevant manufacturer website links to help you learn more about the ones that tickle your fancy. Enjoy!

My favorite in this lineup - the e-Schwalbe (Germany)

Energica bikes get more and more appealing to me, and this model is the most appealing so far. And yes, they sell Energicas here in the US. Check out this site to learn more.

Evolve Electric (Not much luck finding their site)

The KTM FreeRide E-XC (Available in the US!)

Vespa Elettrica (Finally!)

Volta BCN City (Italy)

Vuuk Rieju (Had trouble finding anything on this one - Spain)

Lots of fun stuff in there - and they don't burn fossil fuels! Woohoo!

May you be inspired to make greener choices!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fossil Free Friday: Black Friday 2017 eBike and Cargo Bike Deals (so far)

The old conundrum - don't like Black Friday but want to encourage people to try low-carbon ways to get around. So here goes:
The Juiced OceanCurrent is a bike that's been growing on me lately - a lot of bike for the money, here's a chance to get it for a little less.
 Evelo is back at it with the sliding scale discount, and now they have some cool new bikes added to the line-up - I really like the Delta and the Galaxy TT.

A few of the Evelo offerings

Details for the Evelo Black Friday sale

The only cargo bike holiday sale that I've found is from Yuba Bikes. They have a pretty healthy sale on their front-loading Supermarché. Check it out!

Okay, that's it so far. I'll keep you posted as new sales pop up.
May you find a great deal on a cleaner, healthier, less expensive way to get around.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Ramble: Setting an Example

Who's watching you?

From this morning's walk

No, this is not one of those Snowden CIA FBI Homeland Security paranoia questions.

It's a question for you in your everyday life. Who around you is watching what you do? A more important question, though, is what are they learning from watching you?

One of the most important people in my life is an nine-year-old with autism. And he is brilliant, but being nine and autistic means he has a 100 mile per hour brain traveling in six lanes and in five different directions. At that speed, you tend to miss a lot. Subtlety escapes him.

I have had to learn that reassuring looks and gestures mean very little. I have to (very literally) have him look me in the eye and then reassure him with words - at least twice. And if I want to be a good influence, I have to explain my actions.

I am one of the primary influences in his life. It is one of the hardest roles I've ever tried. He keeps me mindful.

But that's not what I wanted to write about today. This is the Mesquite Hugger blog. It's not the Big Brother blog. (It's also not the Big Brother Is Watching You blog.)

Who around you is watching what you do?
What are they learning from watching you?
What do you want them to learn from watching you?

I want them to learn to treat others well - all others. Whether it's interpersonal, professional, or even environmental, I hope to set an example of working to make life better for people, for places, for wildlife.

If you're still reading this, you are probably here because you would like to make the world a better place too (or you're waiting to see if this turns into another electric cargo bike post.)

As you roll through your day, please pay attention to how you're living, how you're treating others, how you're working to get by and how you're working to improve, and who sees you as an example.

What actions do you want to be caught doing?

May your actions make the world a better place and inspire others to do the same.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fossil Free Fiday: Are you ready to Rumble?!! (Electric scooter-ish)

Before we get started, please remember that I am the guy who likes ugly machines. My dream list reads like a nightmare for most: the Citicar, the Econoline pickup, the Kewet, the Leaf, the 'Lectric Leopard, the Spira, the Boxx, the Corvair, the Kurbwatt, the Otis, the MiEV... Yep, the list goes on and on. So, it's pretty surprising when I look at an oddball machine and think, Oooh, that thing's not so pretty. When I first glanced the Rumble in a Derek Markham article, I was none too excited. I didn't even click on the article. Not at first, anyway.

But my curiosity got the better of me, so I went back to check it out. And it started to grow on me a little. It grew on me a lot more when I started scoping out the specs:
As a matter of fact, I've been watching for this combination of speed, range, and price for a while now. And I've always been intrigued by hub-centered steering. And I really like café racers. Yep, the oddball started looking pretty darned good, especially when compared with the other electric two-wheelers available in the states.
Go the website and wait - you'll see the video of the Rumble in action.
The crew responsible for the Rumble 

Up to a dime to charge it? I could handle that.
Rumble Competitors?
The GenZe 2.0
I recently test rode a GenZe and I loved it, but at $3000, 30mph, and 30 miles of range, I just don't see it being a good solution for suburbanites like me. (I really liked that big trunk!)

The Super Soco (not available here)
If we could get the Super Soco in the States, it would be a similar story - $3000/30/30.
Well, I guess that's it for today. How about you? Are you ready to Rumble? It looks like the wait time is about a month. If you order one now, you might just get it in time for Christmas. Hmm. Grizz just got a Santa suit. I can sure see him and all the elves Rumbling around delivering toys.
Whatever it is, may your ride get you around cleanly, greenly, and grinly!
PS. Just for grins I had to throw in one two more two wheelers for comparison. :-)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Morning, Pedaling, Good Heartache, a great talk, and a skinny dog in a cargo bike

It's been a good week!

Bronchitis, a less than-impressive back, lots of rain, and mediocre e-bike building skills made this summer a less-than stellar time for mesquite hugger bike commuting. But things have been looking up this fall. This week I hit my standard weekly goal for bike commuting - 60% of my commute was done on a standard bicycle. (And that makes life better when you're me.)

I've also been pro-actively seeking a better outlook. [Feel free to skip down to the next paragraph - not much to see here.] I don't seek out news until after 9am. I've spent more time with a pen or a book in my hand and less with a phone in my hand. Did I mention that I spent more time on a bike? I've been making lists and marking things off the lists. And (most important) I've deliberately spent time with the people I love. Plus, I've scratched the dogs a lot.

It may sound simplistic, but simplistic works better and better for me.

Yesterday, in my quest to mentally ingest good stuff, I watched a Ted Talk that inspired me and turned the corners of my mouth up. It also broke my heart a bit. It'll shock you, but it was about the healthy changes that come about when people choose to pedal.

If you want to learn about the Amazing Ways Bicycles Change You, watch the whole thing - I highly recommend it! If you want to see my good heartache, skip forward to 15:55 and watch to the end.

Around 1994 I was blessed to adopt a 9-month-old greyhound named Patience, and for the next 25 years greyhounds napping on the couch would be a permanent permanent and joyful fixture in our home.

So there I was watching the TedTalk when the speaker went to video and showed himself cruising along on his bakfeits cargo bike while his beloved greyhound napped happily on her own mobile couch. Yep, sometimes heartaches are good. Anthony, may you and Lucy (who looks a lot like our Condo who passed away last year) pedal a lot of happy, healthy miles!

And may you, dear reader, find some healthy choices that make life better for all and make life especially better for our four-footed family members.

Bonus greyhound posts: