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Lemond Prolog E-Bike

Nice Bikes: A Lemond Prolog spotted in Oakland (An attractive, stealthy e-bike)

  The Lemond Prolog is an e-bike that doesn’t look like an ebike. I spotted this Lemond Prolog last month in North Oakland, parked on the sidewalk.  It is an attractive, good looking bike, launched last fall, that I had only see photos of online.  Lemond has done a remarkable job of designing the Prolog so that you have to look very hard to find clues that it’s an ebike.  The motor is a small rear hub motor that is only a bit larger than a traditional hub. The other clues are the integrated rear lights in the seat stays and the power button on the top tube. It’s on the pricier end of a single person eBike at $4500. It doesn’t weigh as much as an eBike either Lemond also managed to keep the weight extremely low, at 26 […]

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Flat tires suck

Flat tires suck

Flat tires suck. I took my child to get a flu shot the other day (not a great experience!).  On the way out, we had to hop a curb because there were no curb cutouts nearby.  My child went off the curb and then said “Daddy, there’s a problem.”  I looked back, and indeed, the rear wheel was completely flat.  That’s some insult-to-injury type stuff right there.  It was kind of funny though.  Luckily, I usually carry a tool kit with a patch kit and a pump with me, so I was able to fix it pretty quickly. On flats in general I don’t know if it’s just Oakland and Berkeley streets, but two friends have gotten flat tires recently on their cargo e-bikes.  I saw one of them on the sidewalk on the way to school pickup.  He was […]

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Stuffed animal poking its head out of a bike pannier

Pannier ridealong on a Surly Big Easy electric cargo bike

    When friends ride along on an electric cargo bike We rode our bikes to Strawberry Creek Park in Berkeley for a birthday party. I saw this cute setup on a Surly Big Easy cargo e-bike.  It’s a long-tail cargo bike with full-sized wheels.  It is great for carrying groceries, kids or other bikes, and it has an electronic assist.  The bike is set up with a Thule/Yepp child seat in the back.  The panniers are also a perfect place to take a stuffed animal buddy along for a ride.   I took one for a test ride once. It felt stable even with an adult on the back rack. Or follow along for updates:

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