The Interbike Electric Bike Media Event—Up Close at the Event with Turbo Bob

The Interbike Electric Bike Media Event—Up Close at the Event with Turbo Bob.

The reception the night before was ok, but I only talked to a few people there.

The reception the night before drew many of the big names in E-bikes.

What an exciting two days I had at this event.   Interbike made the push to help get E-bikes more in the media spotlight and my invitation to be there was welcome.   I was originally planning on representing Momentum Magazine due to my article on E-bikes they published, but the folks at Momentum couldn’t make it.   Even though I thought I would be a speaker, the two that did presentations at the sit-down parts of the event were great.

Held at the luxurious Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in LA, California, Interbike had gone to far lengths to made this event a success.   The beautiful landscape and sea view really showed all involved how we do it here in California.   We had the perfect area for riding E-bikes with a wide-open space for all the booths, a nice grade on the paved walkway and great accommodations for the meetings, meals and talks.

Bill Moore with EV World.com gave an interesting talk on the history of E-bikes.

Bill Moore with EV World.com gave an interesting talk on the history of E-bikes.

I drove up early on Tuesday, made a stop at San Diego Electric Bike’s new location in Solana Beach and beat the LA crowds to get to the event site by 3 in the afternoon.   That gave me a chance to explore the resort and neighborhood on the IZIP E3 Path I was bringing to exchange for a new eFlow for my next extended Currie Tech test.   The grounds are manicured perfectly and the bike/walking paths were many.   I also got to talk to some of the workers and executives setting up their displays and bikes that afternoon.

Lisa Rinna seemed to be enjoying the IZIP eFlow E3 Nitro on this ride.

Lisa Rinna seemed to be enjoying the eFlow E3 Nitro on this ride.

The meet and greet was planned that evening at 6 and I was changed out of my short pants, t-shirt and sandals to make an appearance.   I mostly sipped cranberry juice, ate some hors d’oeuvres and relaxed, but did manage to meet some of the people on hand.   Don from Pedego got John from Bicycle Dealer Magazine to treat us both to a nice dinner later at one of the on-location restaurants.   Thanks for the great meal John.

Pete's Electric Bikes brought this mid-drive 3-wheeled cargo bike. Looks like one of the organizers forgot his helmet.

Pete’s Electric Bikes brought this mid-drive 3-wheeled cargo bike. Looks like one of the organizers forgot his helmet.

After a kind of restless night in a local motel, I was on scene early for a hearty breakfast.   Next up was a very interesting talk on the history of E-bikes by Bill Moore of EV World.com.   He made some great points and kept the group thinking about the future of E-bikes too.   During lunch later in the day, our other presentation was given by Bruno Maier from Bikes Belong.   It is amazing to hear about all the advances they have helped make to get more bikes on safer roads and bike paths.   They still have a long way to go and I am convinced Barbara and I will become more involved in their coalition.

Electra had 6 of the Townie Go E-bikes for the crowd to try out.

Electra had 6 of the Townie Go E-bikes for the crowd to try out.

As much as this Interbike event was about the bikes and riding them, what it really came down to is an attempt to educate the general public about E-bikes and the reasons we need them.   They did this by inviting as many media outlets as possible.   Most were from outside of the bike industry, names such as Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, US Weekly and many, many more.   I have been spending a lot of my own personal time and energy on this same goal—to get people educated about and on E-bikes (regular bikes too).

Prodeco showed-off a great selection of their cool E-bikes.

Prodeco showed-off a great selection of their cool E-bikes.

The list of sponsors and exhibitors at the Interbike Electric Bike Media Event is long (look below for the full list and a link to each one of their websites).   As the two riding portions of the event proceeded I got to meet all of them.   I rode just about every E-bike on hand at one point or another.   There were some I’ve already ridden and some I have for extended tests right now.   Those include the Easy Motion NEO City, the Pedego Trail Tracker and the eFlow E3 Nitro I brought home from the event.

I zipped around on this Easy Motion folding E-bike for quite a while.

I zipped around on this Easy Motion folding E-bike for quite a while.

There were also celebrities on hand too.   I almost ran over Lisa Rinna’s toes on one of my rides.   We exchanged smiles as I narrowly missed her and I noticed she wasn’t flustered as she took to the hilly test track on some of the E-bikes there for riding.   The test track was busy with E-bikes and many of them prowled the parking lots as well.   So many E-bikes of different brands and descriptions were moving about during each session.

Bikes Belong had Bruno Maier tell us about how they work hard to get people on bikes and push for safe ways to do it.

Bikes Belong had Bruno Maier tell us about how they work hard to get people on bikes and push for safe ways to do it.

Since my talk at the Pedego Dealer meeting in December, many have been calling me Uncle Bob (inside joke, you had to be there).   Now, after my wild ride on the Kranked Kustoms E-converted mountain bike, I think my new nickname will be Daredevil or Maniac.   These bikes have a 1200 watt mid-drive set-up that has more power than any E-bike should be given.   They are pricey, fast and exciting.   I had ridden one in the first part of the day, but had decided I would get one to full-speed before the day was done.

I was seen cruising up and down the test track on Pedego's trike in this pose.

I was seen cruising up and down the test track on Pedego’s trike in this pose.

Chris was shooting wheelies on them over and over, but I think he was concerned about showing the crowd the peak of power they enjoy.   Getting them to really perform was a matter of quick shifting while backing off the power and the pedals.   The Kranked guys had this down, but the many that rode these bikes couldn’t seem to master it.   I made a few runs down the hill, caught the shifting like a Ferrari, and hit top-speed twice.   They are said to hit 40 mph on the level, so 45-50 might be how fast I took it.   And at the bottom of the hill, I was so pleased to find those big hydraulic disc brakes live-up to their reputation.

Chris was the wheelie king on the same Kranked Kustoms bike that I made a couple speed runs on.

Chris was the wheelie king on the same Kranked Kustoms bike that I made a couple speed runs on.

I am not a big fan of over-powered, fast E-bikes but I have to say it was a thrill and a half to do it.   My background with all the turbo cars I have built and raced, my motorcycle racing days, plus my time in the 82nd Airborne seem to follow me through the years.   And too, no one was hurt as I put that speed machine through it’s paces.

All craziness aside (I think it was just me), the Interbike event was a big success.   The word about their (E-bikes)fun and usefulness (in addition to their money savings and environmental friendliness) will be spread through many publications during the next couple of months.   I have heard that Interbike was so pleased, that this will most likely become a yearly event that will draw in bigger numbers every time they host it.   I sure want to thank them for the great time.
E-bikes for the masses, Turbo Bob.

“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.”—William Saroyan, from his introduction to The Noiseless Tenor.

Three videos I took at the event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9gHTDFIXXA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ymVJEGz0l4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1HR1-d75TU

Another article about the day I posted on the NYCeWheels site

http://electric-bike.com/blog/2013/02/16/interbike-electric-bike/

Interbike—Website & Facebook

http://www.interbike.com/

https://www.facebook.com/interbike?fref=ts

Link to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News—Website & Facebook

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BicycleRetailer?ref=ts&fref=ts

Bikes Belong

http://www.bikesbelong.org/

Currie Technologies—Website & Facebook

http://www.currietech.com/

https://www.facebook.com/currietech/info?ref=ts#!/currietech

Easy Motion—Website & Facebook

http://www.emotionbikesusa.com/

https://www.facebook.com/EasyMotionUsa

Electra—Website & Facebook

http://www.electrabike.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ElectraBicycleCompany

EV World—Website & Facebook

http://www.evworld.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/EV-WORLD/121053584572158#!/pages/EV-WORLD/121053584572158

LEVA (Light Electric Vehicle Association

http://www.levassociation.com/

Pedego—Website & Facebook

http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PedegoElectricBikes?fref=ts

Pete’s Electric Bikes—Website & Facebook

http://www.petesebikes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Petes-Electric-Bikes/74658766493

Prodeco Technologies—Website & Facebook

http://prodecotech.com/

https://www.facebook.com/prodecotech?fref=ts

SRAM—Website & Facebook

http://www.sram.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SRAMUSA?fref=ts

E-Ride—Kranked Kustoms

http://www.krankedbikes.com/erides

Serfas—Website & Facebook

https://www.serfas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serfas/253715736950?fref=ts

Solex E-bikes

http://www.solexbikes.com/

BionX—Website & Facebook

http://www.bionxinternational.com/na-en/

https://www.facebook.com/bionxinternational?fref=ts

Bicycle Dealer Magazine

http://bicycledealermag.com/

Sea Otter Classic

http://www.seaotterclassic.com/

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3 Responses to The Interbike Electric Bike Media Event—Up Close at the Event with Turbo Bob

  1. Bjorn Enga says:

    Great to Meet you TurboBob, Stoked you had a good time on the Kranked Kustoms high performance bikes! We have a great photo we are posting on facebook.com/kranked of you hitting top speed!

    • Cool Bjorn, I too was stoked to meet you and the crew. Great bike and set-up you have there. I have one friend who would jump through hoops to get a chance to ride such a fast and awesome E-bike. Ever since I let him ride the IZIP Express at the local Velodrome, he gets excited when he thinks I have a fast one to play with. BTW, your bike would smoke that Express and make it look like it’s going backwards.
      Thanks for the pic, it’s a great one.

  2. Very cool. I gotta check out those e-bikes. Nice write up Turbo Bob!

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