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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Motorized pedals may be next eBike trend

Riders of power-assisted bicycles may soon have an option to installing a drive motor on the front or rear wheel. Motorized pedals are here.

British inventor Stephen Britt has come up with a way to put the battery, and the motor, into the pedals.

According to Bicycle Design, Britt's electric bike pedals are one of the front-runners in a Barclay's innovation competition in the UK.

  • Watch video of inventor Britt making a business case for his design.

The innovative idea uses minaturized motors and lightweight rechargeable Lithium batteries embedded into the footrest of each pedal.

"As you pedal the sensors detect your effort and provide assistance," Britt explains in his initial sales pitch to the competition, "To pedal without assistance, simply flip the pedals over. They unclip and slot into a charger for charging, much like with a power tool."

EBiker on Trans-Canada trek

Ontario eBiker Art Burns, from Dundas, Ont. is on a cross-Canada eBike ride in what some call the longest commute ever.

Burns is riding a modified Veloteq Challenger bike, known for their durability and reliability.  He left Dundas May 31 and hopes to be in western British Columbia  for Canada Day.

Pictured here in Thunder Bay on June 9, Burns told writer James Murray  “I drive about two to three hours, until the battery gets low. Then I either charge it with the generator or if there is a plug-in, I can charge it there.”

Sarnia police in pedal crackdown

According to CBC News, Sarnia police are on the lookout for ebikers who don't keep their pedals attached.

Ontario law states that in order for an ebike to keep its classification in the same category as bicycles, it must have pedals attached at all times. (Oddly, the same rule does not apply to mechanical bicycles, which are legal to ride and 'coast' with no pedals.)

Police in the border city are also seeing non-pedal equipped ebikes come across the border from Michigan, where they don't have to have pedals. Michigan ebike drivers must wear a helmet, have a driver's license and pay $7.50 for a "moped" license, and $15 for a three-year license sticker. Recently the Michigan government amended the interpretationof their moped law, which describes only gas-powered bikes, to include electric ebikes.

Sarnia police also warned against illegal modifications that would enable ebikes go faster than the legal limit of 32 km/h.