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Remember When Bikes Where Cool?

October 22, 2010

Voltage Cycle's retro ElectrickBas.

Hawaii’s Marty Schlesinger, founder of Voltage Cycles, can lay claim to perhaps the coolest of electric bike designs with his ElectrickBas.  Like many inventors, Marty just couldn’t find what he was looking for, so he made it himself. And, what Marty was looking for was a functional, fun, electric bike that he would ride himself.

Powered by a 48 volt lithium battery and pushed by a 600 watt brushless geared rear motor. The ElectrickBas offers power and performance like no other e-cycle out there. Capable of speeds up to 30 mph, this bike will make Segway users look like Bongo Bear going in reverse. And, the extra wide tires beg for a little testing off road.

Battery life of over 2000 cycles. 20 to 34 miles per charge. Recharge time of 2-3 hours and costs less then a nickel. Thats 50,000 miles and less then $125 in energy cost for the life of the battery.  If you really want to parse the numbers…that’s .0023 cents per mile!

Electric bikes are technically classified as a bicycle. You can legally ride them on bike paths and roadways, legally lock them to public bike racks (unlike mopeds) and even stash them on TheBus’s bike racks.  No license is required to operate. No insurance is needed. In some states all that is required is a bicycle license… and/or a light, if you ride at night.

All that’s great, but it’s Schlesinger’s design sense that set’s this bike apart. The ElectrickBas offers the classic styling of a prewar era motorcycle and the flair of a modern day cruiser.

“This bike should turn heads and have people wondering ‘How is that thing moving so fast if he’s not pedaling?’  
[I] Didn’t want the battery and all the electronics exposed, or the build to look like a traditional bicycle either,” says Schlesinger.

Visit VoltageCycles Website

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 6, 2010 9:54 am

    You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.

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