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The electric bike expo, E-bike Challenge returns to Minneapolis

With a growing demand for e-bikes, the electric bike expo organizer of several large events in Europe is returning with the E-bike Challenge to Minneapolis, MN. Back at the Minneapolis Convention Center, April 2 -3, 2022, this will once again be the place for consumers and businesses alike to test and compare electric bicycles and cargo bikes. In its inaugural event, in 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes on the huge indoor cycle track. Now the E-bike Challenge returns with more e-bikes and cargo bikes to test ride.

So many styles to choose from at the electric-assist bike expo

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor allowing a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. The bicycle doesn’t do all the work, it assists! The bicyclist must pedal for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride. With a variety of vendors representing dozens of electric bicycle brands at the Challenge. This will allow attendees to ask questions and test ride many styles and types of e-bikes and e-trikes while visiting. Ride models best suited for commuting, recreation riding, hauling cargo, families, and more! You will also find e-fat-tire bikes for winter or off-road riding, along with many e-bike accessories.

E-bikes and E-trikes for the whole family

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with an e-bike parade

An e-bike runway fashion show will showcase the latest models of e-bikes and
accessories. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, including Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller,
Yuba, GoCycle, will show their latest and greatest in electric bike innovation.

Discover the Hike & Camp area

They’re also creating a Hike & Camp; Bike Xperience area in the exhibition hall for tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and many fun activities for kids. Attendees will not only learn about e-bikes they will also find fun places to ride and routes to explore.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area. This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and under, a children’s scavenger hunt, a bicycle playground with activities, and more.

Admission

Advance, online registration for the e-bike test track is also available. For more information about the E-bike Challenge, including vendor information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ebikechallenge.com.

 

5-tips to extend a Lithium battery life for e-Bikes and lights

Jonathon Monk,  of Cycling Made Easy
Electric bicycles are an increasingly common sight in cities throughout the world.

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Tips for charging your new Lithium Battery

With more and more people choosing to take to two wheels, these bikes offer the perfect opportunity to enhance fitness while playing an important role in helping to reduce the carbon emissions generated by other forms of transport. These bikes are helping to persuade many non-cyclists to start pedaling. However, it is important to understand that making your purchase to a new e-Bike or light with a lithium battery, is just the first step.

Extend the life of your Lithium battery

Once you have bought your e-bike or light it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to ensure that it continues to run at its optimum level, and few aspects of an e-bike are more important than its battery.

Enhanced technology has seen many electric bike manufacturers utilize the benefits of long-life lithium batteries. While these batteries offer a significant upgrade over their predecessors, it is still important that certain guidelines are following to maximize the batteries’ lifespan and run time.

5 Lithium battery life tips

Below I have outlined several e-bike battery care tips that will help you along the way.
1.  Owners Manual – Read and follow the accompanying manual and warning stickers supplied with your bike. If you have any questions, call your bike dealer or the company directly and ask.

2.  The Charger – Only use the charger supplied with your electric bike or light.  Using a different charger can be very dangerous; possibly resulting in fire and/or explosion.  So use the charger that came with the item you purchased.

3.  Fully Charge – When you get a new e-item make sure you fully charge the battery per the instructions provided before you ride the bike.

4. Avoid Extreme Temperatures – Very hot or cold temperatures can negatively affect the performance of the battery and shorten its expected life.  Avoid storing and charging your battery in a garage or shed that could be subject to really hot or cold temperatures.  Instead, charge and store your battery in a moderate temperature area. (Recommended storage temperatures are 32F – 77F.  Avoid exposing the battery to extreme heat, 104F + for long periods of time.)

5. Storing a Lithium Battery – If you will not be riding your electric bike for an extended period of time it is a good idea to store your lithium battery with a full charge.  At the 3 month point, check the state of charge and recharge to top it off if necessary.

Two more bonus tips!

6. Charging Location – When charging your bike or battery, do so in a location that is dry, and where a hot battery or hot charger (should there be a malfunction) will not cause a damaging fire.

7. Avoid Humidity – Store your bike, battery, and charger in a location that is dry. Water and humidity are not good for any electrical device.

Author Bio
Jonathon Monk is an enthusiastic cyclist and works for Cycling Made Easy. Cycling Made Easy are the regional stockists for SCOTT and can give advice and guidance plus accompanied test rides to make sure that customers feel comfortable and can experience E-Bikes first-hand before looking to buy.

 

Here in today's bike pic, we see more and more people around the world looking at and taking an e-bike for a test ride. For those who may need a little, electric assistance on their #NextBikeAdventure

Bike Pic May 13, it might be time to test ride an e-bike?

Here in today’s bike pic, we see more and more people around the world looking at and taking an e-bike out for a test ride. For those who may need a little, electric assistance on their #NextBikeAdventure it may be time to visit your favorite bike shop and test ride an e-bike to continue your commute to work or for that next bike tour.

Get into the zone when continuing your time outdoors and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Iowa or Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. An now, check out more stories at Let’s Do MN.

Thanks for viewing our bike pic!  

Now rolling through our 16th year as a bike tourism media, enjoy! As we pedal forward, our goal is to encourage more people to bike and have fun while highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle-related photo of yourself or someone you may know we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where it was shot? Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 13th year of producing this handy information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends, and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day.

Have a great day, with a safe, memorable 2021!

Good heart health may improve with an electric bike in your routine

Many people could reassure you about how your lifestyle affects your heart health, and I am one of them. Hi, I’m Rea Jill, and my neglect of health issues throughout my life brought an abundance of consequences that deeply affected me. Now, watching my weight with a better diet and using my e-bike in my exercise routine, I’ve improved my lifestyle. Which has made a huge impact on my cardiovascular health, and maybe yours?

My personal heart health story

I was always eating without control, for starters, and never checked the quality of my food or its ingredients. I ended up being overweight, which in results brought other chronic illnesses. I had a terrible time while suffering physical illnesses as well as being insecure about my body image. On top of it all, I even had a severe heart problem a few years ago, which ultimately brought me to my senses. I could not go on like this, and something must be changed.

For me, what was to be done to gain good heart health?

I had no other choice but to seek professional help. I visited many doctors, and their
recommendations were all the same. They all advised me to get into physical activities and start
doing sports. I learned quickly that physical activity is key to helping you maintain your heart health. There are numerous exercises that you can take part in to help you regulate your weight and enhance your heart function. For instance, you could involve yourself in aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening as well as stretching. Most of these exercises required going to a gym, but at the time, that wasn’t for me.

The optimal solution finding an e-bike that worked for me

I was interested in finding a more suitable way that would help me achieve my goals. Not only that,
but I was eager to help others as well. I became a weight loss trainer, yet I am known among
friends as the e-biker. How is this related to my weight loss story? Well, that played a pivotal
part in it. My go-to physical activity was at first normal biking, but I soon grew tired of it.
Instead, I tried using an electric bike, and that made all the difference. It added a sense of adventure to my life simultaneously to helping me lose weight. My addiction to e-bikes started at this time, and it never faded away.

Then I Joined an e-biker club offering these seven benefits!

Suppose you do not have the resources nor the time to go to the gym, but you could start cycling to achieve your physical fitness goals?

In the last couple of years, electric bikes have been the go-to appliances to help people who want to keep fit. E-bikes are not your average cycling equipment. They are fitted with electric bike components that can assist you to propel yourself when cycling. If you are wondering how an e-bike can help your heart, then here are several ways that e-bikes could improve your heart function:

1. Require less exertion

If you have a heart condition that limits you from performing rigorous exercises, e-bikes can help you a great deal. These cycling appliances have a motor incorporated on them such that riders do not need to exert a lot of effort when exercising with them. Therefore, you can cycle without straining your heart. Thus, you still benefit from the exercises without causing harm to yourself.

2. Cost-effective

Compared to other gym appliances used to promote heart health, such as a treadmill, stationary
bike, or stair-stepper, an electric bike is cheaper to buy. It also has minimal running costs, which
makes it easy to maintain. With an e-bike, you also do not require to hire a professional fitness
coach to help you exercise. You can move around as often as you want as you save on gym
membership and transportation costs.

3. Helps you lose weight

As I mentioned above, being overweight contributes to the development of heart diseases. An
electronic bike allows you to pedal as hard as you may want, which is an effective workout for
weight loss. Studies show that you can burn up to 500 calories an hour with an e-bike. You can
also climb steep hills and cycle through a trail with ease because it also provides you with safety, and there is a minimal chance that you will get into an accident.

An e-bike in your daily exercise routine can enhance your heart health.

4. Helps you strengthens your heart muscles

A study conducted in Denmark involving 30 000 people between the ages of 20 – 93 years old
found that one of the benefits of cycling is that it reduces your risk of developing heart disease.
When you cycle regularly with an electric bike, your heart muscles improve their functions as you reduce your heart’s resting pulse. Suppose heart muscles have become stiff due to sedentary activities, cycling can reverse this condition such that your heart function is stimulated and improved over time.

5. It’s ideal for all ages, especially for boomers

A traditional bike is not always an ideal option for those who wish to maintain their heart health in their senior years. While many senior citizens may have other bone-related ailments that limit their movements, an electric bike can help. With the assisted biking benefits an e-bike offers, heart functions are enhanced.

6. Improves blood circulation

Biking is a good aerobic workout because it helps improve blood circulation in the body through
your blood vessels to the heart. The beauty of using an e-bike while you cycle is that you get to
choose the intensity while you exercise. For instance, if you are obese, you can cycle with
ease without triggering elevated blood pressure, which can exacerbate your heart condition.

7. Enhances your riding intensity

A study conducted in North America involving 1,800 electronic bike riders reported that getting
an electric bike can enhance how often you ride, which is good for your heart. The study also found that 94% of e-bike owners rode more often on a weekly and daily basis compared to conventional cyclists.

The bottom-line to better heart health

The lifestyle that you choose affects your heart health immensely. Whether you young and out of shape as I was with ailing conditions or are elderly, an e-bike can help you meet your physical activity goals. Electric bicycles can completely transform your life, as I have witnessed.

Test riding e-bikes before purchasing is a cost-effective measure when improving your heart health.

About Rea Jill

Rea is a weight loss trainer but known among her friends as the e-biker too. She’s all about sports and even spends her free time reading about the health benefits of biking and doing physical activities in general. Besides that, writing is her hobby. Right now, she is enjoying sharing her passions and expertise through her writing.

All Photos

All pictures above were shot by HaveFunBiking.com of people testing the latest electric-assist bikes at the E-Bike Challenge Minneapolis in 2019.

Electric bike expo countdown, 16-days until the E-bike Challenge

This Thursday, its 16-days until the electric bike expo or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Mark your calendar for March 28 & 29 to find an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world to test ride.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!

Electric bike expo countdown, 17-days until the E-bike Challenge

This Wednesday, its 17-days until the electric bike expo or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Mark your calendar for March 28 & 29 to find an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world to test ride.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!

Electric bike expo countdown, 18-days until the E-bike Challenge

This Tuesday, its 19-days until the electric bike expo or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Mark your calendar for March 28 & 29 to find an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world to test ride.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!

Electric bike expo countdown, 19-days until the E-bike Challenge

This Monday, its 19-days until the electric bike expo or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Mark your calendar for March 28 & 29 to find an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world to test ride.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!

Electric bike expo countdown, 20-days until the E-bike Challenge

Its Ice Cream Smiles Sunday and 20-days until the Electric bike expo or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, on March 28-29. Mark your calendar and test ride in the indoor court area an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!

Electric bike expo countdown, 21-days until the E-bike Challenge

This sunny Saturday, its 21-days until the electric bike expo countdown or E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, on March 28-29. Mark your calendar and test ride in the indoor court area an expanded selection of electric-assist bikes from around the world.

Thanks for viewing our electric bike expo countdown picture

From a recent article at HaveFunBiking, the E-bike Challenge will again be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on March 28–29. Here consumers can test and compare electric-assist bicycles on the huge indoor cycle track. In its inaugural year, 2019, it was deemed a success with attendees of all ages and abilities test riding e-bikes. While visiting have fun learning:

What exactly is a pedal-assist bike or e-bike?

Hint – An e-bike is a bicycle that has a battery and electric motor to allow a cyclist to ride farther and with greater ease. However, the bicycle doesn’t do all the work by itself, it only assists! The bicyclist must be pedaled for the motor to engage, enabling an easier ride.

Start your E-bike Challenge visit with a 2020 Bike Guide and the daily E-bike parade

As you enter the bike expo hall and test track pick up your copy of the HaveFunBiking 2020 Bike/Hike Guide, hot off the press. Then attend the e-bike fashion show where you will find all the latest models of e-bikes you can ride, on the runway. Dozens of bicycle exhibitors, to name a few like Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Riese & Müller, Yuba, GoCycle will be there. With more brands signing up each day, you are sure to see the latest and greatest in electric bike innovations.

Find your next adventure in the Hike & Bike Xperience court area

When not test riding all the fun e-bikes, explore the Hike & Bike Camp area in the center of the exhibition hall. Here find information on tourism destinations, trekking, mountain biking, and fun activities.

Plus you will find an interactive Kid’s Area at the bike expo

This family-friendly event will also have an interactive kids’ bike test track for ages 16 and
under, a children’s scavenger hunt daily, a bicycle playground with activities, and more!

Have a great day and mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge!