The Electric Bike Action podcast is about everything in electric mobility, with an emphasis on electric bicycles and motorcycles. It’s a rapidly changing world, with major manufacturers and small ones making better and better bikes, and we’re interviewing major players, people behind the scenes, and even some fans.
Jason Huntsman of Serial 1 Cycle Company, Harley-Davidsons electric bike company
I recently had a chance to test ride the new electric bicycles from Serial 1 Cycle Company, the e-bike company spun off from Harley-Davidson. The bikes are great, you can check out my first impression on our YouTube channel.
I also had the chance to have a conversation, which you will hear here, with the President of Serial 1, Jason Huntsman.
Jason has a strong background in the EV space, and we talk about why spinning off Serial 1 from Harley-Davidson was a brilliant idea, giving them the agility of a startup, but access to all the engineering knowledge and facilities of Harley.
We talk about Serial 1’s new line of bikes, where people can try them, and where the brand is going.
Without further adieu, here’s Jason.
Interview woth Forbes Black
My guest today is Forbes Black. He’s a very interesting guy with an eye toward the future. He has a background in a lot of interesting things that he ultimately eschewed to get into bicycle racing and ultimately e-bikes. That took him to engineering school for electric bikes and electric vehicle projects. He’s built his own unique e-bike, which I’m currently writing up for the June issue of the magazine in our feature “Readers and their rides”. We talk about some of e-bike and EV history he’s been through, and even a little about where it’s going!
Robert Leftwich On Creating Community On Social Media And How He Got Into E-Bikes
My guest in this episode is Robert Leftwich. He’s a great rider that I’ve worked with over the years, he’s an incredible BMX freestyle rider, and was a test rider for me for BMX Plus! Magazine. He’s also been an avid mountain bike rider for a long time. He now lives in Arizona and has gotten really into electric mountain bikes. He started a Facebook group called Therapy Ride Club to help find people near him to ride with, and that took off unexpectedly. It has several subgroups around the Southwest so far, people have reached out to Robert from Texas and Nevada to help them start subgroups to meet people. We talk about how all that works and how it welcomes beginners and veteran riders on different types of rides, teaches skills and etiquette, and more.
I’m working on getting him out here to do some test riding for EBA as well as Mountain Bike Action.
Ryan McFarland of AllKidsBikeorg
My guest today is Ryan McFarland. His may not be a household name, but it should be. I can honestly say he may be the greatest thing to happen to the bicycle world since, well, the bicycle. He’s the founder of Strider Sports International, actually, his official title is Founder and Chief Enthusiast at Strider Sports International, Inc. The enthusiast part is important, because he is passionate about getting more people on bikes.
In this interview, we talk about how he started Strider to help his son learn to balance on a bike, and with the massive success of the company and because of his passion for getting people on two wheels, he started a non-profit organization to teach kids how to ride bikes and core bike skills as part of their curriculum in Kindergarten, which instills a life-long love of cycling. The ambassadors for that program include cycling legends like Brian Lopes, Dave Clinton, Chad Kagy, Toby Henderson, Troy Lee and so many more. We talk about how to get more kids on bikes and how you can get involved to grow this program.
Without further adieu, here’s Ryan.
Leigh Donovan on e-Bikes and Education
My guest in this episode is a true badass on two wheels. She’s in the BMX Hall of Fame, the Mountain Biking Hall Of Fame, and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
She’s a 9-time U.S. NORBA National Champion. She has a lot more amazing awards, attesting to her drive, determination and hard work. To try to outline all that she’s accomplished would take a truly long time.
I’m talking about the one and only Leigh Donovan.
She’s now retired from competition, and is now an ambassador for mountain biking. She teaches mountain bike skills and trail etiquette through clinics and private instruction. She balances that all out with home and family life.
We get into much of that in this episode, and how she’s now using e-bikes in her training and her own rides. Without further adieu, Here’s Leigh!
Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGbEETmEC6PmelBr1YvULsA
• Mastering your Shimano Steps system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiVUFjkyS5Y&t=66s
• Pre-ride bike check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcKXgvMlsMc&t=22s
Website about Leigh: https://ichoosebikes.com/leadership/
Steve Christini and His Revolutionary AWD E-bikes
My guest today is Steve Christini. As an avid mountain biker, he sometimes wasn’t able to climb hills he wanted to climb because his rear wheel would slip. As an engineer and evil genius, he came up with a solution no one else could have, an all-wheel drive system for mountain bikes, eventually motorcycles and then e-bikes. I just got one of his e-fat bikes, and the ride is remarkable on any surface. Listen to him tell the story of where the idea came from and how this launched a career making these bikes.
Are guy Robert Leftwich
Came here to support our guy Robert Leftwich! 🤙 awesome podcast guys.
Electric Bike Interview with Maria
Very informative. Wasn’t aware that they’ve been around since 2011 and possible earlier.