It’s that time of year again when giving (or receiving) is in the air, and if you’re in search of a special something for your beloved e-biker, we have a few recommendations.
From e-bikes to shoes, trailers to tools, we have gathered a selection of our favorite products that you can tuck under the tree or slip into the stocking of that special e-biker in your life.
What to Purchase: Electric Bikes
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus
Unquestionably a sleigh in its own right, the Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus is an all-encompassing electric utility bike that has gained immense popularity this year. With the wheelbase of a standard e-bike and the integrated rear rack of a cargo bike, it offers abundant space and power to transport just about anything (or anyone). When we evaluated the RadRunner Plus this year, we admired its distinctive style and the accompanying passenger seat and footpegs.
Blix Aveny Skyline
This giving season, give the gift of sophistication, not in the form of jewelry or wine, but through a Blix Aveny Skyline electric commuter bike. Revamped for 2021, the Aveny Skyline boasts an unparalleled riding experience and exquisite paintwork, surpassing any other bike we have examined this year. It is evident that Blix embodies an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, which is truly showcased in this bike. Choose it for someone who favors elegant style over rugged utility.
What to Purchase: Child Carriers
Thule Yepp Maxi child seat
The Thule Yepp Maxi is considered the epitome of excellence when it comes to child seats for mounting on racks. In fact, numerous e-bike companies are equipping their bikes with racks specifically designed for the Yepp Maxi. Although our review of this child seat is still ongoing, we have already been impressed by its reliable child safety buckle system, durable construction, and effortless installation process. It is a perfect choice for individuals who wish to bring their children along on exhilarating e-bike rides.
Burley Dash X FM frame-mounted child seat
If you do not have a rear rack and are hesitant about pulling a trailer, the Burley Dash X FM might just be the solution you need. This child seat securely clamps onto the seat tube of your e-bike, ensuring a strong and stable connection that is effortlessly installed. It features a five-point harness to keep your child safe, a comfortable padded seat, and even a convenient small storage compartment. It is the perfect gift for e-bikers who want to bring their child along, but not necessarily on every single ride.
What to Buy: Electric Bike Car Racks
Thule EasyFold XT e-bike hitch rack
The Thule EasyFold XT e-bike hitch rack is another rack that we use almost daily. It is an excellent choice for e-bike riders who desire a rack that is effortlessly attachable and detachable from their vehicle. It is particularly suitable for e-bikes equipped with fenders, as it securely clamps onto the frame and rims instead of the tires. We admire its portability, complete with suitcase-style wheels, and the fact that it comes with a ramp.
Hollywood Racks Sport Rider e-bike hitch rack
For those seeking an affordable hitch rack specifically designed for e-bikes, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider is an excellent option. This rack is able to accommodate two e-bikes with an impressive maximum weight capacity of 80 lbs per bike. Additionally, it is capable of accommodating bikes with tire widths up to 5 inches and bikes with fenders, as the clamping mechanism securely attaches to the frame. It is the perfect choice for fat-tire e-bikers who require a robust rack capable of supporting their sturdy rigs.
The Yakima OnRamp e-bike hitch rack is designed specifically to meet the needs of e-bikers. With a weight rating of 66 lbs per bike and an integrated loading ramp, this rack eliminates the need for heavy lifting when loading your e-bike onto the rack. It securely clamps onto the frame, making it compatible with bikes that have fenders. The adjustable trays accommodate e-bikes of various shapes and sizes, providing versatility and convenience.
E-bike Essentials: What to Buy
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to fill your bottle with sketchy water, the Camelbak Eddy 32oz filtered by Lifestraw is the solution. As someone who has experienced this, I can confidently say that this bottle has become an essential part of my everyday life. Equipped with a Lifestraw water filter, it effectively removes 99.999999% of bacteria, protozoa, microplastics, and other contaminants, ensuring safe and clean drinking water.
The Park Tool PCS 10.3 work stand is a must-have for any e-bike home mechanic. With its fast clamping mechanism and ability to support bikes weighing up to 80 lbs, it provides stability and convenience during maintenance and repairs. Trusted by professionals, this height-adjustable, collapsible, and stowable work stand is a valuable investment to keep your loved one’s e-bike secure while undergoing maintenance.
If you own a fat bike, the Tannus Armour tire liner is a fantastic addition. Designed specifically for this type of bike, it offers enhanced protection against punctures and impacts. With the Tannus Armour tire liner, you can confidently navigate various terrains without worrying about damaging your tires. It’s a worthwhile investment for any fat bike enthusiast.
E-bike Riding Gear Recommendations
Tannus Armour Tire Inserts: The Solution for Flat Tires
Flats are a recurring issue on our fleet of e-bikes, but we have discovered a game-changing solution: Tannus Armour tire inserts. These inserts are made of foam and provide a layer of foam ranging from 13mm to 15mm, effectively preventing punctures and pinch flats. We have found them immensely helpful, especially on our electric fat bikes that are more susceptible to sticker pick-ups and sharp rocks.
Chrome Storm Salute Commute Jacket: Ultimate Protection for Commuters
For the avid commuter in your life, we recommend the Chrome Storm Salute Commute jacket. This waterproof yet breathable shell is specifically designed to shield bike commuters from unpredictable weather conditions. Equipped with convenient storage pockets for your phone and other essentials, a 2-way zipper, and a slightly longer drop tail to prevent riding up, this jacket ensures both functionality and style.
Endura Humvee Trouser II: Your Reliable Companion for Harsh Weather
If you’re facing the harshest of days, the Endura Humvee Trouser II is an essential piece of gear to keep you fully protected. This weather-resistant pant is constructed with durable ripstop fabric, featuring a DWR finish and water-resistant coating to keep you dry. Complete with an elastic waistband, adjustable belt, and plenty of pockets for convenience, this pant is perfect for those who refuse to let bad weather hinder their riding plans.