Imagine if we could go back in time and visit the innovators of the 1800’s who filed the first electric bike patents. We could sit down at a dusty bar and flip through our phone showing them modern electric bikes. Perhaps we could pull up Twitter hashtag #ebike and find all the newest inventions. Sure there wouldn’t be cell phone service, but just go with it for a moment.
Remember when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) visited Dr. Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in Back to the Future III? We’d probably look like Marty.
While we’d be sitting at the bar, we’d have to explain social media, Twitter, cell phones, and our clothes, but I think the early innovators of electric bikes would be thrilled to see what has come of their work a century later. On the contrary, I also think they might be disappointed. The price tags would shock them. They’d realize that their desire to invent clean and affordable transportation has not been fulfilled even a century later.
The expensive tech seems to get the buzz and the practical solutions are often overlooked. The most practical being the electric bike conversion kit, which costs 200-500% less than most electric bikes sold today.
We wanted to imagine what we would show these original innovators if we could go Back to the Future. Let’s ignore the price tags while we do this. So we scoured Twitter and found the coolest electric bikes. We think you’ll like these techy e-bikes as much as we do. One more thing…
In case you do find a time-traveling DeLoreon and win the lottery, be sure to add these bikes below to your post-lottery-e-bike-collection.
B52 Stealth Bomber – $9,900
— BikingNavigator.com (@Bikingnavigator) March 1, 2015
Johammer J1 – $32,000
— Kev (@KevinMcGannon) May 24, 2014
Raht Racer – $45,000
— Help Save Earth (@help_earth_org) March 14, 2015
Bolt Electric Bike – $4,490
— Don Hutchison (@dphutch) July 14, 2015
B4 Electric Bike – $9,000
who'd believe it!? Designed built on Harley Davidson but an ELECTRIC Bike apprx £6,000!! Expensive but coolio! pic.twitter.com/jZH7wBHaRe
— LadyDee (@rodee55) May 27, 2015
Blacktrail BT-01 – $80,000
— Josep M. Ganyet (@ganyet) May 18, 2015
Prodeco Titanio – $5,000
Would love to have this Prodeco Titanio 29er e-bike! pic.twitter.com/ITMoOARhab
— NationalParkJim (@NatnlParkPlanet) July 8, 2015
Specialized Turbo – $6,000
— Lui Magazine (@lui) November 30, 2015
HaneBrink All-Terrain – $9,000
— Gadgets Empire (@gadgets_empire) March 22, 2015
Outrider 422 Alpha Electric Trike – $12,000
— セッポン (@sepponbakari) May 28, 2015
M55 Electric Bike – $40,000
— MY Minimal Movement (@myminimalme) November 23, 2015
GM Electric Bike – $TBD
— PEDAL IQ (@PEDAL_IQ) November 12, 2015
Gi FlyBike – $2,290
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) October 27, 2015
Ford MoDe:Flex Folding – $TBD
— Stuart Hayes (@StuHayes13) July 14, 2015
Ford Super Cruiser – $3,895
— Orange Pop (@Orange_Pop) July 1, 2015
Afghan-Engineered Electric Trike – Not For Sale
— Chris Giza (@griz1) May 5, 2015