Travelling the world by bike

Petes is proud to be one of the newest Bike Friday dealers offering the best folding bikes for travel. Not all folding bikes are created equal. Some bikes fold easily but are no fun to ride.  Some bikes ride well but are no fun to fold.  Some bikes are no fun to ride and no fun to fold.

And then there is Bike Friday. Designed and built in Eugene, Oregon by active cycling and touring enthusiasts whose mission closely resembles ours here at Pete’s – offer the best cycling solutions to help eliminate the need for a car. We have long been known for high quality, highly reliable electric bikes, both folding and not.


Now we can offer our customers a non-electric option that they can easily fold up, pack into a standard size Samsonite suitcase and travel the world.  Not long ago I took my Bike Friday New World Tourist to New York City.  I never took the subway, a cab or a car anywhere.  I rode all over the city and got places faster than I could have any other way.

I saw parts of the city one would never see any other way.  In short, I had a blast exploring the city on a bike and was able to do business as usual without the headaches of getting around by car, cab or subway.  Stop in and check out the new Bike Friday folding bikes.

folding bikes.


How to Participate in Cranksgiving, a Food Drive on Two Wheels – Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, it has been held annually in New York City since 1999, and this will be the second event in Boulder, Co!


Riding/racing in a chaotic shopping spree by purchasing one specific food item at specific supermarket check-points all over Boulder. There is no entry fee, but you will need to buy the food, which will then be donated to a charity after the ride (Boulder Area Food Banks).

Specific items/stores/directions will be provided the day of event…it’s a surprise! Total shopping route will be about ~1-1.5hrs which will all take place within the Boulder City proper limits.

Participants will meet/start/end in the parking lot of Wild Woods Brewery (5460 Conestoga Ct Boulder, CO 80301). Stay after the event for socializing over a soda/beer and some food.

Bring a bike, bike lock, ~$20 to purchase your groceries and a big smile!

Prizes for: Fastest shopper, surplus shop, most unique item, and more!

General info on Cranksgiving –

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The self-charging electric bike: fact or fiction?

We often have customers ask about electric bikes that recharge as they are ridden. Regenerative braking is marketed as the holy grail of electric bikes these days as people dream of infinite battery life. Theoretically, an electric bicycle with a regenerative mode could be ridden downhill to recharge itself without the need for a charger being plugged into a wall outlet.

But, while it is true regenerative braking can extend your range by up to 10 percent, the reality is that you would have to ride 200 miles downhill just to charge the battery enough for a 20-mile ride.  Of course, it is a little hard to find a 200 mile stretch of continuous, steep downhill!  I would argue that the additional effort expended riding a bike in regenerative/exercise mode is harder on the planet than plugging into recharge.  Think about all that energy used to produce and package the food you eat to provide the calories need to overcome the resistance of regen mode!  I’d love to hear your comments!

Battery Information

Things you should always know about Batteries:

  1. Nickel-cadmium (NiCAD) – mature but has moderate energy density. Nickel-cadmium is used where long life, high discharge rate, and extended temperature range is important. Main applications are two-way radios, biomedical equipment, and power tools. Nickel-cadmium contains toxic metals.
  2. Nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) – has a higher energy density compared to nickel-cadmium at the expense of reduced cycle life. There are no toxic metals. Applications include mobile phones and laptop computers. NiMH is viewed as a steppingstone to lithium-based systems.
  3. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) invented in 1859 are the oldest type of recharge battery and are most economical for larger power applications where weight is of little concern. Lead-acid is the preferred choice for hospital equipment, wheelchairs, emergency lighting and UPS systems. Lead acid is inexpensive. Very short life in e-bike applications since they were not designed for high discharge. NOT environmentally friendly – highly toxic.
  4. Lithium-ion manganese (LiMh) – the safest and fastest growing battery system for electric vehicle applications; offers high-energy density and low weight. Protection circuits needed to limit voltage and current. Applications include notebook computers, cell phones, cars, and e-bikes. High current versions are available for power tools and medical devices. Easy to recycle and reuse. Be careful with other types of lithium as some types are untested and have the potential for fires.
  5. 36 volt vs. 24 volt
    36 volt systems boast faster speeds, quicker acceleration, greater range and better hill climbing capability than 24 volt systems. 24 volt systems are typically used on slower models that require pedal assistance to operate.
  6. Recharging battery packs
    Simply plug your battery pack into any standard 110-volt wall outlet. You can leave the battery pack on your e-bike or take it off on most models. Charging takes about four hours and costs just pennies per charge. Safety circuitry guarantees that the battery pack cannot be overcharged.
  7. Maintaining battery packs
    Plug in your battery pack after every use. Lithium batteries are memory-free batteries and do not require a full discharge before recharging.
  8. Life of the battery pack
    Lithium-ion manganese batteries typically can be fully charged and fully discharged 500 to 1000 times which translates to 10,000 to 20,000 miles with average usage. Lead Acid packs are only good for about 100 full charges.