Doug McClellan

Doug McClellan

Doug McClellan has been contributing to Bicycle Retailer & Industry News almost from the magazine’s beginning. He had been a newspaper reporter for 20 years, covering stories from New Mexico to Bangkok, and has been involved in trade magazines for nearly 15 years. Doug now freelances from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

All articles by Doug McClellan

April 10, 2019
Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Cycling advocates are casting a wary eye on bills pending in several statehouses that seek to legalize electric scooters. Their concerns aren't with e-scooters as such, but with the scooter industry's attempts to classify them as legally identical to bikes or electric bikes.

Posted in Industry News
Proposed bills across the U.S. would put bicycles and e-bikes on the same legal footing as the micromobility devices.
February 18, 2019

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Panasonic, an e-bike pioneer that has been on the sidelines of the mid-drive motor boom, is making a new bid for market relevance by announcing a partnership with Kent International.

Posted in Product/Tech
February 15, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Industry associations continue to lobby against the 25 percent tariffs imposed on Chinese-made electric bikes and motors. But many suppliers and retailers say most premium brands typically sold at IBDs are not affected, since these bikes don’t come from China.

Posted in Industry News
January 18, 2019

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — As expected, the European Union has imposed duties on Chinese-made electric bicycles and e-bike components destined for the European Union.

Posted in International
The duties, effective Saturday, range from 18.8 to 79.3 percent.
January 9, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Has your company been negatively affected by the 25 percent tariff increase on e-bikes and e-bike motors imported from China? If so, PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association invite you to submit comments to the U.S.

Posted in Industry News
August 22, 2018
Maserati Trofeo e-road bike, with Bafang's motor, was a Eurobike hit.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — It was a hard-to-miss trend at Eurobike this year. Electric drive systems are now appearing on the holiest of holy bikes: the high-end performance road bike.

Posted in Product/Tech
Lighter, discrete drive units are tuned for sporty road use. "You just maybe use (the motor) for 20 minutes."
November 1, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (BRAIN) – Michigan this week became the seventh state to adopt a three-tiered classification system for electric bikes.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a trio of bills, backed by e-bike manufacturers and cycling advocates, that also allows e-bikes on certain trails.

Posted in Industry News
August 16, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Electric Bike Expo has canceled this weekend's consumer test fest in Portland because Monday's total solar eclipse, which makes landfall south of the city, has wreaked havoc on its logistics.

Posted in Industry News
July 7, 2017

SIMSBURY, Conn. — As it nears its 10th anniversary, Pedego Electric Bikes celebrates the opening of its 100th retail store, in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Posted in Retail News
June 23, 2017

LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (BRAIN) — BMW has joined the Electric Bike Expo as an exhibitor beginning with its Chicago-area event, which opened Friday and continues through Sunday. BMW will be on board for the other four stops on the 2017 Expo tour, which include Burnsville, Minnesota, in July; Portland, Oregon, in August; Miami in October and Philadelphia in November.

Posted in Industry News

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