The gas powered bike: The bike that doesn’t need to be fueled
Posted On June 18, 2021
The gas-powered bicycle is a bicycle with a gas engine.
It’s a bike that can travel from town to town on a tank of gas.
And it’s the first electric bicycle that I can think of that has a gas motor.
And that’s why I was so excited to be able to offer the Gas Powered Bicycle as a gift to my customers.
I’m going to tell you why this bike is a winner, but first I want to go through a little bit of history.
How did we get to where we are?
The first electric bike I could think of was the Salsa Cycle.
It was the very first electric bicycles that you could buy.
In the early 1900s, the first major American bicycle company, General Motors, decided to build an electric bicycle.
And in 1896, they decided to start building electric bicycles in the United States.
And by 1900, the company had over 600,000 electric bicycles and sold over $200 million in bicycles.
And this bike was built by a company called General Electric.
And I think that’s one of the biggest stories in the history of American engineering.
And you know what?
I’ve had a lot of people tell me, why did you build it?
Because it was a great way to start a company, because it was the first company that really was doing electric bicycles.
The next electric bike that I could imagine would have a gas-burning engine was the Energizer.
It had a gas tank, but it also had a battery, which was an electric motor.
In 1906, Energizers first gasoline powered bicycle was the Vauxhall Vantage.
It took over a year to build, and it took two years to make it into production.
And then by 1920, the American car industry was just about to go into full-blown electric car production.
But it was still a long time until the American auto industry was fully electric.
So that’s what General Electric built the first gas powered electric bicycle, the Vantage and the Elegant.
And so I think we’re in a unique position in that we were able to be the first American company to build a gas powered, electric bicycle without using gasoline.
Now, the next electric bicycle I think has a very important story.
It is a little more complicated than the other two, but the story is similar.
The electric bicycle story started with the first gasoline-powered bicycles, the Rolleiflex.
And the Rolt is a gasoline powered electric bike.
And a lot more people still don’t know that.
And Rolt was a gas bike, but not a gas motorcycle.
Rolt was built in France in the 1890s.
And one of their engineers, the famous French engineer, Pierre Bignon, had an idea that if you could make a bicycle that was light enough to travel on a single tank of gasoline, you could build a bicycle powered by a single gasoline engine.
And he wanted to make a motorcycle.
And of course, the motorcycle industry was booming in France at the time.
And they wanted to bring the motorcycle into Europe.
And Pierre Bixon was the French inventor of the motorcycle.
He wanted to build motorcycles for the motorbike.
And to build the motorcycle, he needed gasoline.
And there was only one solution.
Pierre Bizon built a motorcycle, which is a gas bicycle.
So Bizons gasoline bike was the only gasoline-fueled electric bicycle in the world at the turn of the century.
And at the beginning of the 19th century, when Bizos motorcycle came out, there was a lot that people didn’t understand about the gasoline bicycle.
But in the 1940s, it was possible to make gasoline powered bicycles in France.
And so, a lot the gas powered bicycles that we see today were built by engineers that had never built an electric bike before.
So they didn’t know what they were doing.
And when the Rols first came out in 1896 and the electric bicycle came out around 1900, they thought that these bikes were going to be very limited.
And people didn.t know how to use them.
And as you can imagine, gasoline powered, or electric bicycles were very limited at the start.
Then, in 1909, it came out that a lot cheaper and faster gas-fueling engines were available.
And we were seeing gas bikes that were almost as light as the electric bicycles of the 1890’s.
And these were the gas bikes of the 20th century.
But they were very expensive, and they were not as comfortable as the gas-power bicycles of today.
So, in 1912, the French government started a program called the Biodesigns program.
And during the Bionomics program, the government decided that it would be good to develop electric bicycles for a long-term basis.
And what they wanted was a bike with a high-voltage electric motor that would be used in all kinds