Environment Transportation This Retro-Look Electric Cruiser Bike Offers Vintage Style, but No Carrying Capacity By Derek Markham Writer Derek Markham is a green living expert who started writing for Treehugger in 2012. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Derek Markham Updated October 11, 2018 Michael Blast Share Twitter Pinterest Email Transportation Active Automotive Aviation Public Transportation The recent flush of electric bikes that hide high-tech drive systems in old-school style may not go very far in replacing a car, but they might help get more people on bicycles. When it comes to electric bicycles, there's a huge range of options available right now, from the super cheap to the incredibly costly, with different choices available in everything from frame and tire size to motor wattage to battery capacity, and everything from top speed to motor torque to range per charge. And considering how many different types of riding situations there are out there, and the number of varying riding habits and trip lengths that cyclists have, more choices means a better chance at getting the right bike for its intended use, which is a key factor in whether or not that bike gets ridden. In that sense, while the right electric bike for me would have at least one rack and attachment points for panniers on it because it's practical for replacing car trips, the right e-bike for someone else who just wants to be able to go for a cruise around the park, a ride to the beach, or as transportation for going out to eat might very well be one like this next bike, which is long on style but short on carrying capacity. The Michael Blast Greaser electric bike might only carry a single rider and nothing else, but it will make them look pretty darn cool while doing so, and that might be enough of a reason to get someone to keep their car parked in favor of an e-bike. A Classic Look on a Modern Bike Michael Blast The Greaser, which was designed by Lovett Industries, a motorized drift trike builder, pays homage to the board track motorcycles of the early 1900s, with fat tires, an old-school saddle design, mustache handlebars with leather grips, a faux gas tank, and a vintage-styled front LED headlight. The bike's aluminum frame mirrors the geometry of early motorcycles, but considering the pedaling involved, it looks more suited to short rides in good weather than for longer trips. However, with a 7-speed Shimano derailleur, it's at least a lot more capable in that respect than the average singlespeed cruiser. With either a 250 or 500 W rear hub motor providing the electric boost, the Greaser can reach speeds of 35 kph (21.7 mph), depending on the setup, and has a range per charge of about 50 kilometers (31 miles), with a charging time of about 4 hours. The Greaser uses a 36V 13Ah Samsung lithium ion battery pack, which appears to be within the 'gas' tank right under the top bar, and there's no indication of whether or not it's easily removable for charging or if the bike needs to be plugged in. Price and Practicality The bike weighs in at 28 kg (~62 pounds), so it doesn't seem like a good fit for those who have multiple flights of stairs to contend with daily, but it features dual disc brakes for stopping power, and the motor has 5 levels of pedal assist to choose from, which can help riders conserve battery life on longer outings. The Greaser comes in a variety of color schemes, sells for about AU$3000 in Australia, £1699 in the UK, or $2200 in the US (via Amazon), and comes with a 5-year frame warranty and a 1-year electronics warranty. More info is available at Michael Blast.