Converting your bicycle to an e-bike.
Whether you are looking for an alternative transport mode or a fun and simple way to exercise while getting out and about in the great outdoors, an Electric Bicycle (e-bike) is definitely worth considering.
An Electric Bicycle looks very similar to a traditional bicycle. The difference is that it is runs with an electric motor that is powered by an on-board battery. The motor assists the rider in propelling the bicycle forward with less effort. This is often called ‘assisted pedalling’.
An ebike conversion kit is a kit that has been put together with all the components that you need to convert a traditional bicycle into and electric bicycle. It is usually cheaper to convert a bicycle to an ebike than it is to buy an electric bike outright.
For me, an Electric Bicycle has to be almost the perfect way to exercise. It allows the rider to put in physical effort and work towards staying fit, while also giving the ability to have some ‘assistance’ up hills or during a difficult ride.
If cycling is difficult because of knee pain or asthma or other restrictions, and electric bicycle can give just enough pedalling assistance to take the pressure off sore joints and can stop you overexerting your body.
In the USA you are not required by law to have a vehicle license or insurance to ride an electric bicycle. Each state does, however have slightly different electric bicycle rules, so it’s important to become familiar with these for your relevant area.
Electric Bicycles are growing in popularity. They are a lot of fun and leave you with the enjoyment of cycling without the strain created by steep hills and difficult rides. Many people are finding that e-bikes have caused them to rekindle their love of cycling!
Speed controller (housed in smaller canvas bag) is the central hub.
Receiving connections from the throttle, the motor and the battery.
Electrical cable running from the motor to the controller.
Direct drive hub motor integrated into the wheel.
Standard steel bicycle frame.
Battery (housed in canvas bag) attached to frame.