It is likely that you will have seen the latest craze in bicycles: the electric bike, or e bike. They are appearing everywhere at an alarming rate, because these things fly and they fly fast. So much so, in fact, that some governments are now calling for training courses to be made mandatory for anyone who wants to ride one. All that aside, however, the reality is that there are many benefits to e bikes and it is no wonder that they are so popular.
Benefits of E Bikes
E bikes offer a number of benefits:
- They are convenient
- They are fast
- They are reasonably environmentally friendly (although less so than a regular bike)
- You can make them yourself
DIY E Bike Conversions
Wait, you can make them yourself? Indeed you can! While stores are selling e bikes for thousands of dollars, you can actually purchase a conversion kit for a whole lot less money and create one yourself. That is also more environmentally friendly, because you are reusing your old bike rather than purchasing a new one. Plus, it means you don’t have to get used to a whole new saddle once again.
You can choose from a huge range of e bike kits on today’s market. Once installed, you will have that little bit of extra power, you will be able to tackle those hills or windy days without any problem anymore. Some people may say that it is lazy to use an electric bike, but everything is about convenience nowadays. And the reality is that if you were to be faced with a massive hill and you didn’t have an e bike, you may be tempted to take the car instead. So, you could actually indirectly protect the environment by using an e bike. Good for you!
Because there are so many different kits, you do need to learn a little bit about the variations as well. Usually, you will only have to take off your bike’s front wheel and you’ll be able to place the new one inside the hub. You then need to install the switch and the battery pack and connect these two together. The battery pack is small enough to fit in your front basket or, alternatively, behind your saddle. There are now also some kits that allow your motor to be fixed to the wheel at the bake of your bike, with the battery pack on top of it. Either way, it is easy enough to place it out of the way and to reach it when it needs charging.
Clearly, these conversion kits are fantastic inventions. If you want to own an e bike, then these will save you a whole lot of money, because brand new bikes with electric motors are really expensive. Whether you want some help with those nasty hills, want to commit to cycling to work every day, or simply want something different, these kits are for you. Affordable and easy to install, you’ll be good to go in no time.