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Ebike conversion kits.. who's fitted one.

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I have been looking at these bike conversion kits.

Have any of you fitted one to your push bike? I was going to get a motorbike for the back of a truck camper I am building at the moment but really have to watch the weight I carry and an Ebike could also be taken away with me on the Westy too. They look a bit to good to be true with a 30+ mile range on a charge and some of 1000w ones getting some respectable speed also.

I would be really interested to hear from any of you who have had actual experience of fitting a conversion kit or using an Ebike.

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No but interested, link?
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This one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKHz7wOjb9w" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Are we going on anything else?

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Great another flippin' Youtube channel to subscribe to :rofl
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Ian and Lins wrote:This one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKHz7wOjb9w" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


I want one :shock: :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl

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That is a goodn. Proper rum old boys.


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Back on topic, and a quick google I'm definitely thinking you're gonna get what you pay for on these things and is it better just putting money into a lighter bike or dedicated ebike.

Depends what your gonna use it for, terrain, distance, frequency. Keeping it simple a bike is pretty easy to fix with only a few spares, it can cover a decent amount of ground fairly quickly with little effort.
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JonB wrote:Back on topic, and a quick google I'm definitely thinking you're gonna get what you pay for on these things and is it better just putting money into a lighter bike or dedicated ebike.

Depends what your gonna use it for, terrain, distance, frequency. Keeping it simple a bike is pretty easy to fix with only a few spares, it can cover a decent amount of ground fairly quickly with little effort.

I think your right.

I see they do a fat bike with a 1000W motor that would be pretty nippy and have a long range but I think that might be a bit showy. I like the look of the ones with the battery inside the frame as you really cant even tell they are an Ebike at a glance. That said to convert my bike now for under £400 is an attractive option. I might do Isaac's bike first as he has some Amazon vouchers his grandparents have been handing over for a bit and he is looking to spend them on something :wink:

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I was out with the dogs the other day and this old bloke was coming towards me up a fairly steep hill on a mountain bike , something didn't look right . As he passed I realised, he wasn't peddling. Looked like one of those motor in hub conversions. Wasn't hanging around so couldn't ask him about it . :ok
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Many years ago I built an electric bike pack which comprised a big old Commercial tape reel computer motor and three motorcycle batteries all secreted in a front carrier basket and switched by a handlebar mounted lever switch with no speed regulation. The front wheel was driven by a concentric drum fitted around the motor with a section of cam belt riveted on for grip and set to claw into the tyre under load.

I fitted it tho my daughters full size ladies bicycle and she used it for the three mile run on cycle tracks on her somewhat hilly route to work. She regularly overtook a chap pumping away at the pedals up a long knackering hill who eventually waved her down and asked how she managed to pedal effortlessly past him in top Sturmey Archer gear grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

This was not an ideal setup as I did not have the PWM technology at that time and when used in the dark the switch flashed like an arc welder on pulling away.

Al these years later I have evolved to a machine for her ladyship which is a fully speed controlled tricyble using two 20 Ampere Hour jelly cells, a 24v motor from a lorry windscreen motor and a speed controller from QD. :ok

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You make it sound so easy brother :lol:

I am still thinking about this loads so think I might have to just jump in and have a go with a conversion kit now the technology has caught up with these amazing ideas that have been floating around for quite a while.

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I bought an already converted mountain bike for my girlfriend last year. It's got a twist throttle and cadence sensor with 3 "assist" settings.
I switched jobs recently and as the new job is only a 3 mile each way commute, I decided to use the leccy bike. It's got off-road gear ratios so it can only manage around 15 mph on the flat but the assist on hills means you don't really slow down on climbs. The three miles home is a steady 250ft gain in height and I can average 12 mph according to my Garmin watch. The battery managed 4 days before it got down to the last power level LED. Without the battery assist it is a heavy bike to use with just pedal power. :oops:
I switched to using my non-leccy bike this week and the same trip is only a few minutes slower but it feels like I've ridden twice as far. If I was going to build my own ebike I'd probably fit it to a light hybrid bike with a decent gear set more suited for road use rather than a mountain bike. But for now I'll keep using the girlfriend's bike everytIme I want to take it easy.
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