Level-up: Customizing Your Bike

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The popularity of electric bikes has been increasing dramatically in recent years. These battery powered bikes are fully functional, ecological and a great option if you want to take you cycling experience to the next level. You can have an ebike that takes you from A to B or you can customize and have your ebike take your from A to Z!

A lot of these bikes are just doing their task of taking you from one place to another, but with endless colour and customization options and designs, why not make yours a little different...or a lot!

 

Building a Customer Electric Bike Without The Need to Spend a Lot With an Electric Bike Kits

 

Electrical bicycles are fun and environment-friendly modes of transportation, plus they can speed up your commute time and speed. However, building your own e-bike using an electric bike conversion kit may not only be easy; it will also be very affordable. By using a conversion kit, you are giving life to a reliable vehicle that can offer a lot of advantages compared with a standard bike like convenience, speed, and ease of use.

 

Once you converted your old one to a new electric mountain bike, you might be surprised to see your bicycle move as if it is on steroids: Powerful and fast. Yet, it is still quiet too. No one can easily tell that you converted your ordinary bike into an electric. Plus, the installation process is quick and easy.

 

Building Your Dream Bike

 

If you will type the words "DIY Electric Bike" into the search engine, you will find different information from electric scooters to the most expensive electric bikes. The information you can find might be plain simple or may lead you in numerous different directions. They might confuse you as well for having too many options.

However, the goal is pretty simple and basic. Build an e-bike with very minimal costs.

 

Choosing the Motor

The first item that you need to make a decision to is the motor. The most popular choice for electric bikes is the hub motor. The hub motor has two types: Geared hub motor and Direct drive motor. 

The direct drive motor is the simplest. Even the other shell of the hub is part of the motor. It also includes a big ring of strong rare earth magnets fixed to it.

When the motor runs, it drives the wheel directly. That is where the name comes from. This also means that the wheel is simply a motor with the shaft fixed in place so that the body of the motor, which is the outer hub shell and the wheel) spins instead of the shaft.

The direct drive motor is a simple system. However, the motor is big and heavy to produce enough power. Plus, a small motor spinning slowly does not produce enough torque. In order to produce torque, even at low speeds, you would need to have a motor as big as possible.

The geared motor is a little more complex but the clever complexity makes it smaller and lighter in weight.

Gears are great. Although you already have gearing on your bike, it can still turn a bunch of low torque circles into a few high torque circles. So if you have a tiny motor and you would like to make it push along the loaded bike, it is possible. The motor can run at high speed for efficiency. The gearing will slow it down and the torque will increase to push you forward.

Just like the gearing on your bike, ratching pawls will let you coast without drag. However, the extra moving parts will eventually wear off, just like the gears on your bike will. Since this gearing is small and is designed to make the wheels spin fast, a lot of heavier riders and those with a lot of cargo may have trouble with long term durability.

For some people who need a really strong push, special direct drive hubs with the motors wound for higher torque and a lower top speed will make pulling heavier loads a breeze. They will go slower than usual but they will get a lot of power and the motor will last for many years.

There are two reasons why a lot of people are using e-bike conversion kits instead of building everything from scratch. These are the price and custom specifications. If you will be using a conversion kit, you are saving a lot of money. You are also in full control of your bike's speed, power, and range.

 

So which is the better option for me?

It depends.

If it is important for you to keep your bike lightweight, the geared motor is the best option for you. It is also great for people who will go freewheeling or would like increased range trump longevity.

However, if you are expecting to rely more on the motor, craving for a higher top speed, is looking to haul more weight, a quiet motor, and a long term value to it, then, a drive motor is the best one for you.

The newcomer to the motor choices is the mid drive electric motor. The mid drive electric motor is not installed in the front or rear wheel hub; it is installed to your front drive system. One of the main advantages of using this motor is its ability to use your own bike's rear derailleur whenever it changes gears. If the chain spins really fast and your speed is not increasing, you can change to a lower gear in the rear to get the perfect combination.

However, the pedal assist mode of this motor can crunch the rear chain ring in the back of your bike when shifting. You have to pedal your bike in order to get the rear derailleur to change rings.

The big benefits of electric bikes come from the electric motor. The extra power makes the problem of hills and headwinds a thing of the past, as well as letting you carry a full load of shopping on your bike without affecting performance. The standard 250 Watt motor is like to having a fit athlete pedaling at the same time as you. 

The extra power allows you to do things other bicycles can't - the extra speed and acceleration mean you can get away from junctions at traffic lights easily, perfect for the stop-start-stop-start city commute, and match the speed of surrounding traffic reducing the chances of an accident. 

The power means you can also concentrate on the traffic around you more, and stay safe. That's why it's used by police forces, couriers, and other heavy cyclist users.

For commuters in particular, the motor halves the effort it takes to cycle to work. This means you don't arrive as a sweaty mess at work, don't have to pack a spare change of clothes (since a suit can't really be kept flat anyway on a bike) and don't have to shower at either end. This saves you a lot of time and hassle. 

On longer journeys, an electric bike means you don't tire nearly as easily so you're more alert, and it also gets you to where you want to go quicker, and arrive more awake and ready to do work without the effort that makes you sweat. No one likes to arrive at work or at a meeting tired, late and sweaty!

Compared with petrol, electric bikes can be easily charged from any ordinary socket at the cost of standard electricity, costing just a few pennies per charge rather than £80-90 each time you visit the pumps. The savings will quickly mount up so you can spend more elsewhere. 

That's not the only major savings. MOTs, insurance, maintenance and road tax can all be stripped away. An electric bike is an ideal replacement for a second car which sees little useful use but just piles onto your bills. 

Funnily, statistics show you're more likely to use an electric bike than a traditional bicycle because it is less effort and you can do so much more; some say up to 7 times as often. So using an electric bike is a smart way to get in shape. 

The current and future generations of electric bike batteries are lithium-based, much like you get in a mobile phone or a laptop. Lithium is the most durable, energy-efficient and long-lasting type of battery available. 

Ranges of more than 50 miles are not unrealistic at all when you get the right model, enabling a roundtrip journey to be perfectly possible. Batteries can be recharged like your mobile phone or laptop, in a few hours overnight, or in the office so you're always ready to go. 

What's more, you can travel at a nearly constant speed of 15mph in a city. That might not sound a lot, but you'll beat the stop-start city traffic anyway by going more directly, traveling around or through traffic. And that's just a really good feeling!

You can even convert your existing bike with the help of an electric bike kit if you're the DIY type - so if you've already got a bike, but aren't using it as much as you'd like to, you can electrify it and enjoy it more. 

 

Why convert a bike to electric?

Electric bikes are a great way to cycle - whether it's for the daily commute, popping out of the shops or leisurely Sunday afternoons along the towpath. Whatever your reasons for considering buying an electric bike, you'll want to be sure that the bike is comfortable and suits your needs. 

That's where we can help. 

We specialize in converting standard bikes to electric bikes, using high-quality electric bike kits. At this point, you may be asking yourself: "Why bother? there are already hundreds of off the shelf electric bikes available in the UK." And you would be of course be correct - there is an overwhelming choice of electric bikes available for you to purchase, but before you dismiss the idea of converting a standard bike to an electric bike let us point a few things out to you:

  1. The price of a converted bike is usually less expensive than a factory built equivalent. 
  2. The quality of converted bike will be better than a factory built equivalent
  3. With a conversion, you get a choice of better, controller, gear change mechanism, throttle, seat and so on. 
  4. If you already have a bike you're happy with we can convert this to electric for you. 
  5. All of our work is guaranteed for 12 months. 

So you can get an electric bike conversion that's better quality than a factory equivalent; costing less than the factory bike, and you get a choice of components. How does it sound now?

 

What bikes can be converted?

Most bikes are suitable for conversions: trekking bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, step through bikes and folding bikes being the most popular. Once converted, these bikes enjoy the exact same benefits of factory-built electric bikes. 

 

What is the specification of the electric kit?

First and foremost we only use the best quality kits that are guaranteed 12 months. There is a choice of battery style and size, controller, an option for throttle only or throttle and pedal assistance and last but not the least we cater for almost all wheel sizes. The kits that we use are 36v with 250w motors

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