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The Cheapest E-Bike Is Your Own Converted Bicycle

by: Mark Deken
the cheapest e bike is your own converted bicycle | Upload

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, regular bikes must be from Venus and e-bikes from Mars.

Mars Rover Discovered e-Bikes.

Just imagine the views that the newly landed Perseverance Mars Rover would send us, with some trusty old two-wheelers in the sand of the red planet… Either way, the point I’m trying to make - people often think of ‘regular’ bikes as one thing and e-bikes as a completely different one: apples and oranges, and all that.

Your Own Converted Bicycle

Guess what. If the shared use of ‘bike’ did not yet give it away, the following explanation might. E-bikes are nothing but bikes with an e-element added to them. This means that bikes can easily change one way or the other. It is not a matter of discarding your regular bike and getting your hands on an e-bike instead. You can convert your own bicycle to an e-bike - and it will cost you far less than a brand new e-bike might.

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Photo by Jaime Dantas Unsplash

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How To Get An E-Bike

If you are still set on getting an e-bike to replace your ‘regular’ bike, know that there are plenty of options. The number of manufacturers is growing exponentially, as does the variety in e-bikes. This includes different bikes for different occasions and purposes, as well as options for every budget. You can easily spend thousands of euros on a new e-bike, although it is not unheard of to find options below this amount as well.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether you want to spend the same amount on your e-bike that you would spend on a second-hand car, or whether you want to be cost-conscious and settle for one of the available budget options - or go the fun route—time to explore the latter.

Turn Your Bike Into an E-Bike

It is possible to put the e- in the bike that you already own. It involves a conversion kit that sets you up with a battery and motor. This conversion kit is certainly not one-of-a-kind. It all depends on what you want to get out of your bike. There are conversion kits for mountain e-bikes, cruiser e-bikes, compact e-bikes, and so on. Each will have different motors, in terms of acceleration, range, and top speed, that have to be added to one of the bike’s wheels.

Which wheel? And how to do it? It depends on both your bike and the conversion kit that you chose. The components will have to be added to your frame according to the specifications that are also provided. Make sure to read those carefully, as the order and specifics may also differ.

How To Create An E-Bike

electric-engine-on-a-bicycle-frame

Recommended: Electric Transport: The Power Of The Letter e

If you are still on the fence about whether this is right for you - check this rough outline of the required steps.

  1. Lay bare your bike’s frame by taking off all other elements. This empty frame makes it easier to add on all the e-parts.
  2. Start by installing the motor on the front or rear wheel. The exact location depends on your bike and the conversion kit you chose. Make sure it is secure before re-attaching the wheels to the frame.
  3. Switches and controllers should be attached to the handlebars.
  4. The battery box powering your motor should be attached to the bike. It does not matter where, as long as you keep your bike's weight distribution in mind.
  5. Install the battery and connect all the wires to hook up your e-system.
  6. Finish the bike by attaching all remaining elements and carefully test it.

But What Kit Is Best?

There is no ‘best’ when it comes to conversion kits. It really depends on you and how - and where - you are planning to use your bike. Are you using it daily for your short commute? Or more like every other weekend, on long biking trips? Are you driving in mountainous areas or rather on flat land? Will you be riding in hot weather or cold, wet conditions? Do you need to be able to carry your bike around or perhaps even up a flight of stairs?

All of this determines the type of conversion kit that you are looking for. Smaller, lighter motors are better suited for short trips on relatively flat terrain. Stronger, heavier motors are more for you if you plan to take long trips or embark on mountain biking trips.

Similarly, if you want your bike to be lightweight and suitable for carrying it around, a light kit is more for you. But if you are planning on traversing rough terrain, the extra weight might be worth it. It is a real balancing act, true in every sense of the word: is the extra weight worth the extra benefits?

Take your time to explore the options and know that it is not too hard to get it done. Save yourself some

Cover photo Fly Me To The Moon: How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing in Sydney.

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Recommended: Top Electric Bike Conversion Kits From 2021

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If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, regular bikes must be from Venus and e-bikes from Mars. Mars Rover Discovered e-Bikes. Just imagine the views that the newly landed Perseverance Mars Rover would send us, with some trusty old two-wheelers in the sand of the red planet… Either way, the point I’m trying to make - people often think of ‘regular’ bikes as one thing and e-bikes as a completely different one: apples and oranges, and all that. Your Own Converted Bicycle Guess what. If the shared use of ‘bike’ did not yet give it away, the following explanation might. E-bikes are nothing but bikes with an e-element added to them. This means that bikes can easily change one way or the other. It is not a matter of discarding your regular bike and getting your hands on an e-bike instead. You can convert your own bicycle to an e-bike - and it will cost you far less than a brand new e-bike might. 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This conversion kit is certainly not one-of-a-kind. It all depends on what you want to get out of your bike. There are conversion kits for mountain e-bikes, cruiser e-bikes, compact e-bikes, and so on. Each will have different motors, in terms of acceleration, range, and top speed, that have to be added to one of the bike’s wheels. Which wheel? And how to do it? It depends on both your bike and the conversion kit that you chose. The components will have to be added to your frame according to the specifications that are also provided. Make sure to read those carefully, as the order and specifics may also differ. How To Create An E-Bike Recommended:  Electric Transport: The Power Of The Letter e If you are still on the fence about whether this is right for you - check this rough outline of the required steps. Lay bare your bike’s frame by taking off all other elements. This empty frame makes it easier to add on all the e-parts. Start by installing the motor on the front or rear wheel. The exact location depends on your bike and the conversion kit you chose. Make sure it is secure before re-attaching the wheels to the frame. Switches and controllers should be attached to the handlebars. The battery box powering your motor should be attached to the bike. It does not matter where, as long as you keep your bike's weight distribution in mind. Install the battery and connect all the wires to hook up your e-system. Finish the bike by attaching all remaining elements and carefully test it. But What Kit Is Best? There is no ‘best’ when it comes to conversion kits. It really depends on you and how - and where - you are planning to use your bike. Are you using it daily for your short commute? Or more like every other weekend, on long biking trips? Are you driving in mountainous areas or rather on flat land? Will you be riding in hot weather or cold, wet conditions? Do you need to be able to carry your bike around or perhaps even up a flight of stairs? All of this determines the type of conversion kit that you are looking for. Smaller, lighter motors are better suited for short trips on relatively flat terrain. Stronger, heavier motors are more for you if you plan to take long trips or embark on mountain biking trips. Similarly, if you want your bike to be lightweight and suitable for carrying it around, a light kit is more for you. But if you are planning on traversing rough terrain, the extra weight might be worth it. It is a real balancing act, true in every sense of the word: is the extra weight worth the extra benefits? Take your time to explore the options and know that it is not too hard to get it done. Save yourself some Cover photo Fly Me To The Moon:  How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing in Sydney . Before you go! Recommended:  Top Electric Bike Conversion Kits From 2021 Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bike conversion kits? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input  or subscribe .
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