So you want to join the electric bike community? There may be various reasons as to why you are going looking at ebikes which may be affected by the rising gas prices, depressed economy, global warming, or the growing popularity of bikes in your town. Even so, there are many reason as to why ebikes are a good alternative to driving a vehicle and it can be a great motive for getting outdoors or back into shape and away from the TV. In the digital age, it’s hard to find the motivation to get out and socialize with fellow friends and peers. It may be the perfect time for you to pick up that mountain bike sitting in the corner of your garage collecting dust.
So where do you start? It may be very hard to figure out what electric bike you may want to invest in. There are many shapes, models and motors available on the market today. From the power of the motor to user interface of the LCD, which could ultimately affect your purchase choice. Electric bikes are not just for the geeky tech kids or professional cyclist. They’re not even for people who are happily biking to work already. Electric bicycles are for people who would otherwise drive. In other words: people who know nothing about bikes, much less electronic bikes. If you are thinking about buying one, here are some things to keep in mind.
What is an ebike mid drive conversion kit?
First, lets ask do you currently own a bike? Maybe a mountain bike or beach cruiser? Well that could be a great start in terms of switching to an ebike. Our e-RAD mid drive ebike conversion kits are perfect for existing bikes. They transform your current or new bike into an electric bike, ready to hit the ground running. The mid drive kits can hook up and be set up to fit streamline with your current set up with minor assembly required. We even have friendly tutorial videos to show you how to set it up and be outside in no time!
What does the wattage mean on the mid drive ebike kits?
An electric motor on an bike is measured in watts which also refers to the power of the motor. It can range anywhere from 250 to 1000. A higher wattage is perfect for mountain biking terrain and uphill traversing. A lower wattage is sufficient for riding around town. Some people like the feel of more power in their motor and can bring fun thrills like it does with a car that has a powerful engine such as a sports car. Depending on your course of daily travel, you can pick accordingly.
How do I choose a battery for an ebike?
This can be the most expensive part on an electric bike mid drive conversion kit. As ours uses the same battery cells found in a Tesla which charges the ebike and can be plugged into any outlet. The batteries are also easily detachable to be taken off the bike frame for easy access.
The battery is also very important because it determines how many miles you can get out of your ebike before having to recharge it again. Speeds and acceleration are also a factor like it is with gas milage in a car. The more you stop and go, the more battery usage you will go through. Our e-RAD batteries can fit on all sort of bike frames such as townie bikes and fat bikes.
How much should I spend on an ebike?
That depends on a few factors. First, what is your budget and how much can you afford to dish out. An electric bike conversion kit can range anywhere to $500-$5,000 depending on what features you would like to include. You can customize your own conversion kit and select your options based on your wallet using our customizable kit at lectriccycles.com. Our e-RAD mid drive ebike conversion kits are priced relatively modest to the fact that you are getting the best all-around kit with the most power and durability that you would expect as a consumer. You can come down and test drive our kits our local shop in North Las Vegas. Our contact page has our most up to date address. We also have many dealers around the country that you can compare are kit with. Visit our dealer page for more information.
Electric bikes aren’t for everyone. They’re not going to replace that two hour commute to work everyday from the suburbs to the city – but that’s sort of the point. You will find that ebikes make perfect sense for areas where traffic is congested. When our government recovers enough to push gas prices back up again, will you really want to live outside the range of an affordable electric vehicle?