The first time you see an electric bike you might think it’s a crazy invention. However, there are many situations that e-bikes are ideal for.
For those of us who are getting older and our knees aren’t working the way they used to, the e-bike sounds like a great idea. Taking some of the stress off of our bodies when we do a fair amount of bike riding suddenly becomes important. Terrain where we live can be a bit cumbersome too, so switching from pedal power to electric assistance will keep us cycling for years to come.
When you don’t want to purchase a whole new bike, or you really love the one you’ve been riding for years, a conversion kit is the way to go. These kits come in standard bike styles as well as ones for trikes. Prices start at about $500 and can top $2500. They are available in front or rear wheel conversion kits. Let’s look at some things to consider before making your purchase.
First, you need to determine what your main focus is for a conversion kit. Are you using it as a main form of transportation to work or school? Will you be using it mostly for leisure activities? Is the area where you live level or mostly hilly? Will you be using it to haul items such as groceries? You will also want to set a budget so you don’t go broke buying one with all the bells and whistles if you don’t need them. You also don’t want price to be the deciding factor.
Before you choose your kit, look at the vendor and manufacturer. Where are your kit and all the parts made? As with anything else, you want both to be reputable and their products to be of high quality. Do they offer good service and support after the sale? Can they be reached quickly or are they unavailable most of the time? If this is your first bike conversion kit, there are sure to be questions for which you need answers right away.
Going further, you will want to know if their conversion kit works on any bicycle or tricycle. Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing something online, only to find out that it doesn’t fit your particular bike. How fast is the normal installation of their product? Can you put it on quickly and be out riding the same day as delivery? Is their kit considered high performance? You don’t want a standard kit when you are going for something more.
Just when you think you are almost there, don’t forget to research the following things before buying your electric bicycle conversion kit. Are all parts included? What kind of battery is it and is it there too? What is the life expectancy of the battery? How long of a distance will a battery charge last on this particular model? The average range is 30 – 70 kilometers. What are the connectors and cables like? Are they warrantied and how long does it last? If I need replacement parts how easily are they to obtain? Can I purchase them from the same place I bought the original conversion kit? What kind of speed can I expect from this kit? Most electric bikes are capable of travelling 32 kms/hr, but some kits will only do 20 kms/hr.
Lastly, you will want to know the weight limit on your conversion kit. Standard kits can handle 200-300 lbs., depending on the kit. If you are using your e-bike for grocery shopping or regularly transporting more than a few pounds, you might want to consider a heavy duty model.
Your final consideration will be whether the ideal conversion kit is a better option for you than purchasing a new e-bike. Depending upon your needs and the conversion kits available to fit your traditional bike, you may find that a new purpose built electric bike is the way to go. Cit-E-Cycles can help you determine which e-bike is best for you and your lifestyle. Happy biking!