A question I have been asked recently is, “Is it better to buy one from a shop or to convert an existing bike?”
The answer to this question lies in features and how you want to use your electric bike. Well known bicycling shops will sell you an ebike with a 250watt motor and an 8.8ah battery. This battery it is claimed will give you a travel radius of up to 40 miles. This is a difficult claim to refute but we have recently done our own tests. I (medium build) rode a 500watt bike with a 10ah battery and got a 10 mile journey out of it. The journey was hilly and so the battery was made to work. But this is a problem for the person purchasing the shop bought bike. The cheap bike simply may not do what it is asked to do.
However, we also do not necessarily encourage a DIY approach. Have a read of our post on ‘Building Electric Bikes.’ There are so many YouTube videos showing you how easy this is but it is not. There are many pitfalls some of which would be inconvenient but others that are dangerous (brakes for instance).
When we build you an electric bike we will always find out what your journey entails, what type of cycling you do, even how heavy you are! We also build in added extras such as lights that run off your ebike battery. We also like to tidy up wiring and ensure the conversion looks good.
We would always recommend converting an existing bike, you will be saving it from the landfill after all. A conversion to an ebike is not easy though and we will take the guess work out of it.