This was a fun build for us and was completed in two stages. Our first task was to lengthen the range of the bike and in order to do this we look at battery options for the bike. Unfortunately, we were unable to source a battery that would have fitted in the existing e-bike battery mount. So after consultation with the client we were able to add a second larger 18a/h battery. Chris installed a switch which allows the rider to choose which battery they want to power the bicycle.
The second stage was to add a second motor at the rear. The cyclist enjoys cycling but in order to travel further and ride further she needed help to get up the nasty Cornish hills which I am told are the worst in the UK. Just ask anyone who has ridden from John O’Groats to Lands End! So we added a second motor, this one was driven by a throttle whilst her existing one is driven by her pedals. It enables the rider to cycle normally and enjoy some help when she cycles and on reaching those rather painful hills she can pull on the throttle and cycle with further aids.
Review from our customer
BASIC EBIKE NOW THINKS IT’S A HARLEY DAVIDSON!Amanda
I resumed cycling (after a 30 year break) in the first lockdown – as a means of escape – buying a neighbour’s unwanted, basic ebike.
Initially, I was delighted with the 15 mile range that the low capacity battery provided, but as my new hobby became a middle-aged passion, I was desperate to travel further and so decided to buy a spare battery that I could carry in a backpack for longer journey’s.
However, it proved impossible to find a compatible battery for a bike that was no longer manufactured.
An ebike company just over the border provided a solution (albeit costly): they would remove the old battery and its pannier rack fitting (which – apparently – I could sell on Ebay) and replace it with a new rack and a battery of double power.
But then the second lockdown hit, so I couldn’t deliver the bike for its upgrade. This made me search a little harder locally for help in Cornwall. Consequently, I discovered Pederlec (Electric Bikes Cornwall) who would transform my bike – and life!
Rather than scrapping my original battery, Chris suggested adding an additional one.
I now have ‘bunk bed’ batteries – the new one fixed to a special plate above the original. I can now easily do 50 miles on medium power! What’s more, Chris enabled all this for a fraction of the cost quoted by the upcountry ebike company.
I thought I was done, but there was still a problem that spoilt many of my journeys: my front wheel motor was hopeless at getting me up steep hills under certain circumstances – such as when giving way to a car on a narrow lane in the rain and being in totally the wrong gear to get going again, the front wheel poorly maintaining purchase on the slippy road surface as it struggled to ‘pull’ the bike forward, which also dangerously affected steering.
I was already aware that rear wheel motors were much more capable of coping with this scenario (since they push, rather than pull the bike), but I was loathe to scrap a perfectly sound front wheel motor, plus the expense of replacing it with a standard one and goodness knows how much a rear wheel motor would cost!
But then Chris came to the rescue – again, he adopted the ‘double-up’ approach, retaining the front motor and adding a rear throttle-controlled motor. Again, the cost was very fair.
Brexit and Corona Virus border restrictions threatened to scupper Chris’ plans – making import of a rear wheel with integrated motor both difficult and ridiculously expensive. But there was no stopping Chris – he bought in all the necessary individual parts to build from scratch the wheel and attach a separate motor.
So now I’m living the ebike dream – getting all the distance I’ve ever wanted, with the power to make every uphill route comfortably accessible! There’s no more reluctantly getting off to push uphill, or needing to plan journeys with a short train hop home for fear of running out of battery power!
I now have the option of assisted power from the front motor when I pedal and/or twist the right handgrip to activate the rear motor. The added bonus of the latter is being able to pull away smartly and safely at traffic light junctions. Fantastic!
In conclusion, if you need someone to transform your ebiking life, then Chris is your man – he always goes the extra mile, or 35, in my case!