1. Adventure Rider Print Magazine!
    We're doing a print magazine this November - 128 pages of high quality adventure riding stories, photography and interviews!

    Click here to purchase a copy for $9. Limited copies still available.
    Dismiss Notice

DIY E- Pedal Bike

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by DiggerD, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    I am after a battery powered kit to add to my pedal bike.
    I need exercise from a bike, was getting it from a stationary bike at a health club,
    but don't want to risk getting sick from others with less of a concern than I.
    I got a bad ankle and don't want to get stranded on a standard pedal bike, or have to deal with a big head wind.
    So, I have a good doner mountain bike that I can put road tires on.
    It has front suspension.
    There are kits on youtube that look very promising.
    Complete kits, where you replace the rear hub for one that has the motor built in.
    There are other kits with hubs for the front wheel, bottom bracket and who kows where else.

    Is there a thread already started in ADV, or does anyone have any personal knowledge on this topic?

    Hope is to use the e-powered bike to and from work, 7 miles one way on level ground, to get my 68 year old ass back in shape.

    Thanks.
    #1
  2. dogsslober

    dogsslober No neck tie, Ti neck

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,614
    Location:
    Morgan Hill Ca
    Luna Cycle, Bafang BHSD mid drive kit. Ton of info on there site
    #2
    DiggerD likes this.
  3. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
  4. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    8,159
    Location:
    Southern Illinois USA
  5. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #5
    sieg likes this.
  6. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #6
  7. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #7
  8. Frank06

    Frank06 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2009
    Oddometer:
    331
    Location:
    Maine and Nova Scotia
    Have a look at the endless-sphere forum....
    #8
  9. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #9
  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #10
  11. motodojo

    motodojo Rock Ninja

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2014
    Oddometer:
    362
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    #11
  12. voltsxamps

    voltsxamps Advolturer

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,872
    Location:
    +positively grounded-
    Watch 1:06-1:21

    #12
  13. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    Any preference on drive locations?

    Rear hub or bottom bracket ?

    Not warm to the idea of a front hub, tho the less work involved.
    #13
  14. JDUBinCO

    JDUBinCO Q-bald

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2013
    Oddometer:
    636
    Location:
    Centennial City of the Centennial State
    I have a mid drive BBSHD with the 52V battery which is over 1,600 watts at full battery and unrestricted, and makes it an electric motorcycle OHV, legally speaking. The kit is awesome! I got it from Luna and it is moped fast but weights 55 lbs and still handles like a mountain bike. I decided on the kit because it only makes sense to me to run the motor's power through the drive train to reap the benefits of gearing. My wife's bike is similar and she has hip problems and the ebike has been an amazing help to get her riding more and has helped her hip to get stronger.

    Part of me wants to add a Phaserunner and a 72V and get over 3000 watts but I don't think the chain or freewheel will last at those levels.

    One of the bikes I tried was Pedego's hard tail mountain bike with a rear hub. The weight balance was really wonky off road with all that weight in the back. Given the low weight of a bicycle, having the weight of the motor and battery close to the center and as low as possible. If you live in a flat-ish area and are going to stick to smooth trails then the hub motor is simpler and cheaper.
    #14
    DiggerD likes this.
  15. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #15
  16. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    #16
  17. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,758
    Location:
    St Louis MO
    I went the bafang bbshd route, but if I had thrown a bit more money at it would have gotten a haibike or big brand mid drive. As is, the bbshd on my old hardtail gets up to 35 mph on the flats, is plenty of power, and in level 1 assist can get me up any hill pedaling. I wanted to get back to riding but all the trails are a drive away. With this I can pedal at 30 mph or so to the trail, then scale assist back and ride a more average 20 mph speed, or just ride to the store for supplies. Been out riding only 6 times since installed, but 48 miles thus far, ready to give a long ride a try. My commute is now 17 miles, which I could never do in time for work. used to commute 10 miles each way and that took about 45 minutes in morning, an hour in evening. Still get a workout with these pedal assist kits to, just not sweaty on commute, and can ride up hills.
    #17
  18. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    Thanks mod for moving this e-bike info from electric motorcycle to shinny stuff with guitars and station wagons...makes total sense to me. :lol3

    :dunno


    Oh! Look ! A Volvo thread.

    Hey, even a garden,,,,dig that !
    #18
  19. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    AZ
    That's where the big electric bike thread has been for a long time
    #19
  20. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,024
    Location:
    Mid Wet Or A Gun
    2 die.......sigh......good bye...
    #20