Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Alberta Canada
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I have just gotten into a conversion kit about a month ago. I had commuted to work in the past, but for some reason as the years went by, the valley that I would ride into would somehow get deeper, and the hills higher. I converted my old sears 18 speed with a kit form itselectric.ca and like it very much. Its a Chrystalite 408 with a 36 volt SLA battery. I went for the SLA for the cost and quick availability.
So far I commute 5 km each way to work with a hill of 216 foot rise in 8/10 of a mile on the return trip after work. On wednesdays I travel up the opposite side of the valley to look after a radio broadcast tower. That is a rise of 660 feet in 3.2 kms. That one you climb all the way. So with me pedaling and the hub motor uh..... hubbing! we make the trip, the roll back down over the bridge of the river up the other side of the valley to where I live, that is a one way trip of 11.7 km. Its great! Over the years I had used that bike to commute to work. Without the electric assist it was easy to find excuses not to ride to work, if it was windy/rainy, or I felt lazy that morning. Not anymore! I look forward to the ride every day now.
I changed the handle bars so I can sit more upright, the batteries are under the saddle bags on the rear rack, most people do not know its electric. Some think I have a big brake hub on the front.
Find a conversion kit you can afford for right now, then you will be hooked.
I looked at BionX, but every dealer in my area (500km away), they were backordered. So the next best in my mind was the Chrystalite kit. Each component is replaceable and upgradable.
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Last edited by liksmuzic; 06-17-08 at 10:20 PM.