I'm pretty new to cycling, and dont know much about bikes so to start with I went for just went for a brand which was sponsored by Halfords (UK's biggest bike shop for those who don't know), a C Boardman BBL Hybrid Comp LG 09.
I would like to regularly commute to work on by bicycle, which is only around 3 miles. I have a locker and shower available at work so there's no issue with breaking a sweat.. however there is a steep hill which is unfortunately around a mile long.
I've tried commuting a few times and I quite enjoy it, however I struggle to get up the hill without having to get off and push! As well as this I think it would be nice to have an electric motor for those days where I can't be bothered to cycle in, as it would save money on petrol.
I've had a quick google for electric motors and all I can seem to find is electric bikes.
My question is:
Is it possible to buy an electric motor for a pushbike which doesn't normally have one, and if so where can I get one in the UK.
Check out Ben Cooper at Kinetics Bicycles. He's in Scotland, but is a really good guy and can point you in the right direction for what you want and where to get it in the UK.
I have found that some companies that sell electric conversions have a wealth of information on their websites.
http://www.itselectric.ca/ has video's of how easy it is to install a electric hub kit for your bicycle.
http://www.ebikes.ca/ which is a favorite of mine, has technical information of how a hub motor works, and in
the troubleshooting area, you will be able to get a feel for how this works.
On this part of the site: http://www.ebikes.ca/store/ it talks about the ezee kit, which is a geared hub motor, which
would be ideal for a long hill that you have to go up.
I have used a regular hub motor for 3 yrs now, and used it to help me up shorter steep hills. It does not do all the work
it is a Combined effort of you pedalling, and assistance from the motor that makes it easier. Mine is a front wheel hub
motor with the SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries on a rear rack. It balanced out nicely. I used to ride nearly
10 kms one way to work with it. A very pleasant start to the dreaded work day.
Since all the products they show are available around the world, I am sure the things they have can be had near you.
Good luck with your search!