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    Electric motor

    Hello all,

    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.


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    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.

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    I have found that some companies that sell electric conversions have a wealth of information on their websites.

    This one: has video's of how easy it is to install a electric hub kit for your bicycle.

    This site: 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: 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!

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