Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Electric Bikes
Reload this Page >

How to get started with affordable Ebike solutions?

Electric Bikes Here's a place to discuss ebikes, from home grown to high-tech.

How to get started with affordable Ebike solutions?

Old 08-04-19, 10:31 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How to get started with affordable Ebike solutions?

I want to begin commuting with an ebike as I can't afford car insurance on the regular. I have a pretty decent road bike already. Is it a better idea to convert it to an ebike? Or to buy a new ebike altogether? And what are my best options either way if I want to keep it on the cheap?
DoodKook is offline  
Old 08-05-19, 10:01 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: socal
Posts: 4,042
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 825 Post(s)
Liked 687 Times in 527 Posts
Commuter only: find a good used hardtail on craigslist (or equivalent); purchase a 36V direct drive or geared motor ($150 - $200 US) and a good 36V battery (just purchased a Unit Pack Power 36V, 10 ah from ebay for $184). Others will have equally good suggestions.
2old is offline  
Old 08-05-19, 10:52 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 4,768
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 629 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 367 Times in 205 Posts
Buy one of these:
Elvo is offline  
Old 08-06-19, 06:55 PM
Senior Member
Doc_Wui's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Posts: 1,347

Bikes: GT Transeo & a half dozen ebike conversions.

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 330 Post(s)
Liked 235 Times in 163 Posts
Road bikes can be a fun conversion, if you know your way around bikes, but they can also be a little disappointing when done. You're adding a lot of weight to a light machine, and dropped bars don't facilitate throttles and the brake levers used for ebikes. The frame may not favor a hub motor either, which usually require the 135mm rear dropouts found on mountain bikes. Pick a hard tail as suggested by 2old.

This is my kid's old mountain bike, from 1992. He's grown, so now I ride it. I have a $200 motor and a $280 36V 10AH battery from China in it. Did this in 2015. Battery still good. Good for 20-25 miles. I actually rode it over 50 miles last summer for an economy test ride, but only at 12 mph. The rear wheel hasn't come off the bike for four years now. It will someday if I get a flat tire.

Doc_Wui is offline  
Old 08-07-19, 09:20 AM
Senior Member
linberl's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 3,451

Bikes: Trident Spike 2 recumbent trike w/ e-assist

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1309 Post(s)
Liked 367 Times in 282 Posts
Perfect solution to a road bike is what I own, the OneMotor retrofit unit. Either 4.5 or 6.5 lbs inclusive depending on the battery. And you can lock up your bike and fully remove the more expensive OneM and take that inside with you. My review is in this forum if you're interested. I love mine, have it on a 19 lb Bike Friday and would not consider putting a 10 or 15 or more pound solution on it. Just my opinion. It's not cheap, but you will be able to use it on any bike you have or buy in the future - and they are getting setup with Affirm financing now.
linberl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Electric Bikes
05-24-23 12:53 PM
Electric Bikes
11-03-19 10:37 AM
Electric Bikes
02-05-19 04:12 PM
Electric Bikes
01-21-19 02:25 PM
Electric Bikes
08-03-18 05:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.