Find it in Seattle
Okay, so you want to be healthier, earth-friendlier, (possibly) wealthier, and generally like the world better; but you're not a hardcore athlete, you live near hills, you have a wonky knee, you hate traffic, or you just want a cool toy. An electric bike may be just the thing for you.
In the next few weeks I will be posting more details about the overwhelming choices in going electric. For now, we'll start with a quick overview to get your mental saliva flowing. (Gross!)
Genze Sport $
Genze Comfort $
Pedego Bikes (they have several models) $$
Those lovely Faradays $$
The Haibike $$$
The astounding Stealth $$$$
I want a RadWagon! $
Hey, it has pedals too! $
There are lots of great kits and scads of poor kits out there to choose from. You definitely get what you pay for. More importantly, without lots of research, the average user will be disappointed with the first attempt. It gets much more expensive when you try again for a second attempt.
On the other hand, if you are a tinkerer, a maker, a builder, a hot rodder, a gearhead, a speed junkie, or just someone who craves that sort of thing, the DIY thing can be awesome.
Categories for DIY (and factory-built)
Evelo Omni Wheel
Powered Wheels (Evelo, Copenhagen Wheel, FlyKly, Daymak DDS) - Powered wheels are just coming into their own. Simple install and very clean - just change a wheel, mount a display (or smartphone mount, download an app, and take off. They seem expensive until you realize that everything (batteries, motor, and controller) is inside the wheel. Very neat idea.
I hope my next bike build has one of these (Bafang/8FUN BBS)
My bike with this fairly generic hubmotor kit installed
Hubmotor (Front/Rear, Geared/Direct Drive - huge number of choices) The old workhorse of the electric bike world is still a great option for those who live in a flat place, want to go really fast, or want to do it on a budget.
You have to love a name like that!
Friction Drive (Rubbee) I have never been a fan of friction drives, but they are simple and do have a following. The Rubbee is definitely a cool application of the idea.
Wow! That's a lot of stuff. Keep watching this blog for more in-depth info on these options.
May you find just the right bike for your budget, your beliefs, and that wonky knee!