Make My Bike Electric

As I was sitting at a traffic light one day, I saw a bike speed past. It was an electric bike! I had seen them mentioned online before, but then I started wondering if I could make my bike electric. I could buy one, but they can be pretty expensive. There are some out there that aren’t too high priced though.

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I used to ride bikes as a child and I loved it! My friends and I used to ride all over the neighborhood to visit all of our friends. I had friends who used to build ramps. They would ride up them and go flying through the air. I was never brave enough to go over the homemade ramps, but I did enjoy jumping curbs.

I stopped riding bikes when I became a teenager. I had brothers who were old enough to drive by then, and I would get rides with them when I needed to go somewhere. I also had friends with older siblings and would ride with them.

Having a Bike as an Adult

My daughter has been riding bikes since she was little. When she was around 9 years old, she told her dad that she wanted him to ride with her, so he went out and bought himself a bike.

They were riding all over the neighborhood, which made me think back to my childhood and riding with all of my friends. Sometimes my friend’s parents would ride along with us, and we had a great time!

I wasn’t riding with my daughter and husband, because I babysit my grandkids a lot. There were days though, that I didn’t have the kids and I felt a little left out when they would take off.  make-my-bike-electric

I decided that I wanted to start riding again, so we all went to the store and I found a bike that I liked. We started riding together for a little while, but my body wasn’t in the shape that it had been in before (arthritis and other ailments), so I wasn’t able to keep up with them.

I had ended up with a defective bike and had to take it back to the store. Since I wasn’t able to ride much anyway, I didn’t worry about getting another one.

After riding for 3-4 years, my husband and daughter had stopped going out as much and put their bikes away. When we moved, we didn’t have a garage or carport to put the bikes under, so silly me put them under the eave of the house and they rusted up.

I have thought about getting another bike, but one with handle bars that are a little higher up. The handle bars on my husband’s bike are probably high enough though, so he told me that I could have it, but it would need to need to be fixed, so now I have a bike again, but need parts for it.

That’s what made me think about buying parts to make my bike electric. All of the parts that are rusted are pretty much the ones that you have to change over to make the conversion.

An Electric Bike for My Daughter

My daughter is taking K-12 this year. It is an online public school that she attends at home. Since it is a public school, she is allowed to take courses at the brick and morter school near us.

I work a couple of days per week, so her father and I decided to get her a bike to ride back and forth to school on those days. This way, I can go to work without having to go in late (unless it’s raining, of course). She has been riding it back and forth for a few weeks now.

I am thinking about trying to make my daughter’s bike electric, so she can ride it back and forth to school without having a heat stroke. We live in an area that has high humidity and during the first month or so of school, can get into triple digits.

This would cut down on her sweating too. Nobody wants to go to school stinking from sweat, right?

I don’t know about all electric bikes, but I know that at least some of them let you run your bike at 50% to give you a little boost up a tough hill. This would come in handy on a hot day, or if you are just worn out from riding all day.They can also be turned off where you can save your battery and ride manually. I would probably keep mine at 50% for the most part. It would help me keep up with my daughter, lol.

Conversion Kits

I started researching and found that I could buy a cheap electric bike conversion kit. Well, cheap, compared to some kits I saw that were over $1000. I found kits that were under $200.

I figured we could start out with one of the cheaper ones, then if we like it,  maybe we can upgrade to a better one in the next year or so.

When I first saw all the parts that come with the conversion kits, I thought, “Man, that is a lot of parts! How would I ever get all that put together in the right places?”.

I looked around and found some other conversion kits that didn’t look like they had as many pieces, but I’m not sure if I would have to buy more parts to make them work.

Either way, it would still be a lot cheaper than buying the electric scooter that my husband and I had considered buying for our daughter’s 14th birthday.

I decided to watch some YouTube videos and saw that it wasn’t as hard as I thought to put it on. On the videos though, they all had little problems here and there.

They all seemed to work through them. I’m sure I’ll leave the conversion to my husband or his brother though.

Electric Bikes are Fast

Electric bikes can go up to 30 miles per hour. That’s really fast for a bike. You would have to be really careful if you’re not used to going that fast on a bike. I’m sure you could probably get a ticket as well.

Funny (and true) story: When I was 15, I was riding my bike in a parking lot. I passed a (young) police officer and he said something, but I couldn’t hear him, so I turned around to see what he had said.

He told me that if I was going one mile per hour faster, he would have to give me a ticket, because the speed limit was 20. After we talked for a minute, he invited me to a pool party. I didn’t tell him my age, but I did let him know that I had a boyfriend. He was pretty cute though, so if I had been 18 and had no boyfriend…who knows.

Getting back to the fast electric bikes: I’m trying to see if there is a part to put on my daughter’s bike to give it a top speed of 20 miles per hour. The speed limits on the streets she will be traveling don’t go over 25 miles per hour, so I feel like 20 would be a safe speed for her.

Staying Safe

Even though my daughter will only be allowed to use her electric bike during the day, I would like to get a headlight for safety. I will also be looking for a tail light, so they can see her from front and back easily. Maybe I will get her some of those cool LED bike wheel lights that go on the spokes.

You never can be too careful, even riding on streets with slower drivers. There are the occasional drivers who don’t like to follow street signs, or don’t pay attention to their surroundings. Stay safe out there.

Of course, she will be wearing a helmet as well. It’s not against the law to ride without a helmet here, but anyone who goes that fast should wear one.

You can never be too careful, even riding on streets with lower speed limits. There are the occasional drivers who don’t like to follow street sighs, or pay enough attention to their surroundings. Stay safe out there!

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2 Replies to “Make My Bike Electric”

  1. I have a medium size bike which I use to go to work every day. Cycling is healthy but sometimes for every day cycling , I feel tired. My legs are very sore from the daily cycling so my weekends is all about rests. I see this conversion kit can be a solution for me but I am not in the united states. Can you suggest me?

    1. Hi Kit,

      You could try going to a shop that sells scooters or motorcycles and ask if they could make your bike electric. You could start a whole new movement where you’re at! 🙂

      Hope you can find someone!

      ~Melinda

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