A DIY Electric Bicycle In Just 7 Steps

Commuting by bike is one of the greenest ways to get around, but sometimes it’s not enough for longer distances or keeping up with other traffic. We cover quite a few electric bicycles here at EarthTechling, but often times the products range upwards of a few thousand dollars in price.

Well, if you’re looking to save a little money, or just someone who enjoys the do-it-yourself approach, we found a relatively easy seven-step process online that you can follow. The author uses a $350 electric kit and a $50 controller, but averages the total cost of the conversion, with parts and all, to be $950.

image via Instructables

After purchasing a kit, the maker needs to find a suitable frame, which should be sturdy, but also lightweight to improve efficiency. Installing the rear-motor can be one of the most complicated steps, but not impossible. Installing the switches is next in the process, making sure the wires are close to the frame, but still slack to allow handlebar movement.

Installing the battery box can be the most difficult part of the conversion, not only the wiring and lining, but centering the extra weight, in this case the author said it was 60 pounds, properly on the bike. Finally, test drive your work! If you enjoy projects like this, make sure to check out these other interesting DIY articles.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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  • Reply August 7, 2012


    Or a Cleanrepublic.com “hilltopper ” for $ 450.xx t.t.t. /otd & to your house really easy & worth the $$$

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