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Using an electric bike instead of a car is the best way you can reduce
your fuel usage and increase your fitness. They're ideal for commutes
of up to 50km a day and ideal for people from 15 year old to 80 years
old and from 40kg to 120kg. Finding a really good electric bike
conversion kit for your bike can be difficult. We've done a lot of
research and testing and have a great simple systems at very fair
prices that we can send anywhere in the world - though we specialise
in Australia. We're also making some progress towards getting them all
solar-powered and appreciate any help and ideas on this. Please see
our website for lots of information on electric bikes and making them
solar powered - and eventually algae/hydrogen powered.
Matt - Solar Bike
 

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I have owned two generations of the eBike. The battery cost and short life was unacceptable. My last experience was in the early 2000s. Then the maintenance service people quit servicing it. (REI at the time.) That was the 'coupe de gras' for me.

Maybe when the battery industry figures that out, I'll take a look again. By the way, my wife drives a hybrid car and we luv it. We wanted the wagon version of the Tesla, but that's five years out.
 

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Hi, I've done quite a bit of research on electric bikes and specialise
in conversion kits. I recently went to China to visit some electric
bike factories and shows. If you're interested in watching a short
documentary on the electric bike scene in China please visit my SOLAR
BIKE website and watch one of the videos I made.
Solar Powered Electric Bikes Otherwise search youtube for
"Electric bicycles in China documentary" and it'll be the first hit
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KA47vf6f64]YouTube - Electric Bicycles in China Documentary[/ame] . Happy Cycling. Matthew
from SOLAR BIKE
 

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The 2011 GIANT CROSS CITY 4 is a sporty, fast and comfortable
bicycle that is ideal for electrical conversion. The quality running
gear, good price and chromoly steel forks make it an excellent choice
for a very fast transportation machine. This model pictured here I
converted using a 500W motor and a 36V 10Ah lithium ion battery
(LiFePO4) that comes in a custom designed lockable double layered rear
rack. It offers a speed of about 35km/h and a range of approximately
30km with light pedalling. The bike retails in many shops for around
$600. The kit is $890 through Solar Bike, Solar Powered Electric Bikes . The
triple walled deep V rim that comes with the motor kit are a good
improvement. Installation took about 1 hour.
Matt

 

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Hybrid System to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

There are a few different ways to solar charge an electric bicycle but
this is probably my favourite system; I can use one 48V panel through
a custom regulator to go straight to a lithium ion battery or else I
can use the same panel to charge a battery bank to store the energy
and then use an inverter and the normal battery charger for the bike
battery. I've made a short video to show how to do this and put it on
youtube. You can also access it through my Solar Bike website -
solarbike.com.au
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5j9VyuWNzU]Hybrid Day Night Solar Charging System for Electric Bikes.avi - YouTube[/ame]
 

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Hi, I've done quite a bit of research on electric bikes and specialise
in conversion kits. I recently went to China to visit some electric
bike factories and shows. If you're interested in watching a short
documentary on the electric bike scene in China please visit my SOLAR
BIKE website and watch one of the videos I made.
Solar Powered Electric Bikes Otherwise search youtube for
"Electric bicycles in China documentary" and it'll be the first hit.
Happy Cycling. Matthew
from SOLAR BIKE
Not to knock your efforts, but there's another side to ebikes in China...
 
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