About 10 years ago I began to get interested in designing and building an electric assist bicycle. I was working about 70 hours a week at the time, so it didn’t happen. Then came the unexpected loss of a job and the eventual finding of a completely different career.
Fast forward to my birthday this year any my wife agreed that I should splurge and purchase an electric bicycle kit to modify my bike. If you are unaware of what is currently available, the Bafang BBSHD kit is a mid-engine drive that uses your gears to get you up the steepest hills without trouble and to help you keep up with traffic on most roads.
I purchased the kit from bafangusadirect.com and on a Friday evening, I installed it on a 7 speed Trek I owned. The basic kit that includes everything but the battery is under $700.
It is a blast to ride, especially for anyone north of 60. It makes you feel a bit like superman when you are pedaling at near 35mph and easily cruising up the steepest hills.