3 thoughts on “ELECTRIC BICYCLE CONVERSIONS

  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Low-Cost, Practical Electric Bike, January 3, 2012
    By 
    J. C. McGleish (Homer, MI) –
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    This review is from: ELECTRIC BICYCLE CONVERSIONS (Kindle Edition)
    ELECTRIC BICYCLE CONVERSIONS I had an opportunity to meet the author in Mexico, and was quite impressed with his Electric Bike. It was only after talking to him that it became clear that I also could afford such a unique vehicle.

    The kindle book he had written contains all the info necessary to accomplish this. It is illustrated nicely with photos, and reflects the results of extensive research. He points you to the appropriate kits and parts, with the result that any of us can build a high-quality, powerful electric bicycle.

    The bike he builds for you is far and above what I see my friends building. So this book is valuable in getting you up to speed in the process, and way ahead of what the uninformed amateurs are building. It’s a real treasure.

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  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, practical information for DIYers and home mechanics – finally!, June 9, 2014
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    This review is from: ELECTRIC BICYCLE CONVERSIONS (Kindle Edition)
    This little book -it reads in under an hour- finally gives the DIYer and home mechanic some PRACTICAL information about how to build an electric bicycle using a conversion kit and a standard bike. In fact, this hands-on treatise comes in two volumes: “Electric Bicycle Conversions” and “The Poor Man’s Electric Bike”. Both are recommended to be purchased together and read one after the other. The KINDLE format is good, the pictures are crisp and sharp even on my “basic” Kindle.

    The most important part for the DIY is contained in the chapters concerning the batteries and their best location on the bike; what kind of bike to purchase for the project, and the pitfalls that come with the “economy” kits you can get online… and how to avoid or correct them. RD James describes two projects: A 24V/500A bike and a 48V/1000A bike. He has tested both machines in self-admitted rough handling; and why he ends up recommending one of them and dismissing the other is explained in this treatise. Also battery charging methods -“Traditional” and Solar- and what kind of charger to use to get the best battery life span are well covered.

    Complicated engineering information and math stuff has been avoided; the “going green” aspect kept to an acceptable minimum. This is “Shop Talk” as we DIYers like it! The only reason I rated with 4 starts is that both volumes might have been put together from shop notes, so some points are somewhat reiterative and some info can be redundant. My recommendation would be to streamline the text in future editions (which we hopefully will get!). The author is open for feedback and provides the reader with his email address for this purpose.

    All in all, this is the info I was looking for as I plan on building my own e-bike in a future. Many thanks to RD James, and keep on the good job!

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  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    looks like a first time do-it-yourself ebike, April 2, 2014
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    m k

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    This review is from: ELECTRIC BICYCLE CONVERSIONS (Kindle Edition)
    if you want to build a duplicate of the author’s ebike, this is the book for you. his ebike looks a little on the rough side, but it appears to serve him ok. there are a lot of kits now that are reasonably priced, fairly easy to build and which look a lot better after you finish. i would check these out before deciding to build the author’s ebike.

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