Great For Comfort Electric Bicycle Conversions: Review
Basically the BBS01 ‘mid-drive’ system may be an ideal candidate for you, if you are limited to 250 watts.
It should also allow you to use your bike gears with the motor.
A simpler build must be to install a front or rear hub motor but those won’t allow you to use your gears with the motor and are less helpful if you have dozens of hills to climb. Consider checking out my ebook and video course on building e-bikes, I’d say in case you need to support this site and every article. Finally a bicycle with a seat that doesn’t need immediate replacing! Now let me ask you something. It’s wide, molds to your, ummm, special shape? The Townie comes with a great seat right out of the box!
I’m almost sure I have converted one and am waiting for a clone frame to build for myself.
Dorky but incredibly convenient especially for older not so able riders.
Perfect mid-drive bikes with incredible balance. Normally, I wish all of my crank forwards were step through townies. Furthermore, if you plan on regularly doing 30 mph or more you might seek for to consider a frame with disk brakes, most comfort e-bikes built on a Townie base will have more than enough quality braking power with the stock linear-pull rim brakes. The Townie comes with good quality Shimano shifters and gears, and linear-pull brakes that should be more than strong enough to bring you to a comfortable stop at any normal speeds. More than any other part, the bicycle you use is planning to have the largest effect on how your e-bike feels and rides. The biggest freedom of building your e-bike is choosing the bicycle you start with.
For anybody looking for a laid back, comfortable cruiser-style e-bike, look no further than the Electra Townie bicycle.
It does make a big difference in comfort.
It’s simply changing the position of the pedals, Electra calls this Flat Foot Technology which to be honest makes it sound like more of a technological breakthrough than it really is. The Electra Townie is in a class of bikes known as crank forward or pedal forward bicycles. This simply means that the pedals are located further forward than normal on the bicycle, which allows your feet to touch the ground while keeping your rear end firmly on the saddle. Instead, the majority of DIY e-bike conversions use off the shelf batteries. Notice, not many people do that yet, actually, I like to build my own batteries so that they can fit any custom space on a bicycle frame.
The biggest problem with DIY electric bicycle conversions is finding room to put everything, especially the battery.
These retailebike batteries generally come in a fairly boxy shape that can make it difficult to fit them in a bicycle frame.
Even on bikes with fairly large front triangles, it can be difficult to squeeze a decent sized four cornered battery into a three-legged frame triangle. More sensitive steering adjustments, the Townie is a slow and steady ride type, unlike other more traditional bicycle designs where you lean out over the handlebars and have twitchier. Now pay attention please. The crank forward design will change the handling of the bike if you’re used to riding a mountain bike or road bike. To me it almost feels like I’m in a boat and controlling the rudder. Steering is a slower, smoother experience. It really depends on your preferences and specific needs, though, the Electra Townie makes a better comfort cruiser bike than a mixit up with car sin traffic bicycle type. I prefer my mountain bike as I can cut through the cars and traffic nimbly, when I’m commuting in the city. The difference is striking. Electra Townie gives a great deal more laid back and enjoyable riding experience, for awhile the beach roads and out for pleasure rides.
With that said, this has never been a serious poser for me with the Electra Townie.
I’ve never seen an e-bike battery that wouldn’t fit in there!
With my custom packs I could probably stuff enough battery into that frame to ride from Los-Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge! You see, Its front frame triangle is gigantic! Some information can be found by going online. I wouldn’t do any serious offroading with them but if you should wind your way down a gravel or sandy path to reach your secret beach spot, these tires will get you there. Needless to say, whether you prefer roads or sidewalks, The stock tires for any longer any paved paths. With all that said… Both are a bit pricey, easy install. Esthetics, 15 mile or so range and around $ I like the look of Falco with the water bottle battery and rode a Bionix.
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To be honest I love my Townie, and identical storage possibilities. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Combine that with the roomy handlebars for barmounted accessories and you’ve got more room than you could dream of for loading your e-bike full of accessories. Rear or Front wheel? Eventually, I notice the wnie go is rear driven. I’m pretty sure I have an internal hub nexus 3 speed townie. Is that what the silver wnie above is? Yes, that’s right! What do you think the pros/cons are of the different set ups? What about chain driven? Know what guys, I recommend checking out the forums at ‘Endlesssphere’.com/forums, or for a complete guide I recommend my ebook at I this particular great bike? It ain’t terribly heavy likeyou might expect, the Townie was not a small bike by any means, for a whileer than most bikes.
It’s definitely lighter than other bikes of this size, now that’s no featherweight. Thanks to its lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum frame, it only tips the scales at about 28 lbs. KHS, 1 Townie, and 1 Trek Pure. A fast efficient an uber comfortable ride. The latest upgrade is a BBSHD Panansonic PF 52v 20Ah triangle. Simply the most comfy and underrated commuter frames ever. That said, T eclipse chainring. To be honest I now have 4 flat foot, crank forward, or wnie style frames.
Granted, it may not be top-notch in any single category. For instance, You could spend a few hundred dollars more and probably find an evenmorecomfortable bicycle, or shave a few pounds off the tal weight, or include disk brakes, or this or that, and all that stuff and all that stuff and all that stuff the point is that for an affordable price the Townie is already a great bicycle in so many different regards. So, Anybody nobody knows me also knows that I’m a big fan of DIY electric bicycles conversions over buying a retail electric bicycle.
I love the freedom you get fromstarting with a blank slate and making all of your personal decisions about parts and accessories without having to compromise for what the manufacturer thought you needed.
I’ve converted and worked on dozens of Electra Townie ebikes and any one has proven what a perfect bike And so it’s for ebike conversions.
The Electra Townie is one of my favorite bicycles to convert into an electric bicycle. Tell usabout it in the comments section below! You should take this seriously. You ownan Electra Townie bicycle, right? You should take it into account. Andif you’ve electrified it, consider adding it to the International Ebike Garage as well! Have you heard of something like this before? You sit in a very upright position with your feet out in front of you instead of down below you, with this riding style.
It’s more like sitting in a chair where your shoulders are back and chest is elevated, as opposed to the normal riding posture of a bicycle which has you hunchedforward wards the handlebars.
I’ve never liked having my battery over the rear wheel.
To be honest I actually haven’t done any female frame Townie electric bicycle conversions. That aluminum frame allows the bike to be as large as So it’s and offer this particular comfortable riding position without making it a beast to haul around. Nonetheless, it might just make carrying it up the stairs a possibility, It’s not planning to turn the corner into your studio apartment any easier. A hub motor or mid drive motor is easily hidden in comparison to the large frame, and the front triangle is so large that batteries look small and well contained inside of it! Basically the kicker is that performingan electric bicycle conversion on the bike doesn’t ruin it!
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