New Possibilities with Electric Conversion

by Jack R. on February 12, 2013

An Electric Conversion Kit is not the most well known item in the general cycling community. I was an avid biker for years before I even started hearing about electric bikes, and it wasn’t until I learned about NYCeWheels bike shop that I realized it was possible to convert a regular bike into an e-bike.

And I think the majority of bikers are also skeptical of electric conversion. On principle. Isn’t it cheating to just strap the BionX Kit on the back of your bike, and let an Electric Motor do most of the work?

Through the BionX looking glass

Converting a regular bike into an ebike isn’t just an excuse to avoid hard work. One thing I’ve learned is that there are many different kinds of cyclists, and for many riders a BionX conversion kit would be a great help, and in some cases, could drastically improve their way of life.

I was riding the subway the other day, and struck up a conversation with an elderly couple. I was with my bike at the time, a victim of a New York pothole and an old tire, and the couple asked me about my bike, where I worked, where I liked to ride. As it turned out, they had lived in NYC for decades, and used to love riding together along the Hudson bike path, but had given up biking a few years back when it became too tiring.

BionX Conversion KitAlthough I didn’t think of it at the time, this was a situation where the BionX conversion kit could really change someone’s life. By installing motors on their bikes, this couple could take their old bikes that they had ridden for years back along the Hudson, and then if they got a little tired, switch on the electric assistance and let the motor help them back home. I kicked myself later for not mentioning it.

BionX Joy rides

It really just depends on the type of person you are, and the needs you have in your daily life. Many of my friends are hardcore cyclists— nice gear, biking goggles, tight wind-proof pantalooms— and for them the BionX Conversion Kit wouldn’t make a lot of sense. These are guys who try to beat their best time on their way to work, and talk about hiring personal trainers to maximize their biking technique. To them riding an electric bike really would be cheating.

But some of my other friends don’t care all that much about top speeds and spandex, they just want to have a great time. You can say a lot of things about the BionX conversion kit, but man oh man, it is fun to ride a bike with a motor. Racing along the Central Park bike paths, cranking up the juice and pushing 25 on flats, commuting from the West village to your favorite bar in Brooklyn in record time without breaking a sweat- riding an electric bike has got to be one of the most fun, free things to do in New York, and the BionX Conversion kit lets you do it virtually any bike you want.

Electric Bikes aren’t for everyone, but the older I get the more I realize how different people can be, and how much joy something like the BionX Conversion Kit could bring to many of the people I meet on a daily basis.

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