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E Bikes, Coming of Age?

For starters, E bikes are moving. They’re moving off of the factory floor of the E-bike builders and into the showrooms and sales areas of the new E-bike Retailers springing up across the nation. From there the’re moving into the homes and garages of US consumers. These are often people who had previously never thought much about bicycling let alone purchasing an electrically assisted bike. They’re easy to spot by the big smile on their faces. More importantly however, E bikes are moving forward with their design, functionality and technology with a speed comparable to the PC’s of yesteryear and the Smart Phones of today. This is tremendously exciting for me and should be for anyone else that enjoys bicycling or just thinks there must be a better way to make those short commutes.

Neat E-bike

Better built, better looking, far more practical and a whole lot of fun. This is how I describe the new E-bike’s and E-bike kits coming on line todayClick here for ElectricBikes Top 10 Picks for 2014. 

 

The electric bike is a revolutionary form of transportation. Finally, after years of false starts quality electric bikes and E-bike kits are here, and they have become reliable, powerful, extremely useful, and a joy to use. All in all, these can be the catalyst for possible life changing events when used to change or supplement your traditional means of transportation. That said, there are many new and improved electric bikes and electric bike kits now available and just as many new components and accessories to make your old E-bike even better. Your really missing the boat if you don’t take a look at what’s available in the E-bike market place today & consider adding an E-bike to your transportation pool.

For more about what’s new with E bikes and to read about some of things that I’ve been doing to get the shop “up -to-speed” with the new wave of E-bikes as well as making my commute and those of my customers easier and a lot more fun click here for ” More is Better “  my E-bike upgrades for 2014.

ELECT. Bike Pusher TrailerTRAILER

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NightRider – Part 2 E-Bike Building or Buying

 

4 comprable bikes


(1) Night-Rider (Dealer Installed Kit w/Marin & E-BikeKit) (2) eFlow Nitro (by CURRIE) (3) A2B Metro bike (by Ultra Motor) (4) Stromer ST1 Elite

OK,from part 1 the TOTAL COST OF HARDWARE came to $1.674. In order to build Night-Rider I had to write $1,674.00 worth of checks. Keep in mind; these are the prices I paid delivered to my shop in Carlisle, PA. I spend a lot of time shopping for the best deals, I buy in small quantities & combine orders to reduce or eliminate freight & as a dealer I often get additional discounts off the prices that you would pay buying one or two things at a time.

Marrin E-Bike


Fenders, headlights, running lights, gauges, H2O bottle, kickstand, bags, etc. Inexpensive accessories that make your bike easier & safer to use.

Now, in addition to the time spent procuring those parts, there is the time spent making these little pieces and parts come together to form a big electric bike. How much time is that? From start to finish, from receiving everything in & un-packing it, to modifying the parts & installing them, to rolling it out the door and taking it for a test ride, it took about a week. I did do other things during that week, but it’s safe to say that it took at least 25 hours. At a discounted shop rate of $20 an hour that’s $500. So now the cost of our electric bicycle is up to $2,174. If I were to be satisfied with making only a 10% margin on everything then the selling price of this bike should be $2,391.40. Let’s round that up to a proper sounding retail price of $2,399.99. That’s it $2,399.99 is the price I’ll have to ask for Night-Rider in order to turn a profit. The question now is, Can I get it?

Wow, you say, I was thinking it would be just a few hundred bucks more than the base bike. I mean, I’ve seen e-bike bikes advertised at Wal-Mart for under $600 & there’s all kinds of e-bike kits on Ebay for $250. Hell I could buy a used car for $2,400.

If this sounds like you, then I’ll assume you’re the average consumer. Or in my case the average customer. And that’s kind of what I’m up against. Other than having seen them advertised on the Internet & knowing you’d like to have one, you don’t really know too much else about them. Nor had you really planned on spending a bunch of time researching them. You just wanted to find a decent bike, for a decent price, pay for it, then take it home & go for a ride.

Well, since it’s my job to educate my readers about e-bikes & I have to determine the “asking price” for Night-Rider anyway let’s check out some comparable e-bikes together.

First I’ll try to determine how much it would cost a medium sized company in the USA to build “GOOD” entry level e-bikes. This will be EZgo-Now’s “Virtual Factory Bike” . I’ll start by purchasing the cheapest, components that still offer the necessary performance & reliability required to build a good bike. I’ll order in 100 plus quantities to get the best wholesale pricing FOB freight prepaid to my shop door. In order to stay competitive with all of the other great sounding poorly built e-bikes I’ll advertise the basic bike price (a stripper) & then offer a full list of options. To keep things simple I’ll use a 30% mark-up on parts & labor in hopes of making a profit.

  • $150 for a Drive Motor laced to wheelWe work with tools
  • $11 for a Wiring Harness
  • $12 Throttle
  • $25 Motor Controller
  • $7 battery bags
  • $11 racks
  • $4 misc. hardware & fasteners
  • $200 for LiFeP04 36V 10 amp battery packs
  • $180 for a pre-built to my spec. MTB bike
  • $150 labor 2 hrs. @ $75 per hr.

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  • Sub Total for basic bike $743.00
  • Average Total spent on options $150.00
  • $22 S&H cost
  • Total bike & options $893 x 1.30 = $1,160.09

In my case the customer will pay a flat $50 for S&H, making the grand total for my “Virtual Factory Bike”  $1,210.09.

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New Post – New 2013 E-BikeKit Model

E-BikeKit Inventory

E-BikeKits waiting for installation

Work In Progress

A Schwinn about to be “Converted”

 

The last two months have been real busy with buying, stocking  and converting new bicycles into e-bikes.  In addition to building them, testing them, reviewing & writing about them. I also advertise, sell and even deliver them. This has allowed me little time for writing much of anything let alone writing these posts which I enjoy. My writing has been focused on the sales oriented interior pages of this blog. I know that’s not acceptable for a blog that’s supposed to be “Posting” Fresh Content” daily. Fortunately there is  fresh content in EZgo-Now  it’s just NOT found on this front page that displays posts NOT pages. A shortcoming of the template I’m using for sure & one that must be fixed soon.  Until then I’ll work harder at keeping both of these sections current.

So, anyway the other week I decided to place a text ad with Google that would appear along side of the search results when somebody did a search for e-bike kits. The whole purpose of which is to increase my on-line sales of the e-bike kits I use and sell from E-BikeKit. Naturally this got me reviewing E-BikeKit.com web-site for up-dated information & prices. This is what I learned.

Jason at E-BikeKit.com has just “Officially Announced” his NEW 2013 E-BikeKit.  Now the E-BikeKit.com e bike kits have often been considered by many to be one of the best kits you can buy.  My Take?…. After using and selling them for a number of years I  believe, that for the money, they are the best. End of Story.

Starting the 3rd week of June 2013 all E-BikeKit Models will include among other things, an LCD display that eliminates the need for optional equipment like an speedometer/odometer, battery fuel gauge, volt/amp meter or power on indicator light. It also has a 5 position level assist which can greatly increase your battery range. The display is also back-lit which allows for easy viewing night or day & includes 5 trouble indicator lights at the top of the screen for pin pointing problems. The unit is user programmable allowing you to set it up the way you want it. E-BikeKit has even upgraded their controller and improved their already almost perfect electrical connectors. It’s this constant attention to detail that really sets E-BikeKit.com apart from their competition. Please watch the following video for complete details on the 2013 upgrades.

 

Although I have not seen the new 2013 Model I do have had a lot of experience with the 2012 Model. See below for my recent E-BikeKit conversions. You’ll notice that two of them are using  an electronic meter on the handlebar. So far this season I have wired up 2 battery fuel gauges, 1 Watts-Up Meter & 1  electronic speedometer. None of these will be needed any longer with the New 2013 Model.

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Why not E-trailers ?

electric trailer

For plans click here or visit:http://electricbicycletrailer.com/

No reason what so ever as it turns out. I just ordered the plans for the above Bicycle Cargo Push Trailer. (Yes that mean’s I’m planing to build one.) The links have video so I didn’t waste your time putting one here. I’ve been really psyched about buying or building a powered push trailer ever since I saw my first one a few years ago. Since then I have come across quite a few websites for powered push trailers and plans for building them. I’ve seen YouTube videos and PDF schematics for everything from professional looking blue prints to plans for modifying a Garden Way Cart. (Hey, I got one of those) The one I choose appears to be professionally built, well-engineered and complete. “Complete” being the operative word here. Actually the Bicycle Cargo Push Trailer is the only one I can say that about. It’s designed to be powered by an off-the-shelf hub-motor drive system so outside of the steel, hardware and misc. fasteners everything else can be readily purchased from a **** local bike shop or on-line. Now I know from first hand experience that what ever price I initially put into my labor cost for a project I should just go ahead and double it. So I did and with that in mind I hope to build a finished product that looks and performs as well as Dave’s Trailer does & still sell it at a profit. I’m at least a year away from building this thing let alone selling it but I’ll do my best to keep you posted.

Since writing this article about two years ago I have signed up as a Ridekick  dealer and took delivery of one last summer 2013. The  Ridekick  has been a great little trailer and with a price of $699.00 is quite affordable and a good option for any body wanting to add electric assist plus additional carrying capacity to their current bicycle. You can read my article on the Ridekick Push Trailer here Having the Ridekick trailer to use put building one myself on the back burner. However, as of May 2014 Ridekick is completely sold out of trailers and will not have any until sometime in 2015. Perhaps building the Bicycle Cargo Push Trailer just got moved up a notch. Stay tuned. Read the rest of this entry

Reality Sucks says GM

"Reality Sucks", Bicycles, transportation

stop-pedaling-start-driving "Reality Sucks"

 

Spin it any way you want. The real “Reality Sucks” part about this obvious marketing blunder is the fact it became the idea for an advertisement in the first place. Not to mention one that was targeted to college students.

But the people spoke, social media spread their message, GM listened and yanked the ad. “Anti Bike Advertising” will not be accepted.

WE WON! Bicycles as transportation is a reality. Cycling has been accepted as a viable means of getting around. Well ……… no, not exactly. But it does mean that cycling as “real transportation” has moved just a little closer into that type of main stream thinking.

For most of us this is a very exciting time to be involved with cycling. As a cyclist my choices for riding apparel, products & accessories seem endless. As the owner and editor of an e-bike blog the depth & breadth of products to sell and the subjects to talk about is enormous. Just a few days ago I was reading about a forward thinking Ford e-bike prototype. Today I’m reading how a slew of negative comments persuaded General Motors to yank their ill-conceived anti bike flavored car advertisement.
So great work people. I’ve been saying all year that 2012 will be the year that e-bikes go from a novel idea to a real world product. Now I’m sure of it.

Well enough said. As usual my short comment has turned into an essay. Here’s a link to a copy of the GM ad “Reality Sucks” in Urban Velo. And if you need to get up to speed on the subject or just want to support your own opinion go ahead & Google “GM Reality Sucks”.

Thanks for reading.

Matt

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