If you have a lifelong bicycle and would like to have an electric one, but you don’t have the budget, you can always choose to transform the one you already had into an electric one. But be careful, do not make certain mistakes that can make the experience not good.
Buying an electric bicycle is something that attracts many people, but the big problem is that we are talking about prices that exceed 1,000 euros, making them even exceed 2,000 euros in the most packaged models.
That’s why more than normal month that with those values, many choose to buy a kit to make the bicycle they have, of those of a lifetime, become an electric model.
We are not going to ignore that it is much more attractive to buy a new bike, but if we want to have an electric one and we do not have enough budget, the kit is highly recommended, since there are models that behave really well.
You will be able to modernize your bike, spending much less than if you bought a new model.
Advantages of having a conversion kit
Obviously, the main advantage is what we have already told you about and it has to do with money sectionwith a much lower investment in the kits than in the bikes already manufactured as standard with the electrification incorporated.
Moving in prices from 300 to 600 euros instead of always unequivocally going over 1,000 euros, whatever electric bicycle you buy, it is something that marks and a lot in the advantages of kits over bikes.
But there are also other positive reasons such as the possibility to reverse the change. That is, you can make it electric for as long as you want, but if there comes a time when you want to wear it again for a season as a normal one, you will be able to do it without problems, since you can dismantle the conversion kit.
Another advantage has to do with environmentthat is, incorporating an electric kit on a bicycle, will always have a lower impact in nature. It is better, from an environmental point of view, to pass an existing bike to electrification, than not to manufacture one from scratch. We are doing a kind of recycling.
In addition, we have other very interesting advantages such as the fact that the kit can be incorporated into a future bike that we buy, that since there are so many models spare parts abound (in case of failure) and that these kits can be ride virtually any type of bike.
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Types of conversion kits
The conversion kits are divided into two types according to the placement, which we must be the ones to choose if we like one or the other more.
They can be referred to as mid-engine or wheel-mounted. Let’s see what they consist of:
Kit con motor central: It is the one that has a motor that goes on the drive shaft or next to it. They have two main advantages. The first is that the engine is more powerful, and the second is that the weight of the bike is better balanced. They can be installed in those with a shield width of 68 to 120 mm. In-Wheel Motor Kit: These kits are installed on the front or rear wheel, although it is normal to install it on the rear. These kits fit 20 to 29 inch wheels.BAFANG BBS01BSEASON E-BikeBafang Conversion Kit
Mistakes not to make when buying a conversion kit
There are several mistakes that can be made when buying a conversion kit, since, being a type of product that is not well known, it can generate doubts and that is where mistakes can come from.
That is why it is extremely important to be very clear about what failures are, in order to avoid them.
Although we can currently find powers ranging from 250 W to even more than 1,000 W, the truth is that the existing regulations limit 250W maximum power to be able to circulate on public roads, according to EU guidelines.
More powerful motors can be used, but always under the responsibility of the user, as long as they are far from urban centers, that is, they circulate on paths, paths or spaces of this type.
Even so, it is not at all smart to buy a kit of more than 250 W, since, according to the same norm, cannot exceed 25 km/hbeing punishable if you go faster.
Don’t make the mistake of buying powers that aren’t legal.
Another of the most common errors in this type of kit is the fact that the electric assistant must be to the person pedaling and not that the bicycle can circulate by itself. This system is called NOT.
If it is not fulfilled, because the kit has an accelerator so that the motor makes the bicycle work independently, we will be dealing with a model that is illegal in our country, so the error could cost us a good fine.
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Although it seems strange, many users do not check if the kits have been approved by the Ministry of Industry.
This is a check that we must carry out without fail when buying a conversion kit, since, if it does not receive the homologation, we can be fined for that fact, in addition to the fact that we would not be sure that it was a product with the necessary quality.
Another mistake we make is the warranty. We are going to give you an example so that you understand it much better.
If we buy from a Chinese store that sends us the kit from your country, we can have a 1-year warranty and it will always be in that country.
If we buy the device in a Chinese store, but it is sent from its warehouses in Spain, said kit must have the 3-year guarantee stipulated by Spanish law.
This is something to which we must be extremely attentive, since the guarantee is a crucial issue and, truthfully, something forgotten by some users.
Now you will surely choose a conversion kit in a much more effective and safe way, knowing the mistakes that can be made when purchasing a device of this type.
If you have a little common sense and you look at all these possible mistakes that are made, you will surely be right in your choice.
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