Electric powered transportation is something which has been evolving over the past few years and continues to grow. In the area of bicycle transportation, there has been a growth in the sales of electric bicycles and you should be seeing them in a growing number of stores. For the US, this is still a small market and is one that should see some significant growth over the next few years. The idea of using electricity for power instead of gas is one that people are looking at more and more. But in the case of a bicycle, that is human powered and for long trips can consume a lot of energy. This is especially true if you are riding your bicycle to work.
While the cost of a good electric bike can run in the thousands of dollars, there are kits out there which you can purchase to convert your existing bicycle to an electric one. One that we found was E-BikeKit.com where they have various types including front and rear power with either direct or geared drive at a price of $494. You can convert the bicycle that you know and love into an electric one which can take you far further with far less energy consumed to reach your destination. They provide installation instructions in either PDF or YouTube format to help you get the convention kit installed easily.
With a converted bike, you can travel at speeds of 20 mph with a range of 12 to 34 miles depending on a variety of conditions. The weight added to your bicycle is 7 to 14 pounds depending on whether you are getting the geared or direct model. The direct model has a slight drag on the bike when it is not engaged, so peddling your bike would take a little more effort. For the geared model, there is no impact when you are on human power to move your transportation.
While China has electric bikes in use for a large portion of the population, the US is now starting to see growing interest in electric bicycles. There are a number of companies which offer kits to convert your existing bicycle and you should take a look at them to get your bicycle converted.