EBR Newbie - looking for advice

Flying Scotsman

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G'day from Sydney,
Thanks for adding me.
Looking forward to joining this growing community of electric bikers but am getting myself confused about the options.
I commute about 20km a day by bike and am looking to convert my basic Polygon hybrid. Not looking to break the bank but want a reliable conversion.
What would you recommend?
Also, I am typical desk-jockey with limited practical engineering skills. Was wondering if someone could recommend an installer in the Sydney/Northern Beaches area. Many thanks.


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The kits are quite straightforward and you could do it yourself - I had no clue either but it was fun. If not, any bike shop should be able to do it. I'd say 250w front or rear hub kit would be the cheapest, legal and you could do it yourself. I'd choose a rear hub personally but front would be easier I believe.


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I put my hubmotor on the front. Balences my cargo, my battery is hung up there too off aluminum angle screwed to the frame bosses. (cargo bike). I have a steel non-suspension fork. aluminum or suspension negates ability to put motor on the front. Front motor allows me to have 8 speeds on the rear, which my bike came with. Rear hub motors require 7 speed freewheel. Don't power front hub motor across ice, sleet, wet metal plates , rock, or slick wood bridges.
engineering not required. You need to be able to crimp on a bullett connector or spade terminal or .250 flag terminal from the auto supply. 14 ga wire from there too. Klein or Ideal crimp tool works best. You need to be able to match the colors of the wires. You need to be able to operate a tie-wrap to hang wires and loop up any excess. (also in bags at auto supply). Do not buy ****ese crimp terminals. They melt at 30 amps. My auto supply has dorman which is ****anese. Also electronics & industrial supplies have 3M, Ideal, T&B, TE connectivity (amp) or Panduit real crimp terminals.
You need to be able to saw off aluminum angle and drill holes in it for 4 mm or 5 mm screws. That is to make a bracket to hang the controller from somewhere. I hung my controller for years with a Spam can lid as a clamp around the seat post. Seat kept the controller out of the rain. Use elastic stop nuts from industrial supplies to keep screws from coming unscrewed. New motor had wires to short to run under seat, so I hung it from the battery bracket on the front. Use safety glasses with power tools. You don't need a power saw, I use a hack saw & a vise.
My battery mount is made from aluminum angle & 5 mm screws, which makes it generic and unlikely to go out of production as custom batteries for integrated battery bikes are likely to do. Wrapped in plastic bag against rain and foam sheet against cold weather.
You need a torque arm. A clamp cut out of sheet metal works best. I cut up a box fan frame with sheet metal shears. Use gloves. file down any sharp edges. Hose clamps may not be strong enough.
I really like my Mac12 motor. You may not be allowed to buy something this torquey.
I'm not a flying scotsman. I'm a moto-indian. The native Am kind (about 1/3).
Happy shopping.
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Dont forget to add a throttle
Hub motor kits come with a throttle and a PAS pickup in the US. Throttle is not legal in AUS. PAS pickup installation requires a crank puller, in most cases. I hated PAS, deleted it. Too jerky, Level 1 was too fast, whacked me in the back of the leg with the pedal a couple of times.


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If i was you i'd buy a 500 or 750w Bafang mid drive conversion kit. You can buy the 1000w if you wanna fly but i don't think you do. It's just an option. Hand that and your bike into your local bike shop and you'll prob pick it up in a day or two all ready to go. You'll love it and it won't "break the bank" by any means. No dirty hands, nothing. Get it all from Ebay or whatever... simples! 👍