Just about any bike or trike can be converted to an electric bike using one of several conversion kits offered by ElectroRide™ LLC. A BETTERBIKE starts with a bike or trike style that has optimal benefits for electric conversion.
Electrified recumbents offer the best value in the entire range of Light Electric Vehicles (LEV).
Although another LEV may fit your particular needs better, these e-bikes combine comfort, speed, and range to
create a practical substitute for most car trips. They're "state of the art". As your commute
or travel distance approaches and exceeds ten miles, we encourage you to try a Betterbike.
We also offer Day 6 Semi-Recumbent Bicycles. These have all the comforts of a recumbent but with an intuitive "upright" feel. Its long wheel base, comfort and durabilty make it perfect for converting to a "Betterbike".
Foldable bikes by Swiss / Montague Corporation are the new additions to the Betterbike line. These are getting popular with commuters using public transit. With the advent of safe, lightweight foldable bike designs, Li batteries, and featherweight electric motors, the age of the electric foldable has arrived. They are not as aerodymic as recuments, but they fit really conveniently on trains, buses, or your trunk. ElectroRide™ LLC is proud to offer one of the safest and most durable foldable design that has been proven in military service.
Betterbikes™ are highly customizable and upgradeable.
To create one of your own, follow the three step process:
All the compents outlined are in the menu tabs above.
The selected options can then be integrated either by a local bike shop or at one of the
Betterbike factory distribution locations. Many of the kits come with "do-it-yourself" instructions as well.
If there are any questions, you can get contact information by selecting the
Contact Us button above.
- Choose a style frame and accessories. There are several choices to select from including:
You could also just start with your own existing bike or mountain bike.
- Recumbent Bikes
- Recument Trikes
- Day 6 Bikes
- Foldable Bikes like Montague/Swiss
- Add one or more motor kits. Conversion is easy with kits such as the BMC Hub Motor system.
- Select a LFP battery or a SLA battery and a battery charger system.
ElectroRide™ LLC also now provides the ultimate electric vehicle call TriTrack Street.
Fully enclosed and aerodynamic just like Betterbikes™ and velomobiles. Fully licensed
as a three wheeled motorcycle for the freeway. The is vehicles is also uniquely designed for high speed monorail travel.
Click on TriTrack Street Picture Above For More Information
Most Betterbikes™ use, or modify, off-the-shelf
drive systems (e.g. Go-Hub or Electro Cycle E-4). They represent the state-of-the-art and can offer
a no-pedaling speed of 20 mph for 20 miles. Other Betterbikes™ offer speeds up to 30+ mph and distances
exceeding 100 miles. This increased range and speed (compared to conventional e-bikes) results from
streamlining + extra batteries. Reclined seating reduces the wind drag which is by far the biggest
hurdle to faster e-bike speeds.
On a regular upright bike pedaled at 20 mph, about 80% of the effort to maintain speed is spent overcoming
wind drag, i.e. pushing air out of the way. This graph shows how much energy (watts) is needed to overcome
wind resistance (major), rolling resistance (minor), and transmission losses (negligible) on a standard bike
Bicycle Physics Calculator ):
Betterbikes™ are better because they're safer, more comfortable, and longer-ranged than conventional
upright e-bikes. Increased safety comes from being closer to the ground (hurts less when you fall)
and having your feet in front (no head-first crashes). The bigger battery load increases possibilities
in both range and speed. Combining higher speeds with lounge-chair comfort enables most folks to cover
twice the range they would go on a conventional e-bike.
For example, Joe Couch Potato will find that, even with an electric assist, a ride on a standard bike
is only comfortable for about 40 minutes. That should take him ten to twelve miles. An electrified
recumbent can cover the same distance in 30-33 minutes (21 - 23 mph). That's a factor 1.3 - 1.4 improvement
in average speed. When you put Joe in the lounge-chair comfort of a betterbike, you'll find that an hour's
ride is practical for Joe in terms of comfort, time, and range. That increase in ride length from 40 to 60 minutes
(factor 1.5) combined with the increase in speed (factor 1.3+) yields a doubling of range.
starting off, a long wheelbase recumbent (like the EZ-1) feels
wobbly. At operating speeds (5+ mph), it feels like a standard bike.
The motor's low speed helps a lot to make starts smoother and more
graceful. Pedaling helps too. Stability increases with speed. It all
gets easier with practice. That long wheelbase makes it very stable
at higher speeds.
When looking for an e-bike, too many people concentrate on the motor, when the bike is far more important.
After all it's the bike on which you sit. The bike's comfort, handling and riding characteristics determine
whether or not your e-bike is a pleasure or a pain.