Micah Toll’s Barak Electric Bike Conversion Kit turns ordinary bikes into electric ones.
Toll, a mechanical engineer who wrote a do-it-yourself e-bike guide, says with seven years in the e-bike industry, he’s seen the best and worst. With that knowledge, he wanted to create a mid-range e-bike kit with a balance of quality and cost.
Electric bikes aren’t picking up speed in the U.S., but sales are surging in Europe, according to The New York Times. It doesn’t help that e-bikes are regulated like motorcycles in states like New York.
But another reason might be the price — most e-bikes run well into the thousands price range. Toll, who has been teaching people how to build their own electric bike for years, launched a Kickstarter to help make e-bikes more mainstream.
Instead of flat out buying an e-bike, conversion kits are a good option for low-cost alternatives.
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