The Pedalshift Project 351: Building an eBike

The big project for 2024 is building the ultimate custom ebike. On this episode we go over the three key components to the build, from picking the perfect frame, the right  mid-drive motor and a battery that gives range and power. What’s better than a project that blends tech with cycling? 

The Pedalshift Project 351: Building an eBike

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Building an eBike

The Ebike Build Plan Overview

   – Intentions and possibilities for the ebike build, including cost considerations and potential delays.

Inspiration and Goals for the Custom Ebike

   – Aim for a custom battery build to cover more ground in less time, inspired by Biking Brian’s rig.

Bicycle Selection Criteria

   – Choosing a durable and compatible frame, with considerations for material (steel vs. aluminum) and geometry.

Mid Drive Motor Choice

   – The importance of selecting an efficient mid-drive motor, focusing on power output and brand reliability.

Custom Battery Build Exploration

   – Options for a custom battery build, prioritizing safety and capacity, and the possibility of a prebuilt battery.

Roadmap and Next Steps for the Ebike Project

   – The complex process and interdependencies among bicycle selection, motor choice, and battery build.

Listener Engagement and Feedback

   – Encouraging listener experiences and advice on ebike builds.

Programming Note!

   – Preview of future episodes, including bike tour previews and training for a first bike tour.

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