Sunday, September 27, 2009

Brian's new commuter

I want to ride my bike to work, and I did for a while. But its a 24 mile one way commute. By the time I got home, and got my stuff ready for the next day I would be exhausted. A few days in a row would kick my butt. I know the right thing to do would be get a job closer to home, but until we make some major lifestyle changes this job works out well for me. So after a lot of thought I purchased an ezee electric assist kit with a 48 volt battery upgrade, and another xtracycle base kit. I combined it with some extra parts I had laying around and built this urban assault vehicle.
This thing is bad ass! I've been riding it for a few weeks now. I average 24 miles an hour. With time for stop lights it takes me about 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to work. In the car it would take me 35 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. I charge the battery at night and recharge when I get to work. Now instead of sitting on my ass on the freeway, I get a couple of hours exercise a day. Plus we spend a lot less at the pump.


  1. Whoa! 48 miles a day, every day, on a bicycle testifies to some serious commitment. With the e-assist you probably still consume less electricity than the average motorist uses on on-board entertainment and climate control. Good work!

  2. Thanks. I am trying to continue riding everyday, until I'm either just to worn out or the bike breaksdown. My ultimate goal is to ride no less than 3 days a week.

  3. That is great! That bike would come in very handy.