Electric bicycles help people save money, get around town faster and protect the environment. Learn to build your own ebike today! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 19, 2014.
About this project
The Kickstarter Campaign has now ended, but don't worry! You can still get the ebook on sale at www.UltimateEbikeEbook.com!
I built my first electric bicycle years ago to allow me to commute around the city, up steep hills and to the far edges of town without breaking a sweat and without spending any money on gas. From the first moment I instantly knew I had a love affair with electric bicycles. That's when I became hooked.
What I love most about electric bicycles is that at the end of the day, it's still a bicycle! I can pedal my ebike whenever I want, but if I get tired or I feel like riding up a hill at 20 mph, I can just turn the throttle and take off! I can still get exercise whenever I want, but I can also have the performance of an electric motorcycle in a sleek, stealthy package. I couldn't believe that all of this could be had in one bike, and for so little money too!
Since my first ebike experience I've continued moving forward in the ebike world. I've gone on to build hundreds of ebikes for all types of people, founded an ebike startup and for the last two years I've been volunteering time to teach people to build their own ebikes. By working with beginners, I quickly learned what areas new ebike builders had trouble with and where they needed the most help.
Using all of these experiences, I decided to write an ebike e-book specifically designed for complete beginners to help everyone learn to build their own ebike without breaking the bank. My book wound up being well over a hundred pages and full of everything a beginner needs to know from the planning and part-sourcing stages to the parts buying, installing and testing of an ebike. I included nearly one hundred professional quality photos of every step of the build process, detailed reviews of the best ebike component vendors and important maintenance and safety information that every ebike rider should have.
Then I went on to publish my ebook as a paperback, which was a great success. Finally I could answer people asking how they could get my book as a "real book" and not just ebook they could read on their computers or e-readers. Following the success of my paperback, I filmed a lengthy video series to show people firsthand how to build their own electric bicycles. Now I'm coming full circle and completing my line of helpful ebike products by publishing the hardcover version of my popular book, The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Ebike Guide.
That means that my new goal is now to take the book I've written and have it formatted, proofed and printed as a hardcover book. After all my research and planning, I see that I'm going to need $800 for the formatting, proofing and printing of the first run of hardcover books.
This is where you guys come in! I am super excited about getting my book out there as a hardcover to help people learn to build their own ebikes, but I can't do it without your help. A pledge of as little as $10 not only helps me get closer to reaching my goal, but is ALSO gets you a free copy of my e-book. Even better, a $25 backing will get you the e-book AND the paperback book. A $32 pledge will get you the ebook and new hardcover book. A $40 pledge will get you the ebook and access to the ebike video course I filmed, which includes hours of instruction on converting your own ebike. A $50 pledge gets you everything from the $40 pledge level plus personal email support with me to answer any questions and provide personal support in building your ebike, while a $100 pledge gets you everything in the $50 pledge plus Skype video chat sessions to help you with the building of your ebike. I've also added a digital-only package for $30 which gets you the ebook, shorter how-to video and many-hour video series. This digital-only package is great for backers located outside the US that don't want to pay extra for shipping.
I really hope you'll help support me in getting my hardcover book published by backing my project and spreading my link around to your friends. If you support the goal of getting more ebikes out on the roads to replace cars, please help me by posting a link to my Kickstarter page on Facebook. Thank you in advance for supporting me at any level that you desire!
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Here's a list of exactly what you'll find in my book:
Chapter 1: Getting Started - starts with a brief history of ebikes, an overview of commercially available ebikes and why you can save money and get a better ebike by building your own.
Chapter 2: Planning your ebike - everything you need to know to plan your own ebike by focusing on factors such as speed, electric range, weight, charging time, bicycle size, bicycle features and accessories.
Chapter 3: Choosing your Components - covers the details needed for choosing the right bicycle, motor, battery, controller, throttle and accessories, as well as additional online resources to help you out even more in the planning process.
Chapter 4: Purchasing Components - covers the pro's and con's of the two main options: buying a pre-made kit versus assembling your own kit from individual parts, plus a detailed review of all the major ebike component vendors to let you know where to shop and where NOT to shop!
Chapter 5: Installing the Kit - detailed, step-by-step instructions of the entire installation process, starting with the motor, then battery, then controller, then throttle and lastly any accessories you choose to install. This section is loaded with great pictures to help you through the process and make installation as easy as possible.
Chapter 6: Making the Connections - shows you how to plug everything in once you have your parts installed on your bike. This is pretty easy if you went with a pre-made kit but could be a little trickier if you decided to assemble your own kit from different suppliers. Either way, you'll be thankful you have this chapter.
Chapter 7: Finishing Touches and Maintenance - includes a detailed safety check, procedures for your first test drive and the important maintenance notes that you'll want to have. Also includes resources for more safety information online; safety first!
Chapter 8: Sample Builds - this final chapter takes you through a number of sample builds where hypothetical first time ebike builders go through the process of planning their ebike, buying their parts and building their bikes. You'll find this to be a great resource to show you a few different directions you can go with designing and building your ebike, plus it will give you some more confidence before beginning your own build by seeing the whole process from start to finish on multiple sample builds.
I want to give a shootout to some great ebike companies that have helped support my projects and agree with my vision for my ebike book, including, EBikeKit.com, Electric Rider, Ping Batteries, Lyen Controllers, Grin Technology, and others.
Video credit for the awesome PEV0 clips goes to Adam MacDonald and Nick Blom.
Risks and challenges
Publishing a book can understandably come with some unforeseen delays, but I've done my best to avoid them ahead of time. I already finished writing the book, which is the majority of the work. Now I've set up a plan for the specific formatting, proofing and printing with the printing company so that everything will be ready to go when my project is successfully funded. This way I've done my best to avoid potential issues in fulfilling rewards. My goal is to even beat my projected reward fulfillment dates!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Pledge $10 or more
You get a free copy of the ebook! You also get listed in the acknowledgement's page of the eBook and paperback!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Nothing makes doing something for the first time easier than seeing someone else show you how it's done. I'll send you a video of me building an ebike/etrike from start to finish. PLUS, you'll also get a free copy of the ebook from the $10 pledge!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
Get the real paperback book, in your hands! You'll receive 1) the paperback book, 2) the ebike how-to video from the $15 pledge level, and 3) a copy of the ebook!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
Digital-only package! You get the ebook, how-to video and access to the full length ebike video course. Basically it's the same as thee $40 level, but without a physical book. Perfect for international backers that don't want to pay for shipping!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $32 or more
Get the real hardcover book, in your hands! You'll receive 1) the hardcover book, 2) the ebike how-to video from the $15 pledge level, and 3) a copy of the ebook!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
Get access to ebike video course I created, including hours and hours of helpful demonstrations on choosing parts and assembling them to build your own ebike. You'll also receive 1) the paperback book, 2) the ebike how-to video from the $15 pledge level, and 3) a copy of the ebook!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
I'll coach you through building your ebike with personal email help as you need it! You'll also get 1) access to ebike video course I created, including hours and hours of helpful demonstrations on choosing parts and assembling them to build your own ebike, 2) the paperback book, 3) the ebike how-to video from the $15 pledge level, and 4) a copy of the ebook!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
I'll coach you through building your ebike with personal VIDEO help via Skype chat sessions and email help as you need it! You'll also get 1) access to ebike video course I created, including hours and hours of helpful demonstrations on choosing parts and assembling them to build your own ebike, 2) the paperback book, 3) the ebike how-to video from the $15 pledge level, and 4) a copy of the ebook!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
The Book Club Reward! You'll get a set of 10 of my paperback book, plus everything from the $100 reward. This is perfect for a school/scout group, or for reselling the books in your ebike shop!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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