About this project
The Kickstarter is over but now you can get my book and soon my video course on my website at www.UltimateEbikeEbook.com - and a big thanks to all my backers that made it possible for me to publish my book!
I built my first electric bicycle years ago to allow me to commute around Pittsburgh, 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 experience 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 cheap 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 year I've been volunteering time to teach people to build their own eBikes. By working with beginners, I quickly began to learn 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 called "The Ultimate Do It Yourself Ebike Guide" which I specifically designed for complete beginners to help everyone learn to build their own eBike. My book wound up being well over a hundred pages and full of pictures, side tips, fun facts and everything a beginner needs to know from the planning and part-sourcing stages to the parts buying, installing and testing of an eBike.
I used Kickstarter to successfully fund the printing of the paperback, and so far I've gotten great reviews. One of the rewards I offered was a short video of me converting a regular bicycle to an electric bicycle. People found it so helpful that it gave me the idea to create an entire video series on building ebikes -- something like an entire class to teach people how to build ebikes -- but instead of going to class you just play the video lessons. My vision is approximately 18 lessons, each between 10-30 minutes each (some will have to be longer with more information and detailed demonstrations).
This is the next logical step for me in producing these ebike resources that I love to create. I think spreading information on electric bicycles is important to helping improve our cities, and that's why I've spent so much time and energy on these pursuits. Now I want to produce this video course and make it that much easier for beginners to convert their first electric bicycle.
However, I can't do it without you. Camera equipment rentals and filming space is expensive, not to mention all the parts I'll need for demonstration. I've already have the support of many ebike parts suppliers and vendors who agree with my vision for this ebike course, including Electric Rider, E-BikeKit.com, Ping Batteries, Lyen Controllers, Grin Technology and others, and so I think I can make this a smashing success.
To help ensure the success of this project, I've created a variety of rewards for many levels of your support. For $10, you'll get a copy of my ebook, for $25 you'll get a copy of my paperback book, for $40 you'll get access to the entire video course online, and for $50 you'll get all three!
I really hope you'll help me achieve my goal and make this ebike video course a reality. Together, we can help get as many people on ebikes as possible and change the way people drive around our cities! Whether it is saving money, making your commute easier or just protecting the environment, ebikes are a great choice for you!
Below is my outline for the video lessons that will be featured in my video course. Each will vary in length, likely ending up at between 10-30 minutes for each lesson.
Lesson 1: Introduction / Getting Started
Lesson 2: Planning Your Ebike
Lesson 3: Choosing The Right Bicycle Frame
Lesson 4: All About Motors
Lesson 5: All About Batteries
Lesson 6: All About Speed Controllers
Lesson 7: All About Throttles
Lesson 8: Other Ebike Accessories
Lesson 9: Additional Helpful Resources
Lesson 10: Choosing An Ebike Kit Vendor
Lesson 11: Assembling Your Own Kit
Lesson 12: Installing The Motor
Lesson 13: Installing The Battery
Lesson 14: Installing The Controller and Throttle
Lesson 15: Mounting Additional Accessories
Lesson 16: Soldering And Connectors
Lesson 17: Final Connections
Lesson 18: Pre-First Ride Safety Check And Routine Maintenance
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter project, and my first was a great success so I come into this process with some good experience already. Still, I've tried to make my delivery deadlines reasonable to ensure I can deliver on my promises. I've made some how-to videos on ebikes in the past and am well versed in the subject, so I think that I am capable of meeting all of these expectations and perhaps even delivering earlier than I stated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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