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Electric bicycles help people save money, get around town faster and protect the environment. Learn to build your own with this video! Read more

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Electric bicycles help people save money, get around town faster and protect the environment. Learn to build your own with this video!

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. 

My Paperback
My Paperback

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.

Video Lessons:

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!

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    6 backers

    Thanks for your support! You'll have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of my ebook, "The Ultimate Do It Yourself Ebike Guide", if you'd like.

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    23 backers

    For a $10 pledge, you'll get the ebook version of my book "The Ultimate Do It Yourself Ebike Guide" which teaches you step by step how to plan, source and build your own electric bicycle. You'll also have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    7 backers

    You'll get a copy of my paperback book "The Ultimate Do It Yourself Ebike Guide", which teaches you step by step how to plan, source and build your own electric bicycle. Many people prefer to have an actual, physical book in their hands instead of an ebook, and so this reward is for you guys!
    You'll also have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    5 backers

    This is the main event and the reason this project is here: You'll get access to the video course I'm producing for this project. The video course will be hosted online so that you can access it from anywhere, not just your home computer. You'll receive login information so you can access the video course. You'll also have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    10 backers

    This is the big bundle! You'll get all the earlier rewards combined, meaning you'll get the ebook, the paperback AND the video course! This is everything you could ever hope and dream for in terms of ebike instructional guides, and will provide you with everything you'll ever need to build your own electric bicycle. The ebook will arrive within a week or so of the end of the Kickstarter campaign, the paperback will arrive by December, but the video course won't be ready until January. You'll also have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    1 backer

    Personalized, one on one help with your ebike build! I'll email back and forth with you giving you individual assistance when you need it, making it as easy as possible for you to plan and build your own ebike. You'll also get the bundle from the $50 pledge level including the ebook, paperback and video course, and you'll have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    0 backers

    Book club pack! You'll get the ebook and the video course, but you'll also get ten copies of my paperback book! Use them for a book club, a school class, a scout club or anything you'd like. You'll also have your name listed as a backer on the acknowledgements page of the ebook, if you'd like.

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    0 backers

    You get everything from the $100 pledge level, plus video conference assistance. I'll Skype with you to answer any ebike questions you have and help you complete your ebike build! And you'll also get the ebook, paperback book and video course, plus your name in the acknowledgments of the ebook!

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