Ken from Power in Motion [a Calgary electric bike specialist store] is letting me test the eTikit shown above as well as providing me with a slightly different electric assist kit I’ll mount on one of my Bike Friday Tikits. I’m stoked to give these kits a thorough test and after a short ride yesterday I can see how this could be a deal maker for people who don’t want to drive there cars to commute, but can’t pedal a bike to work for whatever reasons.
To be honest I’m not an e-bike guy. Which is why I don’t own an e-bike or talk about them much on this blog. So I’m coming to this test with no real idea of how I’m going to feel or what’s happening in the e-bike world. If you are an e-bike enthusiast please feel free to comment on what I write and point out any errors or misunderstandings on my part. Also if you have any specific questions you want to see answered about these kits for the Tikit leave me a comment and I’ll answer your questions.
I’ll be posting my impressions at various points throughout the next few weeks. I’ve also started a Flickr set for the eTikit and I’ll be uploading photos there as I take them.
I will also be posting some info about Power in Motion when I have a chance. I had been in the shop last summer and it was pretty much 100% e-bikes. When I dropped by the shop yesterday to meet with Ken I was surprised to see a Yuba Mundo, Xtracycle Radish and another Xtracycle equipped bike – cargo bike heaven! I’m hoping to head back one day in April and do some back to back testing on all the cargo bikes as well as my Surly Big Dummy. If you are from the Calgary area and interested in cargo bikes Power in Motion is well worth a visit.