I have a tandem and as much as I’ve racked my brain I cannot figure out how to electrify it. I’ve build 6 bikes now and encourage you guys to do one. It is a game changer and so much fun. The range is insane and actually more than I want to ride most trips. I have an old Bridgestone mb1 I got in college that may get the next setup. Hard tails are perfect. I use my 8 speed townie the most. The 1up rack is tested by the weight and it is above my aluminess rack on the back of the van. Kinda scary 6 feet up.
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Have you had any problems converting any bike? My old college Mtn Bike is so old it does not even have a sealed bearing which appears is part of the preferred setup.
I think the thing is about 29lbs+ probably more with fenders, rack etc. I would think being as heavy as it is it is built like a tank but still worried if it would hold up to the torque of an electric motor. My biggest concern with the older bikes I am considering is the braking system. Older brakes were a nightmare to get right, I also feel a better braking system might be called for with the potential higher speeds. There was a bike rental place around the corner from me that was selling off last summer's inventory. I reached out to them to see what they have left. Maybe a slightly newer bike with disk brakes might be a better platform?