Why electric assist?
Have you ever experienced your bike sitting in the garage or on the wall for months on end? Just don't have the energy to take it out? An electric conversion kit like the BMC V1 will make it fun to ride your bike again. It won't sit in the garage for months or years on end anymore. No, you'll be competing with your spouse and kids to see who gets to ride the bike. Rides that seem intimidating due to hills or distance will suddenly become do-able on the spur of the moment. For example, on one sunny Saturday in spring 2009, Cycle9 co-founder Elise Giddings decided to go strawberry picking with her 5-yr old daughter. They only had a 2 hour window of time and the berry patch was about 6 miles away over hilly country roads. Her daughter wanted to take the bike rather than the car and it was a beautiful day. Without electric-assist this ride would have been a considerable amount of effort, involving changing into exercise clothes to deal with sweating, and would have burned up a good amount of the available time, leaving less time for picking. However, with electric-assist, they were able to hop on the bike without further preparation and ride out to the patch in only a little more time than it would have taken in the car, without straining up hills and enjoying the ride and the day. Adding an electric-assist to your bike can make this possible for you!