As a keen if somewhat aged cyclist, I have always been frustrated that my wife’s breathing problem prevented us from riding together except on quite flat roads, which are few and far between in our Hampshire countryside. For some time I had toyed with the idea of getting her an E-bike, but the expense was considerable and she was unsure whether she would take to it. Last year, on holiday in Austria, we hired a couple of mountain e-bikes which she enjoyed, but found heavy to handle when not riding. It struck me that a conversion of her own hybrid bike to an e-bike would suit her very well.
Lately, I came across the Bafang coversion kits on Amazon and Ebay. As she already had a little-used hybrid bike, this seemed a relatively low-cost way of converting her bike. However, I was not that keen on buying what seemed a fairly complex system with little support in the UK, so I started to research knowledgable UK sources of the kit, and soon found a few possibilities. Like Callum of Stockport, Henry’s approachable and helpful manner in a lengthy online chat convinced me to pay the extra for him to do a professional conversion on my wife’s bike. The logistics of this couldn’t have been easier, since he took care of collecting the bike from our house, doing the conversion, and delivering it back ready to go, all within 3 weeks.
My wife tried it out on a 9-mile hilly route for the first time today, and is absolutely delighted that she is now able to ride anywhere on what is a virtually new e-bike.