OwnerBill Manewal
LocationSan Francisco, California United States map
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Vehicle bicycle
Surly Instigator frame
MotorCleverchimp Series Wound DC
700 Watt
DrivetrainRohloff 14 speed internal hub
Batteries0.00 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
36 Volt 12 Ah
System Voltage36 Volts
36 Volt 1.8 Amp
HeaterSan Francisco Hills
DC/DC Converter
36 Volt to 12 Volt for lights
Top Speed30 MPH (48 KPH)
on level ground, no wind
AccelerationHauls 480 pounds up a 30% hill, slowly.
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight100 Pounds (45 Kilograms)
Tires2.25 x FAT
Conversion TimeDidn't count.
Conversion CostAbout two years of car insurance.
Additional FeaturesEasily hauls 4 full bags of groceries plus a 12-pack or two on the rear platform. Luggage capacity is 200 pounds. Dual downhill disc brakes for SF hills and heavy loads.
I bought this kit to replace a motorcycle for use on the job as a visiting nurse in San Francisco, easily hauling all nursing gear, laptop, etc. Add-on was fairly easy. Running the motor through the gear train is the only way to go if there's hills. San Francisco has a few! This was the first bike I built from the ground up and I made it as bullet-proof as I could. So far I've put over a 1000 miles on it and it works just fine. Full charge is 6 cents.

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