Brompton folding bike is a lightweight bicycle designed to fold up into a compact size, making it easy to transport and to store. This electric bike has a battery-powered motor to assist the pedal power of the bicycle, and is one of the greenest and most convenient forms of transport to date. There are three main methods for folding the bikes – they can be folded in half, at the mid-fold; they can have a triangle hinge which allows the rear wheel to be folded down and flipped forward, or they can be partly disassembled. The principal advantages of a folding electric bike over a non-folding version are that it can be put away in a small space, so people living in a small apartment will be able to store it out of the way – and that they are ideal for commuters who need to carry their bikes on public transport. For students and teachers alike, riding around a large campus on a folding electric bike gives you the best of all worlds – quick change-over times between classes are no problem, and storing the bike during lectures could not be easier..

There are three main methods for folding the bikes – they can be folded in half, at the mid-fold; they can have a triangle hinge which allows the rear wheel to be folded down and flipped forward, or they can be partly disassembled. The principal advantages of a folding electric bike over a non-folding version are that it can be put away in a small space, so people living in a small apartment will be able to store it out of the way – and that they are ideal for commuters who need to carry their bikes on public transport. For students and teachers alike, riding around a large campus on a folding electric bike gives you the best of all worlds – quick change-over times between classes are no problem, and storing the bike during lectures could not be easier.

The contemporary electric folding bike combines compact, lightweight portability with a smooth and silent electric motor, making it a joy to cycle and helps with headwinds and hills. The pedal assist system runs alongside your pedaling output and delivers smooth assistance without you losing the feeling that you are riding a bike not a moped. The bike reads your pedal power and provides a boost from the motor. With some models, there is a small battery charging process when the rider is pedaling faster than the motor can achieve by itself, but the main charge comes from the overnight recharging process from a standard electric outlet.

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The rapid advances in technology, combined with a growing demand for environmentally-friendly forms of personal transport has meant that a whole plethora of new models and designs are now available, with extremely light-weight frames and efficient electric motors powered by lightweight rechargeable batteries.

There are two forms of a folding electric bike. The first is a traditional, pedal-powered, fully portable folding bike with an added conversion kit. The conversion kit will add up to 15 lbs weight to your fold up bike, which will feel just like a regular bike but with much more power. Most kits can be ordered on-line, and installed either by yourself or your local bike dealer. The advantage of a conversion kit is that you can convert your favorite bike that already has the exact specifications you need, to become an electric bike. The second option is to find a folding electric bike whose battery-powered motor is an integral part of the design. The advantage of a prebuilt e-bike is that you have a well-integrated system and a product that is ready to go.

A Quick Resume Of Some Conversion Kits.

The Currie Electro-Drive kit is among the cheapest available and comes with a Lithium battery and a 250-watt motor wheel that replaces the front wheel of your bike. There is also an SLA (lead-acid) version with a 400-watt motor that replaces the rear wheel. SLA model starts at about $400 and the lithium version at about $800.

The eZee bike kit is among the lightest conversion kits, and is easily installed on most bikes. The motor is pre-installed on the front wheel and comes with a choice of SLA or Lithium battery. The basic price with SLA battery is around $800, and the option for a Lithium battery would add between $400 and $600 to the basic cost.

The BionX conversion kit costs around $1,500 for the 250-watt lightweight system, which is designed for use with a folding bike. The Dahon MuP8 Bionx conversion is one of the most compact and lightest folding bikes available to date, incorporating the BionX conversion kit, and taking less than 20 seconds to fold. Perfect for urban commuters, it folds down in two rapid movements and has a smooth ride equal to any full-sized bike. The price of around $2,000 includes both the bike and the conversion kit.

A Quick Resume Of Some Folding Electric Bikes

The R.Martin LF8 250-watts has a range of 25 miles on flat ground with the motor only, and up to 30 miles with normal pedaling. The 36v lithium battery is removable, and the power output can be either automatic or ‘pedelec’ (delivering assist only when the rider is pedaling). At around $1,100 this is probably the lowest priced, quality integrated folding electric bike.

The X-Treme XB-301Li Folding Electric Mountain Bike has an ultra-lightweight aluminum alloy frame and is powered by a 300-watt hub motor. You can pedal without power, move by electric power alone, or pedal with power assist on demand. The speed is up to 20 mph, and the range on a single charge is up to 25 miles. The price is around $1,500.

The Gepida Bleda 250-watts incorporates a pedal assist system into a compact and lightweight bike. Perfect for commuters, the alloy frame is both stylish and practical, and looks less like a traditional bicycle. It easily folds in half, and has removable Lithium batteries. The range is up to 20 miles with one battery, and up to 40 miles with two. The price is around $2,500 for the model with one battery. The dual battery version adds more than $400 to the price and doubles the range.

An electric folding bike may be found at your local dealer, but the internet offers a massive range of styles and quality. Often internet retailers can offer substantial discounts on recommended retail prices. If you buy on the internet or at your local dealer, make sure that you get a full warranty and service back up, and good availability of spare parts.