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Revos Ebike Conversion Kit

Thanks to Revolution Works for supporting my project with one of these Revos Ebike conversion kits.  See my review here when it’s done.

Field Station is a mobile resource [a bike trailer] used for pop-up interventions and workshops developed as part of a Climate Change Awareness Project With Manchester Art Gallery. As Field Station develops, the trailer structure is getting increasingly heavy [see the work in progress here]. Towing a heavy trailer on the flat is was no problem – but slow going. Luckily for me, sub-urban manchester is relatively flat, but there are a couple of key hills and numerous steep inclines that are particularly challenging. So I decided to look to get some electrical assistance. I didn’t want to buy an e-bike [as I don’t have the funds for that] or electrify my main bike, but I do have an old project bike [a 1950s Raleigh with 5-speed hub gear] that could be electrified. It seems there were two options; installing an electric motor into the drive train, or attaching a friction drive or Hub motor to one of the wheels.

This is an easy to install friction motor which drives the wheel directly made in Bristol by Revolution Works

I found this Revos e-bike conversion kit thanks to a friend of mine, Mark Spratt [a solar technologist and cyclist] who is using these to retrofit the old bikes milk hauliers use in Rowanda. They use bikes to transport these huge milk urns over long distances and hills [between the farm and milk processing sites]. Making this trip quicker and easier will ultimately help reduce waste [as sometimes the milk goes bad or becomes infected during the journey] and make their lives significantly easier.

Revolution Works sent me one of their Revos Ebike conversion kits. TBC…See my review here when it’s done.

Artist, educator, and researcher working between the fields of science and art.