So, our apologies go out to you for taking so long to catch you all up with our comings and goings. We’ll get better at keeping on this task as things arise.
So, let’s start off with an update on VBike’s 2 beautiful Yuba Mundos with the Bafang mid-drive e-assist conversion kits (donated by our wonderful sponsors at Dillenger Electric Bikes). That’s a mouthful (or earful), so let’s take a moment to explain what that’s about.
Another big advantage or mid-drives is that your wheels are not taken over by a motor with a bunch of electronics, so changing a flat or switching out tires is simplified. The one downside of a system like this is that you can only have one chainwheel up front so you are limited to the rear freewheel or cassette for your gearing. However, if the gearing is set up well (like we have done on our Mundos), going with 7 or so speeds totally works fine.
Having these bikes be the best they can be for the spring is part of our reason for our December fundraising drive. Many of you are looking to Climate Change Conference happening right now in Paris and hoping that there is something we can do to slow down the carbon pollution and bring about an ecological cultural revolution. We at VBike believe that we can do a lot right here at home to bring creativity and take on the responsibility for the changes we need to make now.