What made you decide to build a Lekkie bike?
I’ve been commuting 16km from Petone to Wellington for about 10 years – and was getting a bit bored and slow – it was becoming a trudge. I found myself catching the train or bus a lot.
I got a late season 26in wheel Avanti Pacifist at a good price – 26 inch wheels are soo 2013 you know.
My goal was to do the 5km stretch from Petone to Ngauranga at about 40kph and have enough battery for the full 32km round trip.
What system did you choose?
I went with the mid-drive Summit system because it allows the bike to function as a standard bike if needed. It’s easier to fix punctures than a hub motor setup too.
The 620 battery was the biggest I could get in the standard Lekkie enclosure.
Where did you have it installed?
At EVLAB in Upper Hutt.
What modifications or accessories have you added to your bike?
I’ve added some good front and rear lights plus simple brake micro-switches. I get people asking about my rear LED strip lights about once a week. The combination of electric assist, good front and rear lights and mudguards has produced a very practical commuter bike.
How has the Lekkie bike changed your life?
It’s now easy to jump on the bike and zip home so I ride every day unless the weather is dangerous.
What is the most interesting moment you have had as a Lekkie bike owner?
I got passed once by two roadies doing sprint training on the Old Hutt Road (wide straight, no intersections – so safe to go fast). I stuck the motor on top speed and peddled my legs out. I managed to get myself up to 48 kph but still didn’t catch them.
What comments do you have for people considering creating a Lekkie bike?
If you’re wanting a commuting bike make sure you also install hardwired lights and mudguards.
One last thing – it took me a while to get used to riding in traffic with the electric assist. Give yourself plenty of time to get the hang of it. Try to avoid being too bold around traffic. Defensive riding is the best way to learn.