We borrowed this book from the Ann Arbor Public Library and it's a pretty good read - as in we learned something, agreed with a few things, and were entertained!
A quote from the inside jacket:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Building an Electric Bicycle From the Ground Up Filled with do-it-yourself project, this hands-on manual gives you all the technical information and easy-to-follow instructions you need to assemble and customize an electric bike.Build Your Own Electric Bicycle gets you on the road on a reliable, economical, environmentally friendly ride. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of every component, including motors, controllers, batteries, and frames, as well as details on soldering, electrical wiring, safety, and other essential skills. The book covers commercially available electric bicycles and shows you how to make modifications and upgrades for improved power, speed, range, and safety. Pictures, diagrams, and charts illustrate each step along the way. With this how-to guide on hand, you'll be riding your own tricked-out electric bike in no time!BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC BICYCLE COVERS: Energy savings and environmental benefits Electrical, battery, and road safety Long-range, folding, and high-power bikes Hub motor kits Motors, controllers, and batteries Electrical connections and wiring Brakes Troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair Performance and safety modifications.
Similar to the reasons that we got rid of our cars - expensive insurance, mandatory licensing and fees - the author expands on the idea that an electric bicycle is better than a motor cycle because it doesn't need a license or insurance like a motor cycle does. You have the option of pedaling and going electric when needed, without getting sweaty!