Bournemouth rider's electric bike tops 20mph

INSPIRED: Nigel Bryant built an electric bicycle

INSPIRED: Nigel Bryant built an electric bicycle

First published in News by

THERE are a number of ways to combat today’s spiralling petrol prices, but building your own electric chopper from scratch is certainly one of the more unusual.

Motorcycle enthusiast Nigel Bryant knows all about surviving economic uncertainty.

The former technical officer at Bournemouth University’s School of Conservation Sciences was made redundant two years ago, aged 53.

“But I wanted to turn this setback into something positive,” he explained.

“Hence the idea of building an electric bicycle from scratch.”

Now the eco-friendly chopper takes pride of place next to Nigel’s Harley Davidson, but it is considerably cheaper to run.

“Despite its radical appearance, the bike turned out to be very comfortable and surprisingly easy to ride,” said Nigel.

The chopper, with a top speed of 20mph and a range of 20 miles, is powered by a lithium-ion battery, hidden away in one of the panniers.

It only takes a couple of hours to fully charge the battery from the mains.

Nigel said: “With petrol becoming ever more expensive, an eco-friendly means of transport made perfect sense.”

The 55-year-old, from Haymoor Road, Poole, even learned how to weld for the project.

He designed and built the frame himself and, although some specialist components were needed, the entire bike, costing £1,000, progressed from an idea to a reality in just one year.

Nigel said: “My initial test rides around Poole have prompted very enthusiastic reactions from onlookers of all ages.

“Ranging from the simplest cries of ‘cool bike’ to lengthy conversations about small details of the build, these great interactions with complete strangers enhance every ride.

“I now look forward to spending my newly-enforced retirement riding around the beautiful Dorset countryside in the sunshine, rather than just wasting my life away behind a desk.”

Visit Nigel's website here

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2:28pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Tony7 says...

The speed of this bike needs to be limited,for it to be legal.
The speed of this bike needs to be limited,for it to be legal. Tony7
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2:53pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Chriswood says...

Well done Nigel. Great website explanation of build process.
Well done Nigel. Great website explanation of build process. Chriswood
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3:03pm Fri 27 Apr 12

funkyferret says...

Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though!
Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though! funkyferret
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3:17pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Phixer says...

funkyferret wrote:
Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though!
Time to move on. Electric cycles and motor bikes are widely used in China, and for obvious reasons, not least of which is not being dependent on oil.

So why is this country so negative about electric bikes?
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though![/p][/quote]Time to move on. Electric cycles and motor bikes are widely used in China, and for obvious reasons, not least of which is not being dependent on oil. So why is this country so negative about electric bikes? Phixer
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4:09pm Fri 27 Apr 12

hammer says...

His Harley (aka tractor/gulley sucker!) won't do much more than that anyway LOL!
His Harley (aka tractor/gulley sucker!) won't do much more than that anyway LOL! hammer
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4:28pm Fri 27 Apr 12

SwashDiver says...

This is my bike, and I'm perfectly aware of the speed restrictions on electric bikes, however ridiculous those laws are; ordinary racing bicycles obviously operate legally at far higher speeds. The speed quoted was attained on private land; I ride responsibly and appropriately according to the conditions. (But hey, the nit-pickers will always find it easier to criticise, than to actually do something....!)
This is my bike, and I'm perfectly aware of the speed restrictions on electric bikes, however ridiculous those laws are; ordinary racing bicycles obviously operate legally at far higher speeds. The speed quoted was attained on private land; I ride responsibly and appropriately according to the conditions. (But hey, the nit-pickers will always find it easier to criticise, than to actually do something....!) SwashDiver
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4:29pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Vince Ward says...

funkyferret wrote:
Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though!
Crazy law though when a pushbike could easily exceed this speed on a steep downhill - as my mate Dave demonstrated only too well on one occasion!
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: Don't want to be a damp squib, but it cannot be electrically propelled above 14 mph - great idea though![/p][/quote]Crazy law though when a pushbike could easily exceed this speed on a steep downhill - as my mate Dave demonstrated only too well on one occasion! Vince Ward
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4:56pm Fri 27 Apr 12

ShuttleX says...

Well done Nigel. Great idea and I am willing to bet, a great feeling of accomplishment on your part.
Well done Nigel. Great idea and I am willing to bet, a great feeling of accomplishment on your part. ShuttleX
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5:01pm Fri 27 Apr 12

retry69 says...

SwashDiver wrote:
This is my bike, and I'm perfectly aware of the speed restrictions on electric bikes, however ridiculous those laws are; ordinary racing bicycles obviously operate legally at far higher speeds. The speed quoted was attained on private land; I ride responsibly and appropriately according to the conditions. (But hey, the nit-pickers will always find it easier to criticise, than to actually do something....!)
Fully agree as stated in the article turned a setback into a positive when cosiderable amount of fellow commenters turn anything into a negative.WELL DONE great job very jealous
[quote][p][bold]SwashDiver[/bold] wrote: This is my bike, and I'm perfectly aware of the speed restrictions on electric bikes, however ridiculous those laws are; ordinary racing bicycles obviously operate legally at far higher speeds. The speed quoted was attained on private land; I ride responsibly and appropriately according to the conditions. (But hey, the nit-pickers will always find it easier to criticise, than to actually do something....!)[/p][/quote]Fully agree as stated in the article turned a setback into a positive when cosiderable amount of fellow commenters turn anything into a negative.WELL DONE great job very jealous retry69
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6:01pm Fri 27 Apr 12

no vested interest says...

Why is The UK so negative, period....
Why is The UK so negative, period.... no vested interest
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7:24pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Terwil says...

Great achievement - Start making! There has to be a niche market.
Great achievement - Start making! There has to be a niche market. Terwil
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7:25pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Terwil says...

Great achievement - Start making! There has to be a niche market.
Great achievement - Start making! There has to be a niche market. Terwil
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7:39am Sat 28 Apr 12

Lord Spring says...

It only takes a couple of hours to fully charge the battery from the mains.

I bet the green brigade will be moaning about that, best to convert it to Solar Power.
It only takes a couple of hours to fully charge the battery from the mains. I bet the green brigade will be moaning about that, best to convert it to Solar Power. Lord Spring
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8:01am Sat 28 Apr 12

retry69 says...

no vested interest wrote:
Why is The UK so negative, period....
I dont think the majority are my first post in answer to you was removed so i obviously upset someone, i only blamed the media for prefering a death and destruction topic rather than a positive one so i assume one of the Echo staff to the hump as usual.
[quote][p][bold]no vested interest[/bold] wrote: Why is The UK so negative, period....[/p][/quote]I dont think the majority are my first post in answer to you was removed so i obviously upset someone, i only blamed the media for prefering a death and destruction topic rather than a positive one so i assume one of the Echo staff to the hump as usual. retry69
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3:51pm Wed 2 May 12

stereomc says...

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nigel and the honour of being the second person ever to ride this wonderfull creation, the bike is more impressive up close than in picture.
Nigel really hit the nail on the head with this bike, cool, comfortable, easy to ride and lots of fun, an amazing creation and Nigel should rightly feel very proud of all his hard work and dedication, my thanks to him for letting me enjoy this electric chopper, i fell in love with it!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nigel and the honour of being the second person ever to ride this wonderfull creation, the bike is more impressive up close than in picture. Nigel really hit the nail on the head with this bike, cool, comfortable, easy to ride and lots of fun, an amazing creation and Nigel should rightly feel very proud of all his hard work and dedication, my thanks to him for letting me enjoy this electric chopper, i fell in love with it! stereomc
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