Electric Touring Bicycle

A kit built touring ebike for long term travel. Tech upgrades for comfort and convenience.

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A touring ebike built around a trek FX3, using a Bafang rear hub motor that came with a Chinese ebike kit. This is my only form of transportation and carries everything I own. The end goal is to have a solar powered ebike that can reach unlimited range with enough solar power coming in, using power limiting and an efficient motor. At the time of this writing, it has just over 2,700 miles on it as a commuter ebike.

I built this in 2022 as an escape from the 9-5 life that I despise so much. An old knee injury took away my bicycle touring dreams in 2018, so this ebike enables me to finally hit the road and live my dreams.

This page covers the bike, gear, and all of the tech upgrades and maintenance. I hope to provide a very detailed account of the life of an electric touring bicycle. I find it difficult to find such info. Electric touring bicycles are fairly uncommon still, and can be hard to research. I hope this page can enlighten people interested in ebike touring.

Shout out to Tom Allen at

Chatting with Tom reminded me that I really need to publish my findings. Thanks Tom! For everything.

For all of the details, check the logs. I keep a paper log book with the bike for maintenance and such. Full details will go here. That log book will eventually get digitized and put here as well. This is going to be more than just an electrified bicycle with touring gear strspped to it. I'm working on some other electric vehicles projects, so this is the first step in testing ideas and equipment. It currently has an electric battery heater that I made up and installed. It's going to have a few special features for touring and commuting, such as turn signals, horn, brake lights, cruise control, power limiting, solar charging, and a security system. I'm planning to exhibit the bike at Open Sauce 2025 as an experiment on bicycle technology. This will be my entire life and home.

This bicycle was converted from a really nice hybrid Trek FX3 to be a capable electric touring bicycle. It's got a 1,000 watt Bafang rear hub motor, a 20ah lithium ion battery pack, front and rear luggage racks, and touring bags. I have 4 large saddle bags, a bag for the top of the front rack, and an adventure backpack for the top of the rear rack. The bike is very heavily loaded. It's probably 100 pounds at this point. I'll lighten the load when I can afford lighter equipment. I currently weigh 220 pounds. The bike is rated for 350 pounds. Cutting it very close. 

The goal is to hit the road full time as a bicycle tourist and find my place in the world. Wwith an old knee injury, I was taken off the bike for years. This new bike has gotten me back in the road and ready for adventure. It carries everything I need to survive, as well as a few luxuries and some basic camera gear for filming adventures and some upcoming projects. It's become the single most important purchase and decision I've ever made. I plan to share it's journey here in as much detail as I can.

  • Introducing My Ebike

    Dustin05/15/2024 at 12:01 0 comments

    I've been obsessed with the idea of bicycle touring since 2017. I came out to find my truck broken one morning. I rode my old industrial delivery bike to work that day. It took me over an hour and was a very hard ride. Definitely the wrong bike. I ended up riding every day and didn't fix the truck for a very long time. One day I was riding to work and had an idea: What if I just DIDN'T make that turn to go to work? What if I just kept going until I found something interesting or got far away? What if all I ever had to worry about was pedaling and basic survival? Those thoughts would not go away. I finally discover the term "bicycle touring" and was hooked. 

    I tried to build a touring bicycle on a 1982 Schwinn Crosscut. It was pretty good. Low budget, but effective. When I went to ride 1,000 miles out to a new place to live, my old knee injury stopped me. That was in 2018. I was crushed and gave up on touring until 2022. That's when I bought my Trek FX3. $1,000. The most I'd ever spent on a bicycle. By a huge amount. I was thinking of touring when I bought it. It didn't take me long to order an ebike kit from Amazon and convert it. That first test ride was done without a chain as I didn't have the tool to move the rear gear cluster to the new ebike wheel. It was so exciting. I was hooked.

    After seeing just how powerful that motor was, and the freedom it provided me, I started working hard to build up a touring ebike and finally escape. In its current state, it's nearly ready to leave on an open ended tour in June this year. I need touring tires and a few odds and ends, but am just going to hit the road and make it work. It's a good bike and I trust it. 

    This project has been on my mind for a while, but I've been very busy and distracted. An email exchange with none other than Tom Allen kicked the old buns into gear and got me here to start this project page. There is so little super detailed info on touring ebikes that's I've been able to find. I plan to cover things like tire wear differences between touring bicycles and electric touring bicycles. Hint: it's significant. Battery heating in below freezing temperatures. The battery recall that was issued for my bike. The best rims I've found for a touring ebike(Velocity Cliffhanger). I'll be covering the electrical system, mechanical systems, and even the emotional aspects related to an electric touring bicycle. The information would also be useful for other heavy duty bicycles, such as tandems, cargo bikes, kid carriers, and bikes for heavy riders. This thing is going to take a hell of a beating. Wish us luck.

    Shout out to Tom Allen at

    His book is what made it easy to get all of the key info in one place and get me ready to start a new life on the road. Cheers Tom!

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