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Hoffman designs high-efficiency electric motors and imorts high-erformance electric bike arts to sell in the US market.

Hoffman designs high-efficiency electric motors and imports high-performance electric bike parts to sell in the US market.

Convert your bicycle into an electric bike and ride to school or work in speed and style for pennies compared to a car. An electric bike, or ebike, is just like a regular bike—only better. A rider can pedal normally or with a flip of the switch, motorize the ride. Ebikes are appropriate for anyone including older people, thrill seekers, and those with physical limitations.

As a Green River carpentry instructor for 11 years, Barent Hoffman got interested in ebikes and motors during a time when his family was financially struggling and needed to eliminate a vehicle, car payment, insurance, and reduce fuel expenses. Hearing ebikes were popular in China and Europe he bought a kit and converted his mountain bike. By the end of the next year, Hoffman had built or rebuilt electric bikes and scooters for his entire family!

Earlier this year he became a founding partner of a business called Mobius Motorworks with the goal of designing high-efficiency electric motors and importing high-performance electric bike parts to sell in the US market.

Barent is teaching an eight-hour ''How to Build an Electric Bicycle'' class through Continuing Education on Saturday, April 25th. Students will learn about motor types, controllers, modern battery technology, installation techniques, and the laws and safety requirements for riding electric bikes. Class concludes with what he calls ''a grin session''--test rides on his fleet of electric bikes. He says you can't help but smile when you ride one!

Call Continuing Education at ext. 2535 for more information.