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This startup is transforming old bicycles into electric bikes, but not in India


Ever imagined converting your traditional bike to an electric one just by changing the front wheel? Though this might take some time to reach India, the idea of such innovation has already kicked off in France.

Laurent Durrieu used an opportunity to leverage rejected and abandoned bikes to create an alternative to sustainable commuting. The Teebike project came into light when Durrieu while touring China, came across open-air disposal or ‘cemetery’ of bikes which stationed thousands of unused, abandoned bikes with no hopes of restoration.

Making Traditional Bikes Electric- The Teebike way

Incubated in 2019, Teebike, a french startup, manufactures wheels powered by an electric motor and equipped with Bluetooth, which can be easily fitted on to the front of any bike replacing the typical front-wheel converting it to an electric vehicle. The different wheel size options include 20, 26, 27.5, and 28 inches. with brakes aided by discs and pads.

(Image credit: Teebike)

The electric motor can go up to 25km/hr with the battery lasting between 50 to 80 km depending on certain factors like road conditions, the weight of the rider, level of assistance used, and weather conditions.


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