Dean and Chuck, the owner's of the shop were busy hanging an electric bike from the ceiling and very generously stopped and helped us get oriented. It turned out that they had already gotten an older steel framed mountain bike off of Craigslist for our conversion. We quickly figured out that using the frame they got would work out better than the one that Jim offered so we got to work.
Between 12 and 4 Sean did most of the mechanical things that needed doing like changing brakes, cables, messing with racks changing tires and wheels and mounting new handlebars. Around 4 some folks who had been invited to join us showed up and amidst the hubub of answering questions, giving rides and checking out a very cool hand build "pusher trailer" built by local enthusiast, Sean, Dean and Chuck hooked up the controller, battery rack and front drive wheel. All did not go smoothly with the controller but fortunately, Dean pulled another out of a box and it worked. Catherine and I had a dinner date so when we left at 6:30, Dean said they had about an hour left and sure enough, Sean showed up about an hour later to join us for dinner.
Dean and Chuck have the best electric bike shop we have seen. They carry a number of different types of ready made bikes and scooters and they love doing conversions. Sharing the shop space with us was a tricycle that they were outfitting with an electric drive system and there were other trikes on the floor that were going to be converted. They have another shop in Minneapolis and they are opening a shop in Aspen in a couple of weeks. Until meeting them, I thought that operating an electric bike shop was an act of charity. Dean and Chuck don't see it that way. They have a model that includes rentals, sales, conversions and excellent service and it looks like it is working. We know that when people try electric bikes, the experience is usually very positive and for people who like to putter with bicycles, adding the electrics adds another layer of challenge which I noticed Sean certainly enjoyed.
Without Dean and Chuck's expertise and extra parts, we would not have been able to complete the conversion in a day. Their record is just over 4 hours for a conversion!