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Electrified ‘Bent – BionicOldGuy


I had beforehand put an electric-assist equipment on my Trek hybrid, which I loved for a few years. Then it saved working its approach unfastened. This was a “mid-drive” equipment, with the motor situated the place the cranks are. I may inform it was at risk of damaging my bike body, so I took it off. I used to be capable of reuse the battery from that equipment and get an electric-assist rear wheel equipment for my recumbent. A draw back of a rear-wheel equipment is that you simply lose a few gears as a result of the motor takes up a number of the obtainable width. So my bike had 9 gears within the again and now has seven. This isn’t an issue as a result of the lacking two gears have been for climbing, and now I’ve help for that.

I’ve had this arrange for a few weeks and find it irresistible. It actually extends my vary. For instance, final Sunday’s 60-mile trip would have been doable, however I’d have been fairly drained after. It was a breeze with the help. Plus it’s enjoyable to cruise at a sooner pace, it’s very easy to go 20 mph for lengthy durations. My coronary heart price monitor tells me I’m nonetheless getting an awesome exercise.

There’s one different characteristic that’s particularly helpful on a recumbent. This equipment has a thumb throttle so I can get help from a standing begin. Beginning out is awkward on a recumbent. You need to go away one foot on the bottom, push off with the opposite to get going, and rapidly decide up the second foot to get it on the opposite pedal. This may be wobbly, and nearly not possible to do if you must cease whereas going uphill. Now I can simply get going with the help. Drawback solved.

Bacchetta Giro recumbent with electric-assist equipment
Shut-up of rear hub motor
The battery is mounted on the rear rack. It took the house the place my bag was, so I put folding panniers on the perimeters for storage.

There are execs and cons of hub motors vs. mid-drive motors. The latter are capable of reap the benefits of your gears, as a result of they work by the cranks. This could make them higher at climbing, however I can climb simply as nicely with my hub arrange on the recumbent as I may with the mid-drive on my Trek. I discussed how one can lose a few gears with the hub motor. However I nonetheless have my triple chainring up entrance, so I’ve a 21 pace bike. With a mid-drive motor, you sometimes solely have one chainring, so I’d have ended up with a 9 pace. Lastly, fixing flats is tougher with a hub motor. There’s a hefty nut to unscrew as a substitute of a fast launch to get the wheel out. Due to this, I put a Scwhalbe “marathon plus” tire on that wheel, which has actually good flat safety. I additionally put a thorn-proof tube, for “belt and suspenders” safety.

It can save you fairly a bit by including an electric-assist equipment to a motorcycle, slightly than shopping for a motorcycle with manufacturing unit electric-assist. That’s very true for recumbents. An equal setup to mine would have price round US $8000. I obtained the equipment for $500 (If I’d needed to get a battery with it, I’d have paid about $500 extra, however I used to be capable of reuse a battery). And I obtained the bike used for $1500. The drawback is that you’re by yourself putting in the equipment and dealing on it if something goes unsuitable, except there’s an installer you possibly can rent in your space. Native bike retailers normally don’t wish to work on electric-assist set-ups that they don’t promote themselves.



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