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Electrified ‘Bent – BionicOldGuy

I had beforehand put an electric-assist package on my Trek hybrid, which I loved for a few years. Then it stored working its means unfastened. This was a “mid-drive” package, with the motor situated the place the cranks are. I may inform it was in peril of damaging my bike body, so I took it off. I used to be in a position to reuse the battery from that package and get an electric-assist rear wheel package for my recumbent. A draw back of a rear-wheel package is that you just lose a few gears as a result of the motor takes up a few of the accessible 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 had been for climbing, and now I’ve help for that.

I’ve had this arrange for a few weeks and like it. It actually extends my vary. For instance, final Sunday’s 60-mile experience 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 quicker velocity, it’s very easy to go 20 mph for lengthy durations. My coronary heart fee monitor tells me I’m nonetheless getting an excellent exercise.

There’s one different characteristic that’s particularly helpful on a recumbent. This package has a thumb throttle so I can get help from a standing begin. Beginning out is awkward on a recumbent. You must go away one foot on the bottom, push off with the opposite to get going, and rapidly choose up the second foot to get it on the opposite pedal. This may be wobbly, and virtually 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 package
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 edges for storage.

There are execs and cons of hub motors vs. mid-drive motors. The latter are in a position to benefit from your gears, as a result of they work by means of the cranks. This could make them higher at climbing, however I can climb simply as effectively 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 velocity bike. With a mid-drive motor, you usually solely have one chainring, so I’d have ended up with a 9 velocity. Lastly, fixing flats is more durable 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 package to a motorcycle, relatively than shopping for a motorcycle with manufacturing facility electric-assist. That’s very true for recumbents. An equal setup to mine would have value round US $8000. I obtained the package for $500 (If I’d needed to get a battery with it, I’d have paid about $500 extra, however I used to be in a position to reuse a battery). And I obtained the bike used for $1500. The drawback is that you’re by yourself putting in the package and dealing on it if something goes improper, except there may be an installer you may rent in your space. Native bike outlets often don’t wish to work on electric-assist set-ups that they don’t promote themselves.

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