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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 manner free. This was a “mid-drive” equipment, with the motor situated the place the cranks are. I might 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 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 among 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 adore it. It actually extends my vary. For instance, final Sunday’s 60-mile experience would have been doable, however I might 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 charge monitor tells me I’m nonetheless getting a fantastic exercise.

There may be 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 must depart 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 it’s important to 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 professionals and cons of hub motors vs. mid-drive motors. The latter are in a position to 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 might 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 might 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 equipment to a motorbike, reasonably than shopping for a motorbike with manufacturing facility electric-assist. That’s very true for recumbents. An equal setup to mine would have value round US $8000. I bought 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 in a position to reuse a battery). And I bought the bike used for $1500. The drawback is that you’re by yourself putting in the equipment and dealing on it if something goes incorrect, except there’s 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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