The drum brakes on the Blue ICE started acting up after a mere 8.650km of heavy use. Braking performance was still good, but the left brake was starting to get stuck. That’s normally a sure sign that the brake pads … Continue reading
Posted in Cycling, Technical Stuff
Tagged 90mm drum brake, Blue ICE, cycling, DIY, drum brake, ICE trikes, recumbent trike, repair, shim, Sturmey Archer, tadpole trike
I always like to recommend EM3EV, since Paul has a very good reputation at Endless-Sphere and is known for his great customer service. Check-out this video about how EM3EV designs and produces their batteries. The next time I need new … Continue reading
Posted in ebike, Technical Stuff
Tagged battery, battery charger, battery design, battery production, charger, ebike, ebike battery, ebike shop, EM3EV, factory, factory tour, shop
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I’m busy searching online for missing parts to build-up the ‘new’ trike. Fortunately, a friendly user in the German recumbent forum offered a spare boom for a good price. The new Patterson Metropolis need to get its 175mm cranks chopped … Continue reading
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I’m in the middle of rebuilding the front wheels of the black Sprint. They served me very well for close to 6,000km and it was actually nothing wrong with them. Ok, the spokes where too short. Despite meticulously measuring the … Continue reading
Tagged 20" front wheels, 40-406 rim, 47mm rim, 47mm wide, 90mm drum brake, anodised, black, Black ICE, cycling, DIY, e-trike, front wheel, Gingko drum brake hub, ICE Sprint, recumbent trike, rim, Sturmey Archer, tadpole trike, wide rim
I’ve mentioned the Aero Bullet velomobile shell from AEM in Florida some time ago in an older post about velomobile shells for trikes. While the first production shells were made from fiber glass, they’re now made from carbon fiber. No … Continue reading
Posted in Cycling, Technical Stuff, Velomobile
Tagged 24" front wheels, big front wheels, big wheels, Catrike, Catrike Road, cycling, DIY, recumbent trike, tadpole trike, transportation, velomobil, velomobile, velomobile fairing, velomobile kit, velomobile shell
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I’ve just mounted some Schwalbe Marathon Winter spike tyres and did a 13km test run ’round the block’. Schwalbe recently introduced the Marathon Winter in a wider 50-559 size and it’s are a perfect match for the pair of 24″ … Continue reading
Tagged 24" front wheels, Bafang CST, big front wheels, Blue ICE, e-trike, ebike, etrike, ICE Sprint, ICE Sprint 26", Marathon Winter, Ortlieb XPress, recumbent, recumbent bags, recumbent trike, Schwalbe, spike tire, spike tyre, tire, tyre
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I got a ‘like new’, used 20″ Bafang CST geared hub motor from Ebay. The seller stated it only ran 170km. Definitely no exaggeration, since it still turned with noticeably resistance. The gears and freewheel clutch weren’t even proper run-in … Continue reading
Tagged ATF, Bafang, Bafang CST, CST, DIY, e-bike, e-trike, ebike, electric, etrike, geared hub motor, hub motor, Hub Motor Tuning, oil cooling, pedelec, steel planetary gears
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Tuning an electric hub motor is a relatively straightforward thing. The biggest obstacle to overcome is excessive heat build-up in the hub motor. Most hub motors are cheaply made in great volume. There is no specific eye in using high … Continue reading
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I wouldn’t bother you in telling the story how the Phase Runner motor controller came to be. There is a lengthily thread in the Endless Sphere forum, covering its whole development. Justin gives a short discription of the Phase Runner … Continue reading
Tagged controller, Cycle Analyst, Cycle Analyst V3, Cycle Satiator, cycling, e-bike, e-trike, ebike, etrike, Grin Tech, motor controller, pedelec, Phase Runner, Phaserunner, prototype, recumbent trike, Satiator, tadpole trike, trike, velomobil, velomobile
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I’m planning a long tour this Summer and a 120km test tour in March revealed some shortcomings in the setup of the Blue ICE. Too long cranks While the Patterson Drive with 175mm cranks felt ok on my usual 30-60km … Continue reading
Tagged 24" front wheels, 36t Patterson chain ring, Avid BB7, Blue ICE, cycling, e-trike, ebike, etrike, ICE Sprint, ICE trikes, pedelec, Phase Runner, recumbent, recumbent trike, tadpole trike, trike