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Several Ebay vendors offer cheap 12FET, 15FET and 18FET motor controllers for electric mopeds. Aside from the obvious price advantage, compared to the usual, programmable, ‘Infineon’ motor controllers, some of these controllers work sensored and sensorless. Upsides: -dirt cheap (around … Continue reading
Tagged Custom, DIY, e-bike, e-trike, ebike, electric, etrike, Grin Tech, modification, motor controller, pedelec
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
Sometimes comes the question, where and how to mount the battery to a trike. The best place I found, is mounting the battery directly to the seat tubes, hanging low under the seat for enhanced cornering stability. The worst place … Continue reading
Posted in ebike, Recumbent Trike
Tagged Batterie, battery, Blue ICE, bracket, cycling, DIY, e-bike, e-trike, ebike, etrike, ICE Sprint, ICE trikes, pedelec, recumbent, recumbent trike, tadpole trike, trike
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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
Rob Alex build a nice coroplast velomobile shell for his ICE Sprint FS (version #9 actually!). He posted some details and pictures in his blog and his thread at the BentRider forum. Go check it out! I’m quite curious how … Continue reading
Posted in Cycling, Velomobile
Tagged DIY, fairing, ICE Sprint, ICE Sprint FS, prototype, recumbent trike, tadpole trike, transportation, velomobil, velomobile, velomobile fairing, velomobile kit, velomobile shell
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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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Once upon a time, Ortlieb sold a waterproof shoulder bag that can be converted to rather perfect recumbent bike rear panniers with little effort and cost. Once converted, the X-Press panniers provide a lighter, bigger and maybe a bit less … Continue reading
Tagged bag, cycling, DIY, messenger bag, Ortlieb, Ortlieb X-Press, Ortlieb XPress, pannier, panniers, QL-1, Quick Lock, Quick Lock-1, recumbent, shoulder bag, waterproof, X-Press, XPress
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The Patterson Metropolis 2-speed crank drive comes stock with a 28t chain wheel. If thats not adequate, there is a 130mm adapter available from Patterson, to be able to mount chain wheels starting from 38tooth size to the Patterson Metropolis. … Continue reading