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Big Ben vs. Big Ben Plus

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Next installment of my little tire comparisons for electric trikes. The Big Ben My electrified trikes are usually shod with the Schwalbe Big Ben. The Big Ben got a decent thread, a pretty effective ‘Race Guard’ flat protection layer, very … Continue reading

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Water-Cooled Sturmey Archer Drum Brakes

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I’m in the middle of running a test to water-cool my 90mm Sturmey Archer drum brakes. A few people in the German recumbent forum use water-cooled drum brakes in their velomobiles, so it wasn’t my idea. Velomobilize in Austria already … Continue reading

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Customising a cheap 15FET Motor Controller

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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

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Blue ICE got a Nose

Since this summer is fairly wet, I’ve mounted the KingCycle nose fairing to the Blue ICE. The nose fairing looks quite nice with the white Ortlieb X-Press panniers. The mirrors mounted to the fairing offer a perfect rear view.

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ICE Sprint DIY Battery Bracket

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

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Bafang CST – Oil Cooling

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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

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Phase Runner Motor Controller

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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

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Out in the woods

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The Blue ICE offers a pretty comfy ride with its big tyres.

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Blue ICE Refinements

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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

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Blue ICE Impressions

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The Blue ICE ready for touring with big panniers ground clearance batterys only DIY battery mount and rear lights The Cockpit with Cycle Analyst Patterson Metropolis drive 2x 35 liter Ortlieb XPress panniers, 1.2kW/h battery, Abus U-lock

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