Trike Recumbent

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glenn_aircooled
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Trike Recumbent

Post by glenn_aircooled » Fri, 11 Oct 2013, 02:18

I finally got my Recumbent trike.
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This is promo picture - mine has silver Cranks and Larger rear wheel / and Because I live in Miller [ home of the powered bicycle multiple fatalities ] mine has Lights / Reflectors / Flag with Reflective Tape all up it / Helmut wearing rider

but at this stage no motor.
Cheers , Glenn... I am working toward that happy " I never stop at Petrol Stations " feeling    :)

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Trike Recumbent

Post by glenn_aircooled » Fri, 11 Oct 2013, 02:25

I spent a lot on the donor vehicle, so will have to save up to proceed with motor project.

In the mean time, I have discovered that Trike riding is a little harder than standard bike but Far More comfortable. I Love riding it and Im getting better at it.
You can really feel the lower wind resistance but up hills , the heavy weight just bogs you down.
Am working out the ideal Commute to work route, its a little annoying with the many stop starts but It actually is shorter distance than Driving and mostly on deserted back roads and Cycleways.
Cheers , Glenn... I am working toward that happy " I never stop at Petrol Stations " feeling    :)

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Trike Recumbent

Post by offgridQLD » Tue, 22 Oct 2013, 00:25

Recumbent Trikes make great platforms for electric conversions. I have a terra trike model that I picked up a few years back. I started out with a 2kg - 6kw RC outrunner motor through a custom made toothed belt reduction drive, slipper clutch and sprag freewheel through a jack shaft and another carbon toothed belt to the rear hub.

Will post some pics if you like.

I then purchased a planetary geared rear hub motor for my wife's folding bike but after lacing it into a wheel I tested it on my trike and she didn't get it back for over a year. Image

For a pure adrenalin rush and sexy engineering the RC out runner motor is great(atualy put it back on the trike last weekend) was a buzz to ride after so long.

For a day to day commuter I recommend a planetary geared hub. The big advantage of a geared hub is the free wheeling. Unlike a direct drive hub where you have to fight the cogging of the motor.

Trikes are harder up steep hills as you use a different muscle group. Not as street friendly in congested areas, footpaths and so on.

Kurt

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Trike Recumbent

Post by 85turbo » Sun, 27 Oct 2013, 02:58

i too have a recumbent trike !
and i regularly ride through miller on my work commute too !
Meryrlands to prestons for work...

i have a 1000w Geared hub motor running 12S lipo (50V fresh off the charger) the trike is so much fun, that it feels like it should be illegal :)

ill post up a few pictures of my setup...
i have lights, flag reflectors etc. cant miss me at night. im light up like a truck....

i have dynamo driven headlight and tail light that run all the time even in daylight hours, and i have a helmet mounted blinker in the day too. plus 2000 lumens up front for those darker parts of the cycleway near prospect....

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Jason.
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