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Electric Conversion for Trikes and Bikes

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A thread for discussion electric conversion items.

For the record, my Warrior trike is fitted with a legal 250W, Bafang BBS01 conversion kit with 15AH battery. Remove existing bottom bracket items and discard everything but the pedals. Fit the conversion kit and battery and away you go. I will have specific photos after this week is over.

Australian rules before requiring motorcycle registration, and all that that implies, are:

Not able to propel bike over 6kmh without pedaling,
Assist must cut out at 25kmh, and
Ouput power limited to 250W.

Photo Labels

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I have discovered that if you preface the photo file name with a number (suggest that you start with 001 to allow for sequential 999 images) and also edit the filename, it will ensure correct ordering of images and provide a meaningful name.

I am sure that when I first created this Group page, placing the cursor on an image created a flyout of the description of that image. Still trying to find out who, what, when, why, where, and how to get it back again.

Thanks for posting you images, David.

ARNewsline

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

We have had communication from ARNewsline about doing an item on us in an upcoming episode. I have sent information and have been told that it will be "in the next one" although I don't know when that is. Anyway, it appears that things may have started to kick off.

Group Publicity

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

We have been noticed.

There is an article on the ARNewsline report for April 27 - https://www.arnewsline.org/ - where our Group is mentioned. You will find it at around 12min 04 secs to 13min 05sec. Many thanks to ARNewsline for including us.

Re: Group Publicity

 

On 28/04/18 06:34, Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC wrote:
We have been noticed.

There is an article on the ARNewsline report for April 27 -
https://www.arnewsline.org/ - where our Group is mentioned. You will
find it at around 12min 04 secs to 13min 05sec. Many thanks to
ARNewsline for including us.
Also on this week's WIA News. :-)


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73 de Tony VK3JED/VK3IRL
http://vkradio.com

#electric #electric

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Discussion thread about electric conversion.

Re: #electric not elec yet. #electric

Lloyd Charter - VK2KNS
 

I'M IN .....at last.

Re: #electric #electric

David Beaty - VK3ETE <vk3ete@...>
 

Found this on the Trisled website. http://trisled.com.au/monster-fat-e-trike/
This then lead to this youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlNDAH7jHCY
Just had to share :-)

Re: #electric #electric

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Graeme and I saw that Trisled in February this year at the electric vehicle expo at Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne. I would hate to guess at the price of the LTrike - 4-wheel drive and electric and probably illegal on our roads due to the power requirements. I noted that a wheel was lifted off the ground in various places as well.

I think, if money was no object and I wanted to do that sort of thing, I would prefer a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SgmD-v10c. All electric Swincar and looks like it would go almost anywhere. Now, how to make a pedaled variety?

Re: #electric not elec yet. #electric

Graeme Knight - VK3GRK
 

Welcome Lloyd!

Re: #electric not elec yet. #electric

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Yes, welcome. Looking forward to seeing a few photos.

A velomobile?

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A new Velomobile thread:

If any member wants to find out about whether to consider a velomobile, there is a somewhat lengthy video on Youtube that explains some ins and outs, pros and cons, etc. It can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80pmCYAExo. It is a bit long to watch in one sitting (about 1.5 hours) but it is worthwhile persevering with.

You don't have to buy one. Keep in contact with the Pedalradio Group and you should be able to build your own as we post build info on the Trio of Trikes.

Re: A velomobile?

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Another very interesting video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIJSye1UHjk It is a very popular display/exhibition showcasing many new trikes and associated products with vendor interviews.

Re: Video Link

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 
Edited

Are you starting to think that fitting amateur radio gear to a bike or trike is really too difficult? Where do you hang it? Is there enough room? What should you leave home? Will it be all too heavy to pedal?

Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j21mc5MWFIU Stephen K. Roberts is an amateur with the callsign N4RVE. He will tell you what he did in 1983. If you could do 1/4 of it, you should be able to congratulate yourself.

Re: Video Link

David Beaty - VK3ETE <vk3ete@...>
 

Did miss it or is the only thing that Stephen did not attach to the bike is an electric motor. Although in the 1980's they may not have been available.

Re: Video Link

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I don't really think he had room for it. Absolutely phenomenal what he did fit considering the level of miniaturisation that existed at the time.

More detail can be found at: https://microship.com/. You should find, among many other things, a detailed list of everything he carried. Progress up hills was very slow.

I wish I was about 40 years younger.

Re: Ride of Silence - Sat, 5/19/18 8:30am-9:30am #cal-reminder

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 
Edited

A great attendance and experience for those who made it all the way. Trevor and I didn't as there was an engine malfunction but we made it part of the way before turning off and returning for coffee at Lake Weeroona via the Bendigo Creek Trail. There was an estimated 350-400 riders. Would have been nice to see most of those flow on into the mall and coffee shops. Available on the Bendigo Advertiser site, Bike Bendigo site, and probably Win TV Monday or Tuesday evening news.

Two pictures have been added to the _Groups Activities Album.

Planned Ride

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

This topic has been created to be used as a notification of a planned ride. If you are planning on a ride that others may be interested in, please post advice in this thread.

Front Mudguards - Plans or designs for recumbents

David Beaty - VK3ETE <vk3ete@...>
 

With winter coming, wet weather riding is starting to become more frequent, is there a design available for front mudguards on a three wheel recumbent.
This is to eliminate the water spray in to the riders hands from the wet road surface.
If anybody has any plans or designs it would be great.
 

Re: Front Mudguards - Plans or designs for recumbents

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 
Edited

David - A number of ways to combat spray come to mind:

1. Slow down.
2. Avoid wet patches.
3. Completely enclose the rider.
4. Install mudguards.

Items 3 and 4 may be the only long-term practical answer. Item 3 would remove the need for Item 4, leaving Item 4 if Item 3 is not practicable.

There are numerous types of mudguards available with varying degrees of suitability for X-brand trikes. If you can have a close look at Trevor's in his album, you will see that his trike has mudguards which are, probably, Greenspeeds and relatively expensive. However, if I was looking at having to fit mudguards, I would be looking at lengthwise slitting some PVC pipe, heating it with a hot air gun and bending it to the required curve. A same size wheel might make the curving easier as would kerfing if necessary. Attachment then becomes a matter of suitable light struts to the nearest attachment point. You could also look at atomiczombie.com as a member, Emma otherwise known as Twinkle, went to some effort to explain how she made her trike mudguards.

Having said all that, it is intended that the Trio of Trikes currently under construction will have a coreflute body, rendering mudguards redundant.

Hope all this helps.

Correction - Trevor's trike only has a rear mudguard.