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Electric assist trike

Posted by trikebum on December 22, 2008 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


This is a 2003 Lightfoot Cycles Courier, my personal transportation. This fall I installed a Heinzman Electric hub motor kit. It's a Mountain drive 500W motor w/36v NiCad battery pak.
The beauty of the NiCad battery pak is it only takes 2 hrs tops to charge it.
This is a heavy bike to begin with. I would guess with tools, cargo box, fenders and fairing, It probably weighs about 80#. My average speed doing errands in town is about 8.5 mph.
With the electric assist my average increases to 10.5mph or there-a-bouts. On the level I can maintain speeds up tp 25 kph which makes it very effective for traffic cycling. But it's a lot easier on me, and I don't think that is a good thing.
. I find that used judiciously, the motor has a range of about 20 miles, and when it runs out of juice, it's a lot harder to pedal than without. Consider that the weight of motor and battery is another 11 kg/22 lbs and the electric motor hub IMO does not freewheel as well as a regular bike wheel.  So suffice it to say, it's only good for in town, but in town it's damn good.