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by Warren
Jun 06 2019 9:02am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

But I've heard recumbents aren't as stable at low speeds. That's one area I've read as a negative to them, and why I feel they would be better on long rides with few stops, and worse in town with frequent stops. I will never forget a charity ride I was on, back in the 1990's. A guy on a dropbar roa...
by Warren
Jun 05 2019 5:03pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

I'm sure there's a good reason there aren't any recumbent MTB or racing bikes(though that would be interesting to see, and I'd watch the video). John Schlitter won an off road race on a 26" wheel medium wheelbase recumbent almost 20 years ago. They won't likely win trials style stuff, but they are ...
by Warren
Jun 05 2019 4:27pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Chalo wrote:
Jun 04 2019 6:32pm


Yep, no hills in NL. But still no 'bents in rush hour.

What do you know about bicycles that they don't?
I know that a single video isn't an entire country.
by Warren
Jun 05 2019 4:11pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Warren's 350 MAC mid-drive (finally) recumbent
Replies: 261
Views: 45806

Re: Warren's 350 MAC mid-drive (finally) recumbent

After 30,135 miles, the Shimano freehub froze up. The rear derailleur didn't like fixie mode and wrapped up the derailleur, and tossed the chain into the spokes. My otherwise perfect rear wheel was destroyed. I have been going back and forth about converting it to a left side mid-drive, with a Grin ...
by Warren
Jun 04 2019 4:58pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Chalo wrote:
Jun 03 2019 11:44pm
Do tell.

Yup. Lots of upright roadsters in the Netherlands. You know what else there are more of there than anywhere else on the planet? Recumbents!!
by Warren
Jun 04 2019 4:55pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Riding a regular bike isn't misery for the vast majority of people. I've never ridden a recumbent. It just seems to me like they'd be less stable and offer less bike control than a regular bike. I'm sure there's a good reason there aren't any recumbent MTB or racing bikes(though that would be inter...
by Warren
Jun 03 2019 9:54pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

I would say they would trade a bicycle for a scooter, of those that would trade, how many could afford the gas, repairs and insurance. Would they think logically about the costs involved and swap without thought, a certain percentage would and then when the repairs are needed they are back to walki...
by Warren
Jun 03 2019 6:41pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Since there are only a little over 2 billion bicycles in use worldwide, I guess you could say the idea was abandoned by everyone, and that those two billion plus people are fanatics. 99.99% of those 2 billion belong to poor people, not the first world rich you deal with every day. Do you honestly b...
by Warren
Jun 03 2019 8:34am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Chalo wrote:
Jun 02 2019 5:11pm


It's true that the basic layout of a bicycle hasn't been improved upon since then, though many things have been tried.
Adding pedals to the hobby horse, didn't make it a practical vehicle, which is why it has been abandoned by everyone but fanatics.
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 5:03pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

But stick with the 1890's. We will all be back there soon enough.
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 5:01pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

But when I'm moving through space, I prefer to have a more active body position that gives me much better situational awareness, pedal power, and command over my bike's dynamic weight distribution. If I spent all day in the saddle, my priorities would probably shuffle around a bit. I have a hard ti...
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 4:52pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Which seems like it would take average speeds near the 30mph range, to do that. No. Life is about the journey, not the destination. I averaged 21.2 mph for 4 hours and 36 minutes. We have lots of big hills which I usually climb in the mid-teens to save battery. The descents all see mid 30's.
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 4:39pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Nashbar was a company that sold bike parts for low prices online. Unfortunately they were bought out by a larger company(who also bought other companies like Performance Bike). Nashbar was an old bike catalog mail order operation. The couple who started Performance copied them. They both added bric...
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 4:29pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

I read somewhere that they make sandals that clip into pedals, any thoughts on that from your perspective? Personally, I don't think being clipped in makes sense for touring. I wear my old lace up Specialized MTB shoes until the temps get to 70 F. Then I wear my old Keen bike sandals. Both have flu...
by Warren
Jun 02 2019 10:18am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 3212

Re: Poor Man's RV

Plus the dignity of a biped. The real reason for the rejection of recumbents comes out. Lying back is seen as as a sign of submission. I have ridden many thousands of miles on recumbents, going back to the 1980's, in addition to many thousands on upright road bikes before and since. I have ridden m...
by Warren
May 30 2019 1:05pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals

Both Chalo and neptronix are way more optimistic than me. Sometime between now and 2050 we will have major grain harvest failures. It won't matter if you live in the city, or the suburbs, or the country. Our fragile veneer of civilization will fall away, and the hairless apes we pretend not to be wi...
by Warren
May 30 2019 9:42am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals

Chalo and I don't agree on what makes for the most sensible bicycle design, but I agree with everything he has said on this thread. My wife and I were both fully aware of where the world was headed in the early 1970's. We figured we'd probably all die in a mushroom cloud before we needed to worry to...
by Warren
May 25 2019 9:51am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Electrom1 Long Wheelbase Recumbent Light Electric Vehicle
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Electrom1 Long Wheelbase Recumbent Light Electric Vehicle

Thanks for the update. I keep imagining it with 4 kWh of battery, and a 6 kW scooter wheel back there. :-)
by Warren
May 24 2019 12:34pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Chevy Bolt first drive
Replies: 150
Views: 17884

last week's Blue Ridge Parkway trip

I have wanted to see the entire Blue Ridge Parkway since moving here in 1974. I had been up and down the northernmost 120 miles by car, and bicycle, but not the remaining 289 miles. Switching to the Bolt made the adventure even more attractive to me. I realized last week that it was now practical, t...
by Warren
May 07 2019 8:18am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Bacchetta Giro | BBSHD | 14s7p 35E | 500w PAS
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Bacchetta Giro | BBSHD | 14s7p 35E | 500w PAS

Welcome to the best kept secret on the planet...electric assist high racers. Made for each other like peanut butter and jelly. I suspect, like me, you will soon be less thrilled riding a bicycle at over 30 mph for any length of time. Not surprisingly, low to mid 20's seems to be the sweet spot for e...
by Warren
May 03 2019 3:21pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My recumbent cargo bike
Replies: 134
Views: 15378

Re: My recumbent cargo bike

I went just the other way. My Linear had USS when I got it. It was OK, I just really prefer OSS. USS makes me think of lying on the hood of a car, hanging on to the windshield wipers for security.
by Warren
May 03 2019 12:41pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My recumbent cargo bike
Replies: 134
Views: 15378

Re: My recumbent cargo bike

Hey Warren -- nice travelogue! It looks like using more regen braking during your fog ride significantly improved your watt hours per mile. This matches nicely with my experience, but your 'sampling rate' of 100+ miles makes for better data. Nice top end speeds, btw -- that's the nice road hugging ...
by Warren
May 02 2019 10:40am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My recumbent cargo bike
Replies: 134
Views: 15378

Re: My recumbent cargo bike

This week, the Skyline Drive finally opened up, a month late due to horrible November ice storm damage. I decided, as my battery capacity has dropped from 53 Ah usable, three and a half years ago, to 42 Ah usable today, if I was going to do my dreamed of Skyline Drive trip, this was the year. Monday...
by Warren
May 02 2019 10:28am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My recumbent cargo bike
Replies: 134
Views: 15378

Re: My recumbent cargo bike

After a cold, rainy winter, spring finally arrived, and I started piling on the miles again. At 21K miles, one of the cartridge bearings in my 23 year old Aerospoke carbon front wheel seized up, and ate the hub bore and hollow aluminum axle. The company has gone out of business twice over the years,...
by Warren
Mar 14 2019 6:32pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Chevy Bolt first drive
Replies: 150
Views: 17884

Re: Chevy Bolt first drive

VW Dieselgate is opening this site eight miles up the road from our house!!

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