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by The Toecutter
Oct 12 2018 10:35pm
Forum: Items for Sale - Used
Topic: Bike parts!
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Bike parts!

What length are the crankarms on the cranksets you have for sale? I'm looking for anything between 140 and 160mm.
by The Toecutter
Oct 08 2018 6:19pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car
Replies: 58
Views: 2015

Re: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car

Spinning cranks have long been associated with ergonomic efficiency, but usually with the bicycle positions. A sitting position my be a little different. Perhaps linear is better? Certainly rotating cranks are easier as far as parts are concerned. Most of these body's can accommodate. It really dep...
by The Toecutter
Oct 02 2018 12:35pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

Having spent an entire summer riding this thing and racking up thousands of miles, I can say that it is a bit cooler to operate than a normal bike, as long as I am moving. It gets very hot when stopped at a stop sign or traffic light, but once the air starts to move through the vent, it becomes comf...
by The Toecutter
Aug 30 2018 11:12am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Solar Trike
Replies: 8
Views: 848

Re: Solar Trike

If I can design a velomobile body that fits through a door, then maybe I'll do it, but otherwise, it'll probably end up being a trailer. That's not an impossible task. My KMX with added front suspension is 39" wide, and I designed a body shell that fits on it that allows me to rotate the trike side...
by The Toecutter
Aug 12 2018 1:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

Someone took some videos of it going down the street: https://vimeo.com/284616898 https://vimeo.com/284616919 The aluminum body I started on is halted due to temporary lack of access to a friends' shop. I'm working on a more streamlined plastic body shell now. The money I set aside for the electric ...
by The Toecutter
Jun 12 2018 2:32pm
Forum: Items for Sale - New
Topic: KMX Trike Front Suspension
Replies: 164
Views: 20776

Re: KMX Trike Front Suspension

I see it now. The link didn't work the first time I clicked on it. Thanks.
by The Toecutter
Jun 12 2018 2:26pm
Forum: Items for Sale - New
Topic: KMX Trike Front Suspension
Replies: 164
Views: 20776

Re: KMX Trike Front Suspension

How much does this prototype rear suspension extend the wheelbase, if at all? Any idea with regard to how much vertical travel you expect the rear wheel's axle line to have? How about added weight? Any idea on the expected cost? I don't yet know if I am interested in trying it just yet. It means I w...
by The Toecutter
May 12 2018 11:01am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wooden bicycles, lots of pics
Replies: 308
Views: 110832

Re: Wooden bicycles, lots of pics

Here's a wooden velomobile I haven't seen posted here:

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http://www.velomobilforum.de/forum/inde ... ise.38648/
by The Toecutter
Mar 28 2018 10:42pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

Coroplast is the easiest material I have ever worked with. You don't "blow" it, you cut out the shapes you need and hold them together with punched holes, zip ties, c-clips, loctite, coroplast tab pieces, and gorilla tape. It's stronger than fiberglass in certain measures. It's also flimsy, a trait ...
by The Toecutter
Mar 25 2018 1:21pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?
Replies: 79
Views: 2353

Re: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?

Until the price comes down to around $ 2,500 for a bicycle version, or $ 4,000 - $ 6,000 for a motorcycle ( electric ) version like the Elio, they are just not going to sell much here in the U.S. Whoever manages to do this first and sell enough to justify the business of making them is probably goi...
by The Toecutter
Mar 25 2018 10:59am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?
Replies: 79
Views: 2353

Re: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?

Electric autonomous on-demand vehicles of the future (2032) will be less expensive than owning/maintaining a bicycle. And provide a whole list of problems to come with them. It would be a lot easier to make autonomous airplanes due to the reduced number of objects to collide with by many orders of ...
by The Toecutter
Mar 25 2018 10:54am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?
Replies: 79
Views: 2353

Re: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?

Part of the appeal of an enclosed automobile is that one doesn't need to carry multiple sets of clothing with them in the event that the weather changes drastically. Transferring this trait to a bicycle increases its practicality, both real and perceived, greatly. In order to appeal to automobile us...
by The Toecutter
Mar 25 2018 10:02am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?
Replies: 79
Views: 2353

Re: Could Electric Bikes Be Killing Off America’s Car Addiction?

Whoever manages to get a reliable, comfortable, practical, all-weather usable and reasonably efficient suspended velomobile on the market for around $3,000 is possibly going to get rich. Add an electric drive system to it and it would be trivial to have a machine that can keep up with cars in urban ...
by The Toecutter
Mar 25 2018 12:40am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

I have a working cooling duct in the front that directs air to my neck. I will also be adding NACA ducts in the mid-section door piece for armpit cooling. I rode it for about 25 miles today in 77 degree weather with a loaded trunk(50+ lbs of stuff) and it didn't feel that bad. I probably could have ...
by The Toecutter
Mar 23 2018 11:59am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

I got some more pics last night with a friend's phone: Rear view: https://i.imgur.com/BE40FqW.jpg Quarter view: https://i.imgur.com/pO2QNBv.jpg I'm going to source material for a windshield today. The roof piece and turtle deck piece are finished but not yety installed. I'm also going to install the...
by The Toecutter
Feb 22 2018 7:39pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

No, it doesn't. The statute says it has to have "the ability to be propelled by human power alone." That just means it needs a bike drivetrain that you can pedal if you have to. Sec. 551.351. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter: (1) "Motor-assisted scooter": (A) means a self-propelled device with: (i) ...
by The Toecutter
Feb 20 2018 9:03pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

The advantage of a gas engine is the 300 mile range he wanted without needing several thousand dollars worth of batteries or the hours to recharge them between rides. Piece of cake to pour more gas into the motor in a minute and get going again. For distances of up to 50 miles or so, an electric mo...
by The Toecutter
Feb 20 2018 7:38pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

You need to chamfer your existing bottom bracket to mount the Shlumpf drive ( by renting the tool ) And no, the torque sensing bracket cannot be mounted at the bottom bracket, ( nothing turn ) If it can't use a torque sensor, it's not viable. I am looking to use a Thun Xcell. The torque sensor IS t...
by The Toecutter
Feb 20 2018 12:16am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

I'm tempted to spring for a $500 Efneo and get rid of the front derailleur, IF I can get a custom 152mm crankarm length and not the 170mm that they only seem to offer, I really like the Schlumpf High Speed Drive ( 2.5:1 ) on my DH bike. I installed the same on my father's Catrike. http://www.schlum...
by The Toecutter
Feb 20 2018 12:00am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

I made another grocery run today. Here is what fit in the trunk: -x2 1 lb packages of strawberries -x3 whole pineapples -x4 pint blueberries -3 lb navel oranges -2 lb apples -x6 bags of greens(red chard, rainbow chard, red kale) -x1 box of bone broth powder -x2 dark chocolate bars -x6 14 oz cans of ...
by The Toecutter
Feb 18 2018 9:23pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

This will probably be considered heresy here on ES, but have you considered mounting a gas engine on it instead? Nope. The closest thing to it would be a generator, but I would prefer one that could run on biodiesel or ethanol, and I don't know of one small enough(< 10 lbs) and powerful enough(> 1/...
by The Toecutter
Feb 18 2018 9:13pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

If the resource I found is current, it would qualify as a "motor assisted scooter" even with an electric motor. The statute includes electric motors so long as the don't exceed 40 cubic centimeters of something. The statute is horribly worded in that they don't actually say that the 40 cc spec appl...
by The Toecutter
Feb 18 2018 2:24pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 23098

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

I rode it around all through the last week and have come up with a list of issues to fix: 1) I need an additional 2" of ground clearance in the front. It scrubs over speedbumps and deep potholes 2) I need to replace my crank. A pedal came loose due to partially stripped threading(even though I greas...
by The Toecutter
Feb 18 2018 12:48pm
Forum: Items for Sale - New
Topic: KMX Trike Front Suspension
Replies: 164
Views: 20776

Re: KMX Trike Front Suspension

Thank you for sharing this link. I plan to upgrade my brakes as the rotors I have are proving barely adequate for my usage of it under purely human power. Without your suspension kit, I wouldn't have found the KMX usable over 20 mph, either.