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by kauaicycler
May 30 2019 9:40am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Well as this drifts towards being less about the bike and more about the ride in general, I'll also offer a few things from my touring experience... As for the synthetic clothes, I personally would not use synthetics for shirts. You'll likely be biking more than one day in that shirt, and biking al...
by kauaicycler
May 30 2019 8:32am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Around the world on a solar ebike
Replies: 271
Views: 37203

Re: Charge during the day while sleeping, ride at night

There are lightweight folding solar panels like this . But for my needs, the overlap between "light enough to carry as a backup" and "powerful enough to justify carrying" simply doesn't exist if we're talking about charging ebikes as opposed to smartphones and camping lights. He says "weighs like 2...
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 3:42pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Around the world on a solar ebike
Replies: 271
Views: 37203

Re: Charge during the day while sleeping, ride at night

Actually, probably less range or more weight if we consider that I would need to carry enough batteries to store an entire day’s worth of solar generation whereas with daytime riding, much of that energy is consumed as it is being generated so I can carry a smaller battery. The stationary-all-day c...
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 12:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

+1 on the Xtracycle. It's a bolt on so it would be easier to pack up and ship. I'm a recumbent cyclist but think that for a trip like this I'd go for a steel hardtail MTB with good front suspension fork, Xtracycle, and a rear hubmotor. A recumbent bike is tough in the mountains and expensive to shi...
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 11:15am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Even fluorescent shirts and reflective vests won't help with the phone zombies. Despite it being against the law, there are still many people that drive while reading their phones and texting. You just have to ride defensively and assume that every driver is out to get you. I thought it was bad eno...
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 10:50am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Drivers of automobiles do not think! Drivers are the scariest part of this whole idea. Riding a bike in traffic was scary enough 40 years ago but smart phones terrify me! I plan on making myself as visible as possible. Lots of lights reflectors and any other visibility aids I can think of. Commit t...
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 8:37am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

markz wrote:
May 28 2019 5:10pm
Drivers of automobiles do not think!
Drivers are the scariest part of this whole idea. Riding a bike in traffic was scary enough 40 years ago but smart phones terrify me! I plan on making myself as visible as possible. Lots of lights reflectors and any other visibility aids I can think of.
by kauaicycler
May 29 2019 8:33am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

This thread is really building up, and it's late, so I didn't have time to read it all. I'll just add my opinion on a couple of things from page two, where I made it to for tonight. As for the trailer, personally, I'd say the kids trailer with the push handle option is more appealing to me than a B...
by kauaicycler
May 28 2019 2:33pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Around the world on a solar ebike
Replies: 271
Views: 37203

Re: Charge during the day while sleeping, ride at night

I imagine you've considered this but I'm curious if charging during the day while sleeping, and then riding at night, would be a way to implement something similar to this without towing a trailer. Basically a folding solar panel charging batteries during the day and then riding at night. Personall...
by kauaicycler
May 28 2019 11:45am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Also, belts don't last significantly longer than chains (sometimes not nearly as long) and they're much more expensive to replace. Belts also require a frame that "opens" to get the belt on (or a frame designed around not having to). A chain doesn't, cuz the links can be opened to get it around any...
by kauaicycler
May 28 2019 11:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

This seems new from the Chinesium Import Biz near me.... Fat Recumbent - http://unclewiener.com/product/new-deviant-recumbent-trike-fat-tire-bike-tad01/ Other styles - https://bicycleman.com/about-recumbent-bikes/ More info - http://www.bicyclinglife.com/PracticalCycling/FancyBikes.htm Wow! That fa...
by kauaicycler
May 28 2019 11:18am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Oh ... and while the focus of this thread is solar power and the fellow putting this trip together is spending far more than you want to, there are still good ideas and information to be had from reading what he's posting. Particularly since he is towing a trailer with a recumbent. The trailer carr...
by kauaicycler
May 28 2019 10:59am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Around the world on a solar ebike
Replies: 271
Views: 37203

Charge during the day while sleeping, ride at night

I imagine you've considered this but I'm curious if charging during the day while sleeping, and then riding at night, would be a way to implement something similar to this without towing a trailer. Basically a folding solar panel charging batteries during the day and then riding at night.
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 2:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I'm kinda leaning towards a recumbent pulling a kids trailer instead of loading my bike up. Seeing as I haven't ridden one yet, I haven't decided. As far as cargo bikes go they seem to be hard to find and expensive but I did find this https://www.electricbike.com/mongoose-envoy-cargobike/ . It look...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 2:25pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I haven't had a chance to read any more than the first half of your thread. It made me immediately think of this bike. If I were going on such a long tour, I'd be seriously considering somthing like what this fellow did. https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=78828 Also consider exte...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 2:16pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Your research has gone beyond my experience. For what it's worth, I believe Lightfoot is well thought of. On fat tires, they're popular in the electric motor world, but my guess is more in urban situations. Where it's a long way to the next charge, the cost in rolling resistance might be too much. ...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 1:55pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

It should be fairly easy to swap in a fork with shocks, but it's a lower priority - the geometry and weight distribution make the front less of an issue (where on a mountain bike, front suspension is more important than rear, I guess.) Rear can be done, there was an after-market bolt-on "Shockster"...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 11:56am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

In general it looks like a mid drive would be difficult to install on a recumbent. I read about a two motor setup with a geared hub in back and a dd hub in front. I could have the dd for speed and regen braking and the geared hub for hills. Interesting idea, I guess ... kind of complicated. There i...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 11:32am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I haven't had a chance to read any more than the first half of your thread. It made me immediately think of this bike. If I were going on such a long tour, I'd be seriously considering somthing like what this fellow did. https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=78828 Also consider exte...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 9:08am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

One would want a quality bicycle that is easy to ride, durable and will last a long while. Quality brand name bicycles would be in order, like Specialized, Rockey Mountain, Giant, Trek, Kona. But there are the long wheel base type bicycles that can hold more gear, like the Xtracycle. Then there is ...
by kauaicycler
May 26 2019 8:39am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I'm sure there are suitable recumbent bikes for the job the OP describes, but BikeE is not one of them. Right. In the part you clipped off my post, I explained how people have made it into one. Tour Easy is a fine recumbent bicycle, and there are people who've put electric motors on them, but I don...
by kauaicycler
May 25 2019 4:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

Good to know. I'm not sure about a recumbent but I'm going to ride one to see what it's like. It looks awkward but I've read some good things about them in general. Tour Easy is a venerable and much-copied design with long term credibility. If I wanted to tour on a 'bent, I'd examine that design fi...
by kauaicycler
May 25 2019 4:34pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

If you're really looking forward to doing some hard core shop work, pick up an old Bike-E for $200 on craigslist, Of all the uncountable bikes I've ridden in my life-- including many homemade bikes, chopper bikes, tallbikes, swing bikes, and weirder things-- the one that most wanted to crash and hu...
by kauaicycler
May 25 2019 4:30pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I would really like to go with an IGH belt drive for low maintenance and reliability but I can't find a definitive answer on this combination on a mid motor ebike for touring. This might be too cutting edge for my purposes but I don't want to miss out if it would be practical. There's nothing "cutt...
by kauaicycler
May 25 2019 3:47pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 8545

Re: Poor Man's RV

I have never done bicycle touring, but it seems like panniers would be easier if you want to lock up the bike and take your belongings into a restaurant. It would also be easier if you had to put your bike on a bus bike rack or take the bike on a train. That was my initial thought also. The previou...