macribs wrote:Look forward to see the new build, seems like this will be a true heavy duty hauler.
This one? Not really--my SB Cruiser is, though.
This one is going to be smaller and much less powerful than mine, just a grocery-getter kinda thing for Raine, capable of stacking up a few styrofoam coolers on the back, though, so Raine can carry home stuff in the heat and not destroy the food (or whatever).
Some of the design features (if they work out like they should) will be incorporated into the rebuild of the SB Cruiser, though.
And I may test this trike out by first using it on my work commute, to be sure it can make the trips Raine will need it to (about the same length and type of trip), reliably.
Why not skip the pedals completely and put a second hub up front as a back up motor? Or to give a little extra kick when you are hauling heavy loads?
Sure them hairy friends of yours can stand a little more acceleration?
No stress with chain line, long chain, greasy pant leg from rubbing the chain, and heck it would look cleaner too.
Pedals are always good to have as a backup should power fail for whatever reason. For instance, this happened on SB Cruiser once, when I was sure I had enough power for a long grocery trip, but ran out a few miles from home because of detours, wind, etc., all adding up to eat my capacity up too soon, and unable to find a spot to charge up again till I was passing my workplace, only about 2.4 miles from home.
Without the pedals I woudln't have been able to get home anytime soon; even as much of a near-heatstroke chore as it was, it was better than walking the trike would've been.
Similarly, Raine would also need the pedals rather than walking, under similar conditions.
(though if I could make a hand-cranked version instead of leg-cranked, I think both of us would be able to do that easier!).
Another thing is that having pedals does make it clearer that this is a bicycle-class vehicle, rather than a motorcycle or scooter, and makes it less likely I'd be harrassed about it.
As for the second hubmotor....the SB Cruiser already has two, and I thought about a third up front, custom-building a fork that would hold the *rear* hubmotor I have that works and is already laced ina 26" wheel...but there wouldnt' be much traction on it unless I do other mods to shift weight forward, especially during acceleration from a stop when the rear motors are already lifting weight off the front.
On this trike for Raine, it has just the one hubmotor (the one I'd've used above) on the right rear, and may get another on the left rear (or as a middrive to drive the left rear or both rear), but I don't presntly have anythign working that I can use on teh front even if the weight distribution turns out to give that traction.
If pedals where optional where I live pedals would have vanished immediately. And then it would be a kick to make a powerful recumbent trike full suspension that moves like a small sports car. No pedal needed ever. Oh sigh. I should live in AZ, nice weather and freedom for e-bikers
Nice weather for a fair bit of the year...but we pay for it with our summers and much of fall. It's still spring right now and has been over 110F last few days, over 115F at least a couple of them. (right this minute it's still well over 90F outside and it's about 9 minutes to midnight!).
I'd like to make a version of SB Cruiser that is a tilting/leaning trike with full suspension, but so far I haven't had the time to even do the things planned for fixing up the existing one. :/