Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

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Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 9:46am

Not that I'm seriously considering it or anything, but a RowBike came up for sale locally and the mental imagery of one of these things traveling at highway speeds brought a smile to my face.

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Anyone here aware of any existing conversions?

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by neptronix » Aug 09 2019 9:53am

I believe justin at ebikes.ca has poked around with a few of these.
Efficiency is everything :bolt:

My first major build: 1.6kW 8T MAC motor on a Trek 4500.
The new all-arounder: Leafmotor 1500w @ 4kW on a Turner O2 full suspension.
The monster scooter: 20" eZee on a Cannondale Semi Recumbent.
Whipper-snapper: ? on a lightweight BikeE Semi Recumbent

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Post by efMX Trials Electric Freeride » Aug 09 2019 9:58am

taking a human power vehicle up to "highway" speeds.. seems risky, how well will it handle and stop from those speeds??
some ride & sk8 videos:
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http://www.youtube.com/natas666damien
i have nothing for sale.. :)

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 10:11am

efMX Trials Electric Freeride wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:58am
taking a human power vehicle up to "highway" speeds.. seems risky, how well will it handle and stop from those speeds??
Very poorly I'd imagine. Still fun to visualize though.

(Fwiw, the nearest highway to me is a 4 lane surface street with a 60kph limit. Lots of 60kph builds here that started life as human powered vehicles, though few are equipped with rim brakes and an oar I suspect.)

We're limited to 32kph on ebikes though, highway, byway, or otherwise.

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 10:12am

neptronix wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:53am
I believe justin at ebikes.ca has poked around with a few of these.
The beauty of ES. If you can dream it, someone has already done it and disassembled it.

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by wturber » Aug 09 2019 11:27am

HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 10:12am
neptronix wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:53am
I believe justin at ebikes.ca has poked around with a few of these.
The beauty of ES. If you can dream it, someone has already done it and disassembled it.
Their Solar Trip 2018 bike was a tandem pedal/row vehicle.
https://www.ebikes.ca/news/summer-2018/
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=93482
"Commuter - DC Booster"
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8 x 36v 4.3ah 10s 2P battery packs - 1500W 30A DC Boost Converter delivers 54v and about 1000 watts peak
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viewtopic.php?f=2&t=90369

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by neptronix » Aug 09 2019 11:42am

HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 10:12am
The beauty of ES. If you can dream it, someone has already done it and disassembled it.
Almost :mrgreen: i actually found untread ground when i started playing with recumbents. I had to actually turn to another forum for help. It is cool to be able to add something unique to this already astounding body of knowledge.
Efficiency is everything :bolt:

My first major build: 1.6kW 8T MAC motor on a Trek 4500.
The new all-arounder: Leafmotor 1500w @ 4kW on a Turner O2 full suspension.
The monster scooter: 20" eZee on a Cannondale Semi Recumbent.
Whipper-snapper: ? on a lightweight BikeE Semi Recumbent

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 11:47am

wturber wrote:
Aug 09 2019 11:27am
HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 10:12am
neptronix wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:53am
I believe justin at ebikes.ca has poked around with a few of these.
The beauty of ES. If you can dream it, someone has already done it and disassembled it.
Their Solar Trip 2018 bike was a tandem pedal/row vehicle.
https://www.ebikes.ca/news/summer-2018/
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=93482
Thinking outside the box indeed! I love the creativity. :bigthumb:

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 12:24pm

neptronix wrote:
Aug 09 2019 11:42am
HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 10:12am
The beauty of ES. If you can dream it, someone has already done it and disassembled it.
Almost :mrgreen: i actually found untread ground when i started playing with recumbents. I had to actually turn to another forum for help. It is cool to be able to add something unique to this already astounding body of knowledge.
I've been intently following along with your 'bent journey and have found myself perusing Craigslist lately, scoping out the local used market. I still have much to learn about what makes a good recumbent a good recumbent as the designs vary greatly, and my better half would probably be none too pleased with another bike purchase so soon after the last acquisition, but I suspect an electric reclining lounge chair is somewhere in my future.

...not sure if I could pull this off without a lot of carbon fiber vinyl though
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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by Warren » Aug 09 2019 12:34pm

HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:46am
Not that I'm seriously considering it or anything, but a RowBike came up for sale locally and the mental imagery of one of these things traveling at highway speeds brought a smile to my face.

Image

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Anyone here aware of any existing conversions?
I believe forum member rowbiker has one.

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by HK12K » Aug 09 2019 12:47pm

Warren wrote:
Aug 09 2019 12:34pm
HK12K wrote:
Aug 09 2019 9:46am
Not that I'm seriously considering it or anything, but a RowBike came up for sale locally and the mental imagery of one of these things traveling at highway speeds brought a smile to my face.

Image

Image

Anyone here aware of any existing conversions?
I believe forum member rowbiker has one.
lol, excellent. Any idea which member was featured on Live PD last year?
https://youtu.be/LfEJae4Zp8Q

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Re: Has anyone electrified a RowBike?

Post by dustNbone » Aug 09 2019 4:12pm

Lol 30MPH down the sidewalk?

No problem no one ever walks anywhere in this country anyhow.

Carry on sir.

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