johnrobholmes wrote: ↑
May 07, 2018 12:34 pm
Funny enough, I converted an original Rowbike into electric for the owner. Many years ago. I had totally forgotten about it until reading this thread. Built up a custom front wheel, xie chang controller, and CA for him.
John -- Do you by any chance have links available to any of your work on adding e-assist to the 'original' Rowbike? I've been working for several years doing the same thing, with approaches ranging from DD hub motor in rear wheel with CA3 and Phaserunner, to an 'off-the-shelf' BionX installation, to implementing a Shimano Steps mid-drive system. My highest hopes are stil with the eRowbike1 using the mostly Grin technology. Last fall Justin was kind enough to make his unicycle firmware available for the CA3 I'm using, and it actually went a long way to make the switch from an RPM/pedaling power input to the pulsing rowing power input work smoothly. So far, the experience I've picked up from Grin-aware folks on ES has literally been a lifeline.
I just encountered this thread a few minutes ago and have not yet managed to read all of it, but I did notice that CA3.1 firmware now includes a "Rowbike" PAS setting! This was the first I'd heard of that even though I *thought* I was following CAv3 developments carefully. Problem with Justin is that his brain never sleeps, and it's more than a full time job just to keep up with his ventures.
While we're on the theme of riding weird bikes, I'll try to figure out how to submit a video of myself riding as stoker while Derk is the captain on his *tandem* Rowingbike (taken several years ago in Derk's hometown in the Netherlands while I was visiting his 'factory'). Justin may get a kick out of this since he'll recognize that the rowing stoker sits facing the rear -- much the same as his new solar project prototype.