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by Lodge
5 Oct 2020, 2:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Giving up!
Replies: 17
Views: 925

Re: Giving up!

I also transitioned from a recumbent bike (Bacchetta Giro) to a trike (ICE Sprint). However that was not due to knee pain but a rather nasty accident going too fast round a corner when the front wheel let go. No bones broken, fortunately, just a large area of skin on my thigh. I was very lucky there...
by Lodge
5 Oct 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Shimano steps

Regarding our E6010 to E8000 swap that was a part exchange organised through JD Tandems from whom we purchased the tandem. I personally don’t know whether the earlier E6000 (as opposed to our E6010) has the same mounts and compatible controller and wiring as the E8000. Something to ask an experience...
by Lodge
2 Oct 2020, 8:36am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Shimano steps

When I swapped the E6010 for the E8000 it bolted straight in to the same mounts. Electrically it was plug and play with the same handlebar control unit and batteries. JD Tandems had preprogrammed the E8000 for the tandem wheel size, limit speed, etc. Folks should bear in mind that such programming c...
by Lodge
28 Sep 2020, 6:07pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Shimano steps

You may want to consider enquiring as to whether you can swap your STEPS for the stronger E8000 MTB oriented motor. As I mentioned we did that for our tandem. I was sent the new motor by JD Tandems and swapped it myself. It only took a couple of hours but I do have the special tool required to get t...
by Lodge
25 Sep 2020, 1:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Shimano steps

I assume your STEPS has the control unit with a power indicator bar. When you swap from normal to high do you get a higher power reading or are you already applying so much leg power that it maxes out even on norm? Or are you having difficulty applying sufficient pressure on the pedals to get the mo...
by Lodge
22 Sep 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Adjusting assist sensitivity for Shimano Steps E6000
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Adjusting assist sensitivity for Shimano Steps E6000

My wife has a Hase Kettwiesel trike with a Shimano Steps E6000 motor. As we were out today going, very slowly, up some steep hills in the Peak District I noticed she wasn’t getting much assist even though she had it set to high - she couldn’t get the power meter to go much more than half way. I had ...
by Lodge
14 Sep 2020, 6:16pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: 20” wheeled e bike
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: 20” wheeled e bike

Fully agree with the Tern in the first instance. The carrier is low so would suit a child seat. It comes with either a Bafang or the more expensive Bosch motor. My wife has a Vektron; it rides very well and can do longer distances (I've borrowed it from time to time). However if you want something t...
by Lodge
13 Sep 2020, 8:48am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Will a Rohloff tensioner cope with double ring
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Will a Rohloff tensioner cope with double ring

Yes. See my Sprint with 50/34. I have a 19 tooth Rohloff with standard tensioner at the rear. I know it’s got a motor; the 34 is there just in case I run out of battery. I fitted it after a ride where I ran out at the bottom of a number of steep hills in the local Peak District. It’s what I had on t...
by Lodge
12 Sep 2020, 11:59pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Average mph difference
Replies: 22
Views: 713

Re: Average mph difference

I have both an ICE Sprint (with Rohloff) and Brompton (with Rohloff). And yes, the trike is slower for climbing. It's a lot heavier and has increased drag. And yes, I live in a hilly area (Staffordshire Moorlands so almost always head to the Peak District for rides). Both machines are geared appropr...
by Lodge
25 Aug 2020, 10:23am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Getting the ideal position
Replies: 22
Views: 714

Re: Getting the ideal position

It took me some time to find my ideal position on my ICE Sprint. The starting point was straight leg to heel on the pedal at bottom-dead-centre. Then I played around and shortened a bit as it turned out I'm more comfortable and can go longer without aches and pains if I keep my legs slightly more be...
by Lodge
9 Aug 2020, 7:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Regenerative braking
Replies: 28
Views: 720

Re: Regenerative braking

I must admit I would like regenerative braking on our electric assist tandem. If as effective as those on our car they would act as a useful drag brake down the long and frequent descents we experience in the nearby Peak District where we ride most of the time. We've already had to upgrade to ventil...
by Lodge
4 Aug 2020, 11:28pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Effort or Speed?
Replies: 99
Views: 2616

Re: Effort or Speed?

eBikes make the world flat. Please see this afternoon's short workout. E-cycles don't make the world flat. I got a good workout with over an hour at >70% heart rate max even using boost mode and using almost an entire 500 Wh battery. Mind you it was an experiment to ascertain what the motor was cap...
by Lodge
31 Jul 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 69
Views: 2105

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

So there's another potential issue regarding the practicalities of a trike - tram tracks. They are becoming more common these days as UK cities re-install them. Yes, one does have to be very aware especially if your trike is wearing narrower tyres (e.g. my ICE Sprint). Those with wider touring or ba...
by Lodge
30 Jul 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 69
Views: 2105

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

Until I retired two years ago I accumulated circa 50000 miles cycle commuting over a period of about 15 years. The last 9000 or so of those were by trike. At first I was using a Hase Kettwiesel (which is now at 4000 miles) then adding an ICE Sprint (now at 7000 miles). The Kettwiesel was really usef...
by Lodge
25 Jul 2020, 6:15pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Bosch Dual Battery questions
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Bosch Dual Battery questions

If the PowerTube battery system is the same as for the older style 500 Wh frame batteries then yes, the Bosch electronics use each battery in turn. On my R&M Delite you can see that it uses 20% from one before swapping to the other, then back again when the second has used up 20%. And so on. The...