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by Marc
7 Jan 2020, 10:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile
Replies: 30
Views: 1468

Re: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile

At the moment, a motorized four wheled "bike" falls outside the scope of the E-bike law. That only covers "bikes" with two or three wheels. So it will need tax,insurance and mot to go on the road no matter the motor size. According to Pedelecs.co.uk that doesn't seem to be the c...
by Marc
22 Dec 2019, 10:58am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile
Replies: 30
Views: 1468

Re: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile

Would some expert tell a "virgin" the difference? Isn't a velomobile a trike with a fairing? Here is an other view of the Quest velomobile: http://en.velomobiel.nl/quest http://en.velomobiel.nl/quest/img/quest_enkelzijdichophanging2.png Ah. Construction design rather than overall use then...
by Marc
9 Dec 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile
Replies: 30
Views: 1468

Re: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile

I regularly commute with trikes (ICE Sprint) for about eight years now and ride a velomobile (Milan GT) since April. My only regret: I should have bought a velomobile years ago. Cycling infrastructure is actually of no concern if you ride a velomobile. You will take the road anyway. A velomobile is ...
by Marc
16 Oct 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shouty upwrong rider.
Replies: 13
Views: 1141

Re: Shouty upwrong rider.

Seriously, you need to ride a recumbent to experience this. People have enough trouble understanding upright bike riders that recumbents blow their minds. They simply don't see that it's just another type of bike. People act even more funny if you ride a velomobile with hood and a few are really su...
by Marc
16 Oct 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Tyres for trike
Replies: 16
Views: 783

Re: Tyres for trike

Funny, just this morning wrote a blog post about tires (in this case the tire models I've tried on the velomobile): https://etrike.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/velomobile-tires Older blog posts about tires I've used on my trikes are here: https://etrike.wordpress.com/tag/tire Swalbe Shreddas. Are a BMX ...
by Marc
15 Jun 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 520
Views: 232582

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

Since you clearly don’t like it I’ll take it off your hands... :mrgreen: You have to pry it out of my cold, dead, hands! :D Hmm...……..Tempting! :twisted: Enjoy the ride and please put up some details of the mods. I've wrote down some of it in my blog: https://etrike.wordpress.com/tag/milan-gt The e...
by Marc
15 May 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to window shop for all things recumbent
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

Re: Where to window shop for all things recumbent

The POA thing is (mainly) true. :roll: Just ask one of them for the price and judge for yourself, in almost all cases you'll be shocked rather than surprised. Had to look-up POA... :D Really? Didn't occur to me (and I'm usually pretty cheap). Probably as soon as there ain't no price on the item, I ...
by Marc
15 May 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to window shop for all things recumbent
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

Re: Where to window shop for all things recumbent

The best place I know for buying a lot of small parts recumbent is -> https://www.icletta.com/en/index.en.html The other 'best place' is https://www.ginkgo-veloteile.de/ginkgoshop ;) Among other things, Ginkgo is the best source for customized Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs on this planet: https://...
by Marc
15 May 2019, 6:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to window shop for all things recumbent
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

Re: Where to window shop for all things recumbent

Foreign , Can you name one (current) bike part that's made in Britain? I can't. :( Does the ICE Trikes hard shell seat* made by Ocean Cycles in Plymouth count? The seat pad is made by Radical Design in The Neatherlands, though. Most recumbent parts are made in The Neatherlands, the US, some in the ...
by Marc
8 May 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Regenerative braking on an e-bike.
Replies: 26
Views: 1337

Re: Regenerative braking on an e-bike.

Every direct drive hub motor with the right motor controller can do regen braking. Its used for ages (BionX assist systems had it from the start). However, compared to a light geared hub motor with internal freewheeling (no regen brake possible), the slight cogging of direct drive hub motors are a p...
by Marc
29 Apr 2019, 11:14am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 520
Views: 232582

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

It got a new light system, new wheels, various holes sawn into its shell, new suspension and drive train, an altered steering geometry to eliminate brake steer (it got tank steering), a small 250W hub motor to better cope with the frequent stop and go in the city, rear disk parking brake, etc. Very...
by Marc
29 Apr 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 520
Views: 232582

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

[XAP]Bob wrote:Since you clearly don’t like it I’ll take it off your hands... :mrgreen:

You have to pry it out of my cold, dead, hands! :D
by Marc
29 Apr 2019, 12:56am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 520
Views: 232582

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

Finally, after a mere 6 month of tinkering, the Milan GT went on the road again last Monday. https://etrike.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/milan-gt-new-lights-1.jpg?w=800 It got a new light system, new wheels, various holes sawn into its shell, new suspension and drive train, an altered steering geomet...
by Marc
5 Jan 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New ebiker need an advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1270

Re: New ebiker need an advice

Hi, Recently I started working as a bike courier and to make my life easier I want to convert my bike into electric one. Hi Mark! ;) Since you will ride quite some distance with your ebike and mid-drives put a lot more strain on the chain and sprockets (I've read of people who had to change their c...
by Marc
31 Dec 2018, 3:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!
Replies: 66
Views: 6782

Re: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!

That looks really nice Marc. Thanks! Tell us more about the Bafang hub with ATF cooling and steel planetary gears please. A while ago, I wrote an extensive blog post about tuning hub motors: https://etrike.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/electric-hub-motor-tuning ;) The first image showed the setup in Sum...