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by Marc
17 Feb 2020, 7:18pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Who/When invented eBikes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1240

Re: Who/When invented eBikes?

I wonder if, with much better batteries now on the market, if a modern Sinclair would sell. After all recumbants have also moved along and I assume that people are motorising them. ICE Trikes seem to be doing/selling more & more each year. Icletta (ICE Trikes EU importer) and HP Velotechnik sta...
by Marc
6 Feb 2020, 1:44am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 24" wheels for trike
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: 24" wheels for trike

Any sealed bearing hub should work. You just need a tube between the two bearings to stop the inner races being pushed inwards when snugged up tight. Do you know how precise the length of the distance tube between ball bearings has to be? We talking a specific length* with +/-0.01 to 0.02mm toleran...
by Marc
6 Feb 2020, 1:37am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 24" wheels for trike
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: 24" wheels for trike

Cheers Marc and Hoarder, ideally I want disc hubs but I have spoken to ICE & KMX and neither sell hubs. So any suggestions of a supplier. What trike model are we talking about? ICE Trikes have ø12mm front axles, while KMX have (IIRC) ø15mm axles. You can buy ICE disk hubs at ICLETTA (EU/German ...
by Marc
5 Feb 2020, 1:43am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 24" wheels for trike
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: 24" wheels for trike

I'm thinking of fitting 24" wheels to the front of a recumbent trike any reason I cannot use wheel chair wheels? Judging by the wheels of the wheelchair from my Auntie: -too weak rims -wrong wheel size (you want 507 size rims, not 520 size) -abysmal wheel building -possibly wrong hubs For good...
by Marc
7 Jan 2020, 10:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile
Replies: 31
Views: 1891

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: 31
Views: 1891

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: 31
Views: 1891

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: 1306

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: 981

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: 521
Views: 237637

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: 3195

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: 3195

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: 3195

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: 1415

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: 521
Views: 237637

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...