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swampwood

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Aug 6, 2010
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Bayou State - Louisiana
#1
Been building an electric bicycle! 26" fat tire w/ 1200 watt rear drive wheel and I built a 48 volt 28ah lithium Ion Battery. Plenty of power for uphill climbs. The bike runs 15 mph and with a little assist it will run 26mph. 50 mile range on a single charge! Pics coming!
 

Kayak Jack

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Aug 26, 2003
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Okemos / East Lansing Michigan
#4
Observations & questions:
(1) Is the motor encased in the rear wheel?
(2) I like the fesl springs on the seat. Have not been able to find seats with springs.
(3) Does the motor act as an alternstor whe the rider is pedaling without power drive engaged?
(4) Seat height appears low?
(5) Front tire on backwards?
(6) Where did you find the motor?
(7) Where did you get the ideas?
 

swampwood

Well-Known Member
Aug 6, 2010
273
2
Bayou State - Louisiana
#5
Observations & questions:
(1) Is the motor encased in the rear wheel?
(2) I like the fesl springs on the seat. Have not been able to find seats with springs.
(3) Does the motor act as an alternstor whe the rider is pedaling without power drive engaged?
(4) Seat height appears low?
(5) Front tire on backwards?
(6) Where did you find the motor?
(7) Where did you get the ideas?
Jack,
The motor is a hub motor, you can run purely off the battery or pedal assist. The program has 5 speeds. The higher the speed the faster it runs w/assist.
You have to recharge the battery. The motor does not recharge.
The seat is set for me, the front tire is on right.
The battery is the most expensive part on an electric bike. I built the box to fit the V, that way I could fit a bigger battery and the bike would not be top heavy. Most people mount their batteries on a back rack. Too top heavy.
You can find all the info you need on the internet and everything was bought on E-bay in the US.
 

oldsparkey

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Aug 25, 2003
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Central , Florida
www.southernpaddler.com
#7
Several folks around here have used the Hill Topper system on street bikes and even some three wheedlers. Just make the purchase and install the kit on your bike.
Troy has a Hill Topper on his three wheeler and he goes all over with it. In fact he can tell you which stores have a electric outlet so he can top off the bike while shopping. I have never seen him driving a vehicle just riding that three wheeler all around. He always has Jack with him , a rescue ( shelter ) black and tan pup riding in the basket on the trike.
Has to be the ideal way to coast for a long distance a really long distance and even up a incline , we don't have any real hills around here.
 

Kayak Jack

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Aug 26, 2003
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Okemos / East Lansing Michigan
#10
My current tires are 1.25". As a kid, tires were 2.5". They rode more comfortably and had better traction. The tire footprint was bigger. Skinnier tires, with higher pressure and less footprint, have less rolling friction. Narrower tires ride faster than fatter tires. They also have less traction, relegating them to good-weather riding pretty much.
 

oldsparkey

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Aug 25, 2003
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Central , Florida
www.southernpaddler.com
#11
My current tires are 1.25". As a kid, tires were 2.5". They rode more comfortably and had better traction. The tire footprint was bigger.
How times have changed. Back then my bike had the bigger tires and the skinny tires were a rarity. Today they call the 2" and larger tires Mountain Bike Tires. Back in the dark ages they were called Balloon tires. :rolleyes:

swampwood...... That one bike I had with the fat tires on it was nice off road. I would let almost half of the air out and it would glide over roots and bumpy stuff. They really smoothed out a dirt path and better yet just float over sand.