chopper_elec wrote:I've been hugely facinated with the styling and overall feel of a Recumbent Trike and was wondering if anyone can give me a few opinions on how they are to ride?
I would likely build a pretty simple 250w 36v rear hub motor system for it, and it would be used for long distance.
Would you know roughly how much I would be looking at for a basic Recument Trike?
Qualification: my comments are regarding recumbent BIKES. You are looking at a TRIKE. So my feedback will have limited value, except to (hopefully) validate your choice of steed...
I've got a SWB Actionbent with 9c 2810 motor wheel on the rear. AlanB has done a Bike-E with a 20" rear geared hubmotor (from cell_man).
Speed and efficiency are great. Stability, not so great. I've got about 500 commute miles on my bike and so does AlanB. I'm considering building up an upright bike with the e-bike components so I can compare the feel.
I'm not "down" on using a recumbent - in fact, I've got a LWB in the works that I might switch over. But I would not say SWB recumbent or BikeE have become our every-day-commuter bikes because they just aren't stable enough.
Although I dearly love the comfort, efficiency and range, I expect to dismantle my recumbent ebike and return it to stock configuration. It's just too freaking dangerous to put up against normal, everyday road hazards. My build thread is in my signature below.
Overall, the brain trust and conversion experience here on E-S is incredible. You'll learn who to listen to and who not. Trike is a very cool way to go
- stability concerns totally resolved and very long distance riding is possible. What keeps me from building up one of those is cost of the trike (although I continue to watch ebay and craigslist) and the width of the trike - too wide for everyday commuting where I live.
But I have not given up recumbent hope: LWB machine is in the works, but it'll be a very long time build.
JKBPS: Holy Carp, Trident Trikes is in my backyard! (Lincolnton, NC)