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DIY e-trike

setThe conversion kits to turn our Stowaway trikes into e-trikes are installed. The kits by Ebike Efos were delivered and complete, so last weekend I’ve started installing them. As this was the first time I’ve transferred a bike into an e-bike I was expecting that it would take over half a day to get it done, but it went pretty smoothly. Despite the rainy intermissions a week ago.

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Going e-bike after all?

efosOver a year ago, I’ve reposted an article about why I wasn’t going to ride an  e-bike quite yet, but…. I’m not getting any younger and I find the longer you wait, the harder it gets to go back to frequent bike rides again. So, as the month of may is also the month for holiday bonus, I’ve started searching for information and reviews on e-bikes and suppliers. And yes, I’m gonna do it!

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Light up flagpole for my trike

Although it has been about 6 months since I’ve last rode my trike, the cycling bug starts biting again. It seems that this bug may slumber but will never die (fortunately). In the meantime, it’s wintertime. So short days and many dark hours. Especially for an convicted early bird like me. That’s why I’ve been looking into lighted flagpoles for my trike to get a bit more visibility and safety.

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20180408 Relaxed trike touring

Yesterday I went out fora n easy and relaxed trike tride. Left a bit later than I planned (5:20 am) but is was still nice and quiet on the road. Some of the crossing on the N62 road were closed resulting in quite a hectic weekend in my village of Westdorpe due to heavy traffic. So I decided to ride the country roads and went east to greet the rising sun should the clouds give way.

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E-bike? Not quite yet…

For a long time, I’ve tried to do my 60km commute as often by bike as possible. But I’m on the other side of the “magical” or “big” 50 now and struggling a bit with my body. So more and more people ask me why I don’t buy an electric assist bike. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about it now and then, but I don’t like the thought of it.

More and more e-bikes are making their way on the bike lanes. Young and old have embraced the bicycle with power assisted pedaling. But also more often, it looks like the e-bike riders can’t really deal with the difference in speed on the bike lane (specially the 45 kph pedelecs) or they think they have more rights than others. It seems like the e-bike doesn’t go well with social cycling. Ad to that that commercially there’s hardly any attention for other bicycles, and that is why I don’t like e-bikes. 😐

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Home made toe straps

Although a recumbent trike is very comfortable and stable to ride, it holds one risk of injury, namely “leg suck”, when your foot slips from the pedal while riding and gets underneath your trike. This can result in serious injuries.

A lot of trikes are equipped with toeclips, replaced by clipless pedals by many riders. Even with toeclips there’s always the danger of your foot slipping of the pedal while riding over a bump or puthole, etc… But clipless pedals aren’t really my thing. When my legs are ready, I want to go commuting on my trike, wearing my workboots. And my workboots don’t hold cleats. In fact, I want to be able to go out riding whatever shoes I’m wearing.

So, after doing some searching on the net, I’ve decided to try and make my own toe straps or pedal straps, combined with heel slings.

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Headlights powered by a usb powerbank

One of the first additions to my new trike are 2 headlights. At first I was wondering about choosing battery powered lights or headlights for a hub generator. But on my other bikes I have Busch & Muller headlights on a dynamo hub and I very much like the amount of light and the dispersion of the light. So I went for the same headlights on my trike, but this time powered by a usb powerbank.

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