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Thu Dec 10, 2015, 09:27 AM

Any here have experience with motor assist wheels?

I have access to a trik that I was thinking of rigging to gather up trash on my road-one bin for aluminum cans and the other for trash. The reason for the motor assist would be to get this single speed monster up the hills when loaded. I know there are some that power the front wheel. That seems to be the easy way to go.

Any suggestions would be well received.

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Reply Any here have experience with motor assist wheels? (Original post)
TexasProgresive Dec 2015 OP
Hoppy Dec 2015 #1
TexasProgresive Dec 2015 #2
CK_John Dec 2015 #3
TexasProgresive Dec 2015 #4
happyslug Dec 2015 #5
Name removed May 2017 #6

Response to TexasProgresive (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2015, 09:47 AM

1. My only advice, WEAR A SAFETY VEST.

 

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Response to Hoppy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 10, 2015, 11:36 AM

2. I wear one every time I ride.

My route doesn't have a lot of traffic but what it has are sometimes scary; dump trucks, oil field vehicles and cattle trailers being pulled by fast pick ups. I want them to see me and if I get hit it was their intention.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 07:46 PM

3. This past spring I converted my Trike to a motor assist trike.

This was my 75th birthday gift to myself, I used a kit from an outfit called Hill Topper who was very helpful and they offered a full kit or you can buy the pieces you need.

I used their front wheel with the motor and got my own batteries, brake, and controller. Mine is 24v 250w brushless motor, but in Jan they are going to up the motor to 36v 350w.

Here is my trike (without rear basket):

http://imgur.com/dJibzB5

Kit:

http://www.electric-bike-kit.com/hill-topper.aspx

No financial interest with this vender.

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Response to CK_John (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 08:53 PM

4. Thanks, John. The testimonials are good, but coming from you is priceless

The pricing sounds quite reasonable. I may give it a go come spring. Spent all our extra money on grand kids.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2015, 05:26 PM

5. See my report on the LEEDS electric wheel which is such a assist motor

 

The battery later went bad but the report is still accurate. The most expensive part of any such system is the battery.

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