Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kentwood michigan.
Bikes: too many
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I'm pretty much the same way, in a rush to get there, but always take 3 or 4 times longer to get home, just wandering around and enjoying the trip. Can't bike to work most of the time because I have to haul about 400 pounds of tools,(on a light day) but still have the same attitude.
As for the power to, pedal home, question, almost sounds tailer made for an electric bike, been thinking along those lines for a while, a few 'homebuilts' I've seen on the web claim a 50 mile range under power,(would seem to indicate a slow ride?) but the extra weight I think would be a problem going up hill if the batteries were dead. Though if you coasted downhill you'd likely extend that range.
I've been thinking of it because its a condition of my employment that there is always power at the job sites, So I'd be able to charge up at work.
possibly a small powered trailer, easily unhooked for normal riding?
My experiments in this direction have only gone as far as checking the ability of my porter cable 19.2v cordless saw to move my bike with me on it, works good, but the range with the regular nicad battery pack is about 4 blocks and it's done. Figure maybe with a deep cycle marine battery it will improve a great deal.
Also, 4 stroke weed whacker motors are pretty potent little motors. motor, jackshaft, and a small fuel tankwill turn your bike into a long range cruiser.