My recumbent ebike with sidecar.
The sidecar attaches and detaches in about two minutes, with four hose clamps. I usually ride it as a two-wheeler.
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Marin Palisades Trail Mountain Bike (Ex-Bike Shop Rental)
Before (sort of). Picture taken right after the e-bike kit was first installed last September. The original controller would do only about 10mph and would basically turn off or not assist at speeds over 10mph. It was still helpful to have for climbing hills or accelerating from a stop and I was happy to have it. I also had 4 flat tires in the first month with these cheap $10 tires.
After with the same Amped Bikes 9x7 dd motor but with a few other modifications:
Lyen 12 fet programmable controller with regen and CA (Cycle Analyst) direct connect plug.
The Cycle Analyst Direct Plug model itself.
60v 10ahr pack (Turnigy 5S 5ahr lipo pair in series with the original 36v 10ahr lifepo4 pack)
30amp and 45amp Anderson connectors (over 20 used in all!).
Big Apple balloon suspension tires.
Torque Arm (home made)
New seat (Unity)
icharger 1010B+ to charge both batteries. This charger uses 12vdc which I connect to the solar charged golf cart battery pack in my garage.
Overall, the bike is now quite reliable and is a pleasure to use. On the flat she will do 30mph and climbs hills nicely. I also have a 2nd wire harness with 2 extra lipo batteries to make a 72v 10ahr pack that will do 35mph+ on the flat that I use to race cars on the boulevard in town. It's a lot of fun but, the controller and phase wires get toasty and the battery goes kind of fast. Center of gravity is 5 inches forward of the seat post so it handles rather nicely.
I originally was going to get a newer bike to replace this older retired rental bike but, I kind of like it the way it is. I take it to the store everyday and I feel a little better leaving it locked it to the bike rack in front of the store. I also have a box I can mount to the battery rack that will fit about 6 bags of groceries but, it makes it hard to throw my leg over the seat.
For future modification I will get a better headlight like a Magic Shine (I have a dc to dc converter already). After that, maybe a 2nd hub motor in the back ;) .
I thank all those who posted questions and answers on this forum. They've a big help with my project so far... :D.
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Latest build: Schwinn S-25 with AmpedBikes 36v FDD (2010)
Second Build from last year. Still has the awful knobbies that came from the store on the rims.
I use this one for running around town. ... drop off the video returns, pick up Chinese, books back to the library, pharmacy, milk run, etc. The shocks are very nice for hopping curbs to and from side walks... not to mention un-even sidewalks and pot holes. The knobbies HAVE TO GO. They are very loud and slow me down. I have some nice road slicks waiting for the transplant.
It also has a test build of 4x3, 5ah SLA battery packs that I am comparing to my usual 2x3, 7ah packs. I'm still sorting through the pile of salvaged 5ah SLA's to identify good cells.
New set up with new more powerful batteries
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I have the new more powerful batteries in the wheelie backpack thanks to my very handy neighbour. He wired all 3 batteries up and i came up with the idea of the baf. I also rebuilt my trailor and i am getting extention cords tomorrow so i can put the battery bag ont he trailr :0)