It's easy being green.
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: in the desert
Bikes: Trek Beach Cruiser, Sun X-2 AX (bent)
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
I'm wondering if you can just ride the Bionx without ANY help from the hub. Just using the throttle only when needed. Or do you have to have the Bionx working ALL the time?
I can ride it without the the assistance. With the motor turned off, I can still pedal the bicycle. It's much slower, since I'm pretty slow, and it takes more work, since I'm not getting any help from the motor.
From what I've read, the hub motor does cause some drag when it's not activated, but I'm not really aware of it. The way to stop the drag is to turn the motor on at the 0 assistance level. I don't really feel the difference between 0 assistance and just having the motor off.
What I do feel is the weight of the battery, even though this is one of the lightest batteries on the market (around 6-7 lbs.). If I just wanted to pedal around without any electric power, I could take the battery off and do so.
I could pedal home from work without the power, and it would be a decent workout. I would get a moderate workout with 1 or 2 power setting (which is enough to overcome the weight of the bike, motor, and battery). ...In the morning, I'm seeking ease and speed rather than a workout. That's when I'm using power level 4 and being a throttle-junky.
...Also, the speed aspect is pretty fun, so I was a throttle-junky on the way home the other day, too.
No workout, but lots of fun!
Last edited by recumelectric; 08-31-08 at 12:46 AM.