MagLOCK PEDALS

Clipping In” isn’t for everybody. I am among those who don’t like using SPD pedals and shoes. There are various options one can use in place of the SPD system. One option is magnetic pedals and the leader in this seems to be MagLOCK. It is not inexpensive … starting at $110. And that is just for the pedals. You still need to have shoes with a steel plate so the system will work. Regular SPD bike shoes will work and a steel plate and screws comes with the pedals which fits on the shoe replacing the SPD clip. Anyway, MagLOCK offers two different models … their original known as Fort Knox which sells for $175 and Stealth model which sells for $110.

If you are interested in viewing more MagLOCK videos click HERE.

The MagLOCK company offers a rather unique thing. For $135 one can “try out” the Fort Knox pedals which normally sell for about $175. Used pedals  which have been returned are involved. You can read about this program by clicking HERE. You can keep the used pedals for the $135 price or if you want new pedals you return the used ones and pay the$40  difference.

One can add or remove magnets in the pedals to change the magnetic strength. Of course, there is only room for so many magnets inside so there is a limit to increasing the magnetism.

With this system one can move their foot about on the pedal pretty much wherever they want it. That is a big plus for some riders. I have only heard good reports/comments about these pedals. If I were a rich man I might even give them a try. For sure we all need to stay safe out there and …

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DIRECT VS INDIRECT STEERING

Utah Trikes has produced quite a few good videos. Here is one about the subject of direct vs indirect steering. It covers it pretty well and even explains Ackerman Steering.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE YEAR – AUTUMN

Andy Williams sang concerning winter that it is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but as for me Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year when the tree foliage changes. Here in northern Indiana where I live and ride it is still too early to view the beautiful Autumn tree foliage. That being said, I received a pleasant surprise today as I turned the corner and saw this …

A single tree has already turned color which makes it really stand out from all the other trees. It caught my eye immediately. God is an awesome Creator. Only He can create such beauty.

Come Autumn I don’t have to look far to see beautiful foliage. This red maple tree is in our front yard and a red oak is nearby. Also burning bushes are always so pretty in Autumn. We have had to remove the two biggest ones we had but we still have a couple of smaller ones.

Yes, I have written about this subject previously. HERE, HERE and HERE.

I don’t like riding thru fallen leaves as they hide the trail and make it a bit dangerous, but I sure enjoy seeing the lovely colors each Fall. All that still lies ahead.

Below is a video I made a few years ago. Unfortunately it isn’t a very good quality video as far as showing the Fall colors. It was a very dreary overcast day so without bright sunshine the colors don’t show up well. Also I was riding holding my cell phone going over a lot of rough ground resulting in a very shaky video.

A few years ago a fellow tadpole rider and myself started removing the fallen leaves off of our favorite trail. We did so for about 3 or 4 years I think before we both gave it up. The city government said that they would take care of it. They have the equipment so it is a lot easier for them than it was for us. They do sometimes and it is appreciated. The problem is they seldom ever do it when I would choose. Like I said, riding on a trail with fallen leaves is dangerous so I like to have them removed. It is all too easy for a front wheel to go off the pavement since the edge can’t be seen. Sometimes there is quite a drop off and may even be an embankment along side of the trail one could find themselves dealing with. The trails I mainly ride are alongside of rivers so that is an added danger should a front tire go off the pavement’s edge. I have not gone into a river yet and I don’t want to. I just want to safely go out riding and take in the beauty of the Lord Jesus’ creation that I may give Him glory for His handiwork. Here is hoping you can also …

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I can truthfully say that “I didn’t know that” … referring to these beautiful colors are always present in the leaves … they are just hidden by the very strong presence of green.

NOT ALL E-MOTOR BATTERIES ARE CREATED EQUAL

My first two lithium-ion batteries I bought for my trike after returning a BionX system for a refund were identical batteries which performed the same … about 60 miles on a full charge. I ruined my original battery riding thru flood water that got deeper than I anticipated (DUH!) That was a costly mistake.

Consequently I ordered a third battery to replace my first one. I did not order the same battery I already had. I checked to see what all was available and chose one that looked and sounded good. It has some extra features that I liked. It has a built in taillight and a 5 volt USB port. It also has a docking head on the front end so it simply plugs in to make electrical contact/connection. I assumed that it would be the same performance-wise. I was mistaken. It is rated the same … 48 volt 20aH … but it doesn’t provide 60 miles of riding like my first two batteries. Fully charged 37 miles is “as good as it gets”. From 60 down to 37 … that is quite a difference. Very disappointing. I contacted the seller about this but got nowhere. It charges up to where it should so as far as he is concerned there is nothing wrong with it. Needless to say if and when I buy a 4th battery I will likely get another one like the first two I bought. My second battery I bought now has deteriorated to where it only provides about 37 miles of riding. That happens as batteries age. So I will likely have to replace it at some point in the future. A friend who has a BionX system older than mine (the one I use to have) tells me that his battery is no longer performing like it used to. He can get his BionX battery rebuilt and in doing so it should be better than it was when brand new providing more miles on a full charge as it will increase from 11.6aH to 14aH. BionX batteries were very high priced. He can get it rebuilt for 1/3 of what BionX charged for it new … and, like I said, have a better battery. I can buy a brand new battery for less than what it cost to rebuild it. Well, that is the truth of the matter. I learned in all of this that not all batteries are created equal. Of course, I don’t know how one can possibly know unless others share their experiences … which is what I am doing here. We all want the best quality we can get for our money. I need to go online to write up a review and rating of these batteries so that others will know. To my way of thinking I got ripped off when I bought this third battery and since the seller won’t stand behind what he is selling it doesn’t bother me to rate him poorly. Summer is nearly over. I hope you have been able to get out and …

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despite this PLANdemic we are dealing with.

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LAST HOORAY (of Summer)

It’s here and it happens every year. Summer is ending and Autumn is coming soon. In some places Autumn was bypassed and Winter weather has already “been there and done that”. Where I live we are experiencing great weather with daily highs mostly in the 70s. People are sure taking advantage of this last Hooray of Summer weather. I certainly am seeing lots of bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Of course, they are doing their usual thing … causing major problems on the trails by not obeying the trail rules. The bicyclists ride quite literally all over the place … mostly in the middle of the trail so that no one can get around them. To make matters worse they “meander” all over from side to side. Just as I am making a run and about to say “passing on your left” they move right over in front of me.

 

That is bad enough but then there are several bicyclists who ride on my side of the trail heading toward me. That is scary and most dangerous.

 

Adding to that bad scenario they are paying absolutely no attention and are not even aware that they are headed right into me with only a couple of seconds to maneuver over to avoid a collision. I don’t know what their problem is but they obviously have one. I would hope they don’t do that if they drive a car. They definitely have an elevator issue … yep, their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.

We certainly are living in strange times. I can’t remember this sort of thing ever happening several years ago. Hopefully they will wake up and start riding sensibly and responsibly. If not, sooner or later they most likely will be the cause of a collision. I just hope that if anyone is hurt it will be them and not the innocent party.

Children are the worst offenders out there. They definitely are all over the place. Often their parents are with them but it is just as obvious  that their parents don’t teach them to stay on the right. Even announcing “passing on your right” or “coming up behind you” accomplishes nothing as they still move over right in front of the trail user attempting to pass them. I truly believe that we are experiencing raising up a nation of idiots. It is like their brains don’t function. It seldom does any good to say anything to the children or to their parents. It all comes down to a spirit of lawlessness which has arisen in this world. It  has arisen in fulfillment of bible prophecy in these Last Days before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are certainly seeing it all over. The protests and horrible violence in our streets is the culmination of it. So it should not be surprising that these problems prevail on our trails. We are not going to change it. It is only going to get worse from here on out. Signs of the Times are everywhere. But time is running out. What have you done with Jesus? Have you outright rejected Him? Do you just ignore Him? You can’t be neutral! Jesus said that those who are not with Him are against Him. And being with Him does not mean to simply believe in your head certain truths about Him. Scripture makes this very clear. We must fully embrace Him with our whole heart and being. When I was 30 years old I had a personal encounter with Truth. I wrote about it sharing my testimony (what happened to me). In it I have explained in great detail what happened when man first sinned disobeying a loving God and what resulted which effects every one of us. I explain why we need to be saved and God’s loving provision of the Savior. You can read about it HERE.

Yes, this is Summer’s Last Hooray. Autumn is quite near and Winter is coming all too soon. The same can be said of our spiritual situation … the times we are living it. We have been enjoying summer for quite some time, but it is almost over and we are about to move on into the next season which will start out relatively mild but worsen until we get into the  season where we can suffer greatly if we are not prepared and protected. It is most serious. Those who are not prepared will perish for sure. What will you do with Jesus? Someday your heart will be asking … What will Jesus do with me? Again, the holy scriptures answer that question. How shall we escape if we reject such a great salvation?

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TRIKE MAINTENANCE TUTORIAL

Although this video is about bicycles much of it applies to trikes. It is a lengthy video as it covers pretty much everything. Here is an index to help if you locate specific topics.

1. 0:25 THE FRAME
1.1 1:00 frame inspection,
1.2 3:59 what frame areas to protect,
1.3 4:53 the bolts – greasing, fastening,
1.4 7:12 the seatpost / the clamp, cleaning, greasing, fastening,
1.5 11:02 the headset – cleaning, assembly,
2. THE FORK
2.1 18:18 fork inspection,
2.2 18:58 the suspension fork basic maintenance,
3. 21:27 DISC BRAKES
3.1 21:41 the reach adjustment (levers),
3.2 22:42 the calipers adjustment (eliminating the rubbing),
3.3 25:57 replacing the brake pads,
3.4 28:33 bent brake rotors – the causes,
3.5 29:35 truing the rotors,
4. 30:49 V-BRAKES
4.1 31:12 how to improve the braking power,
4.2 34:51 the braking pads – inspection, cleaning,
4.3 36:09 replacing the pads,
4.4 37:46 adjusting the V-Brakes,
5. THE CALIPER BRAKES (ROAD)
5.1 45:54 adjusting the caliper brakes,
6. THE WHEELS
6.1 49:53 inspecting the rim, the spokes and hubs,
6.2 52:55 removing the wheel – quick release,
6.3 56:19 removing the rear wheel (derailleur with the clutch),
6.4 57:44 removing the wheel – through axle,
6.5 1:01:02 removing the tire, replacing the inner tube,
6.6 1:07:45 air pressure inspection,
6.7 1:09:15 the hubs – cleaning, greasing, assembly,
6.8 1:18:14 truing the wheel, (longer verision https://goo.gl/gwTokd ),
7. 1:23:54 THE DRIVETRAIN
7.1 1:24:19 adjusting the rear derailleur,
7.2 1:32:39 adjusting the front derailleur,
7.3 1:35:13 the derailleur capacity,
7.4 1:40:12 the cassette – removal and installation,
7.5 1:43:39 the square taper crankset – removal and installation,
7.6 1:49:34 the two-piece crankset removal (e.g. Hollowtech),
1:55:38 the self extracting chainset,
7.7 1:56:57 inspecting the drivetrain, when to replace the chain,
7.8 2:00:12 removing and installing the chain (the quick link and the connecting pin method),
7.9 2:09:12 the proper chain length,
8. THE PEDALS
8.1 2:11:00 the pedals – removal and installation,
8.2 2:14:34 the clipless pedals adjustment,
9. THE CABLES
2:15:49 replacing the housing and the cables – the proper length)

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PRO ADVICE FOR MAINTAINING AN E-TRIKE

Although this video is about e-bikes it also pretty much applies to trikes.

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TIPPING OVER HERE, BOSS!

I have written about this subject previously but I am amazed by the frequency I find of it coming up as well as the disbelief many seem to have that a trike can tip over. They seem to be convinced that a tadpole trike is very stable and next to impossible to tip over. They say that they have never tipped over nor even come close to it. I am not calling anyone a liar but … all I can say is they must lead a very blessed life. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the times I have tipped over. I would need several more pairs of hands and feet to do so. To my way of thinking anyone who rides a tadpole trike and has not experienced tipping over must not do much of anything on it. They must ride slow and carefully … always on even ground. I do all of my own stunts so tipping over is just part of it. Even with several tip overs I still …

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INERTIA OR STORED ENERGY … TORQUE SENSOR

One thing I have noticed since I started using my current hub motor which presently is hand throttle only is that when applying electrical power to the motor it seems to store energy somehow and my trike when I let off the hand throttle will and can coast faster and longer than if I were simply pedaling under human power only. It is considerably noticeable. I am not sure what the term is for this. I titled this post Inertia or Stored Energy but neither one may be correct.

 

I have a new (never installed) torque sensor for the bottom bracket (crankset). I bought one when I bought my e-motor conversion kit from Grin Technologies. It required a different crankset than what came on my Catrike so I spent good money to buy one. With my assistance and guidance my LBS installed the torque sensor with this new crankset but the unit was faulty and never worked. Grin Technologies told me that this particular torque sensor has been very troublesome and many have not worked.  Of course, they didn’t tell me this until after I bought it and spent all this extra money to install it. It was a lot of wasted money. Grin Technologies had me send it back to them and they sent me a different torque sensor and, of course, it required yet another crankset. Consequently I never installed this 2nd torque sensor as I just didn’t/haven’t had the money to go thru all of this again. I am considering it now however. I would really like to have true pedal assist and not just a hand throttle. Some hub motors have a torque sensor built into them and are located inside the hub motor. Unfortunately mine does not. I don’t like anything about this “after market” approach as I call it. It is a very poor way to accomplish this. The unit is difficult to install and it is very easily damaged as it has extremely tiny wires which break very easily. That is my story and I am stuck with it as well as sticking to it. I spent the money for a torque sensor initially as I wanted a system that “felt natural” when pedaling. That is still my goal. I need to take the torque sensor into my LBS so they can figure out what is needed in the way of a crankset, discover one and get it ordered. As many of you know having a hand throttle only presents a problem sometimes as it violates some trail rules. Personally I think it is ridiculous but it is the way it is. Remedying this situation will help ensure that I can …

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MOST VIEWED PAGES/POSTS ON THIS BLOG

have had this tadpole rider blog now for about 6 years I think (7 counting when I first started it, quit, deleted it and started over). During that time I have posted a lot of different stuff. I thought it might be of interest to readers of this blog to take a look at what are the most popular (most viewed) pages and posts. Here is a captured “screenshot” of the top ones:

I have to admit that I am not at all surprised by the first few but further down there are ones which very much surprise me. One of the ones which surprised me is “Hey mister, can you help a fellow out?“. Another one is ‘The Prayer of an Atheist“. I am very pleased to see it is among the list. I have to admit that it is a struggle sometimes to keep this blog going. All too often I find I am just not motivated to add more posts. And since I have already written about so very many subjects it is not as easy to come up with new stuff to post. It will be interesting to see how much longer I am active on this blog. One thing about it that I like … even when the blog is more less “dormant” for awhile people are still visiting and checking out all the many different postings that are available to view. In fact, when I am not adding new material it sort of forces people to explore what is already here. Well, I don’t know about you but I am about to take off on another trike ride as I am still working at doing as I say …

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AeeDEA E-TRIKE … INDIA’S FIRST OFFERING INTO THE RECUMBENT TRIKE MARKET

 

The Aeedea Company in India is now offering a tadpole trike. It is available in both a manual version as well as an electric motorized version. My first impression of it is summed up in two words … ugly and crude. But hey, maybe it will grow on me.

HERE is their web page. This trike has a 250 watt motor. The starting price is 113,312 Indian rupee which is currently $1,526.36 US dollars. The top price is 176,750 Indian rupee which is currently $2,380.84 US dollars. There is no further information on their website explaining these prices. My guess is the lower price is for the manual (non-motorized) version while the higher price is for the motorized version. Their website , like their trike, isn’t very professional looking.

As you can see, it has a very wide wheel base. The steering is somewhat unique as to turn the wheels the rider moves the handlebars forwards and backwards vs pivoting them around a central axis. You can see this in the video below. The handlebars are way too high for my liking. I would find them uncomfortable compared to if they were about a foot lower. The seat material looks like it would be quite hot to sit on. I much prefer a mesh seat like most trikes have. Again, this looks like something put together by an amateur builder.

Their website does not provide much useful information such as seat height, seat back angle, turning radius,  wheel base, number of gears, gear inches, tire sizes, included accessories, etc.

Specifications and features:

1. Made of light weight aluminium
2. Highly engineered indirect steering system
3. Digital pedal assist modes 0 to 100%
4. Range varies between 100 to 160 kms on one full charge, varies based on work derived from the motor
5. Maintenance free Brushless DC motor
6. All rain proof
7. 20 amps 36 volts 3c high quality Li-Ion cells, with water proof encasing
8. Comes with a 5amp high speed charger, full charge in 3 to 4 hours
9. All wheels with disc brakes
10. Adjustable seat with recline and position adjustment
11. Adjustable pedal boom to accommodate rider height between 5 ft  6 inch to 6 feet 2 inch
12. Electric variant comes with water proof saddle bags
13. Direct throttle to bypass pedal assist
14. Motor power cut off with 15. Street legal with a 250 watts motor
16. A 5 amp wall plug high speed charger

Color options :

1. Matt Fluorescent yellow and Matt Black
with Blue and Black upholstery

2. Matt white and Matt black
with White and Black upholstery

That definitely looks like a very high boom yet with a rider seated onboard it doesn’t look all that high.

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WHY YOU SHOULD NOT REUSE THE PINS IN BICYCLE CHAIN LINKS

For many years I reused the pins I have pushed out of the side plate of chains but I don’t do it anymore. I have had a few chain failures as a result which resulted in my having to do some repair/maintenance alongside of the trail. This video explains why pins should not be reused along with other topics.

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BEST CRANKDRIVE E-MOTORS

have a hub motor on my trike and quite frankly I am not a fan of crank drive systems for various reasons. However, certainly crank drive systems are quite popular. Probably the name we hear the most is Bafang. I am sure it is a good system and lower cost than most others making it an attractive option. One can spend more money … much more … and do better. Recently I visited the website of Victory Cycles in Kokomo, Indiana. I have dealt with them several times. I bought my first e-motor from them, a 350 watt BionX unit. As many know BionX went out of business leaving their dealers caught off guard. Victory Cycle sold lots of BionX units so when BionX went belly up they found themselves in a predicament. They had lots of customers who want an e-motor on their trike. Having lost BionX they had to come up with something. They started looking at what all is available. Since BionX is a hub motor system they hoped to remain with a hub motor. They tried one well known brand (which I won’t mention by name) but ran into lots of issues so they said goodbye to that company and continued their search. They looked at Bafang but decided against it. You can read about this HERE. The bottom line is they objected to Bafang saying that it is not smooth. So their search continued and led to the two systems they are selling today. Both are crank drive. You can read about these two systems by clicking on the same link above.

One is the TONGSHENG TSDZ2 750 Watt mid drive system which they sell for $1800 installed on most tadpole trikes.

The other e-motor they sell and highly recommend for Catrike is the Bosch E-Cat system which they sell installed for $2600 on a new Catrike you buy from them or you can have them install it on an existing Catrike for $2750.

I am sure that the Bosch E-Cat system is a very good system, but I personally don’t think I would want it for two main reasons. First it is only 250 watts … which just isn’t enough in my opinion. Secondly, it is e-assist only. No hand throttle is available. That is a real turnoff for me. That being said, I am sure many will love it and not have an issue.

The Bosch Active Line Plus electric-assist system features four power assist levels: Eco – 40%, Tour – 100%, Sport – 180% and Turbo – 270%. Each level also features a maximum drive torque to ensure smooth, gentle acceleration. The Bosch Active Line Plus delivers assist up to 20 mph and a cadence of 105.

That is the straight skinny from this dealer. This is what they recommend and sell to their customers. I ponder over the question of “would I consider going with a crank drive system” if i were wanting to buy a new e-motor for my trike. Right now if I had to answer that I think I would say no, I will stick to a hub motor system. But again, that’s me. Many like the crank drive system. If you are interested in why I prefer hub drive you can read about it HERE.

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AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION STILL EQUALS …

I am sure most of us remember the saying “an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure” … or … “is worth a pound of cure”. It proved true today while I was out on my daily ride. The small bolt (machine screw) which holds my flag pole holder onto the back of my seat frame broke off and everything went south. At least it tried to. Fortunately I have a plastic cable tie around the flag holder bracket securing it to another place nearby which does not allow the flag holder to fall down onto the ground. I also have my two flag poles connected together by a small elastic bungee cord which prevents the loss of a flag as I ride along. Between these two safeguards I didn’t lose anything. I replaced the broken bolt upon arriving back home and everything is good to go. I have lost various stuff before so taking these preventative measures have paid off.

In the picture below you can see the black bungee cord connecting the two flag poles together.

And here is the plastic cable tie (yellow) which saved the loss of the flag holder. The red line points to the bolt that broke.

Yep, an ounce of prevention still equals (is worth) a pound of cure.

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A BIT OF HUMOR IN THIS VIDEO

I think you will appreciate the humor in this video. I know I did.

HERE are other videos in the offertory.

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THE PROS AND CONS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TRIKE

Here is a video of a tadpole trike rider sharing about the pros and cons of riding a recumbent trike. He states that he is expressing his personal opinion. I agree with most of what he says but I can’t agree with everything he says. But hey, that’s what make the world go around. Right? HERE are David’s other videos.

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LOW COST TRAVEL TRAILER

It is almost hard to imagine this … pulling a fully supplied mini travel camper on your journey around wherever you choose to go. And the cost … equally amazing … only $150 total. I saw this mini camper video a few years ago. It just resurfaced so I thought I would share it here as I am sure many of you will find it as fascinating as I do. As for me I would be very uneasy this day and age being inside of such a structure. There are just too many people out there who are dangerous and threatening to others.

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TRAIL RULES EXIST FOR GOOD REASON

There is not a day go by when I am out riding that I don’t deal with trail users who refuse to obey the trail rules. And many times what results is near accidents. It is a good thing I stay alert. Otherwise I would have been involved in several accidents over the years. Just today I was riding along a trail and coming onto a boardwalk where a gal was walking on the wrong side of the trail.  We were in a curve and so we didn’t see each other until we were quite close to each other. I obey the trail rules so I was riding on the far right side of my lane … right where she was at. I saw her just in time to brake hard and move over toward the middle of the trail to avoid hitting her. I said to her that she was on the wrong side of the trail which I am sure she could care less about. She needs to be thankful I saw her in time to take action to avoid hitting her as I am pretty sure that would not make her day. No doubt she didn’t learn a thing and will continue her dumb irresponsible behavior out there. Yes, the rules exist for good reason and everybody should obey them. It will help us all to be safe out there.

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SECURING YOUR TRIKE FROM THEFT

A tadpole trike is a rather expensive investment and so having it get stolen is a serious concern for many. Trike owners are always asking for advise on forums concerning locking up a trike. Here is a video about securing e-bikes with advise on the matter. It is highly recommended that viewers wear eye and face protection while watching as this video is “shattering”. I noticed one thing they didn’t show concerning cutting locks is the use of a cutting wheel with a battery powered angle grinder. (see video further below.)

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REAR WHEEL DIAMETER … 20 VS 26/700

Frequently the subject of rear wheel size comes up as people want to know which is better or preferable. I don’t think I have ever addressed this in all my many postings. Since it is asked so frequently I figured it is past time to do so.

Well, like most everything else there are pros and cons involved. I have had both a 26 inch rear wheel as well as a 20 inch rear wheel. Personally I didn’t notice all that much difference. Never the less I will cover the good, the bad and the ugly of the matter. Don’t ask me why I said that. All I can say in response is that it happens to be the movie playing on GRIT TV as I am composing this.

Let’s start out by covering the obvious … or at least what should be obvious. Having three 20 inch wheels on a trike means that you only need to deal with one size when it comes to spare inner tubes and spare tires to carry along with you.

What may not be obvious is in the realm of performance and handling as well as weight carrying capacity. That is something to consider if you plan on touring and loading the trike down with gear.

A smaller diameter tire will accelerate faster than a larger diameter wheel. That being said a larger diameter wheel will result in a higher top speed than a smaller one. Of course, I am talking about having stock gearing and not messing with the gear ratios. Once one starts changing the gear ratios all of this can and does change. One can accomplish the same things with existing wheel diameter by changing the sprockets diameters in use.

A larger diameter wheel will roll over objects easier than a smaller diameter wheel which means that a larger diameter wheel yields a smoother ride than a smaller diameter wheel.

A smaller diameter wheel is stronger than a larger diameter wheel so it will carry more weight and handle better. A larger diameter wheel has more flex to it than a smaller diameter wheel so it is noticeable in cornering.

A smaller diameter wheel is usually less costly than a larger diameter wheel when it comes to tires to install on it. That being said 26 inch is a very common size with lots of tire choices available. So one might very well come across some good prices on tires.

A smaller diameter wheel requires a smaller trike frame. That may or may not make any difference to people. It is just something I wanted to be sure to point out.

When it comes to folding a trike again obviously a smaller diameter rear wheel folds smaller than a larger diameter wheel.

I have mainly been talking about 20 and 26 inch wheels. I only mentioned 700. Another popular size is 24 inch. They have their advantages but know that 24 inch tires are not as common as 26 inch so the selection won’t be as good.

Changing from one size to another may be problematic as the trike is designed for a certain size. The frame may not be built so that a larger diameter wheel and tire will fit. Also making a change in the rear wheel size will effect the trike’s handling and it may not be as safe. Raising the rear of the trike with a larger diameter wheel/tire will result in lowering the front end of the trike. This will bring one’s feet closer to the ground and cause more of a concern in the matter of “leg suck” and injury.

Anyone considering a hub motor a larger diameter wheel provides more room for a motor to be installed. That means there are more choices of hub motors and with more space available a more powerful motor can be installed than what will fit on a smaller diameter wheel.

Personally I prefer a 20 inch wheel over a larger diameter. It comes down to a personal choice. With either choice one can …

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