Building a couple of 20" wheel tadpole e-trike from scratch

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by voyager, 30 Sep 2014.

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    voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    16 More miles in the sun today and an icecream at Hove, home in time before dark for dinner.
    With the derelict west pier in the background
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    voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    A quick look over both trikes today ,
    Both sets of 203 mm brake conversions working well and the mkll seats are more comfortable,
    These trikes with their mid suspension are more comfortable than the project X without suspension..
    With the house sale completed yesterday we have more time to spend doing the things we like .

    More photos later..

    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Back from 2 weeks in Wales , house hunting and 3lbs over weight back on the trikes again

    regards Emma
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    neil earley Über Member

    Location:
    Neath
    leave them welsh cakes alone :stop::stop::stop:
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    @neil earley

    too much welsh beer and chocolate fudge cake, l think , lost 2lbs in 3 days so far , so getting back in shape .
    Homemade welsh cakes didn't help either to tell the truth.
    Later's Emma
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Hi folks
    Its a week since we returned from the home of leeks and rain ( only joking folks (not))
    74 miles this week in a desperate effort to shed 4 lbs , I seem to have put the 2 lbs I lost back on with another 2lbs to boot .
    Waiting to hear about the cottage I have put an offer in for . Fence repair ( gravel board was rotten ) and lots of other wonderful DIY jobs sorted in Peacehaven , including a dump run , couple of bike repairs for a neighbour and a bit of work on the trikes .
    Whilst we were out we bumped into Ronnie a guy from just along the road on his Full Fat ICE trike . Photos will follow .
    The only joy of retirement , the disadvantages far out weigh the advantages - Old age , poor pension and slow healing with aches and pains .

    Later's folks - dinner to cook and dish up .

    regards emma
     
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    Our "To Brighton " trip Saturday with Ronnie and his full fat trike.
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Desperately triking to get fit again and reduce my blood sugar .
    House offer has been accepted .
    50ft of fence panels painted today before another trip to Brighton .
    Feeling pleased with ourselves .

    The remains of the daddy long legs railway could be seen at low tide today.
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    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    More fun on 3 wheels today with another ride to the meeting place cafe in Hove , 16 miles in the warm , made a change today rather than the spiteful wind of the last week , mileage slowly going up .
    Ken is running my spare battery as the small ones appear to have some low capacity cells .
    regards Emma
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Currently looking into having 2 bottle batteries re-celled Currently I cannot find anyone relatively local who doesn't want more than the battery cost originally .

    Just ordered 4 pair of toestraps ( securing trike to roof ) from an eBay seller ,
    Guess what - only supplied 2 pairs - what are they like - unimpressed of Brighton

    regards emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    New 36v 10ah bottle battery ordered for Ken's trike ( due this week) .

    The " replacement " 2 pairs of toe straps " are on their way to us .

    These are to tie the trike on the roof of the car for transport.

    Updates when the battery arrives.

    Regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    hi folks

    The replacement toe straps arrived yesterday along with the new battery for Ken's trike . A 36v 10ah to replace his 9ah battery that had served him well for almost 5 years .Charged the battery last night and today We rode out to Brighton to check out the capacity and it seems good . (14 miles )
    Ice cream on the beach before leaving Madeira Drive .
    Strange happenings on the beach with a lot of foreign students on the waters edge at low tide.
    Home for dinner .

    Later's Emma

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  13. 404 Not Found Anywhere

    404 Not Found Anywhere Active Member

    Hi Emma

    Can I ask where you get your batteries? I have a project on the go. I have seen the £170 36V 15 Ah lithium batteries on eBay but suspect that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    This particular battery came from eBay at £161 delivered , it was chosen as it was the nearest to the one it replaced , supplied without a charger , it was to replace another bottle battery and the mounts which had been built into the new seat last Christmas.

    The problem with some of the batteries is the mounting and unless l was to design a mount for a new battery , l tend to stick with " old favourites" beware of batteries with limited warranties as these could have problems in the short term , hence the limited warranty.

    Hope this helps .

    regards Emma
     
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    404 Not Found Anywhere Active Member

    Battery mounting isn’t a problem, I’m going to keep it in a bag behind the seat... or is that likely to lead to overheating problems?
     
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