Feeling Young Again
We recently received this terrific note on the benefits of e-assist from Bob in California:
We have now ridden 1400 miles on our new Friday Tandem XL. We have named it Electric Orange or EO for short. It has the Sram three speed drive system. It is equipped with mountain bike handlebars, levers, and brakes. The front brake is disk. The rear brake is rim. A rear disk is used as a drag brake. A 48V high-end 1300 watt (peak)geared motor system was installed by Electric Bike Solutions in Fairfield, California. A motorized hub is in the front wheel.
Five levels of pedal assist are controlled by Captain Kris by large buttons on the handlebar. She also has a throttle control that will override pedal assist. The motor stops whenever peddling stops or the brakes are applied. The installation is very neat. A custom cable runs from the rear battery to the controller located in a small bag below the captain’s saddle; The cable is attached to the underside of the long top tube with orange tie wraps that match the color of the bike.
Before selecting this system, Kris rode a BionX equipped commuter bike, a high end BionX equipped trike, and a Leed 250 watt mountain bike. She liked them all. Kris loves hills now. I do not think we have been passed on one yet. Our legs and the battery assist have gone 50 miles and climbed 2500 feet before loss of battery power. It is nice to feel young again on those steep hills.
Captain Kris and Stoker Bob
To see more great photos from Bob, Kris and Electric Orange’s autumnal ride check out Bob’s website here.
To learn more about this electric conversion, please visit LEED Electric Bike Conversion Systems. Bike Friday does not offer these types of conversions in-house.