Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Community Transportation Project?

Community projects in america are few and far between. Event the 20/20 is not trying to start such movements. They have to invite companies to do the job of installing solar panels. It is very hard to persuade afluenzic Americans that there is a necessity of building utility bicycles locally just to give-a-way to people that would use them in place of a gasoline powered vehicle. We are so completely brainwashed into believing that every one should just take care of them self's.

The Recyclery is not interested in building utility bikes for the community because they can't sell them for enough to cover the labor. Money is still the bottom line for most people. Even if enough people wanted a bike share project they would pay a factory to build e-bikes that are not made for hill climbing with cargo.
So if you want to build utility bicycles you have to do it your self. In a larger city it could happen even now. Just start building them in your garage with recycled bicycles, until there is a market for more affordable reconfigured recycled bikes.

The only thing I was able to do, was to present enough information on building such vehicles in hopes that some one that is desperate enough could see how to make one that will climb our steep hills with cargo.

The best way to power a heavy duty cargo bike for the steep hills of the pacific north west, using a motor that claims to be 1000 watts and actually does almost twice that. To haul 450lbs minimum up an 8 to 10 % grade. And mounting the motor behind the seat for a direct rear drive, bypassing the human powered drive chain to keep it from wearing out too fast. Unfortunately a slow single speed bike is not a popular idea.

A bicycle to haul 600Lbs up a 9% grade can't be built legally, unless you are in Missouri state. But there needs to be an example on the internet.

I have done most of the work, but I am stalled out at not finding a sprocket adapter that will fit onto the free-hub body behind a modified cassette, maybe 6 or 7 speeds.