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    First outing for "The Beast"...my son appears to be happy!

    https://youtu.be/fGlIZqC4Ao8

    A few modifications are still required (mentioned in the video description), then it will go through some extensive off-road (and beach) testing!
    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

  • #2
    Wow! That looks awesome!

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    • #3
      that is so neat for him great dad

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      • #4
        Wow, that looks like fun! Put a helmet on that kid! Well done.
        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

        "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

        "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

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        • #5
          Awesome! Looks like a blast!

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          • #6
            hi, great video , looks like he is having a blast! what type of front wheel did you use? looks like a direct drive hub motor? I just converted one of my recumbent bikes to a front drive EZee Hub motor, I started out converting a tadpole trike ,but i wanted to be able to ride the bike in NYC , and i would have been road kill on the greenspeed tadpole. The extreme price drop /weifgt and increased amphours of the new lithium batteries , all a result of the e-car engineering has really pushed e-assist development
            cauda equina

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            • #7
              Wonderful, you can adopt me anytime.
              I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by metronycguy View Post
                hi, great video , looks like he is having a blast! what type of front wheel did you use? looks like a direct drive hub motor? I just converted one of my recumbent bikes to a front drive EZee Hub motor, I started out converting a tadpole trike ,but i wanted to be able to ride the bike in NYC , and i would have been road kill on the greenspeed tadpole. The extreme price drop /weifgt and increased amphours of the new lithium batteries , all a result of the e-car engineering has really pushed e-assist development
                I ordered a DIY kit from this Chinese company:
                http://www.theebikemotor.com/pro_diy...=eBike%20D.I.Y

                I hadn't used them before, but I've played around with a few ebike kits etc over the last few years, and they all seem to be pretty good quality. I was a bit sceptical about their claim of 10-15 days delivery, but it arrived on our doorstep well within 15 days, and about 4 days after I was advised it had left the factory (which is amazingly fast from previous experience). I didn't need to order a battery, so that probably helped the delivery time.

                For the front forks it was easiest just to buy a whole kid's 20" fat bike and remove the bits I needed. (Now, does anyone want to buy 4/5ths of a kid's fat bike?!?)

                Whether it's e-car or ebike engineering that has improved batteries I'm not sure, but I am very thankful that there are so many ebike and bike suppliers and components now. Really the only difficult part in building one of these "Beasts" is working out how to make the connection between "Beast" and wheelchair...the rest is readily available.
                Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                  Wonderful, you can adopt me anytime.
                  You may need to join the queue...we rode past my son's old primary school yesterday just at home time. There were lots of positive comments and "I want one" comments! Sadly, nobody said the same about the electric skateboard that I was on!
                  Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                    Wow, that looks like fun! Put a helmet on that kid! Well done.
                    Yes, he has been told!
                    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vjls View Post
                      that is so neat for him great dad
                      Thanks, but I'm not sure that he thinks the same most of the time!

                      I do wonder what I would have done with my spare time had my son not spent much of his life in a chair...I seem to spend an awful lot of time tinkering, thinking, building and modifying chairs and other wheeled things....
                      Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gordy1 View Post
                        You may need to join the queue...we rode past my son's old primary school yesterday just at home time. There were lots of positive comments and "I want one" comments! Sadly, nobody said the same about the electric skateboard that I was on!
                        That fat tire up front is the crowd pleaser "in" thing.
                        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gordy1 View Post
                          Whether it's e-car or ebike engineering that has improved batteries I'm not sure, but I am very thankful that there are so many ebike and bike suppliers and components now. Really the only difficult part in building one of these "Beasts" is working out how to make the connection between "Beast" and wheelchair...the rest is readily available.
                          Motor wattages are up in the last few years too. When I built my trike 500 watts was considered a lot. That was due to street speed limits, but they are not concerned about it anymore for some reason.
                          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                            Motor wattages are up in the last few years too. When I built my trike 500 watts was considered a lot. That was due to street speed limits, but they are not concerned about it anymore for some reason.
                            There's a fair bit of concern from the UK folk on the Pedelecs forum, as the UK recently fell in line with EU rules, which have a 200 (or 250) W limit, and it must be pedal assist from now on, so no "throttle only" operation (which is obviously unfair to people who can't pedal). But it sounds like nobody is really sure who will be enforcing these rules, unless there is an accident and somebody claims the motor was illegal (and the consequential lack of insurance cover).

                            If my son was ever to have been stopped by the police using his Firefly I had already planned my response (along the lines of "get stuffed"!). However I may need to be a bit more polite if he gets stopped with The Beast! There is a 250W limit here too....
                            Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                            • #15
                              Great job for your son! Now you have got me in a can't sleep for gears turning-mode here lol.

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