Sylvia Halpern with Moto-Myrtle

(A 700 watt EcoSpeed mid-drive electric motor assist tadpole trike)

Myrtle the Turtle, known far and wide among the recumbent trike world. (Myrtle is actually the name of the trike.) Sylvia Halpern is the owner’s name and she is well known among the recumbent trike world. And if you don’t yet know the name now is your opportunity to meet this world traveler. Travelling by tadpole trike many thousands of miles and sharing her adventures online we have the privilege of being/getting acquainted with Sylvia. She is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and her own website and probably other social media I am not aware of.  Among her articles is one about touring with e-assist. It is well written and I recommend it to you. Click HERE to do so. She has titled it “Why not use electric assist?”.

Whether you ride with or without e-assist …


You can get better acquainted with Sylvia via Gary Solomon’s interview with her when she was featured on the Laidback Bike Report …

FREE GIFT awaits you!

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (

2 thoughts on “TOURING WITH E-ASSIST”

  1. Hi Steve, Just thought you might like to know the Posting with Sylvia using her Ecospeed Assist is from 2013 & things have changed a lot since then. Nowadays a decent 500 watt Power Assist with a medium range (12 amp/hr. ) Lithium Battery can weigh in at about 20 lbs. Add in an extra battery for increased range & you would still come in at 30 lbs. or so. From each battery you can expect a range using Pedal Assist of about 35 miles staying within your 80% safe zone. (20% reserve) Using 2 batteries giving you 70 miles of range should be adequate for most daily distances with the exception of climbing all day to crest the Rockies. Prices have also come down from 5 years ago with an average system & batteries costing $2500. – $4000. now priced from $1000. – $1500.

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