Frequently the subject of the use of electric motor assistance on a trike comes up on a Facebook group discussion. And sadly there are always some folks who attack and criticize and pass judgement on anyone who dares to use e-assist. In doing so they usually boast about themselves being able to ride their trikes unassisted. It gets old even though I would rather imagine those same people have heard/read others say that with the use of e-assist they are able to ride further, faster and with no or greatly reduced discomfort while getting far more exercise than they can possibly get trying to ride without the help of a motor. And they greatly enjoy riding thanks to their e-assist. I know from personal experience that all of what I am saying is true. Having e-assist has made a huge difference in my life.

Anybody who has been following me thru the years and reading what I have written about motorizing a trike knows that I am against it if one doesn’t need it. That hasn’t changed one iota.  Motorizing a trike defeats the purpose of a human powered vehicle … namely getting exercise. I rode for as long as I could pedaling along and as time passed I suffered more and more in pain and discomfort. Many others have the same testimony.

Those that pass judgement on those of us who have turned to e-assist need to be thankful that they are still able to ride “unassisted”. I just hope that if ever they come to the point where they too need to turn to e-assist they will wake up and understand just how wrong they have been in their stance against those who use e-assist. Hopefully they will REPENT. And may we all just …


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 (@gmail.com)

One thought on “E-ASSIST … SOME DON’T GET IT”

  1. I totally understand under stand your point of view, I am 75 years old bought my first Greenspeed recumbent 11 years ago & found in the summer time suffering from Hay fever & riding uphill in Australia I was a trafic problem, So I asked the late Ian Sims to install an Electric motor on the front wheel in 2008, now I have a second hand HP Guppy tadpole that I have done to like new condition Etechnology has changed over the years with the power on it acts like a cruise control hit the brakes it cuts out same as a car, on the steepest hill I only need to change down one gear, I cannot walk far with a knee problem but can ride any where I want, but I would prefer to have suspension front & rear, I do not give a dam about what people say it is my HPV my wife insisted that I fly a safety flag. So I installed one a few months ago other wise I have 2 very bright flashing Red lights at the widest extreem of the trike same with the head lights in the front , most cars change lanes to overtake me in Australia as that is road law to stay 1200m clear of a HPV, My recumbents travel in a fully insulated converted panel van, with a sloping front trailer with my HPV Hobbie Kayak on the top roof racks.

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