This is pretty cool! Invented by a former road motorcycle racer, the RoadRACE Power Pod easily adds electric assist to a hand cycle or tricycle. It is also easily removable.
Why would a hand cyclist want electric assist? The inventor, Mark Brereton, explains why:
“Handcycles are great fun whizzing down a flat road, as they take advantage of their flat aerodynamic shape cutting through the air. However, as soon as they hit a hill, gravity has a major say in slowing down your fun.
Whereas a normal cyclist has those two big thighs to power over hills, and the ability to really get out of the seat and apply all their bodyweight over the pedals; the poor handcylist has no such tricks up their sleeve.
The handcyclists body weight becomes a hindrance, rather than a help, and those two biceps are worked to the absolute limit just to maintain forward motion. Of course, the elite handcyclists can manage such hills.
But even an elite handcyclist can be beaten on a hill by a decidedly average regular cyclist. The RoadRACE Power-Pod sets out to flatten out these hills and even out the disparity between handcylists and their bicycling friends.
Because you are not hitting your “red-zone” and busting a gut on each and every incline, you will find you are able to stay out on the road for more hours. You will cover more miles and ride on roads you would not have tried otherwise. ”
The RoadRACE Power Pod uses the direct drive electric bike kit from E-Bike Kit.
As you can see in the video the RoadRACE Power Pod can also be used to easily add electric assist to a tricycle.
Mark added that “the off-road performance (of the RoadRACE Power Pod) was a pleasant surprise I have also made a chin operated throttle so that quadriplegics can control the power with their chin….this has really opened cycling up to some folks who could only dream of it…”
And here is a little background on Mark Brereton; he was a road motorcycle racer until he had a horrific crash at around 140 mph! Check out this video to hear from Mark about the crash and see him get back on a motorcycle 4 years later. Definitely an inspiring guy!
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