SegaCD: This is pretty slick but costly. Looks easy to make, the only spendy part is that wheel with a motor.
stsgabe: good point, as I've never ridden one,, just seems like it would handle better. It looked like you had to "steer it" as opposed to leaning.. very very cool tho
pushtrailer: Sorry it took so lomg to nawer these questions.
Cost varies a great deal. I get reports of $450 to $850. Contact me and I''ll beark it down for you.
The more weight it needs to push, the more it drains battery life and general performance. Motor choice is key here.
pushtrailer: Well if you did that how would the trailer balance on one wheel? And why do you think the bike should lean independently?
pushtrailer: A builer sent a picture of his dog riding along just fine. Medium size dog to be sure.
stsgabe: Good idea. How bout a U-joint connecter that would allow the bike to lean independently?
pushtrailer: Thed drive system requires 48 volts....and car natteries are simply too heavy..
HardcoreTeabrewer: The solution for the arm looks very solid. But I need to build one with two wheels -- to be stable enough for my dog. And get plenty of room for a motor and battery.
ggraysonlv: I'm surprised that no one has asked what the ballpark total investment would be (dollars, not hours of sweat equity) to build one of these neat-o propulsion trailers. Probably would be significantly cheaper than the Ridekick, right?
2nd question - will it push a tandem acceptably?
pushtrailer: It takes a very large solar panel array to charge at a rate that would be useful while on the move. Solar charging while parked for a long while would work....but it takes a high rate charger over-night to do the job fully.
whyanotheryoutubeaccount: Cool, well done, congratulations. Do you have any idea how much (surface) solar panels you would need to fully charge the batteries? Any way to integrate them (maybe charge partly while cycling, partly when stopped/camped/expanded?)
stopglobalswarming: Why not use 1 Optima 12v offroad/automotive battery, or some other high output auto/boat battery?
Renato G.F. Naso: Excellent idea & very practical!! (Love that funky music too!!...) Ok, I'm going 2 take a look @ the site, 2 C how much it is 4 the plan..
crsbt: great idea,,first time ive seen one,,,looks cool.
andre pata: Best kit ive seen. Congrats.
pushtrailer: Thank You. Others like it too.....we've sold plans all over the globe for the last three years. Take Care....we extend our best wishes.
pushtrailer: The trailer uses FOUR 12 volt, 10 amp/hr, lead acid batteries located under the cargo box. They will last up to 20 miles if you use them sparingly to help up hills and for short speed bursts. Visit our site for more information.
skipstah70: Wow, and where does all that electric power come from?
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