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The Twike is an innovative electric vehicle that allows a driver to generate his or her own power by pedaling. Instead of directly moving the wheels though, pedaling the Twike charges up the carís five-speed electric motor. Twike says that the car can obtain speeds of up to 45 mph, and that adding a passenger on the pedals can help to generate almost 500 watts.
Um. As a 8,000 mile a year bike commuter, I'd like to point out that all that energy comes from you. A hill you can't jog up is a hill you can't pedal up.
Remember those boyhood dreams of a flying bike? Going up is uphill, something that physics courses later would make you realize.
This is not fixed by paint!
There's a lot to be said for the streamlining, but the extra weight is going to absolutely kill you.
I trailer my Doberman to this and that spot occasionally
and the first thing you notice, with a 80 lb dog, is that every little rise, even those that you never noticed before, is noticeably uphill, in fact everything is twice as steep as before.
And so it makes uphills slower, and since you spend much more time going slow than you spend going fast in a round trip, the whole ride remembers itself as uphill and slow.
I like bicycling uphill ; modern gearing makes it a pleasure. Downhill is a drag and if anything dangerous. But with a heavy load uphill leads to very slow motion, and long periods of time with one view and one cycling position and not much wind. Sort of like a stationary bike.
Hiya! Just completed my first year of used-Twike ownership, commuting 4,000 miles in-town, dropping my 7-year old and 2-year old off at school and daycare, and hauling various computer items around the Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
First, I'm a bicyclist at heart, specifically a mountain biker, and I can definately tell you there have been some inclines "hills" I've bicycled up that I couldn't jog up (unless I was in 4-wheel "hands and feet" grabbing trees scrambling mode, which ain't jogging).
The Twike is primarily an Electric Vehicle FIRST, and a dual recumbent bicycle SECOND. The text information in the blog is also wrong -- the bicycle part and the electric part work in parallel, both directly driving the rear axel. Ergo, you do not charge the batteries by pedaling, rather you conserve the energy in the batteries by pedaling -- any energy that you don't put into the system with the pedals is made up for by the energy in the batteries (which you plugged in last night). That being said, if you pedal while you're braking (regen brakes) then you are actually pedaling to charge the battery, but this is a small portion of time.
A trike more in-line with a bicycle is the Go-One3, however it does not have the robustness, seating and stowage capacity of the Twike.