Thinking about an electric assist for your recumbent trike or bike?
A recumbent bike or trike, is great for commuting or simply for recreation; however, if you want to go for an electric conversion of your recumbent, then an advanced system from our E-BikeKit site is the way to go. Sure, you can purchase a brand new electric recumbent trike, but if you want to save and already have a perfectly useful recumbent you already love, a kit is your best bet.
Take it from an E-Bike Kit customer, Kurt. He took his traditional Sun EX 3 recumbent trike and powered it up with a conversion kit—here it from him:
"My name is Kurt Traylor and I'm writing just to tell you a little of my story and to tell you how happy I am with my e-bike conversion that I had installed on my Sun EX 3 recumbent trike.
I'm now 68 years old and almost 30 years ago I was struck by a train while operating a skid loader at work. But that's a whole different story I'll not go into now, just suffice it to say that I suffered debilitating injuries that changed my life forever. 6 months in the hospital (over 2 in a coma), 2+ years of out-patient therapies, and a VERY supportive wife and family all have been instrumental in getting me where I am today.
Before the accident, I wouldn't say that I was an avid cyclist, but more than just occasional.
The last 2 or 3 months of my hospital stay my brother-in-law came to visit me regularly and at one of those visits we made a pact that we would run a marathon together when I recovered. But my head injury affected my balance and I wasn't able to walk or even stand without assistance (still can't) so that wasn't going to happen. I kept thinking to myself that I could ride a three wheeled bike, though So I made the progression from a standard adult trike to a semi-recumbent 3 speed trike to a 21 speed fully recumbent trike. That last one worked great and after a couple years I was up to 20-30 mile trips and had my sights set on a century bike tour. A hundred miles in one day on a bike would be comparable to running a marathon so the conversation was back on. So about 6 or 7 years after my accident my brother in law and I (and about 1000 other people) rode in a 100 mile tour. It took me over 11 hours but wasn't last, and I DID IT!
Since then I continued riding mostly by myself on 5-10 mile trips around home. But as I aged, those trips became less frequent - that is until this spring when I had Smitty's Bike Shop in Piqua, OH install an e bike conversion. Now I'm riding 10-15 miles 4-6 times a week and loving it! Using the pedal assist option I travel about 4 mph faster then before and I no longer have to worry about hills or wind. And the exercise is doing wonders for my physical and mental health.
I'm a very satisfied customer."
Some reasons you might consider an electric assist:
- you or your partner may need help keeping up with others
- you would like some help on the hills
- you commute to work and don’t want to arrive hot and sweaty
- you worry about not having enough stamina to get back home
Need some extra encouragement? Check out customer reviews!