Almost 2 years ago, I pointed to the NeoDymics bike to moped conversion unit after inventor, Jeff Radtke wrote in to tell me about it. I thought it was pretty cool but never heard anything more. Jeff wrote in today, telling me he has an all new version called the Neodymics Electric Cyclemotor. He says the first generation prototype destroyed the wheel rim when he hit a pothole so he redesigned it to include parallelogram coupled trailing link suspension which, according to Jeff, results in a very smooth, quiet and fun ride.
The whole idea here is to create a very quick change drive assembly which simply replaces the front wheel of a bicycle. You release the front wheel from the dropouts, replace it with the Cyclemotor and you’re off. Simple to install and easy to control, it’s pretty neat.
I like the DeWalt battery packs, just like the ones you use in any portable power tool. The batteries are made by A123 Systems, the same company getting pretty famous now for their work with the KillaCycle, Tesla Motors and even signing on with GM for use in the Chevy Volt electric car.
According to the website, the batteries average 15 miles per charge and recharge in one hour. I like the idea, I like the simplicity and it can be used on multiple bicycles since it just swaps out the front wheel. He doesn’t specify price or availability so it’s hard to say how practical it is. With larger electric motorcycles being designed and built with greater range this may fall short except the price is bound to be a lot less than a full motorcycle which could give it an edge.
It’s a neat idea, check it out.