It's been done. Shaft runs inside right chain stay, for a clean "What makes it go!?" look. The only one I've seen in real life belonged to a guy who lived on a boat. He purchased it because he thought it might be less vulnerable to the wet and salty sea air than a chain. He was not happy with the drive's performance.
hmm... interesting. That was quiet helpful good sir. Here is the thing though; in my engineering class I Am working on making a better electric-assist bicycle. I was thinking applying it to a electric might make a better assist.
IMO any kind of "assist" to a bicycle defeats the purpose of a bicycle. Pedal power is what it's about. If I needed a motor I'd just drive my car. I understand the challenge of making it happen, how ever the bicycle is a very simple machine. Why complicate it?
I for one will not be putting a motor on mine anytime soon. A bicycle with a motor is hardly a bicycle. Pedaling into a headwind with a motor assisting you is cheating no matter how you look at it. To understand the cyclist you must be the cyclist, which does not involve a motor. IMO and all.
Yeah but there are millions of people with the right assist system that could use a bike for transportation with an assist, that without it the method would be totally impractical. It isn't even so much of a sweat issue ( though their co workers would disagree) but a practical one. Trouble is cost of an assisted bike vs cost of a scooter is a big deal. A brand new scooter that would probably be faster and more practical isn't but about $1500 or less the last time I checked. Yes you need a license and insurance, but if you are going to tap the transportation market thats your competition. Unless you don't have a drivers license for some reason like a DUI, that shouldn't be a barrier. The insurance for those little things are not too bad either.
Since even a mid range bike can cost that much before you start adding assist, either the bike has to suffer or you have to be able to build the assist dirt cheap. IF you are looking at this as an engineering exercise, then design away. You just might find a way that can do a great job, be tough as nails, be totally reliable and be dirt cheap. Never know what you are going to learn when you experiment. IF you are looking to market this for money, I honestly do not see the market with current technology.
Funny thing this is for a senior engineering class. I do know there is the tech, just it has not been applied to a bicycle. For example, turn the shaft system into a electric motor (know how to... not sharing though). Use a clam shell design to make it sealed and easy to open and do mantinence on.
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