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Since I tore my rotator cuff in my right shoulder I cannot ride my regular recumbent.  The handle bars are to high.  So I modified my old home made 2  wheel (Ryan) recumbent.  I used that old recumbent and the 2 wheels and disc brakes off my old Giant hybrid bike and made a Trike.  I drive the left wheel only.  Power assist  1 HP Honda 8,000 RPM motor.   Rear wheels are set at 6 degree and 1 degree tow in.

                                       As we grow older we can't always do the things we love to do.  In my case it is bicycling.  For the last 35+ years I have bicycled more than 1000 miles a year.  A few years ago I developed AF Atrial Fibrillation, a heart condition that limits my cycling.  I can cycle, on level ground with little problems; on a hill my heart rate jumps up to more than 180 BPM, a dangerous condition.  Until this problem I never walked a hill, I might have had to rest a couple times going up, but I could always make it to the top.  Over the years I have cycled from my home to such faraway places as Quebec City, Williamsburg Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Skyline Drive, and many many  others.    Many times riding more than 100 miles a day.  I think my heart went in AF on a hill in Vermont in 2003.

Winter of 2010 I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and figure out a way to fix this problem.  I decided to develop a bicycle with power assist, for hills. 

From a pile of parts and tubes (4130 Tubing) I designed and built a motorized recumbent cycle.   The bike was designed around drawings of a RYAN recumbent.  (Captain Jim's)  But I made it with Friction Drive assist.

This allowed me to ride my 1,000 miles that year.  Many miles with Team ROMEO.  

For 2011 I started on a front wheel drive system, electric or gas, but I had major troubles.  So I gave up till next year, and developed an upright cycle (Giant Cross Bike) with the same type motor.  These cycles allow me to cycle up hills out of the Cuyahoga Valley at 15+ miles an hour, depending on how much I help by pedaling.  They are powered by a 1 HP Honda 8,000 RPM motor.  A friction drive roller moves the rear wheel at speeds up to 25MPH.   I can start and engage or disengage the friction roller and motor while on the move.                        

 I was able to continue to ride with my cycling club Team ROMEO, Retired Old Men Eating Out, and stay with the group

For 2012 I was trying to develop an Electric Front Wheel Drive Recumbent.  The major problems were with the battery weight and the programmable controller card.  That card went back for repair, and I gave up.


After crashing my Giant Cross Bike on March 26th 2012 I started working on a Front Wheel Drive 1HP Honda gear and chain drive system for the front of my Ryan look a like recumbent.  Road tests started April 9th 2012. Road test finished 5/12/12 and I rode 200 miles on it from Saint Louis Mo. north on RT 66.  I have had to make a few modifications.  2014 I wore out the clutch, and had to replace it as well as replacing the drive gear.  I ven tried training wheels, but I hit the ground near a curb and was thrown in to traffic

One of my projects was an electric bugger to push my EZ recumbent.  Road test in late November 2013.  The bugger was successful but it didn't work, it keep pushing the bike side ways.

An other project I have is an electric scooter for my wife to use in stores.  Check out TheIdeaShoppe/Scooter/index.html   This scooter uses a Razor electric scooter for children.  I added a big seat, changed the gear ratio to a slower speed.  Then I added a programmable speed control, with a thumb switch for controlling the speed.  I added an modification to allow the scooter to go backwards in the winter 2016.

For the winter of 2015 I worked on an other electric bike modification to assist me up the hills.  But, that project didn't work out well.   The motor was mounted forward of the big chain ring and used a modified big chain ring and second chain.   I scrapped that idea.

For winter of 2016 I modified my 2 wheel recumbent  (Ryan)  recumbent.  It had a 1 HP Honda power assist motor.  Problem as very heavy to the Right where the motor was mounted.  It didn't have enough power to get me up the Highland Road hill, coming out of the valley.  So I changed the main gear 100 tooth to a 140 tooth, and moved the motor closer to center.  But I was not able to ride the modified bike.  I kept falling.  The balance, and steering had changed!  I hurt my left elbow, so I gave up.

For the winter of 2017 I am going to build an electric front wheel drive recumbent using my Sun recumbent with a 1 wheel bike trailer to tow the batteries.


All weekday rides except lunch rides start at Botzum Trail Head.  MAP

MONDAY: Some of our group start at Botzum Trail Head at 12:30.  They ride to the Barlow Trail Head arriving around 1:30.  Some of the group start, or arrive at Barlow. This is our weekly ride to Brugger's Bagel Bakery.  Bruegger's Bagel Bakery is located at the corner of Fishcreek Road and Ohio Rte. 91 and return.  MAP

TUESDAY: The weekly lunch ride information sent over the internet to  members.  Usually rides start at 10AM from many different locations.   {Rain Date is Thursday}

WEDNESDAY:  Ride starts at Botzum at 12:30    Round trip to Macedonia, Sagamore Hills, Hudson, Wadsworth, Norton, or elsewhere from the Botzum trail head and return by different route.   Group chooses destination.  Rides do not go thru Barlow Trail Head.        MAP

THURSDAY: Ride Thru Barlow Trail Head about 1:30 at Trail Head, ride starts at Botzum at 12:30.  Group chooses destination.

FRIDAY: Ride starts at Botzum at 12:30 ride, mostly in the valley, finishing at Szalay's for ice cream or drinks. Routes will be decided as we go. We'll probably get to Szalay's between 2:30 and 3. 

Saturday   We come from four directions by truck, bicycle, auto, and foot to "On TAP"on the Stow Kent border, just West of Fishcreek 4390 RT 59.    All are welcome, many bring there spouse or friend.  Arrival time is (9:15-9:30AM, with departure at 10:30AM.  Our group has been comming to Ken for breakfast since the 1980's.   MAP


SUNDAY: No scheduled rides---

Most rides from Botzum start at 12:30PM

The Botzum Trail head is 0.3 miles south of the intersection of Riverview Road and Bath Road in the CVNP. Usually these rides are 30-35 miles in length, but there are always exceptions. The trail head is expansive, there is plenty of parking, I have never seen this lot full.   MAP