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    Looks great Gardenarian! I hope you really enjoy it. I know this is really different....but I have a 36 volt lifted golf cart. With my bad knees, it has allowed me to get all over our large property. I love it!
    Are you supposed to check your battery levels? I do that at least once a month and add distilled water to them if they are low. I don't know if lithium batteries are any different. Is it just one battery? I have 6 6 volt batteries. Duh...........that would be a little bit much for a bicycle to carry around! I'm guessing you only have 1. You're gonna have fun!

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    No, it just has one battery, and apart from regular charging, there is no maintenance. I think those golf carts are cool. I have a passion for those little electric trucks that are used for maintenance and stuff.

    Bummer - it's POURING outside
    I hope it lets up by the time I get out of work.

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    It looks like fun!

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    Made it home wet but happy!
    There is a definite learning curve to this thing. For example - don't put your feet down until you are at a complete stop, or the back tires will run over your feet! No sharp turns. It'll take some time to get used to the brakes. And to being so wide!

    I will miss the maneuverability of a regular bike, but in the long run I think this will be a lot safer for me.

    One surprise - it is really easy to pedal. I used the electric assist only briefly on one hill.

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    I have had my electric trike for a few weeks now, and it is definitely a success!

    I am becoming much more comfortable cruising around town on it. I have stopped using a helmet, as I found it uncomfortable and distracting. I'm not sure if I'll start wearing one again or not. It seems reckless not too, but most of the roads I ride on either have wide bike lanes or are dedicated bike trails, and the chances of tipping over are slim - and I'm pretty close to the ground to begin with.

    I can go far more than 20 miles on it; one day I did about 40 and the battery was still at least half full. Most of my trips are less than 5 miles round trip. According to the bike shop, it costs around five cents to fully charge the battery. When it gets really hot in the summer I'm sure I'll rely on the battery more than I do in these pleasant cool days.

    I don't go very fast, usually not more than 10 miles per hour. But that is significantly faster than I can walk, and I can carry over 100 pounds. It's great when I'm taking a big load of books to the library or grocery shopping. I really like the pace; I can look around me and see what's in bloom, stop and hang out whenever I want, and it is so quiet.

    I have had to take it the shop twice to get the gears adjusted, which is a pain, and 4th gear is still slipping now and then. Got to take it back in this week and make sure they get it right.

    One of the reasons I wanted a cargo trike was that I am having a problem with my leg & hip, and the no-impact cycling seems to be helping (whereas walking is pretty painful right now. I sure I hope this problem resolves soon.)

    I would love to hook up a solar panel so I could have an entirely off-grid vehicle - I'm looking into how to do this.

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    Thanks for the update. It does sound like the perfect answer for you.

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    Any more updates?
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