PEDAL ASSIST MOTOR
There was a time when people used to move to get to where they wanted to go, rather than sitting in a car, bus or train. People used to walk, run, ride horses and cycle, purely as a means of transportation – not for exercise! We hope to help enable more people to do that with the DryCycle.
It’s a much more natural experience to have to do some exercise in order to get to where you want to go. Exercise is generally stress relieving and helps lift people’s moods, whilst keeping your body in good shape will lighten other everyday tasks and improve your overall health.
The electric motor in the DryCycle will add a healthy dose of power to your own pedaling so that you can outpace casual cyclists with hardly any effort on your part. Feeling the motor helping to push you along at a higher speed than you'd normally achieve on a bicycle with minimal effort on your part is great fun! Book a Test Ride to see what we mean.
The Shimano E8000 motor is rated to 250 watts so that the DryCycle is legally classified as an EAPC (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle).
Shimano is world renowned for the high quality of their bicycle components, and the E8000 system is their top of the range motor, giving you up to 80Nm of torque. It's also very responsive to your pedaling inputs as it has both inbuilt torque and cadence sensors.
It’s not a V12 of course, and you won’t be blasting away from a standing start like a Ferrari, but being able to do that on a cycle path would be pretty irresponsible anyway, as it is still a pedal cycle. What it will do is easily keep pace with, and most likely be a bit faster than, unassisted casual cyclists (who tend to top out at 12mph), with only a little effort from you pushing the pedals in most situations.
At 120kg in weight the DryCycle is built for luxurious cycling, not ultimately for speed, but since the legal limit of motor assistance is 15.5mph, outright speed isn't really an option anyway, so why not take advantage of that extra power to get to your destinations with little effort, in comfort and safety.
When you're going to work, turn the motor up to boost mode and do the minimal amount of pedaling needed, letting the motor take the strain so that you don't arrive all sweaty.
Then, at the end of the day, rather than spending time and money heading to the gym, you can work out in your DryCycle to increase or maintain your fitness.
Turn down the motor assist, or just pedal as hard as you want to, and make sure you give your body the regular workouts it needs to keep your heart healthy and help you to stay in shape - safe in the knowledge that there is a change of clothes and a shower waiting for you at home! (If you're concerned about your seat getting sweaty just use the optional seat cover to protect it).
We consider staying healthy as the main reason for choosing a DryCycle on your commute.
A recent report in the British Medical Journal shows that cycling to and from work could almost halve your risk of cancer and heart disease over a five year period.
Risk of Death by any Cause
Risk of having Cancer
Risk of having Heart Disease
Reduced by 41%
Reduced by 45%
Reduced by 46%
It was a very comprehensive survey with over 250,000 participants, conducted over a five year period. During that period 2430 people in the study died, 3748 were diagnosed with cancer, and 1110 had heart problems. The study included looking at any increased risks (eg. from exhaust fumes) and deaths by any other means (eg. from crashes) and came to the definitive conclusion that cycling is certainly better for your health even when you consider all the risks, and of course this survey didn’t factor in the increased crash protection offered by a DryCycle!
DryCycling near our factory in the rain
We include two Shimano BT-E8020 504wh batteries and their locking mounts as standard with each DryCycle. Most E-bikes only have one battery, and that one battery is not usually as large in capacity as either of these top of the range Shimano batteries.
By equipping each DryCycle with two of these batteries you'll get a range*, in boost mode, of 50 miles, in an urban environment, which at 15 MPH is over 3 hours of riding. If you're looking for even more range then you can add another 1 or 2 batteries to get 75 or 100 miles of total range respectively.
All the batteries are supplied fitted into the boot space of the vehicle with their own individual battery mounts to keep them secure until needed. One of the battery mounts is connected up to the motor, and when that battery runs out of juice, you can simply swap it out with one of the fresh ones from another battery mount.
*Please be aware that range will change with various factors, such as: rider and cargo weight, wind direction, elevation changes, tyre pressures, road surface, etc.
With the DryCycle you're buying a vehicle that can get decent charging speeds when plugging into the largest network of charging points of any electric vehicle :)
Since all you need is a normal 3 pin UK plug socket, and a 4 way extension lead in order to get a full charge of all 3 batteries in under 5 hours.
You'll get an 80% charge (40 miles range) in 2.5 hours, as the final 20% charges more slowly than the first 80% does. Charging a battery is much like filling a glass of water, you can throw the water/energy in quickly to begin with but you have to slow down as you get near to full as you can't 'spill' any.
We use a fast 20 amp charger for the 12v Ancillary battery and two Shimano fast chargers (EC-E6000) for the two Shimano batteries. All chargers are supplied as standard with your DryCycle.
Our map is a very rough guesstimate of course and vastly underestimates the total number of plug sockets in England and Wales (we sparsely populated the National park areas with plug sockets rather than completely covering them for good measure), but we were looking for an easy way to illustrate the ready availability of charging points for those of you who might be more used to looking at charging point maps for electric cars, showing that one of the things which some people seem to be worried about with electric cars, access to reliable charging points, is certainly not an issue with a DryCycle.
Cars can also use normal 13 amp plugs to charge as well of course, but with their much larger batteries some take a couple of days or more to fully charge rather than just a few hours. This also means that to get effective home charging speeds you avoid the cost of a £500+ wall charging unit that electric cars need in order to get reasonable home charging speeds. To be clear, we're definitely not against electric cars, but this is an advantage with a DryCycle.
If you feel you'll need to get range more quickly still, then with a DryCycle the solution lies in buying extra batteries, so that you always have range to spare.
When charging the DryCycle you'll find that the Drivetrain (Shimano) batteries are removable from the vehicle so that you can take them out and charge them inside your home or office if you would like to do this, or you can charge them whilst they're still in the vehicle with the vehicle locked and alarm and (optional) GPS tracker activated.
The Ancillary battery can't be easily removed, by design, and we recommend that you don't take it out of the vehicle. The Ancillary battery powers the Alarm and (optional) GPS tracking. If you were to remove it the Tracker's Call Centre (if you have the tracker option) will contact you to find out why the power was interrupted to the tracker (once the main power is removed the GPS tracker still has it's own internal battery), but the alarm would no longer function, so removing them isn't a good option. Also due to their weight, location and securing method this battery takes a few minutes to remove from the vehicle. The way to charge them is to use the charging port that is neatly hidden behind a panel on the rear of the DryCycle. This is why the Ancillary battery is quite large in capacity, so you're likely to need to charge it less frequently than the removable Drivetrain batteries, and you can add another Ancillary battery to double its capacity if you think you'll be charging it even less frequently.
To charge the battery/ies whilst in the vehicle you'll need to have a normal 3 pin UK plug socket within 2-3 meters of your DryCycle's charge port at the back of the vehicle, or at least be able to run an extension lead from your plug socket to within that distance of the DryCycle.