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  1. Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your mention in Michael Bennet’s recent newsletter.
    The RideKick would be fantastic for those of us who ride long distance trails on overnight trips. It would have been perfect for a trails like the Silver Comet in Georgia and the Chief Ladiga in Alabama.

  2. Posted July 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea; I already have a bike of my own, but sometimes you forget or have a trip into Old Town where it’d be useful to have faster-than-foot transportation. Having a bike vending machine would be really handy! I’d like to see these south of Prospect, too; put one in every park that you could return to any other park vending machine.

  3. Jack Paschke
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Let’s vote for B- cycles in Fort Collins

  4. Posted August 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    are these examples of bikes the ride will fit or won’t fit on?

    • Anonymous
      Posted August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi there- these are pictures of rear axle configurations that will not work with the Ridekick power trailer. The problem is that the hitch plate will not sit flat against the bike frame if your bike’s rear axle looks like any of the pictures above. With the attached picture you provided, it looks like this rear axle configuration may need a slight modification. Our Customer Support tech will be looking into how to configure the Ridekick power trailer to this kind of bike today. He will get in touch with you via email. Thanks for the question!

  5. Posted August 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I was able to attach the hitch plate to a Surly fixed-gear bike, the same model as the photo you have here (eighth from the top).

    There a few others in the photos that look like they would work, but I haven’t tried them.

  6. David Medberry
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hey Chelsey et al,
    Have these folks been able to rig up a solar PV recharger for their RKs?

    • Chelseyw
      Posted October 21, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Hi David,

      We haven’t rigged up any solar panels for recharging as of yet. Maybe sometime in the near future! It would be great for touring.

  7. Letendre guillaume
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Bonjour, je demeure au Québec et j’aimerais savoir si, tôt ou tard vous aurez un vendeur au Québec? Merci, Guillaume Letendre

    • Posted November 24, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Salut Guillaume. Nous travaillons pour obtenir une remorque de puissance Ridekick au Canada dès que possible. Une fois que nous faisons, nous vous le ferons savoir! Nous vous remercions de votre patience et votre intérêt dans Ridekick!

    • Anonymous
      Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Salut Guillaume. Nous travaillons pour obtenir une remorque de puissance Ridekick au Canada dès que possible. Une fois que nous faisons, nous vous le ferons savoir! Nous vous remercions de votre patience et votre intérêt dans Ridekick!

  8. RichardL
    Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    BionX is not hard to use nor awkward to ride. You are exaggerating alleged flaws in the competitive products.

    • Anonymous
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for your input and feedback on our electric bike comparisons. We will take a look at this page and reconsider our word choice.

      All bicycle companies are on the same team in regards to getting more people on bikes and leaving the car in the garage – and BionX has an innovative product that does so. Ridekick is excited to become a part of this movement, and we appreciate your insight on the ebike market.

      -Chelsey from Ridekick

  9. Chandast_no
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on what looks like a great product and a neat company. Are you looking at extending the range of your product through adding a generator to make power from the turning wheels, or would that add too much weight? I remember my first “English bike” (late 1950s) which had a generator/hub on the front wheel that powered the front and rear lights.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      That is a great concept! We currently do not have a model that regenerates power on the market, but it is something to look in to! Thank you for your insight and interest in Ridekick!

  10. Sexygeorge
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Would make more sense if the thing charged itself while being pulled..

    • ARL
      Posted December 29, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink

      I think the idea is that the Ridekick makes cycling easier not harder

      • Phillipmoss
        Posted December 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        This is regenerative braking – very much the thing in electric car tech at the moment. Does not add to load only functions on down hill. And on that note are there issues with braking the extra load – like jack knifing?

        • Csutke
          Posted December 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

          Regenerative breaking works well for cars because they have lots of mass and inertia. On a bike, regenerative breaking becomes very inefficient. Because most of the force exerted by the rider is used in fighting wind resistance, not building inertia, the amount of energy that can be recovered is very small.

          • Srcpt
            Posted December 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

            Regenerative braking via a simple wheel driven generator that could be manually engaged on downslopes (which presumably follow the upslope) would be very easy to incorporate as would a solar panel on the lid of the trailer.

          • Cee64D
            Posted January 1, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

            I’ve ridden ebikes with regen braking. It’s just exactly like slamming the brakes on. Unless you’re on a steep incline, you stop. Fast.

          • Eldiablo_magicman
            Posted February 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

            yeah and why the hell would anyone want to take the fun out of going down hill?

          • Traisjames
            Posted April 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

            I am going to be camping this summer with no power and bike into work every day, 16 miles one way. It would be nice to be able to be able to recharge it while at the camp site by raising the back wheel of my bike off the ground and connect it to a detachable generator to recharge the sidekick. solar panel would be nice too

    • Ben Voiles
      Posted December 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      That would be a good idea but would only work going down hill and braking but still It might be a good idea.

      • Nghtrider1962
        Posted February 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

        You all keep talking about regenerative braking to recharge why?, Wouldn’t be much easier and lighter to have a solar panel on the back of the cargo lid?
        And charging Lithium with a onboard BMS sytem would be more practical as well. They make flexible solar panels and very light in weight,
        No matter where it is it would be charging with a light source. Thats less weight on your wheels meaning less drag as well, And less maintenace for your locale mechanic or yourself for the home mechanics.

  11. Raytangny
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    really lead acid battery? the range can be drastically increased if you’re guys are not greedy, a lithium battery should be an alternative. you guys know this that’s why the battery warranty is only 6th month… i like the idea, but sadly i will wait for 2nd version of better battery tech or a copycat version

    • John Coryat
      Posted December 29, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Call me crazy, but it would be a technically simple job to augment or replace the battery with one of your choice.

      • Raytangny
        Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

        yupe it is easy, amazon sells many drop in replacement with higher capacity, just crazy company still selling 1900 battery tech. I rather pay 750 with lithium and get 500 cycle rate than Lead Acid with 200 cycle rate.

        • William R. Cousert
          Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

          The unit comes with two batteries, but it looks like it could easily hold six.

        • H.Sapien
          Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

          There are good reasons to consider lead acid over lithium.
          1. One third to one quarter the cost
          2. Availability and ease of charging without some specific and costly charger and BMS (battery management system)
          3. Ease of sending the battery through the mail…as lithium is illegal unless it goes with “D.G.” (dangerous goods) status at a much higher rate…and by surface transport only.) Sure, many Chinese will send lithium by air without the required labels, not caring if there’s a fire aboard the aircraft. Same goes for others selling lithium in the USA…
          4. Reliability of lead is higher, based on over a century of manufacturing experience, and the more consistent cell capacity. If lithium cells are not extremely close in capacity, unless the BMS protects the stronger from the weaker, you’ll not get the range nor the longer charge cycles life.
          5. Consider lead acid adding only 10 to 12 lbs (in addition to the equivalent lithium battery weight) to the total weight of the rider, bike, and motor system. If you’re 180 lbs., the bike, motor and lead acid battery is 65, the total is near 250…so dropping 12 lbs. is only 5% of the total, and the extra assist more than makes up for it.
          6. Regenerative braking is easier to accomplish if you’re not having to worry about overcharging fragile chemistry lithium..

          Having pointed out the good reasons for lead acid, there are good reasons to consider lithium too… If you’ve got to lug the battery long distances, or can’t charge after every ride, or use your battery just a few months out of the year, or expect to run out of battery frequently and the heavier weight of lead is not practical… then yes, lithium is fine so long as it’s safe, and holds up as rated.

          • H.Sapien
            Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

            …to clarify…that is, lugging the battery when you’re not riding, as some riders do after leaving their bikes in garages a block or more from work…or lugging it upstairs every day, etc…

      • DJ
        Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        can get u a electric motor and 2 12volt batties with the wheel sprocket and battery charger that goes 25 miles an hour and 16 miles on a single charge. and then you can buy a cart for the back to carry cargo. Much better huh? Works much better than this and way less expendsive. 200.00 +tax and S&H to order denniskcmo@gmail.com

    • luv2bike
      Posted January 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      SLA any time in the last 3+ years seems to be preposterous to use. in the US the ebike marketplace is a graveyard as far as sales overall, and the SLA makes sense if it were 8 years ago, but not now.

      I strongly urge you to rethink your biz model, because I’m sorry, but I have to say SLA is just “crap” for technology. I’m ‘soooo disappointed that you didn’t at least have better tech, even if not one of the various lithium battery options.

      and the prices are just whacked, even worse than the substandard range, speed and amp hours that you’re using.

      • Anonymous
        Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        Thank you for your reactions. Regarding the price of the Ridekick trailer, we strive to reach a price notably lower than an e-bike that matches the quality of long lasting bicycles. The Ridekick power trailer design and manufacturing quality provide a ride of confidence and the ability for a local bike shop to support whatever arises. The team put extraordinary effort into designing the extra value while minimizing incremental cost.

        SLA batteries are well suited for some Ridekick users, but we do realize that the extended range of a lithium battery is needed, as well. Therefore, we will be coming out with a lithium battery in the next few months. Please see our Lithium Battery page for more information.

        http://www.ridekick.com/lithium-batteries/

      • Scoot
        Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        can get u a electric motor and 2 12volt batties with the wheel sprocket and battery charger that goes 25 miles an hour and 16 miles on a single charge. and then you can buy a cart for the back to carry cargo. Much better huh? Works much better than this and way less expendsive. 200.00 +tax and S&H to order denniskcmo@gmail.com

  12. Ben Voiles
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    What I need to know is if it is possible to install your motor and related components on a Wike special needs bicycle trailer? It is just like a childs trailer but sized for an adult. I use it to tow my wife who has muscular dystrophy. I’m fine on the flats but on hilly terrain you can forget it.
    We live at the southern point of the Appalacian mountains so it can be pretty tough and the fact that we are both fat and old doesn’t help any. We couldn’t even make it through a Century that was advertised as having “no hard climbs” maybe not for Grag LeMond. Just about killed me! With just a little assist on the climbs I think we would have been OK. Get back to me ASAP.

    • Scooter
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      can get u a electric motor and 2 12volt batties with the wheel sprocket and battery charger that goes 25 miles an hour and 16 miles on a single charge. and then you can buy a cart for the back to carry cargo. Much better huh? Works much better than this and way less expendsive. 200.00 +tax and S&H to order denniskcmo@gmail.com

  13. Ron
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    It seems the throttle is all or nothing, on or off. Will you be developing a throttle with a variable control?

    • Csutke
      Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      The throttle is variable control, you can go as fast or slow as you want.

  14. William R. Cousert
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    It’s a neat concept, but I would need more than eight to 12 miles per charge. I’ll wait for the next generation.

  15. Chester Schmidt
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    If you still want exercise can you pedal the bike and extend the range to 45 miles? Will the battery peter out and then it will be like pulling 75 lbs of dead weight?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chester – if the Ridekick power trailer is turned on but you are not using the power and just pulling it like a normal trailer, the battery level will not diminish. So, if you want to use the Ridekick trailer’s boost on uphills and pull it on flats or downhills, you may be able to get 45 miles out of it, depending on how much of your trip is uphill. :) You can also use the power just a little bit (pushing you 12 mph instead of 19 mph) and extend your range, as well.

      If you do run out of juice and have to pull the trailer, you will be towing 45 pounds if the trailer is empty. It is heavy, but doable, depending on the terrain of your ride.

      I hope this helped answered some of your questions, Chester!

  16. Sam6302
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I will take a fuel cell version

  17. Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I would like to become a dealer

  18. Ryanh_33
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Why isn’t there a regenerative clutch system for when off throttle and still pedaling?

    • Jovan
      Posted January 1, 2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      Great idea to begin with, would be near perfect if it could re-charge while pedaling downhill.

    • NoahWhey
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      I would guess it has something to do with the relatively light weight and slow speed of a bicycle (with rider included.) The amount of energy you would recapture would be minimal and more than offset by the additional complexity and drag.

  19. Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    What is the weight limit of the rider? Is there a point in a persons weight that would make the Ridekick ineffective to use? Is there a problem with it becoming unhitched?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dawn! There is no weight limit for a rider, but it may affect how much the Ridekick trailer will push you. We have had some riders at around 300 pounds still use the Ridekick trailer to get around town.

      If the Ridekick trailer’s hitch plate is securely tightened to the rear axle of your bike, you should have no problems with the trailer becoming unhitched.

      There is also a 30-day money back guarantee if you would like to try out the Ridekick trailer to see if it meets your needs.

      If you have any more questions, please email info@ridekick.com and we can get all your questions answered.

      Thanks, Dawn!

      -Chelsey

  20. Posted January 4, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    ¿Do you have any model with higher volume of cargo?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carlos – we do not have a higher cargo volume lid yet, but the current lid is removable so when we do come out with a cargo lid, it will be transferable onto the current model. Thank you for your interest!

  21. Tom
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    When are they available in Europe ?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Tom- We are in the process of establishing an international distribution program. If you are interested in learning when they will be available in Europe (which should be shortly), email info@ridekick.com and we will send you an email update to let you know when Ridekick power trailers will be in Europe.

      Thank you, Tom!

  22. Tony Blain
    Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    can you supply to australia to attach to a electric bike

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tony- We currently do not have any Ridekick power trailers in Australia, but we are in the process of establishing an international distribution program. If you would like to know when they will be available in Australia, email info@ridekick.com and we will send you email updates when the Ridekick power trailer will be available in your area.

      Thank you for your interest, and we are looking forward to getting you a Ridekick power trailer!

  23. Mcalister_larry
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    does the trailer have a braking system to help on steep downhills.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Larry,

      The Ridekick power trailer performs like a regular bike trailer when braking – using your bike’s brakes will slow down and/or stop the Ridekick power trailer from pushing you forward. The trailer itself does not have a braking system.

      Thank you for your question!

  24. Wb5ugc
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone asked about using the ridekick with a Sun UCX3 recumbent?

    Larry – wb5ugc@gmail.com

  25. Anairam J
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Can it be used hooked up to a QUICKIE WHEELCHAIR?? not a bad idea for when i need to go up hill. Id like more like 25 miles per charge on it.. just a thought.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      Anairam,

      No, we do recommend attaching the Ridekick trailer to a wheelchair. As for the 25 miles per charge, the new lithium battery that will be available shortly will have a 25 mile range.

      Thank you for the thought and interest!

  26. Seashorebabe
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Can you also peddle with this?

    • Michael Workinger
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Just finding put about this yes you can. I have a 43cc motorized bike. You can pedal with the motor to go very fast. And take off fast. My concern is about how it performs in turns.

      • NoahWhey
        Posted January 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

        It performs very well! I test rode one yesterday and about the only thing couldn’t test it on was a large hill. Living in Florida, those are rarer than honest politicians.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Yes, you can also pedal. The trailer will push you up to 19mph, but you can pedal along with it (so you may be able to go eve faster than the 19mph!)

    • Dennis
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      I can get u a electric motor and 2 12volt batties with the wheel sprocket and battery charger that goes 25 miles an hour and 16 miles on a single charge. and then you can buy a cart for the back to carry cargo. Much better huh? Works much better than this and way less expendsive. 200.00 +tax and S&H to order denniskcmo@gmail.com

  27. Cheddy64
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Is the 579 price on top of the price of the Ridekick?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      The $579 price is for the lithium battery only. The price of the Ridekick power trailer with a lithium battery is yet to be determined. If you would like to be notified when a price for the Ridekick power trailer with the lithium battery is available, please sign up for our newsletter at the top of the page, or email info@ridekick.com and we will contact you with updates.

      Thanks, Cheddy64!

  28. Kari
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Hello
    we want more info about eport possbilities.
    Scandinavian market interest you, or not?
    Answer ,Please.
    oulainen@gmail.com
    Br
    Kari
    from Finland, Europe)

  29. luv2bike
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    wow, the price of the ridekick is way too high.. but the price of the replacement battery is positively insanely overpriced. in this economy i’m not sure you can find enough suckers.

    • some where in Oregon
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      the ridekick battery is the sealed acid… the $579 would be the desirable one to have but would increase the price granted. BUTTTTT…..look at the extended range the SLA may be good for the valley. I would need the LiFe for the mtns I live in. of course you can always coast down the other side once you summit!

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comments on lithium batteries.

      Choosing lithium batteries requires some deep research. Price, density, power per weight, and peak current per cell all play a role in choosing between lithium-iron, Li-ion, Li-poly, LiMn, etc. Additionally, choosing a supplier with consistently good quality is important to insure that everyone gets a high quality battery. We also learned that some suppliers don’t transport according to safety standards, and put airlines in jeopardy with lithium on board. We chose not to support those businesses.

      Ridekick chose LiFePO4 because it performs well, and our supplier exhibits practices for good quality. Furthermore, the supplier provides US support and warehousing, which reflect our goals of doing as much US-based business as possible.

      In the final analysis, when compared to other lithium batteries for e-bikes (see examples posted on the left side of our web page), the Ridekick battery costs nearly 1/2 the price-per-mile as e-bike branded batteries. And the Ridekick battery is nearly the same price-per-mile as the raw battery pack cited. We could choose to sell a 24V 10AH battery at lower price, but the range wouldn’t be as compelling to switch from SLA.

      The Ridekick battery pack comes with protective BMS (battery management system electronics), a fast 6A charger, and the custom bag with carrying straps. The system has been tested for over one year and carries our 1 year warranty.

      Please continue to comment or write us directly at info@ridekick.com. We thrive on your insights.

    • NoahWhey
      Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      While I would love it if the price were lower, I’ve tried to figure out how much it would cost to build a similar powered trailer with commercially available parts, and the only way I’ve found that I would be able to do it for less involves a lot of looking for used/discarded parts. Having actually seen the unit in person, and knowing that an unpowered cargo trailer will run you anywhere from $150 to $300, I think they’ve probably set their price to afford themselves a reasonable (but not exorbitant) profit on a total production volume that, at this point, doesn’t afford them a ton of savings via economy of scale.

      In short, it’s a good product, and I don’t see how they can get the price a whole lot lower and still make money.

    • Donovan
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

      Honestly do some research! The price point for this product is not unreasonable.

  30. Michael Workinger
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I am wondering about the attachment hardware and how it pivots while turning of cornering.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      The Ridekick attaches to the rear axle of your bike on the left side. A hitch plate is mounted on the axle by being thread through the skewer. The Ridekick trailer then hooks onto the hitch plate. All of the energy created in the trailer is transferred to the axle, pushing your bike forward up to 19mph.

      This power trailer pivots and turns like a normal bike trailer, following right along with the bike. You do want to be careful with taking sharp turns… bike trailers can flip.

      Thanks for the question, Michael!

  31. Posted January 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    You show some of the rear assemblies that it WON’T fit. It sure would be nice to see some it does fit. How about some pics of the attachment so we can see if it would fit OUR bikes. I have a TerraTrike (recumbent tadpole) and the rear assembly is nothing like any of your pics. How would I know if I could attach it to my trike. By the way, my trike has an 8 speed internal hub. Thanks for any information you could provide.

    Terry kc3ak@arrl.net

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your input, Terry! We have updated the page with bikes that work with the Ridekick power trailer, as well as a bike that has been modified to work. More information on Terra Trikes with the Ridekick trailer has been sent to your email.

      • Cee Fry
        Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        I too have a TT Rover 8 and would love to have the RIDEKICK. My 77 year old legs aren’t what they used to be and could use the help. If you have more info please forward it. Thanks!

        Cee

    • Peter_C
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      I have a TT Rover, and the RideKick mount works fine with the Rover model at least.

  32. Kayo
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Will you be offering the Ridekick with LiFePO4 instead of the lead acid? And any idea of a time frame?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Yes, you will be able to purchase a Ridekick power trailer with a lithium instead of a sealed-lead acid. We are hoping to have the lithium batteries out on the market in the next few months. Pre-order your LiFePO4 above, and we will send you updates on the status of the battery. Thanks, Kayo!

  33. goodfriends
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I have a disability…I was an avid cyclist up until 4 yrs ago….this might just help me get back to doing what I love!!!!

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      goodfriends – Thank you for your comment! We love to hear that Ridekick may help you get back to cycling! Do you have a dealer in your area? If not, let us know. Email info@ridekick.com or call 877-974-4440 for more information, and we can help you get set up with a Ridekick power trailer.

  34. mikial
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    What is the price w/ lithium ion batteries and or w/ no batteries.+_ what is the minimum order of units to becoming a dealer? Thanx Mikial owner of travel light cycles

  35. Radoslav
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about your ridekick on our Blog http://www.about-business.de in Germany, do you have already a Dealer located in Germany or another country in Europe?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi there,

      We currently do not have dealers in Europe, but we are working on setting up our processes to get into Europe!

      Just read through your blog on Ridekick – great write-up! Thank, you!

      We’ll keep you informed on updates on getting into Europe.

      Thank you for your interest!

  36. Mary
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Do recumbent trikes require the long throttle cable. I have the Ice Sprint 26 – 26 inch rear wheel.

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary,

      For the most part, recumbent trikes do not require the longer throttle cable, and the Ice Sprint 26 looks like it will not need a longer throttle cable. Your bike should work well with the Ridekick trailer. :)

  37. Reg
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Is this the only model? Id like some thing bigger to carry more stuff and mabee a removable lid ??

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Reg – This is currently the only model, but we do know that some people like to carry more things, like dog food or large bags of rice. The current lid is removable so when we do come out with a cargo lid, it will be transferable onto the current model. We also have a “racking top” that we have customized for a few customers. See the attached picture for an example of the cargo lid. If this is something you are interested in, email info@ridekick.com for more information. Thanks, Reg!

  38. Joe86451
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Can you use as needed to extend the battery life?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Joe – Yes, you can use as needed to extend the battery life. The throttle is variable, so if you push the throttle a little, it will go a little (10-12 mph) if you push the throttle a lot, it will go up to 19mph. If you go 10-12 mph, you can extend your range to around 20 miles!

      Thanks, Joe!

  39. Lalue
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Hi it is me again,
    Have you ever thought to cooperate with CTS (Childrens transport systems). It is hard to carry two children (60 pd) in a Captain XL and try to climb a mountain.

    Best wishes,

    Lalue

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 26, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Lalue,

      Yes, it would be hard to carry to children and climb hills! A child transportation system is something that does intrigue us. We’ll keep you updated on any progress in this area.

      Thank you for your interest!

      • Prof Prodromal
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        You may need a 4 HP motor

  40. Bsp14
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Can the tires be changed to 700c tires, or can they only be what they currently are?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Hi there. The Ridekick trailer won’t work with 700c wheels because the motor gearing is not correct. The Ridekick trailer will work with bicycles that have 27″, 700c, 26″, or even 20″ wheels. Hope this helps! :)

      • Mikeresnick
        Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

        ? Clear as mud. The trailer won’t take 700c wheels but it can be pulled by a rode bike? Makes no sense your answer.

        • Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

          Then let me interpret for Ridekick since they’re apparently too polite:

          NO, you can’t use 700c or any tires on the Ridekick trailer other than the size provided with the unit.

          YES, “they can only be what they currently are.”

          The rest of their answer was simply to make it clear that the Ridekick will work with pretty much any size bicycle.

  41. Gerry
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Are you planning to expand into Ontario?

    • Anonymous
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Gerry,

      We would like to get into Ontario (and Canada for that matter) soon. We are currently setting up our processes to get Ridekick trailers into other countries. If you would like, we can email you when Ontario has Ridekick trailers!

      Thanks for your interest!

      • Gerald Britton
        Posted April 13, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        HI — Wondered if any progress on Ontario, Canada dealers yet

  42. Thomas Latimer
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    What is the weight of the item ?

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Thomas,

      The weight of the Ridekick power trailer is 43 pounds. The trailer also comes off in seconds for traditional riding when you do not want the boost.

      Hope this helped!

    • Prof Prodromal
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      The trailer is 40lbs with batterys… and more if you add larger batteries.

      • Prof. Prodromal
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        ok a little heavier, but larger batteries are desirable.

  43. Mike
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Is there a weight limit for the bike rider?

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mike,

      There is no weight limit for the rider, but the more the bike and the rider weigh, the less range the Ridekick power trailer will have. Email info@ridekick.com if you have any other questions.

      Thanks, Mike!

  44. Cee Fry
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Hey man!! My well used 77 year old legs praise you everytime I come to a hill. I have the ideal set-up–RideKick attached to a TT Rover 8. AND cargo space to boot. What a great concept. THANKS!!`

    Cee Fry, San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico

  45. Mikeresnick
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Can you purchase the Trailer Kit without a battery? Many of us already have batteries for other ebikes.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      Mikeresnick – We have the SLA battery in a neat set-up with a customized Ridekick battery bag and charger, but email info@ridekick.com to with us discuss more…

  46. Mikeresnick
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    What’s the design benefit to using the little 12″ wheels? Why not a standard 20″ bike wheel with standard bike tires? Seems like bicycle gear should use bicycle components. Those wheels and the weight seem like it would be a real chore to tow when the battery was dead especially uphill. And you would have to tote tools to change those tires… of course I’d probably run slime tubes if such a thing exists for those size tires. Neat concept, but I think I’ll wait for Generation II… hopefully quieter with a 36 volt option for hilly areas.

    • Nghtrider1962
      Posted February 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      I agree with the 20″ wheels, the 12″ wheels just are not practical, If you don’t live in the city.But if you do live in the city I can understand it. You might consider this a Upgrade Option so everyone is pleased. Not to mention, the axle of the smaller wheels would actually be less in tensile strength then the larger 20″ wheels axle. Making it stronger and more durable. And people if your not carrying tools for your own rides now then why complain about needing tools to have with this trailer. I’m a avid bike rider I have a tool pouch with 13 tools in it, I can strip a any bike to bare frame in 5 minutes, And No I don’t steal them. I repair mine and friends bikes. I have over 40 years experince with Bikes.

      • Mikerensick
        Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        I carry bicycle tools when I ride… I guess I miss the point of “complaining”. My point was it makes sense to make these compatible with existing bicycle tools. It’s neat that you have a 13 tool pouch.. but what is the point why not 8 or 22? The relevance? It’s neat that you appear to be a bicycle mechanic and can play super mechanic with a bike, but most people can not. My point was to make this as friendly as possible for the target audience… which is likely not bicycle mechanics, and to make the tire changes compatible with bicycle tools. Maybe they are, but they sure don’t look like it.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

        When designing the Ridekick 900HT, we considered 12”, 16” and even larger wheels. The first model was designed for around town use because interest in this use model was so strong. Many pros and cons were weighed to optimize for this model. It turns out that a larger wheel requires a larger gear to keep the motor RPM within an efficient range; larger gears are more expensive and prone to bending and can be a bigger safety issue. After miles of testing on various prototypes, the 12” wheels proved to work well in town as long as we rode more carefully over railroad tracks and bumpy dirt trails.

    • Prof Prodromal
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Any one that knows gears will understand the use of small wheel in a power train, it works like a lower gear.

  47. Dennis
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    why would i buy this when u can get an electric motor 2-12volt batteries and the front wheel of any bike with a chain gear that hooks to the motor and goes 25mph and 16miles battery life from E Zip scooters. For 200.00 and then get a cart for 30$ to put my groceries in? This should be home most funniest and money hackers. u got to be out of your mind to pay that price for this. If you want a brand new motor for your bike for $200.00 = taxes S&H e-mail me at denniskcmo@gmail.com

    • Dennis
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      This scam is going to be posted all over Facebook, my space, twitter ect………

    • Mikeresnick
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Apparently Dennis you are the scammer. Hijacking a company thread to pitch your homemade crap. There is a very large population of people who are looking for SOLUTIONS not made at home take a part them piece back together crap. People like you disgust me. This is a refined integrated product built by engineers offering a solution. I have looked a dozens of ebike kits and they are all imported from China and are of unknown quality and are backed by absolutely nothing.

      The better question is why do you feel you are so important that you have to go searching company sites to post your scam?

  48. Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Is pulling 75 lbs. really worth it for a little extra boost on hills? I think not.

    • Csutke
      Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      You can use the boost any time you want, not just on hills so you should never just be pulling it. The 75 lbs is cargo, not the weight of the unit. The actual unit weighs about 40 Lbs.

    • Heliolatrix
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      I would like to have one that uses a full one Horse Power.

  49. Scotty59
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    With it off how much extra resistance is there?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Scotty – The Ridekick trailer has a free wheel system, so you can pull it just like a normal trailer.

  50. Scotty59
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  51. Abcbennett
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    until you have a quick charge solar adapter I don’t see this as a viable product.

    • Traisjames
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Could you just attach a 24v solar panel directly to the panel?

  52. Thx1138red
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    What capacity is the Lithium Battery?

  53. Mary
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I have been riding the Ridekick for a week now and like it a lot. However, I do need the extended range that the Lithium batter will give. Is there an update on when they will be available?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      Mary – we are working on it. The new lithium battery should be available in a month or two. When we know more, we’ll send out an update. Thank you, and happy riding!

  54. Prof Prodromal
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Could you please show us a photo of the gears that reduce the speed of the motor?

  55. Prof Prodromal
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    This looks like the the first bicycle power system that uses the full HP of the motor. 3000 rpm geared down to 19 mph is the right way to build it.

    BUT WHAT IS THE GEAR REDUCTION RATIO?

    Well it looks like the only way to improve it is to use a One HP motor (750watts) it would still be legal in the U.S.

    Also two wheel traction would be better on wet streets. I will buy one! It has my seal approval.

    If you doubt my expertise, read my blog about Utility Cycling Technology. http://commutercycling.blogspot.com/2010/10/secrets-of-motor-pedal-hybrid-design.html

  56. Prof Prodromal
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I want one of your power systems (as a kit) made to fit on one of the long Utility bikes. It should be very easy to do. And sell tons of them fast. Just remember to use a gear reduction that will allow full HP usage..

  57. Prof Prodromal
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    This looks like the first bicycle power system to use the full HP of a motor.

    WHAT IS THE GEAR REDUCTION RATIO?

    I think the only way to improve it would be to use a one HP motor and a through axle to have two wheel traction for wet conditions.

    It has my seal of approval, google my non-profit blog about Utility Cycling Technology if you want to see why. http://commutercycling.blogspot.com/2010/10/secrets-of-motor-pedal-hybrid-design.html

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Hi there – The reduction ratio is 1/6: one wheel revolution for 6 motor revolutions.

  58. Jawnn
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    WHAT IS THE GEAR REDUCTION RATIO?

  59. Steve10brink
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Is there an option for regeneration? Have the developers considered thos?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Steve – We have thought of regeneration, but our current model does not regenerate power. Maybe in a future generation… :)

  60. Katiedidbid
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Can I sell my old battery back to you when I buy the new LiFePO4. I understand I would not get the full 125 for it. That would help me a little with price.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie – Yes, we will offer a battery exchange program for Ridekick trailer riders who currently have the SLA battery and wants the new lithium battery.

      • Robert Green
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        I have two sla battery packs that I rotate every week. I’d be interested in how much you’d give me in trade for them. I’m pretty sure it won’t be enough to get me into a lithium pack but I’d still be interested in knowing.
        Thanks.

  61. Posted February 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Just curious: Is this trailer one or two wheel drive? And if it is one, then wouldn’t it tend to pull to one side a bit?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robert,

      The Ridekick power trailer is a one-wheel drive which, I know, sounds a little bit funky. But by all means, it pushes you straight forward. Watch some of our YouTube videos to see the Ridekick trailer in action!

  62. Davidfaas08
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    How long does it take to recharge? How much for the lithium battery model, charge and range for it also? Thanks

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      David – The Ridekick power trailer’s battery takes about 4-6 hours to recharge. The lithium battery will get you about double the range of the SLA battery, but we have not nailed down a price on it yet. We will keep you posted as news on the lithium battery comes out.

  63. Allenhardage
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I want to be a distributor here in Las Vegas I cant believe we dont have one one !!!
    Let me be the first !!

    Allen Hardage
    702-606-0225

  64. Danderson
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I have a cargo bike (Surly Big Dummy) – will the throttle cord reach my handlebars or will I need an extension?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi there – I would bet that you would not need an extension cable, but if you do, we can send you one very easily. The Ridekick power trailer should be great to boost for your Surly Big Dummy (and give you a little extra cargo room, too)! :)

  65. Paul
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Should have a charger that recharges battery when coasting downhill

  66. Joe
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Will the Ridekick trailer work with the different models of Catrikes? I have a Road model

    Catrike that I am interested in.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Joe – Yes, the Ridekick power trailer works great on Catrikes. We have a few customers who use the Ridekick trailer with all types of trikes, including Catrike. Is your trike a tadpole or delta?

      • Joe
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        My Catrikes are tadpole style which I have two of. Currently I am waiting for you to design a larger lid for the Ridekick that will have more volume carrying capacity. Thank you for your response.

  67. John K
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Some trails I ride do not allow a variable throttle on a bike. My Giant bike measures the pedal pressure to determine the amount of aid you will get, and this is legal. The idea is that you must excert yourself to make the electric aid work.
    I am interested in this unit for another bike I have. Can you let me know your thoughts on this?

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi John,

      Yes, some trails do not allow motorized anything on them. With our Ridekick power trailer, it will most likely be classified the same as an electric bicycles on trails. In Portland, for example, electric bikes are allowed on trails, but here in Fort Collins (where our offices are), electric bikes are not allowed on trails.

      The Ridekick power trailer is not a pedal-assist as it sounds like your Giant bike is. Our product is a throttle-assist, so you get a boost when you push a throttle.

      I hope this helps! Thanks, John.

  68. Jawnn Geo
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I am hoping that you could be interested developing a two stage reduction kit for long cargo bikes and recumbent trikes that do not involve the trailer.

    A trailer is just too long for a trike or a long cargo bike. And yes I know Bob, but he doesn’t understand any thing about how these things are made.

    If you are the one who designed this trailer you will under stand how to make a kit for the longer cycles. If you do not, well someone else will do it before you.

    See the photos of a two stage reduction, and use the motor that you use in the trailer, but with this ratio: 3000rpm at 24volts x (3″/9″) x (3″/12″) x 2074.71 circumference x 60minutes x .621504 mi/km= 19.3mph

  69. DrGoodHands
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Love the Ridekick!! Got mine 2 days ago and have used it for pleasure and work rides and am very impressed with quality, ease of use and durability. Had it on street, gravel and grassy field and it handled all with ease. Former owner of an e-bike which was heavy and clunky to ride the Ridekick works great on flat’s and did turns on the street at full speed without any bouncing or chirping also had several people on bike path comment “cool trailer”. Perfect for this 58 y/o with a heart condition.

  70. Shotmaker
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Could a factory solar charger be mounted on top of the Ridekick ? It would be a great addition for longer touring rides to increase battery life.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      That may be a possibility someday, but we have not starting testing solar charging yet.

      It is a great idea, though!

      Thanks for your inquiry!

      • Posted April 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        one thing I would like be able to do, and Ridekick if you want to send me just a lid to try this on I would love to work on it and send back my results, either product or just images, is have like two solar lights like what is used on walking paths at home set up so the panels are on top and have red lights pointed out the back. using the same circuitry, when it gets dark out the lights automatically turn on if they are charged so cars can see the bike and the biker doesn’t have to think about it…since they have their own AA battery they light even if the trailer battery is dead or system is not on, and it charges during the day just from the sun. If I get a ridekick for my birthday I plan to do that anyways

  71. Robert Green
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had my Ridekick since July last year and never ride without it. I used to plan my ride to avoid hills and busy intersections but now I boost up the hills and through those intersections without trouble. It is truly an equalizer when it comes to gravity and traffic. I also don’t have to search for parking when I go to the store because I can ride right up to the front of the store and lock it up there. I’ve fit $60 worth of groceries (4 full plastic bags) and once a case of beer which fit quite snugly. Don’t worry I earned that beer on the way home. In the time I’ve owned my trailer I’ve only had one flat tire and the chain came loose which I tightened and went right on riding. All in all a good dependable and cool product. I like all the work you guys have done on your site it is a big improvement over a year ago.
    Here are some thoughts I’ve had while I was riding.:
    1. When do you think that we’ll see those taller lids that you’ve been talking about?
    2. Also how about some knobby tires for those not so wild dirt trails. Its boring to stay on the road all the time.
    3. Also I live in Arizona where the temp gets into triple digits, how about adding some vents or a heatsink for the controller because I’ve had to stop more than once to reboot because of overheating.

    Thanks for a great product.
    Robert Green

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Robert – Thanks for all your great feedback on the Ridekick power trailer!

      To answer your questions…

      1. The taller should should be coming out by the end of the year. We are working on it. :)
      2. The knobby tires are an interesting concept – We’ll send that idea over to the engineering team.
      3. Great idea about the vents – We’ll send that to the engineering team, as well. Hope you are staying cool down there!

  72. Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to have a Hybrid set up where once the battery got down in charge, a small quiet engine could be started with a charging unit until battery levels rise, and leave the motor running while in mountainous regions, I love the idea of the trailer and being to use it on most types of bikes but I live in and around mountains with very steep roads and to have the battery conk out on me half way up would be useless, This idea would be the best for long distance travel to anywhere, maybe not too environmentally friendly but it’s not like it’s a Pickup or SUV

  73. BD_OAM
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I have a sedona giant bike and wondering if it will hook up to my bike?

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Yes, the Ridekick trailer should work well on a Sedona Giant bike. :)

      • Hillclaytonj
        Posted May 10, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

        what about a 2010 Giant Simple Seven Cruiser bicycle?

  74. Ncgeek1234
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    What would be the max SLA batteries you can hook up to it at once and how many with LiFePO4′s when they become available. Overall cool item but not quite there for the family of 4 price point who just wants to cruise around. As I would imagine that the target market would be for people who don’t want to pedal. The hard core bikers who spend the money on pricey bikes that want to pedal would not even want this. Bummer…but maybe one day the price point and technology will be affordable. However, my neighbor said for $700 bucks he would push me on my bike wherever I wanted to go! ;-)

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      I totally agree. The price is just way too much compared to the trailers that on the market. My favorite trailer, and I own it, it s the BOB Yak at half the price and twice the cargo space.
      The perfect trailer would be one wheeled size fo the BOB Yak with the lid, lock, flag, and be water tight like the RideKick.

  75. Bent
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Would a LiFePO4 / 2 (half the performance, price and weight) with the capability of parallel hookup (2, even 3 or 4) make sense?

  76. Sally
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I have a recumbent tricycle with two wheels in the back, would the trailer work on that type of bike? It is a Tritan

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Sally – we have adapted a delta-style trike to work with the Ridekick trailer. If you want to know if it will work on your bike, email a picture of your read axle to support@ridekick.com, and we will determine if it will work! Thanks, Sally!

  77. Ncgeek1234
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    How does the RideKick control being jack-knifed when riding?

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      All of the power that is generated from the trailer is transferred to the rear axle, pushing the bike straight forward without jack-knifing.

  78. Ncgeek1234
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Where can download the manual for the RideKick?

  79. Prof Prodromal
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    This is not a full gear reduction, it is only 8 to 1…. that means it is geared for 30mph, it will not get full HP at 19mph

    • Jawnn Geo
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      they told me that at 19mph, the Ridekick power trailer provides almost 190 watts or ~1/4 HP.

  80. Prof Prodromal
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    If it has a 1 to 6 gear ratio it is gered for even fast than 30, and will have even less HP at the max speed this is set for. Well it works ok I presume.

  81. RJFranck
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    We love this thing!… My wife has limited mobility this year and while we tried all our weight on our tandem and just me pedaling with it up a hill and it did not make it,,, It works most excellent for what it was designed to do.. Help my wife keep up with me.. get up hills.. fight wind and still be able to get exercise… I love the smile on her face so much after she rides it that I may just get one to help me stretch out my distance on a ride….

  82. Bsp14
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    When will the Lithium batteries be offered to be bought?

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Next month! We are excited to get the lithium batteries out on the market for the people needing the extended range. We’ll let you know an exact date soon…

  83. Serge Bédard
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    That is really GREAT !!! do you guy`s plan to offers others products like that ???
    i have a kids bike trailler in mind ;)

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Maybe one day! :)

  84. Posted April 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I feel that your adaptation is a little weak. Might I suggest that you side step between the frame and hub this will shorten the bolt. also it will add a more stable hence strong oops It looks like there is a 1/4 aluminum spacer that could be deleted and be replaced by the bracket

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Thank you for the feedback, Gerry. We’ll take in your ideas for the next Ridekick iteration.

  85. Moshe Flam
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    How about Israel.
    I have a large operation for renting bikes. Seems like the perfect thing for us..

    a. What happens when I back up?
    b. When I jump up a bump
    c. In off road terrain

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Bike rentals with Ridekick trailers is a perfect fit. We don’t have and trailers in Israel yet, but if you would like more information on getting Ridekick trailers into Israel, email info@ridekick.com.

      To answer your questions…

      1. It is much like a car with a trailer when you back up. You have to maneuver it to get it in the direction you would like, but the drive wheel is a free wheel, so you can pull the trailer to the front and back very easily.
      2. The Ridekick trailer follows behind you very well. It can go off bumps and curbs, but you do need to be careful about flipping the trailer. We recommend going slow over bumps, curbs, and railroad tracks.
      3. At this point in time, the Ridekick trailer is not designed to go off-road. Traction is a large component of what makes the trailer push your bike forward, and the gravel creates less traction. Maybe one day we will come out with an “off-road” version! :)

      Thanks for your comments!

  86. Sarabelum
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    How much are the new lithium batteries?

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      We are working on a exact price as we speak. When the price is determined, we’ll announce it over email and on our website. Stay tuned!

  87. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea, I’ve been looking at several booster trailers on the internet. As others have stated, the price-point is critical. At $700 bucks I’m not a player. Frankly my bike cost less and by combining the two I can buy a small 50cc scooter.

    However, if the battery lasted longer, interchanged with auto/marine battery and could go 50 miles at 20 mph with a average sized American…. now we are talking. The reviewer was a wirey little guy, he couldn’t have weighed in at more than 130LBS wet! Heck the average 21 year old knockout blonde at 5’6 weighs 130LBS. The senior citizens buying these trailers will weigh in a bundle more.

    I’m thinking battery bikes, like battery cars are a long way off. You see it’s the battery that’s the problem, batteries have not evolved past the flashlight!

    • Posted June 21, 2012 at 4:56 am | Permalink

      You obviously never have ridden a Zero motorcycle. That is some battery! I can climb any grade, and keep up fine with the gassers. Runs for about 2 hours. Try that with a flashlight.

  88. Posted April 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    When will the lithium battery be out, and how much? This seems perfect for they guy that wants to bike to work but lives 12.5 miles one way. That’s me…

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      The lithium battery will be out next month. Pricing is still being determined, but we will announce it when we know. Yes, the 12+ mile commutes will want either a lithium battery or an extra SLA battery to double your range.

      Thanks, Matthew!

  89. Doug
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Is this approved for Mountain Bike use? Or perhaps carriage road trails?

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Doug – The Ridekick trailer does work on mountain bikes but is not recommended for “off-roading.” The trailer needs traction in order to push the bike forward, so it works best on paved roads and trails.

  90. Ares
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Cool product… Have you thought about a MTB version? I currently run a 1000w kit on a full suspension bike carrying 10 to 30ah worth of batteries @ 48v (depending on where I am going how much Amp hour I carry)… I have been thinking to take my adventure to the next level is going to be to incorporate a trailer to really get out on the trails I am not allowed to ride my dirtbike on. I can get pretty far out now; but for a true expedition I am going to need a trailer anyway just for gear.

    Ok, to the point I think just having a beefy looking e-trailer with knobbie tires may sell good just cuz it looks cool. ;) ….Should work just as good on pavement… Hum, may have to put a warning on it like in most SUVs: Does not handle turns like your standard e-powered stealth blow past road biker’s trailer. Cheers.

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Ares,

      Great ideas – I’ll send this on to the engineering team. Thank you!

  91. Garyjameshanson
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Look’s neat & practical. Especially the Lithium battery 1.—- Now for the price.

  92. Garyjameshanson
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    As Schultz’y on hogan’s Hero’s,—- Very interesting!!

  93. The Lorax
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Ready to order a lithium powered Sidekick.

  94. Jef
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I really like your product. Congratulation. I have some questions about the motor? What the dimension of the motor? Is it a standard one I can find everywhere? what about if it breaks? Do you sell some motors? How much would it cost? Is there a warranty on the motor?

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jef,

      Thank you for your comments on the Ridekick trailer. If there is a problem with the motor, we can get you a new one. We offer a 1 year guarantee on it, and if something happens to the motor after the 1 year mark, you can purchase one from us.

      I hope that helps! Thanks, Jef.

  95. Aquaman
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I have been enjoying ridekick with my carbon fiber bike it really helps up hills, the sla battery has enough range to get me to work and back without me having to do any pedaling and that is just fantastic. I also enjoy snowboarding and I was just wondering if with a different tire or attachment for a better snow grip if the ridekick might be able to push me uphills? I weigh around 185lbs! Are there any plans in the future for this possibility?

  96. Posted May 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Would love one without a battery or the assist. Would make it way cheaper. I love that it locks. currently I have an open air trailer with one wheel for half the price.

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lief,

      Email info@ridekick.com to further explore this option. We’ll try to help you out. :)

  97. Mongo
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Any current news on the lithium batteries?

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      News on the lithium battery coming soon (within 2 weeks!)

  98. Elreydedios65
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    cuanto cuesta

  99. Gkercher
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I am ready to buy 2 as soon as the Lithium Battery is availbale.

  100. Gkercher
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I wonder of you could put two Lithium Batteries in these and toggle back and forth to give twice the range.,

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Gkercher. You could put two lithium or SLA batteries inside the trailer and get twice the range.

  101. James
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Hi, I ride a Brompton folding bike. Will it work?

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi James – Yes, the Ridekick trailer works great with folding bikes! It even attaches to small, 8″ wheels. Watch this video to see the Ridekick trailer in action on a folding bike:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMq8Hn4oUhM

  102. Michael39
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    when will the ride kick be sold with the LiFePO4 instead of SLA? I am ready to buy once that is available…

  103. Beattyd
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I have the Sun EZ3 USX HD DELTA Trike. I am post polio survivor and would like to journey without fear getting of get stuck on the way home with no leg power.

    Will the RideKick fit my trike?

    Thanks for the help.

    Dave Beatty

  104. Gel Byrd
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Any concerns about folks being pulled over by cops for operating a motorized vehicle without a license? It’s electric, and low power, but a motor all the same.

  105. MikeSloderbeck
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    The specifications state “brush motor”. I don’t understand if this means “brushed motor” or “brushless motor”, but I suppose the former. Any motor that uses brushes will eventually need new brushes. Do you plan to sell brushes? Will they be user replaceable? This is not a negative comment on your choice of motor, btw.

  106. Gkercher
    Posted June 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    OK. We took the new Lithium Models out for a spin and had a ball. Only went 20 miles and was still on L9 at the end. Very happy so far. The only problem so far is we had them stop working a few times but after turning off and then back on they started right back up.

    Also I had one of them run without the throttle being activated. Same thing turned off and then back on and that fixed the problem. We are taking them out for about 40 miles tomorrow. Gradually working our way up.

    Great Product. Having a blast. Very nice product.

  107. Gkercher
    Posted June 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Took New Ride Kick trailers out for a work out again today and they performed beautifully. No issues. We started out going down a 5 mile incline and I was wondering if we would make it back up with our Trikes. After riding about 20 miles the Ride Kick took us up the incline perfect and at the end of 24 miles of hills they still had plenty of charge left. Looks like a success. Planning on a 50 mile ride next weekend putting the Ride Kick thru its paces. I love this product. Best accessory for the trike.

  108. Danielhartgers
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    i was woudering wen they would come up with electrik bikes trailers,i have electrik mopet and im interested in this item to purchese one. just need to guet the info,of were in my comunity thy are avaleble.

  109. Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Great design but you need to offer 2 versions. 1 with more power and more cargo space. Keep up the good work and keep on improving the original design.

  110. Vegazosten
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Still toooo expensive!

  111. Posted June 21, 2012 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Can you buy it without batteries? I’d like to take one back to Spain with me, I imagine it would look more or less like a suitcase with big wheels. Or maybe I can take the wheels off and put them inside? Or, do you have a dealer in Spain?

  112. kathy
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    just saw this on motorbicycling.com. great idea and sharp looking.

  113. Posted June 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    How do I tell what firmware version I have installed. If I have the right controller, how do I change the power setting?

  114. B. Higgins
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    I’ve owned a RideKick for about a year now and I live in an area where my commute is all hills. There isn’t one level spot of road on the entire ride, which is about 7.5 miles each way. I’m not a competitive cyclist anymore (those days are long gone) and the RideKick allows me to start right out from my home and climb that first mile of hill. I also wished that it wasn’t quite so expensive, but I did purchase it knowing that without it I could not commute. One of the hills I have to climb is about two miles long and seasoned cyclists in constant training have trouble with it. As a recreational cyclist it was just no fun at all…a walker…. The trailer has never given any indication of jackknifing with my trike. I ride a Terra Trike Cruiser. I also have a Diamondback Clarity and have hooked the trailer to this bicycle as well and also have never had any problems of any kind. It’s a very nicely made product. I’m glad that the new battery option is available, however, cost is a huge factor in upgrading to that at the moment. Right now the regular battery does work because I cycle to work, charge the battery while at work and then cycle home. Because of the size of the hills the RideKick does have to work a little harder (until mid to late in the season when I’m more fit) and I do notice the mileage is only about nine miles each charge with these tough hills. It works really well with my situaton and I’m very glad I have it.

  115. steve
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    please post updates on fire loction as it relates to the fort collins home office. are you guys still ok?

  116. Mark Filteau
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Is there any way to charge the battery pack from your car? For example. a converter that plugs into the accessory outlet in te back of a van.

    • wayne
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      I bought a converter at ALCO,,, ( small walmart like store) for $15… it will run p/c and battery charger.

  117. Otto Ernvik
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    I am living overseas and I am interested in your trailer. I have friends who are planning to come and visit me during Christmas. Now I wonder if it is possible to buy your trailer without a battery. It will be less weight and less hazzel with the check-in staff without the battery.

    What is the size of your battery, if I get another one here?

    Regards

    Otto Ernvik
    Chiang Mai

  118. Robert Green
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Is this a rack attached to a lid that will replace my present lid or a rack that can be attached to my present lid?

    • dc
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Must be an entirely new lid; the warnimg inside say not to place weight on the stock lid shell.

  119. daniel byrd
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    My self I have a bike sign

  120. Posted June 27, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    When do we get to see a ridekick customized for pizza delivery?

  121. Darren Sylvander
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    My ride kick lid has never secured and locked properly.

    Bought it at Penn Cycle-they sank bigger screws in it to secure it, ordered a new lid and it closes but I can not lock it. This as you can imagine is an issue.

    I’d really like help getting this resolved. I done want my cargo or battery stolen :0

    Having fun but need some help.

    • dc
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      Check this out:

      http://www.southco.com/en-us/v7?info=true&filters=

      They have a key lock.

    • Richard
      Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      I am also having a problem with my latch. The red button at the bottom will not pop out when the latch is closed. This prevents me from rotating the combination lock wheels. I e-mail their support group (support@ridekick.com). Mike W responded and will be sending me a new latch.

  122. Steve
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Sorry to hear of your accident, hope you are doing better. I live in the “Coulee Region” of western Wisconsin and also ride a long wheel-base recumbent. I am looking to get a RideKick next spring since this riding season is almost over. I am going on age 62 and my bike will be my principle means of transportation and I’m looking for some help with the hills as well as riding against the wind. It’s nice to read about a RideKick being used right near where I live.

    • Posted November 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Steve. We really appreciate the Ridekick community that’s growing out there. Wisconsin has quite a number of Ridekick power trailer owners, so you may end up seeing several on your local roads!

  123. Posted December 4, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?
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  124. Barbara A.
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Do you charge for shipping on the pre-orders?

    The courtesy of your reply will be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Barbara A.

  125. b.a.
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Your customer service leaves something to be desired.

    I’ve emailed several times regarding questions about the RideKick e-trailer, but no response from your company. I’ve even sent a fax to Dee, but no response.

    I always test a company for their customer service efficiency before I make a commitment to purchase so that I can get an idea as to what their support efforts would be after the purchase. So, far, due to your lack of response to my questions, I’m leery .

    Perhaps there is some explanation for your lack of response to potential customers.

    The courtesy of your reply will be appreciated. Contact me at the above e-mail address.

    Thanks.

    b.a.

  126. Posted May 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

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