If you want your Flying Pigeon to go faster, or maybe just get up over that hill without getting off to push there are a few solutions:
1. Install a gear hub. Making a single speed into a 3 speed is a time honored way...but It's been done. It will also require a fair amount of fettling to make it work right.
2. Install an engine like Dicer Bikes. Surely that's fun as all get out.
3. Maybe...just maybe, there is a way to get the same effect,but perhaps a little cleaner and quieter. Tono Rocamoro, the Spanish Flying Pigeon Importer had the desire to do just that. So he harnessed the power of lighting and gave it to his Flying Pigeon! No it's not some Frankenstein experiment, it's a highly practical and usefall installation of an electric motor!
For those who have been around Asia, or even New York, you know that electric scooters, mopeds and electrified bicycles are everywhere, but somehow the Pigeon had yet to join the club, until now.
The first bike Tono produced used a 5.5ah battery. That's the green bike you can see above.
The battery of course detaches so you can bring it in for charging. The effect of the small battery and the near hidden motor is super clean. A marriage that was meant to be. The rod for the rear brake does manage it's way even with the motor in place.
Tono then did his Mark I Electric Pigeon one better with a 9ah battery.
Thanks to computers and iphones, battery technology get's better everyday, so the Japanese manufacturer is now able to supply a battery of roughly the sames size with considerably more duration. Aesthetically, it looks great too. Black battery, black bike. If these batteries get any smaller it will almost look like a water bottle!
The battery is really the only noticable part, and it really looks at home, in this very well assemble piece of machinery.
It looks like Tono is also working on some very cool path races...but that's for another post.