trolling motor on a bike?

Discussion in 'Electric Bicycles' started by hill climber, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. hill climber

    hill climber Member

    just picked up a electric trolling motor for free and dont have a boat. i have several ww and ht powered bikes and think its time for an electric. anyone tried using an electric trolling motor on a bike? i did a little research and most trolling motors are between 240 and 500 watts and spin between 1000 and 1500 rpm. will this work? chain drive? gear ratio? thanka in advance for any info/help. hill climber

  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  3. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Every trolling motor I have seen must run submerged in water, to keep it cool.
  4. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  5. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I would still be concerned with the heat. Running while on a bench & running while pulling a 40 lb bike, batteries, & 200lb rider, & I believe it will fail.
  6. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I sent this question to Minn Kota, this morning....

    here is their response......
  7. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    That's good to know. Thanks for mailing them dave. Besides the heat factor, I find it hard to use a trolling motor (my bro has a Minn Kota 5 speed) because the shaft is only 3/8 of an inch, and is hard to couple to a drivetrain.