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12-06-19, 12:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 418
Posted By 2old

There's a guy on MTBR that has a front hub motor...

There's a guy on MTBR that has a front hub motor on a carbon fork. He got really pissed at me when I said that the combination seemed unsafe.
12-05-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 418
Posted By 2old

Probably you're safe with dual torque arms; I...

Probably you're safe with dual torque arms; I wouldn't consider a front hub system on anything but steel forks and then use a torque arm too.
12-05-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 51
Posted By 2old

Shipping a Lithium Battery

In another thread shipping Lithium was discussed, but the only aspect resolved was batteries in excess of 300 w/h need to be shipped with HAZMAT identification (by UPS, didn't check other shippers...
12-04-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 80
Posted By 2old

My friend has a hydraulic bike stand; don't know...

My friend has a hydraulic bike stand; don't know the brand, but probably it's expensive. My stand, made by Performance can accommodate all my frames frame (including fat aluminum tubes), but I need...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 11,161
Posted By 2old

To get back to the original question, I'd ride a...

To get back to the original question, I'd ride a Stromer (can't remember the model, but S1X comes to mind). I had a chance to do a long term test on their $5,000 model and it was superb. The pedal...
12-03-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

If anyone is interested, I called UPS (again) and...

If anyone is interested, I called UPS (again) and this is what I was told.

Air - 100 w/h maximum

Ground - Up to 300 w/h can be shipped by an individual who isn't "certified".

As with DW,...
12-03-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

I contacted the UPS hazardous materials center...

I contacted the UPS hazardous materials center (800-554-9964) and was told for this 500 w/h Lithium battery I would need to locate a HAZMAT broker who would take the battery, then arrange pick up. I...
12-03-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

I have a battery from a manufacturer in Oregon...

I have a battery from a manufacturer in Oregon that was part of a DIY kit that was evaluated. When testing was completed, they sent me a call tag for the motor and corresponding parts with the...
12-02-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

Really appreciate all the links, but...

Really appreciate all the links, but unfortunately that does nothing to resolve the situation with a battery (from a DIY kit that I evaluated) that can't be returned to its owner because he can't...
12-02-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

That was eight years ago; try it now.

That was eight years ago; try it now.
12-02-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

LOL ha ha ha, report back when you've done it...

LOL ha ha ha, report back when you've done it successfully. Until then, it's not as easy as just taking it to FedEx (as I know from experience).
12-02-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

Kind of what I alluded to; I wouldn't take a...

Kind of what I alluded to; I wouldn't take a HAZMAT course just to ship a battery, but that's just me.
12-02-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

AIR, there is a plate in the region of the bottom...

AIR, there is a plate in the region of the bottom bracket that allows battery removal. Big problem with any repair service (except local) in today's environment is shipping Lithium batteries since I...
11-25-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By 2old

Site says motor is compatible with all...

Site says motor is compatible with all "customary" frames, but looks (to me) like it needs a specific "cradle" unlike the BBS series.
11-25-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

Also, many of the parts are replaceable. The...

Also, many of the parts are replaceable. The bikes are lighter than almost any other "OEM" models that I've ridden which, to me as a former weight weenie, reflects quality of design and materials...
11-24-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

I wouldn't be surprised if their business model...

I wouldn't be surprised if their business model wasn't sustainable at the prices listed. However, the "S" models for $1395 aren't a bad deal considering the quality of the build, but just my opinion....
11-22-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By 2old

Not bad for commuting. I tested one for about a...

Not bad for commuting. I tested one for about a month, and it was lightweight and very functional. Even rode it in the dirt and performed well (within the limits of its front drive and narrow tires)....
11-22-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 823
Posted By 2old

I should have stated that better; meant BH, not...

I should have stated that better; meant BH, not Lenny's.
11-21-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 823
Posted By 2old

Great deals on those BH bikes; they must be stuck...

Great deals on those BH bikes; they must be stuck with a bunch. Probably cost about 1/3 more in CA dollars (plus at least $300 if they ship to CA).
11-21-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 823
Posted By 2old

You have a Giant which is a fine donor bike. As...

You have a Giant which is a fine donor bike. As indicated above, procure a simple direct drive (DD) system (mine is four years old and operates perfectly - not surprising since a DD motor basically...
11-20-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,587
Posted By 2old

Front hub system five years ago (now on...

Front hub system five years ago (now on daughter's bike); BBS02 hardtail four years ago; 1000w, 48V rear hub four years ago (used for errands) BBS 02 for wife two years ago; few others for friends or...
11-20-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,587
Posted By 2old

One positive for DIY is the ability to...

One positive for DIY is the ability to repair,/modify and IMO there are others. This doesn't mean that OEM's don't have positive aspects (I own one of those too).
11-18-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,728
Posted By 2old

Probably been said and repeated many times, but...

Probably been said and repeated many times, but exercise (to me) is individual not collective. If an individual is riding his ebike instead of his couch, he's getting more exercise. I ride about the...
11-18-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 333
Posted By 2old

Agreed that seat height is paramount for...

Agreed that seat height is paramount for individuals with any type of knee problem (one knee injured playing basketball as a collegian). I've never had a "crank forward" bike, but imagine it's not...
11-18-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 655
Posted By 2old

Don't know whether the entire headset is trash or...

Don't know whether the entire headset is trash or just the bearings. If the latter, why not get some loose balls and replace? On the other hand, the $14 Kona also seems excellent.
11-18-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 701
Posted By 2old

It depends how eroded and rocky the trails are...

It depends how eroded and rocky the trails are whether a DIY mid-drive is adequate. I've ridden a Bafang BBS02 (probably like Oldoarsman above's) for four years on many trails in socal with no damage...
11-16-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 701
Posted By 2old

Since you have a Giant bike that could be...

Since you have a Giant bike that could be languishing because you've been injured, you might consider saving money by using it as a donor for a kit. ebikesca, a CA company, is respected highly by the...
11-14-19, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By 2old

"Natural" first thing is to check all the...

"Natural" first thing is to check all the connections. Did it work perfectly when you purchased it?
11-14-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 514
Posted By 2old

With the possible exception of some cushion, I...

With the possible exception of some cushion, I can't fathom fat tires for anything but soft sand or snow. The aspect that always "scared" me was the possibility of a flat tire. I changed a tire on a...
11-13-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 612
Views: 27,941
Posted By 2old

Sat next to Linda at the Troubadour circa late...

Sat next to Linda at the Troubadour circa late '70 at a Flying Burrito Brothers show. Apparently she was hanging out with one of them, and sang a few songs. Mesmerizing.
11-10-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By 2old

I have two Bafang BBS02-equipped bikes (built up ...

I have two Bafang BBS02-equipped bikes (built up and tested the second since I thought the first would need to be repaired/replaced some day) ans my wife has one. All have performed superbly...
11-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By 2old

Mostly, the frame seems to be an MTB-look alike,...

Mostly, the frame seems to be an MTB-look alike, that is a big, heavy chunk of aluminum that should be used off road, but really can't cut it (for me). Possibly it's partially that the BBS02 seems...
11-09-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 148
Posted By 2old

Alibaba November 11 "Partnership Day"

Haven't found anything to purchase on this day yet (but didn't hurt Alibaba's $30 billion in sales on 11/11 last year - vs US $7 billion on Cyber Monday). Anyway, as much as I don't need anything,...
11-09-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By 2old

Why not change to a thumb throttle? That's what I...

Why not change to a thumb throttle? That's what I use anyway because I like it much better. And if you need long levers which work with linear brakes just get some of the cheap ones that come with...
11-08-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By 2old

Never heard of a Ti chain, but Wipperman used to...

Never heard of a Ti chain, but Wipperman used to make a stainless steel one. Don't know whether it was stronger though.
11-08-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By 2old

Too dangerous to ride on the road on socal (IMO),...

Too dangerous to ride on the road on socal (IMO), so I have my ideal off road bike: hardtail, steel frame, Fox fork, Thudbuster, BBS02 and Luna 52V battery. Been serving me well for four years. I...
11-07-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By 2old

I think there's a ton of bikes that will satisfy...

I think there's a ton of bikes that will satisfy your requirements, but I know you'd like to see an example so go to ebikeling --- $899 delivered (AFAIK) for what you want with fat tires no less. My...
11-07-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By 2old

My 52V, 10 ah four-year old Luna battery still...

My 52V, 10 ah four-year old Luna battery still powers a similarly aged BBS02 fine qualitatively, that is for a maximum off road excursion of 20 miles and 3,000' of climbing. Guess I've never...
11-07-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 766
Posted By 2old

Think of the upside and downside; to me, it...

Think of the upside and downside; to me, it favors replacement. Bicycling has enough safety downsides; no sense adding (a potential) one.
11-06-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By 2old

eBikeling Mid-Drive $1199

Looked at their site and noticed a mid-drive fat tire hardtail with a Bafang Max Mid motor system for $1199 delivered. Bafang claims 80 nm of torque so it's within range of many other OEM bikes....
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 856
Posted By 2old

Thing that worked best for me and alluded to...

Thing that worked best for me and alluded to above (in addition to the other suggestions about handlebars etc) was to consciously stand up and pedal 10 - 20 revs every few minutes.
11-04-19, 12:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,767
Posted By 2old

My experience with Trek CS was so outstanding...

My experience with Trek CS was so outstanding (several years ago) that I contacted the president to tell him how exemplary they treated me.
11-02-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,842
Posted By 2old

You might try the following (which is what I do...

You might try the following (which is what I do on my rear hub system): Use velcro straps on wires that would need to be "loosened" in order to repair a flat; have enough cable so the repair can be...
11-01-19, 10:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By 2old

FME, you can set the level of assist and still...

FME, you can set the level of assist and still get exercise. You just need to coordinate effort and assist. it's also possible with a throttle using the same rationale.
11-01-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 624
Posted By 2old

If it's a Li battery, you shouldn't store it...

If it's a Li battery, you shouldn't store it fully charged although that's better than discharged which is horrendous. Tesla is able to provide an eight year (or whatever) warranty on their batteries...
10-31-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By 2old

Worth it to me to have 28 mph even though I don't...

Worth it to me to have 28 mph even though I don't use it all the time. When I have the opportunity it gets "opened up". Wouldn't argue with anyone who felt differently; different strokes ....
10-31-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By 2old

I've ridden 350w front and rear hub systems with...

I've ridden 350w front and rear hub systems with rim brakes and no cut off switches, and the BBS02-equipped bike that is used off road a couple of times a week doesn't have cut off switches, but for...
10-30-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 920
Posted By 2old

I've had excellent service with a Schwalbe...

I've had excellent service with a Schwalbe Marathon for four years on a rear hub motor ebike where you REALLY don't want a flat and the performance is adequare. However for my most recent build, I...
10-29-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 826
Posted By 2old

BW; I'm sure you'll see this elsewhere, but with...

BW; I'm sure you'll see this elsewhere, but with such strong regen, make sure you use one (preferably two) torque arm(s) on your set up.
10-28-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By 2old

I think this sub-forum is exceptional in the...

I think this sub-forum is exceptional in the variety of bikes discussed, not like the two others I'm most familiar with, one for relatively high end OEM and another for high-powered bikes. I have a...
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