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01-07-12, 12:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,552
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Here's my post I wrote a while back (copied and...

Here's my post I wrote a while back (copied and pasted):
"I had nothing but problems using SLA batteries for my ebike. After buying my 3rd pack of batteries(~$120/ each battery pack-3x 12V20A) ...
07-11-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,368
Posted By Zephyr Boy

The Bicycle Anti Harassment Ordinance - A bicyclist Bill of Rghts

"A bicycle anti-harrasment ordinance - the first of its kind in this country - will head to the Los Angeles City Council for a vote in the next week or two..."...
07-02-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,990
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Going from a 1amp charger to a 2amp battery...

Going from a 1amp charger to a 2amp battery charger decrease my waiting time during charging...I'm thinking about getting a 5amp LiFePo4 charger...3hour max charging time could get me a lot further...
05-27-11, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 685
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Venice Beach,CA- Bicycle Path Laws

I ride this bike path all the time, and yet I never knew about this law:

"The Venice bicycle path is a “Class 1″ path. Feel free to remind the bazillion of LAPD officers that will be in Venice...
05-23-11, 01:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 516
Posted By Zephyr Boy

PiCycle - Electric Bike (artsy smartsy style)

PiCycle™ (http://picycle.com/picycle-electric-bike/) Electric Bike - looking cool:
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05-07-11, 10:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,888
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I built mine because it helps me get out of my...

I built mine because it helps me get out of my cave and enjoy the open air. I'm not a hardcore bicyclist addict (though I have friends that are, and they're cool people), nor do I enjoy "kick...
03-19-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I un-bolted the front tire, took it to a local...

I un-bolted the front tire, took it to a local bike shop, they re-tighten the spokes (some truing) for 10 dollars plus a 3 dollar tip. Problem solved.
Thanks for your tips
03-09-11, 02:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By Zephyr Boy

No torque arm. Steel front forks - tested with a...

No torque arm. Steel front forks - tested with a magnet before I bought it.
03-08-11, 04:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By Zephyr Boy

My front electric hub is pulling to left and right when I accelerate.

Hello,

I noticed lately that when I accelerate on my bike, the front electric hub (brushless) that it sometimes pulls my bike to the left and at times, pulls it to the right. I thought my e-hub...
02-17-11, 11:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,637
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Los Angeles, CA just passed a Bicyclists Rights ordinance...

"Today, bicyclists have a new tool to defend themselves from harassment and assault. An anti-harassment motion, originally introduced by Council Member Bill Rosendahl, has been released today with...
11-06-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 836
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I have a LiFePo4 48V/15Ah battery, I installed an...

I have a LiFePo4 48V/15Ah battery, I installed an on/off switch from Radio Shack. SPST 12VDC/50A On/Off Toggle Switch (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3125353). I also went to...
10-26-10, 08:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,827
Posted By Zephyr Boy

"The United States has discovered nearly $1...

"The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan...including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium....
10-20-10, 11:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,827
Posted By Zephyr Boy

My "ping LiFePO4 48v15ah V2.5" (standard size...

My "ping LiFePO4 48v15ah V2.5" (standard size from his website-300x105x150mm) arrived in a week after ordering it directly from his website.
10-20-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,542
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Here's a video that shows you how to make you...

Here's a video that shows you how to make you ebike water resistance (proof?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cl96QyfAOw
10-14-10, 12:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,740
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I had nothing but problems using SLA batteries...

I had nothing but problems using SLA batteries for my ebike. After buying my 3rd pack of batteries(~$120/ each battery pack-3x 12V20A) within a year and a half. I thought to myself I could buy 3 more...
07-20-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Antonio Villaraigosa: Add Bicycle Activist To Mayor's Resume

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/city-news/villaraigosa-bicycle-activist/

"...The City's landscape, climate, and neighborhoods offer a cyclist's paradise. Biking in Los Angeles should be a...
07-15-10, 09:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Ex-Police Officer Avoids Jail in Bicycle Assault Case

"A former New York police officer who was videotaped tackling a bicyclist has escaped a prison sentence. The then-officer, Patrick Pogan, violently knocked the cyclist off his bike during a Critical...
03-12-10, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 759
Posted By Zephyr Boy

My e-bike has the electric hub on the front tire....

My e-bike has the electric hub on the front tire. Before I purchased my cruiser, I tested the front fork by placing a magnet on it to see if it is made from steel and not aluminum, it stuck firmly. I...
03-09-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,133
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Hey f0x, I tried to look for a video link other...

Hey f0x, I tried to look for a video link other than "youtube" to post but I haven't any luck. Strangely, the video works for me on my computer.

Here are the highlights for the Copenhagen Wheel:
...
03-07-10, 01:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,133
Posted By Zephyr Boy

MIT's Copenhagen Wheel- The smartest wheel in the World

The Copenhagen Wheel (http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/copenhagen-wheel.html) came to my attention reading this months Popular Mechanics magazine (April 2010). It states that it's "The smartest bike...
02-10-10, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,066
Posted By Zephyr Boy

E-Motorcycles (Future Designs)

E-bike's big brother (http://www.michelinchallengedesign.com/MCD_2010/mcd_2010_gallery_d13.asp)...

http://www.michelinchallengedesign.com/MCD_2010/mcd_2010_2048/03_Drawings/Keegan_McClain/A.jpg
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01-29-10, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,402
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I like my "ping LiFePO4 48v15ah V2.5" (standard...

I like my "ping LiFePO4 48v15ah V2.5" (standard size from his website-300x105x150mm) it arrived in a week after ordering it directly from his website. First impressions – it was light, durable...
01-08-10, 02:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,028
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Doctor sentenced to 5 years in prison for assaulting bicyclists in Brentwood, CA.

We're all bicyclists, be safe...keep your eyes open (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/01/cyclist-sentenced.html).
12-16-09, 02:47 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,167
Posted By Zephyr Boy

My e-bike is like an urban horse to me but with...

My e-bike is like an urban horse to me but with the added benefit of physical fitness. Wherever my adventureous spirit wants to go for the day, my e-bike is there to get me where I want to go. Just...
11-18-09, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Ah?
Views: 949
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I have a 2.5 Version ping 48volt 15ah for a 600...

I have a 2.5 Version ping 48volt 15ah for a 600 watt motor, 50 amp controller- it averages 5ah = 15miles ( I feel comfortable doin 30 miles on a charge). Speed ~15 mph average, 28mph top speed. Los...
10-31-09, 01:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,482
Posted By Zephyr Boy

This reality doesn't exist for me (I don't let my...

This reality doesn't exist for me (I don't let my focus on this subject-until now).
Am I lazy? it's none of your business
Am I better than you? I ride for fun and exercise. <---- notice the period...
10-28-09, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 773
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I'm confused about what does "Japanese regs"...

I'm confused about what does "Japanese regs" mean? By the way, it's a cool, artsy looking bike.
10-03-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,733
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I just bought and installed a Cycle Analyst...

I just bought and installed a Cycle Analyst (http://ebikes.ca/drainbrain.shtml) meter on my e-bike. After hooking it up and testing it on the stand, with the front wheel (my e-hub) off the floor, it...
09-24-09, 12:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,421
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I just got my first LiFePO4 battery from ping,...

I just got my first LiFePO4 battery from ping, 48V 15AH for my BL-36 (63 volt big caps). I learned alot in the past week from reading a lot of post(ers) here, thank you for all the great advice. In...
09-12-09, 09:41 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 101,884
Posted By Zephyr Boy

"and the yada yada" must mean Auto Insurance,...

"and the yada yada" must mean Auto Insurance, yearly Auto Registration fees, learning and testing for a motorcycle license, mandatory helmet law (most places), and no shortcuts using bike paths.:p
09-07-09, 08:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,421
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Curious, doesn't the LiFePo4 batteries AH lasts...

Curious, doesn't the LiFePo4 batteries AH lasts longer than say a SLA AH rating? For example a new 36V 12AH SLA battery pack will take you ~20miles but a LiFePo4 36V 12AH may take you ~30miles?...
07-29-09, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 835
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I did wire my battery pack wrong at first, I can...

I did wire my battery pack wrong at first, I can tell because the charger light was slowly flashing orange light. After I re-wire then hooked up my charger, the light was a solid red (meaning it's...
06-08-09, 02:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I think the term is called "California Stops" Los...

I think the term is called "California Stops" Los Angeles is certainly known for it. Too many aggressive (road raged) drivers in the city.

I stop at most stop signs and at all traffic lights....
06-05-09, 12:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By Zephyr Boy

In Los Angeles, about half of the bicyclists blow...

In Los Angeles, about half of the bicyclists blow through stop signs AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS. I am sure bikes have to follow the same road laws as a car. (that includes: stop signs, one-way streets, etc.)
05-19-09, 10:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By Zephyr Boy

*deleted* thought this was a post about e-bike...

*deleted* thought this was a post about e-bike injuries...my bad.
01-27-09, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,467
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I did charge the batteries in a series. In...

I did charge the batteries in a series. In addition, I am pretty sure the bubbling noise came from just the one battery-the battery that had the positive wire connected directly to the charger. Just...
01-26-09, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,467
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I took my e-bike for a spin this morning, and it...

I took my e-bike for a spin this morning, and it feels like it's a brand new bike..very happy and very fun. When I heard the "cooking noise," I did try to place the charging batteries away from...
01-26-09, 03:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,467
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Follow Up: When my charger turned green (fully...

Follow Up: When my charger turned green (fully charged batteries) after a couple hours, the bubbling noise (more like a faint cooking noise) from my batteries, are now very faint to almost no noise...
01-26-09, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,467
Posted By Zephyr Boy

New SLA Batteries charging noise (fizz / bubble)

Hello,

I own a BL-36 with an extended battery pack (12 Volt DC, 12 Amp Hour Lead-Acid Gel-Cell Batteries (x3) = (36 Volts 12 amps). After almost a year, I had a significant decrease in range. In...
11-23-08, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 761
Posted By Zephyr Boy

My BL-36 kit is installed on "balloon" tires;...

My BL-36 kit is installed on "balloon" tires; 40psi. I think that any tire that fits on the rim can be used on your bike. I was shopping around for slicks to install on my beach cruiser but encounter...
09-09-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 865
Posted By Zephyr Boy

It seems this company's kits sell their batteries...

It seems this company's kits sell their batteries separately (you would think a kit should include everything an e-bike needs to get going.) However, their 48V 20AH LiFePO4 battery for $582.00 seems...
08-13-08, 02:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I got a 7speed beach cruiser fitted with a BL-36....

I got a 7speed beach cruiser fitted with a BL-36. I picked a cruiser because it has a steel front fork (tested it by placing a magnet on it) for durability, and a steel front fork is recommended by...
08-03-08, 12:42 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,697
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Did someone walk in our room full of non-smokers...

Did someone walk in our room full of non-smokers smoking a big fat cigar?
07-22-08, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,806
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Here's a post that might help you...check out...

Here's a post that might help you...check out this link (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?p=6657022&highlight=#post6657022) for a video called "Electric Bikes and Wet Weather."
07-06-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,185
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I am handicapped in the wallet because of the...

I am handicapped in the wallet because of the soaring gas prices. Everyone who'd tried my e-bike had a big smile on their face when they rode back to me, how can fun be a handicap?:D
07-04-08, 11:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I have a front e-hub from WE (BL-36). I like how...

I have a front e-hub from WE (BL-36). I like how the weight from the front wheel and the weight from the battery pack in the back of the bike, balances out the bike nicely. Also, having a front e-hub...
06-29-08, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I thought my BL-36 kit included a keyswitch and...

I thought my BL-36 kit included a keyswitch and keys but it did not in the package. I kinda think it's okay , just seems like more procedures to turn on my e-bike; I just have to flip a switch on my...
06-07-08, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Posted By Zephyr Boy

I thought about getting a rear e-hub breifly, but...

I thought about getting a rear e-hub breifly, but I like a front one because instead of power to only one wheel (rear e-hub) I can use my pedal assit to the rear wheel so I get power to both front...
05-23-08, 02:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Posted By Zephyr Boy

BL-36, A newbie first month out on his 1st e-bike…

Hello,

It has been a month since I put my first e-bike together. The first week of owning my BL-36 beach cruiser, I replaced my stock kick stand with a dual, motorcycle-like kick stand for the...
05-11-08, 03:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,990
Posted By Zephyr Boy

Smile I agree, the charge time is the real bummer, also...

I agree, the charge time is the real bummer, also I pay State Taxes every day, too bad the State can't charge up my e-bike a couple times out of the year ; )

I suppose this topic is too...
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