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08-17-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By 2old

Sounds like a good buy to me. I've used...

Sounds like a good buy to me. I've used Specialized Nimbus tires (don't know whether they've replaced with a different name) in sizes from 1.0 - 2.0 X 26" and all were excellent. Thanks for your...
08-16-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By 2old

Appears cosmetic especially if the clear coat...

Appears cosmetic especially if the clear coat isn't affected. However, considering the ramifications, I wouldn't proceed without consulting Otso, the fork manufacturer or sending it for analysis by...
08-16-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,061
Posted By 2old

Good looks and obviously not small. Assume...

Good looks and obviously not small. Assume Shimano 3-speed which is a real bargain. Crying for a front hub conversion.
08-15-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By 2old

AIR, the High Sierra was made in Japan and a...

AIR, the High Sierra was made in Japan and a relatively high-quality bike. Mine (with a 1500w electric system) has a combined TIG and Filet-brazed frame. I've had good luck with Altus-level rear...
08-15-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By 2old

Pretty sure both of my DD motors have square wave...

Pretty sure both of my DD motors have square wave controllers (but don't care since I'm not changing them) since there's a slight, but noticeable noise from them.
08-14-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,276
Posted By 2old

I built a three-speed (electric) cruiser and was...

I built a three-speed (electric) cruiser and was surprised at how comfortable it was to ride even without the motor. However, my MTB's, which fit well, are are as comfortable and much more attuned to...
08-13-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By 2old

Neat bike; geared motor?

Neat bike; geared motor?
08-12-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By 2old

Read the thread "How to get started with...

Read the thread "How to get started with affordable ebike solutions" especially what DW said, then ask questions. Normally, a rear hub is the best solution if there's no reason not to employ one...
08-11-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By 2old

Early 90's steel-framed bikes on Craigslist...

Early 90's steel-framed bikes on Craigslist usually aren't expensive, but most are "NORBA" geometry AIR. If this is suitable for you, you should be able to find something (I should mention that I...
08-11-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By 2old

I've heard nothing but good reports about Craig...

I've heard nothing but good reports about Craig Calafee's carbon repair. Look at his website and maybe send a picture for a quote in order to assess the amount of work necessary.
08-09-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By 2old

Take a look at the Blix Vika+ (review on...

Take a look at the Blix Vika+ (review on electricbikereport; note, the "reviewer" charges for the evaluation reducing it to an infomercial IMO, but some useful information). Appears to be a...
08-09-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By 2old

A heavy steel frame (think Walmart or a Kona...

A heavy steel frame (think Walmart or a Kona Honzo - I own one) can be seven pounds while a carefully constructed one can be as light as four pounds. Most garden-variety steel frames are in the five...
08-09-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By 2old

The Trek (and all OEM mid-drives AFAIK) has a...

The Trek (and all OEM mid-drives AFAIK) has a geared motor (look at the ebikesca tutorials for an explanation), and they're noisier than direct drive (DD) motors (mostly confined to the DIY crowd,...
08-05-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By 2old

When I looked at the Scoozy, it was just as an...

When I looked at the Scoozy, it was just as an example, but it's rated highly by Amazon verified buyers.
08-05-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By 2old

Check electricbikereview; be aware that he...

Check electricbikereview; be aware that he charges to "review" models which means they're infomercials to me. Many (all?) are one size only and they seem to be constructed for shorter individuals.
08-05-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 602
Posted By 2old

Commuter only: find a good used hardtail on...

Commuter only: find a good used hardtail on craigslist (or equivalent); purchase a 36V direct drive or geared motor ($150 - $200 US) and a good 36V battery (just purchased a Unit Pack Power 36V, 10...
08-04-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By 2old

I'm using an ammo box too since I don't have a...

I'm using an ammo box too since I don't have a fireplace or covered outdoor grill.
08-04-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,874
Posted By 2old

AFAIK, anything from 20% - 80% is fine although...

AFAIK, anything from 20% - 80% is fine although 50% may be optimum. I've had good success for four years with a 52V, 10 ah battery by charging to 100% just before riding then leaving it wherever its...
08-02-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,062
Posted By 2old

Watch out if you put smaller (narrower) tires on...

Watch out if you put smaller (narrower) tires on the "fat" bike. Ground clearance may be compromised considerably. Look at the Scoozy veego on Amazon (not to buy) to see how a low step-over can be...
08-01-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 625
Posted By 2old

Electra, owned by Trek and sold by their dealers...

Electra, owned by Trek and sold by their dealers although you wouldn't know it from their advertisements, has one of the few rear hub lines among the "biggies" who seem to favor mid-drives AFAICT.
07-31-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By 2old

The closest you can get AFAICT is a Q128 motor...

The closest you can get AFAICT is a Q128 motor (look at BMS Battery, but they're a so so vendor) which can be run @ 52V with a 15 amp or so controller. Obviously not 250w, but can "look like it".
07-30-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,297
Posted By 2old

The brakes are either cantilever and usually you...

The brakes are either cantilever and usually you adjust the pads (which you might want to replace) by loosening the 10 mm nut and aligning them with the rim before tightening. If they're "V"-style,...
07-29-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,498
Posted By 2old

Haven't needed a dishing stand since it's easy to...

Haven't needed a dishing stand since it's easy to install the wheel and set the truing "nodules", then swap the wheel and recheck; works surprisingly well if a little archaic. Over the years I've...
07-28-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By 2old

FME, you'll have a difficult time locating a 250w...

FME, you'll have a difficult time locating a 250w hub motor that can be described as high-torque. The best possibility is a mid-drive OEM bike. Also, take a look at the simulator at ebikesca.
07-28-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,297
Posted By 2old

Sheldon Brown. You could try squirting lubricant...

Sheldon Brown. You could try squirting lubricant between the cable and housing for the derailleur and brakes. This should resolve that issue. IMO, if the bikes are the right size you scored big time....
07-28-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,498
Posted By 2old

I have a knock off of that stand and it works...

I have a knock off of that stand and it works fine. AIR, since it's "old school", can't remember if it's for 29" wheels, but I'm focused on 26' now. Built and/or trued lots of wheels with it.
07-28-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By 2old

1000w (depending on how it's calculated 1560w =...

1000w (depending on how it's calculated 1560w = 30 amp controller X 52V battery) goes as fast as I need on bicycle parts (except maybe downhill on an MTB), and ascends anything in the "OC" since I...
07-27-19, 11:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By 2old

Thanks Speedy; always enjoy your insights and...

Thanks Speedy; always enjoy your insights and humor, and agree with you on wattage. Speed was reported in order to let individuals know what to expect. I'm 6'1', 180 pounds, on level ground, no wind...
07-27-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,398
Posted By 2old

Specialized didn't get where they are by making...

Specialized didn't get where they are by making bad business decisions. There's a market for the bike line. In the "OC", as I'm sure many other areas, there are individuals who will spend $20K like I...
07-27-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By 2old

You might be confusing brakes and brains (hint:...

You might be confusing brakes and brains (hint: don't override your brakes). The thread wasn't initiated to discuss brakes, just to let individuals know what to expect with DD motors, heavy wheel,...
07-26-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,382
Posted By 2old

I don't think synchronization would be difficult,...

I don't think synchronization would be difficult, but might need to have one system throttle-only unless the motors were really "in tune". I tried a 350w geared front motor with PAS and 1000w rear DD...
07-24-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,674
Posted By 2old

Locktite "Shoe Glue" (about $5), a liquid...

Locktite "Shoe Glue" (about $5), a liquid adhesive for leather, vinyl or rubber, may "heal" the crack with a single application. At the worse just patch the crack with a small piece of material. Most...
07-24-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,228
Posted By 2old

Good idea. When I've thought about it, a MTB...

Good idea. When I've thought about it, a MTB seems more feasible. However a system like yours, that is lightweight and can be jettisoned if it becomes inoperable, makes sense.
07-23-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,089
Posted By 2old

Pipe cutters have worked well for me with...

Pipe cutters have worked well for me with aluminum steerers, but the time I tried steel (rigid fork) was a challenge AIR.
07-22-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 996
Posted By 2old

Have used Velox, also, duct tape or strapping...

Have used Velox, also, duct tape or strapping (fiberglass impregnated) tape effectively. The only difference that I've perceived is the Velox comes off cleaner than the other two which are much less...
07-22-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By 2old

Direct Drive Hub Motors

Just wanted to share my experience with Chinese direct drive hub motors. Four years ago I purchased a 1000w, 48V rear hub kit from YESCOM, attached it to a Schwinn frame and have been operating it...
Replies: 10
Views: 614
Posted By 2old

Great cleanup; just exhibits the quality in some...

Great cleanup; just exhibits the quality in some of those ancient steeds. I've only got a couple, one motorized, but ride them a lot.
07-22-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By 2old

You should determine how far out of spec the...

You should determine how far out of spec the chain is by measurement or Park tool (see Sheldon Brown). If it's really toast, consider replacing it, the cassette (or freewheel) and any front rings...
07-21-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,266
Posted By 2old

48V, 1000w kit, $145 on ebay; didn't look...

48V, 1000w kit, $145 on ebay; didn't look further, but it was one of 13,000 or so entries. Assume some were 500w if that's what you want.
07-21-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,417
Posted By 2old

I've ridden many Bosch, Yamaha and Brose...

I've ridden many Bosch, Yamaha and Brose mid-drives, as well as Bafang DIY and the drag with the motor off seems to be the same with all of them. Perhaps if I compared them back to back I might...
07-20-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,417
Posted By 2old

Bosch has a Sclumph (sp?) drive that "magnifies"...

Bosch has a Sclumph (sp?) drive that "magnifies" the front chainring by a factor of 2.5; ergo if it has 14 teeth, it's like a "normal" 35 tooth ring.
07-19-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 708
Views: 857,432
Posted By 2old

Latest, a three-speed IGH cruiser with rear...

Latest, a three-speed IGH cruiser with rear coaster brake and 48V, 1200w ebikeling DD front hub motor. Rides great with the motor off and 33 mph or so top speed. Tried to manufacture with as little...
07-18-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,761
Posted By 2old

Anybody sensing deja vu?

Anybody sensing deja vu?
07-17-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,761
Posted By 2old

+1 with alloo; Trek commuter or Electra (same...

+1 with alloo; Trek commuter or Electra (same company) are within your price range and excellent in quality and customer service FME.
07-16-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,761
Posted By 2old

Look for a commuter style which IMO is better for...

Look for a commuter style which IMO is better for a bad back. Trek has some nice models in your price range.
07-16-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 697
Posted By 2old

Park, Ritchey... Get a good one; I've had a...

Park, Ritchey... Get a good one; I've had a couple fail on me during use even though they seemed like good tools.
07-16-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By 2old

An inexpensive new tire is better than a faulty...

An inexpensive new tire is better than a faulty good one (although I wouldn't purchase a poor new tire.
07-16-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,418
Posted By 2old

Disclaimer: I reside in socal and have no need...

Disclaimer: I reside in socal and have no need for a fat bike unless "styling". This is a good value as with most BD bikes especially with Shimano hydraulic brakes. Probably good, but not great on...
07-16-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,349
Posted By 2old

Also try endless sphere where there are some...

Also try endless sphere where there are some really good techs.
07-14-19, 01:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,196
Posted By 2old

Most "experts" suggest a mid-drive for hilly...

Most "experts" suggest a mid-drive for hilly terrain. I've had excellent performance for four years from a BBS02-equipped hardtail, and have avoided the TSD because even the proponents say it...
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