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07-28-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 334
Posted By kayakindude

I own 6 folders, 2 Dahons, 3 Zizzos, and an...

I own 6 folders, 2 Dahons, 3 Zizzos, and an incredible Airnimal Chameleon (my main bike and my commuter to Providence). You ever want to test ride one send me a PM. I do agree a folder would make a...
07-26-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 420
Posted By kayakindude

We pull a dog too on a tandem, combined weight is...

We pull a dog too on a tandem, combined weight is probably 380 pounds. Only a few larger hills and most rides average 1500 of climbing or less. Our motor has never cut off but we frequently leave it...
07-26-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By kayakindude

I am not sure if a larger motor results in drag,...

I am not sure if a larger motor results in drag, definitely adds weight. I use Swytch and often ride with the system off and there is no drag, but smaller motor. System weighs around 6 pounds. There...
07-25-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By kayakindude

Simple answer is yes. I have a 250 watt front...

Simple answer is yes. I have a 250 watt front hub on my 2006 Cannondale. The better question is how will you use it? Mine takes the edge of climbing and boosts our speed by just over 2 mph, that's...
07-25-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 334
Posted By kayakindude

Because we live near each other, I would...

Because we live near each other, I would recommend the Trek store in EP. They are pricey but will give you a good idea on setups and how the ride compares to a regular bike. If you want to see how a...
07-24-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,690
Posted By kayakindude

The other big advantage of the radar unit on busy...

The other big advantage of the radar unit on busy roads is it shows not only if the lane is clear to take (to execute left hand turns) but how far apart the vehicles are spaced. I've learned what...
07-24-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,690
Posted By kayakindude

I use it with my garmin watch which I strap...

I use it with my garmin watch which I strap around the handlebar. Alerts you on how fast a vehicle is closing and if there are additional vehicles behind them. Double beeps and turns deep red on a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By kayakindude

I can only speak for the Via and Zizzo in...

I can only speak for the Via and Zizzo in general. I think you get a lot of bang for your buck. The Via is comparable to my Dahon Mariner. Also have the Forte which is more heavy duty. Zizzo puts out...
07-18-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By kayakindude

Most unusual collisions

Been riding 35 years on the road and always watching for vehicle threats and other hazards, but never saw this one coming.

Riding in my lane at about 18mph and saw 2 teens riding the sidewalk in...
07-15-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By kayakindude

Very inspiring...keep at it and enjoy the sights!

Very inspiring...keep at it and enjoy the sights!
07-13-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By kayakindude

Glad it worked out for you and shows the...

Glad it worked out for you and shows the durability of these systems. Really helpful on tandems where two riders typically have different wattage and for climbing. It too see about a 2-3 mph...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-12-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By kayakindude

Flown dozens of times without damage. Do a search...

Flown dozens of times without damage. Do a search for suitcases and you will find many articles on how to accomplish it.

Here is one of mine-

Folder...
07-12-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By kayakindude

E-assist would be perfect for your situation. Go...

E-assist would be perfect for your situation. Go with a lightweight, minimalist system. If you need it you will have some help, if you don't the bike will ride normal. Do what you can and use the...
06-12-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By kayakindude

I do the same on my Wrangler, I leave the tires...

I do the same on my Wrangler, I leave the tires on (now that the front has a motor hub). I just tie red cloth strips to each rim since it is an oversized load. Have not had any issues and I use...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,242
Posted By kayakindude

My samsonite flight suitcase was just over 100...

My samsonite flight suitcase was just over 100 and has been used many times without issue even though oversized. Rims are 24 but you may be able to squeeze a set of 26 in there.
05-24-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,064
Posted By kayakindude

A lot of good feedback on motors and wattage. It...

A lot of good feedback on motors and wattage. It makes asking the OP what kind of rider they are and type of terrain pertinent.

On indoor rides I'm an average 220 watts and the wife 95 watts, so...
05-23-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,470
Posted By kayakindude

I second the value of the radar. It provides a ...

I second the value of the radar. It provides a rapid beep on top of the deep red when a car approaches at high speed, showing exactly how fast they are closing. The other huge thing it does is tells...
05-23-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,064
Posted By kayakindude

I am really sorry you seem so negative about...

I am really sorry you seem so negative about something my wife and I have really been enjoying for the past six months. Maybe not everyone wants so much power you barely have to pedal, maybe some of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-21, 04:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,578
Posted By kayakindude

Buy a Brompton block adapter for the front stem...

Buy a Brompton block adapter for the front stem mount and gain one of the great advantages of their bag systems at a non brompton price.

Have a Brompton bag on my Dahon for the last 3 years for...
05-16-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,600
Posted By kayakindude

On your left Sometimes you just have to...

On your left

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

Kudos to the "diver"
05-14-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

No doubt that was the biggest hurdle, one that...

No doubt that was the biggest hurdle, one that the universal mount would have eliminated. That being said I have yet to swap it in after getting the original setup dialed in. Been riding with the...
05-12-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,064
Posted By kayakindude

Pics and a breakdown of the process posted here: ...

Pics and a breakdown of the process posted here:

Swytch (https://www.bikeforums.net/electric-bikes/1204492-swytch.html)
05-11-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,064
Posted By kayakindude

Getting back to the basic question posed by the...

Getting back to the basic question posed by the OP. I went with Swytch. 250 watt front hub system that adds 6 pounds, 4 of which is a quick release battery that mounts on the front handlebar. This is...
04-02-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By kayakindude

If you are just looking for part time assist then...

If you are just looking for part time assist then 250w is plenty. My front hub kit gets my tandem uphill while trailering a dog without having to drop out of the largest ring. I have the swytch you...
03-29-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,590
Posted By kayakindude

That's the guide I am using, which looks like...

That's the guide I am using, which looks like loosen the fixing bolt and everything should slide nice-nice. To be clear the centering bolt remains untouched? Just loosen the fixing bolt a few turns...
03-28-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,590
Posted By kayakindude

No worries about pounding on the bolt I'm trying...

No worries about pounding on the bolt I'm trying to be careful. The instructions I have found coupled with scarce videos basically say loosen the bolt. Stick a hex wrench in one of the other holes,...
03-28-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,590
Posted By kayakindude

Timing chain adjustment

Was really surprised there are no YouTube videos on adjusting the wedges on a Cannondale to tighten the timing chain. I loosened the wedge bolt a few turns but couldn't get the wedge to rotate (broke...
03-23-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,886
Posted By kayakindude

Just a clarification on Rouvy you can drop in...

Just a clarification on Rouvy you can drop in anywhere on a course. I really like that feature because I can ride hard on a course and the wife jumps on for the last 10 miles and we can ride...
03-15-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,356
Posted By kayakindude

I'm pretty new to ebiking but one big benefit in...

I'm pretty new to ebiking but one big benefit in cold weather is you can minimize the layer of sweat while still getting a good ride in. Not a fan of sweat turning into the chills.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-12-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,376
Posted By kayakindude

I love my Swytch kit. Bought 2, 1st one is on a...

I love my Swytch kit. Bought 2, 1st one is on a tandem. Other will go on my wife's road bike to keep up with my Chameleon :)

On a smaller folder their Brompton block mount would be ideal.
03-12-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,401
Posted By kayakindude

I wish both of you a speedy recovery. I hope you...

I wish both of you a speedy recovery. I hope you keep riding and enjoy life. Try to keep a sense of humor and thanks for sharing. You don't owe anyone here an explanation.

Ride on.
03-02-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By kayakindude

I have a similar system, Swytch, but it is uses...

I have a similar system, Swytch, but it is uses PAS, though you can add a throttle. Same as you wanted something light and a very minimal assist. Doing a good job on a loaded tandem and can't wait to...
02-28-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By kayakindude

For me it's not critical because we can just...

For me it's not critical because we can just continue without assist, but I just assumed the bars would work similar to a smartphone...if the variables are consistent, then the drain should be too....
02-28-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,886
Posted By kayakindude

I too settled on Rouvy and really enjoy the...

I too settled on Rouvy and really enjoy the Ironman routes. One thing that would be a great add on would be the ability to filter routes by live riders. Depending on your mood it would be great to...
02-28-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By kayakindude

Battery drain

So I'm trying to understand battery drain. I would think a system that has bars to indicate the amount of usage would be pretty even. But on a 30 mile ride today that was not the case at all.

I...
02-26-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,544
Posted By kayakindude

My 1st conversion is on our Cannondale tandem. I...

My 1st conversion is on our Cannondale tandem. I went with a Swytch kit which I detailed at length in the ebike sub-forum under Swytch.

Swytch ...
02-24-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

Weather finally cooperated in New England and was...

Weather finally cooperated in New England and was able to get a solid test in. It was about 45 degrees out and we rode 18 miles, clocking in on the hour.

Test was on the tandem pulling a trailer....
02-24-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By kayakindude

I like that you can ride and work at the same...

I like that you can ride and work at the same time. I added a tripod recently and can answer calls and messages as needed.
02-22-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,876
Posted By kayakindude

I can attest to those roads. I traversed them...

I can attest to those roads. I traversed them riding fly to pie 2 years back. It was a real challenge as I was riding my folder. Most scary parts were the descents. Really had to balance speed with...
02-14-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

I found the purchase price to be one of the...

I found the purchase price to be one of the bigger pros. That and the all in one package. Biggest con so far was getting the PAS working with an off center and flush crank arm. I have to imagine that...
02-11-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 868
Posted By kayakindude

Pretty sure most of them are made using a...

Pretty sure most of them are made using a vehicle. A few times I've seen the vehicle shadow. Really enjoy the software though. Went with this over TACX because of the avatar setup. Really like the...
02-09-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

New PAS system arrived today. ...

New PAS system arrived today.
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Great that the company provides support...
01-25-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,211
Posted By kayakindude

Just curious why you would want to switch the...

Just curious why you would want to switch the front wheels? The 250 watt hub motor is barely heavier than a regular rim...maybe 2 pounds more? Any detachable battery system should work for you, while...
01-24-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,211
Posted By kayakindude

In terms of torque I find it easiest to compare...

In terms of torque I find it easiest to compare riding with assist on vs. off. My (admittedly short) tests showed that we could climb nearby hills without dropping down from our largest front ring...
01-24-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,211
Posted By kayakindude

Still in the testing stages of the Swytch kit but...

Still in the testing stages of the Swytch kit but here is what I like that may help. I have it installed on our road tandem.

The kit features a walk mode. It is lightweight, the motor weighs just...
12-27-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By kayakindude

What size rim are you riding? Most wheel on...

What size rim are you riding? Most wheel on trainers should work with common sizes. For the rear tire...swap for the indoor trainer tire. It was a huge difference for the few days I rode on my...
12-23-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

A follow up on the sensor. I asked Swytch for the...

A follow up on the sensor. I asked Swytch for the PAS that mounts directly to the arm (can't hurt to ask) and they replied no problem 😁...
12-21-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

I put a request in for the PAS sensor that mounts...

I put a request in for the PAS sensor that mounts directly to the arm to see how they respond. I looked through the support section and they have a nice feature offering video conferencing during...
12-20-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

Found an L bracket in my parts bin and shored up...

Found an L bracket in my parts bin and shored up the sensor, which is working great. Long term I will anchor it a bit better but this should be good enough for light riding and test runs....
12-20-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,995
Posted By kayakindude

Thanks for the offer Andy, the kit came with...

Thanks for the offer Andy, the kit came with torque washers, not sure if that is the standard for 250 watts?...
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