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03-12-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,040
Posted By Buglady

I have the Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit...

I have the Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit on my commuter bike, and I tried out the EMTB mode to see what it was like. It was interesting and I can definitely see how it would be great for...
03-12-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,040
Posted By Buglady

My Dad's version of defensive driving (he also...

My Dad's version of defensive driving (he also put a lot of miles on a motorcycle, as a younger man) is "Assume you are invisible; assume everyone is trying to kill you, regardless of the first...
02-15-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,040
Posted By Buglady

I was thinking about this last night (as I'm...

I was thinking about this last night (as I'm drafting a letter to Bosch regarding their sales and technical training... there was a bit of a diversity and accessibility fail in the training I went to...
02-13-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,040
Posted By Buglady

People are tempted to put it on maximum assist...

People are tempted to put it on maximum assist all the time, but it's NOT the way to get the most out of a pedal-assist bike! The handling at low speeds is usually jumpy, and you won't get nearly as...
02-12-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,582
Posted By Buglady

In my experience there is NOTHING that really...

In my experience there is NOTHING that really helps with brown slushy snirt, especially when the temperature is juuust warm enough for it to be greasy and/or it is more than about 4" deep. Ten...
02-12-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,577
Posted By Buglady

My experience with a class 1 e-bike (assistance...

My experience with a class 1 e-bike (assistance up to 32 km/hr; 20 mph) is that it is plenty fast enough for in-city commuting and errands - and I am not a novice rider afraid of speed! I used to be...
02-07-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,577
Posted By Buglady

The Bosch and Shimano systems do this, sort of...

The Bosch and Shimano systems do this, sort of gradually tapering off the amount of assistance as your speed approaches the cutoff, but the way you were describing it didn't sound like that. The...
02-01-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,577
Posted By Buglady

So can I... but not uphill, or with a headwind,...

So can I... but not uphill, or with a headwind, or with a load of groceries, or when I am having a pain flare, or if I haven't slept well... which is why I bought an e-bike. It's not about how fast...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 61,945
Posted By Buglady

I absolutely love seeing things like this. Yes,...

I absolutely love seeing things like this. Yes, the *flexibility* of pedal assist is great when our bodies are being less cooperative!

I had to sort of adjust my clothing system for cold weather...
01-29-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,577
Posted By Buglady

Have you taken it to the shop to make sure there...

Have you taken it to the shop to make sure there isn't a software or sensor issue? Giant uses a proprietary system, and my shop isn't a Giant retailer so I don't have all the technical details on it,...
01-24-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,956
Posted By Buglady

No, that's for the e-bike motor :p

No, that's for the e-bike motor :p
01-18-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 14,208
Posted By Buglady

Class 2 e-bikes (pedal assist up to 32 km/hr)...

Class 2 e-bikes (pedal assist up to 32 km/hr) don't really need massively overbuilt chains, in my opinion. But I am also a fairly conservative rider, so I don't put an enormous amount of torque...
01-14-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 14,208
Posted By Buglady

Bike mechanic (7 years full time in a pro shop)...

Bike mechanic (7 years full time in a pro shop) and 12 year Calgary winter commuter - KMC rust resistant chains and Prolink chain lubricant are my top recommendations for the conditions here. And...
01-14-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,152
Posted By Buglady

I have a pair of these and they're fantastic. I...

I have a pair of these and they're fantastic. I bought them for winter Girl Guide camps (because I am, apparently, insane) and then wore them for several winters of commuting by bike and bus in...
01-14-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,945
Posted By Buglady

You guys are cute. ...

You guys are cute.

https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/ab-52_metric_e.html

I did NOT ride today... minus 18 (C) is my cutoff, and it is currently minus 31 *not* counting wind chill. (-23F, wind...
01-08-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,429
Posted By Buglady

You are most welcome! You kind of hit the...

You are most welcome! You kind of hit the "autistic special interest info dump" jackpot there :p
01-07-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,429
Posted By Buglady

I'm a Bosch certified tech. The main thing we do...

I'm a Bosch certified tech. The main thing we do with the drive systems is update the software - there are continual improvements in things like battery management and torque sensing, so updating the...
01-03-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,318
Posted By Buglady

With the exception of the crankarm, all of those...

With the exception of the crankarm, all of those fall under normal winter wear in my experience. The Alfine axle nut actually lasted rather longer than those usually do; the metal on those nuts is...
12-21-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 13,488
Posted By Buglady

Full time bike mechanic in Calgary since 2012...

Full time bike mechanic in Calgary since 2012 (and year round rider since 2007) - I have mounted hundreds if not thousands of studded tires on a wide variety of rims. Certain tire brands *are* stiff...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 61,945
Posted By Buglady

I haven't owned a car since 2005. I do hold a...

I haven't owned a car since 2005. I do hold a valid driver's license and very occasionally (like twice a year) drive my sister's car when picking up the kids or going to another city. This has no...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 61,945
Posted By Buglady

If you'll accept a word from a mechanic who's...

If you'll accept a word from a mechanic who's been dealing with Stromers... don't. They are luxurious and look beautifully designed, but they are a *nightmare* to repair. Troubleshooting one bike...
12-10-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,542
Posted By Buglady

Sorry about late reply, but you really should...

Sorry about late reply, but you really should take it to a Specialized dealer so they can assess the software/firmware as well as all the physical connections and find out exactly what the issue is....
12-10-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By Buglady

Was the bike (and its battery) cold when you set...

Was the bike (and its battery) cold when you set out? That matters more than the actual air temperature.

Bafang is similar to Bosch in that their battery packs have a complex onboard computer...
12-10-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,314
Posted By Buglady

I beg your pardon, you have a COASTER BRAKE? on...

I beg your pardon, you have a COASTER BRAKE? on an e-bike??? and you are "considering" a cantilever on the front, but you don't currently have anything stopping you and your motorcycle-size engine*...
12-04-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,350
Posted By Buglady

Whoops! Double post, sorry

Whoops! Double post, sorry
12-04-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,350
Posted By Buglady

I have a Bosch mid-drive with a derailleur system...

I have a Bosch mid-drive with a derailleur system on the rear, and it works really well in moderate amounts of snow (up to 10cm). I find that having the pedal assist rather than throttle gives me...
12-04-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,314
Posted By Buglady

I favour mid-drive systems in purpose-built ebike...

I favour mid-drive systems in purpose-built ebike frames, with derailleur or IGH rear wheel, and with standard bike stem, handlebars, etc. Yes, the frame is bulkier and the whole system is more...
11-27-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,472
Posted By Buglady

We're under a snowfall warning in Calgary, and...

We're under a snowfall warning in Calgary, and most of the province actually. It started yesterday, light but persistent snowfall that built up to about 10 cm; this afternoon it started coming down...
11-23-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,867
Posted By Buglady

Jim, I have been riding year round in Calgary for...

Jim, I have been riding year round in Calgary for twelve years. I haven't owned a car since 2005.

Regurgitation of posts is unnecessary.
11-23-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,930
Posted By Buglady

I'm recovering from abdominal surgery and a...

I'm recovering from abdominal surgery and a chronic illness that took me off the bike in 2016. I was well enough to get back on my road bike six months after surgery in 2017, but I had lost so much...
11-19-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 16,754
Posted By Buglady

Ease of use is exactly it. When safety bicycles...

Ease of use is exactly it. When safety bicycles (2 similar size wheels, chain drive, and usually some form of brakes) became available, they were infinitely easier for new riders to manage than the...
11-19-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,867
Posted By Buglady

Dunno about that "no bad weather" thing, at least...

Dunno about that "no bad weather" thing, at least in Calgary... it's currently puking down snow that is melting and then refreezing into a spectacularly disgusting and difficult to navigate mess.
...
11-15-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 16,754
Posted By Buglady

Wading in on the actual topic, as an actual...

Wading in on the actual topic, as an actual e-bike rider and actual exercise oriented person and actual pedantic autistic person:

First, the entire reason we have scientific studies is to test...
11-15-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 16,754
Posted By Buglady

I must respectfully disagree; Bosch *guarantees*...

I must respectfully disagree; Bosch *guarantees* their batteries for 2 years or 500 charge cycles with *zero* loss of capacity, and the expected useful lifespan of Bosch power packs is 8 to 10 years....
11-15-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,542
Posted By Buglady

I'm trained in Bosch e-bikes, not Brose (which is...

I'm trained in Bosch e-bikes, not Brose (which is what Specialized uses in their Turbo line), but the basic principles of the systems are the same. That unit on the handlebars is not just a status...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 61,945
Posted By Buglady

WHOOPS!!! I'm normally really careful about that...

WHOOPS!!! I'm normally really careful about that :o

On the other hand, e-bikes have changed quite a bit in the past 4 years so maybe it's worth a new conversation!
Forum: Commuting
11-12-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 61,945
Posted By Buglady

My e-bike is the only reason I still CAN be a...

My e-bike is the only reason I still CAN be a cycle commuter. Invisible disabilities ******g SUCK, by the way, but I am glad I can still get out and enjoy my rides with a bit of electric assist.
...
11-12-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,398
Posted By Buglady

Not necessarily - the Continental Top Contact...

Not necessarily - the Continental Top Contact Winter tires are surprisingly grippy even on smooth ice. You definitely can't expect sudden stops or sharp turns, but you're not going to slide out...
10-29-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 31,450
Posted By Buglady

I use merino wool liner gloves and a pair of...

I use merino wool liner gloves and a pair of softshell/fleece mittens that are actually meant for cross-country skiing. I've found most of the cycling specific gloves and mitts don't have enough...
10-22-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,831
Posted By Buglady

Absolutely. I love my merino! I am gradually...

Absolutely. I love my merino! I am gradually switching all of my socks, summer and winter, to Smartwool or similar; no blisters! Synthetic or cotton blend socks make my feet very unhappy. And for...
10-04-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,024
Posted By Buglady

It snowed a foot in Calgary a week ago. Am not...

It snowed a foot in Calgary a week ago. Am not happy
10-04-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,547
Posted By Buglady

Calgary winter commuter (10 years), e-bike owner...

Calgary winter commuter (10 years), e-bike owner (1 year) and Bosch e-bike certified tech here! Yes, you can use your e-bike in winter, but you will need to take a little extra care with the battery....
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,180
Posted By Buglady

He's working on sewing machines these days more...

He's working on sewing machines these days more than bikes, but he's quite well! The DIY winter tires kind of went by the wayside once enough purpose-made winter tires, like the Schwalbe Marathon...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,180
Posted By Buglady

E-BIKE!! Do it, you will not regret it :)

I vote get a purpose-built pedal-assist e-bike, something with a Bosch or Shimano STEPS mid- drive motor. I bought one by Ghost (sold at MEC in Canada, where I work, and at REI in the US), with a...
05-31-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,779
Posted By Buglady

I reinforce jeans with a layer of fabric on the...

I reinforce jeans with a layer of fabric on the inside, and zigzag stitch around the edges. Machine darning, basically just sewing lines across the worn areas and into less worn fabric nearby, can...
02-16-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,587
Posted By Buglady

Mechanic here, have worked on Alfine 11s (as well...

Mechanic here, have worked on Alfine 11s (as well as Alfine 8, and Nexus 3/5/7/8) for the last 6 years. Setup and maintenance are important, and can be fiddly, but whether the hubs are "good/bad"...
02-14-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,442
Posted By Buglady

The cassette joint is what determines the cable...

The cassette joint is what determines the cable length, not the hub itself, though certain cassette joints are used most often with specific hubs. Here is a chart I made for my shop last year, so we...
02-14-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 13,775
Posted By Buglady

I bought a Ghost Trekking e-bike this past...

I bought a Ghost Trekking e-bike this past August. It has a pedal assist, mid-mount motor by Bosch, and a traditional 9 speed rear derailleur and cassette.

Classic/Vintage? No. Dory's design is...
02-09-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,955
Posted By Buglady

Bosch mid drive motors have versions that are...

Bosch mid drive motors have versions that are optimised for IGH use (the maximum torque is different), for Shimano Nexus/Alfine, Rohloff, and NuVinci hubs. You can even go full automatic shifting if...
02-01-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,799
Posted By Buglady

Laws of physics are fun, aren't they? Yeah,...

Laws of physics are fun, aren't they? Yeah, batteries in general do not like the cold.

I have a Bosch e-bike; Bosch batteries have an onboard sensor and protective mechanism that stops the battery...
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