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11-27-23, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 481
Posted By Smaug1

How do you figure that? Oil is also used to...

How do you figure that?

Oil is also used to make plastic and other products, that's true, but if people start to replace combustion car trips with eBike trips, how could it NOT have an impact?
11-27-23, 09:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,365
Posted By Smaug1

The different chemistries all have their own...

The different chemistries all have their own compromises. They're all viable in their own way.
For energy density and weight, Li-Ion is toward the top, at the expense of being volatile if not...
11-22-23, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By Smaug1

I got the bike a couple days ago. First...

I got the bike a couple days ago. First impressions:

Packaging was great; custom fit closed cell foam
Seat lives down to its reputation. It's a bit skinny (probably to facilitate pedaling) and...
11-22-23, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Smaug1

I use one from Amazon too; this one: ...

I use one from Amazon too; this one:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVDTEXS?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

It's similar to the one tds101 has, except that the timer is mechanical instead...
11-16-23, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By Smaug1

As an employee, I get 50% off retail price, which...

As an employee, I get 50% off retail price, which is still too expensive for someone who doesn't use the tools every day. If they gave us a better deal, they would really have to watch out for...
11-15-23, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By Smaug1

Post Safety Certifications

My Background: I'm a regulatory engineer (electronics background). I worked for UL for 21 years and now I work for Snap-on Tools, helping them get cordless tools certified. I looked into the...
11-15-23, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By Smaug1

Re. the bolded part, I'm a regulatory engineer...

Re. the bolded part, I'm a regulatory engineer (electronics background). I worked for UL for 21 years and now I work for Snap-on Tools, helping them get cordless tools certified. They don't appear to...
11-13-23, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By Smaug1

I'm sure that reduction in top speed from 20 to...

I'm sure that reduction in top speed from 20 to 18 mph is going to really cut down on the number of automotive-caused accidents. :rolleyes:
10-23-23, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By Smaug1

Thanks for the comments, cat0020. That...

Thanks for the comments, cat0020.

That seems to be a Scorpion, not Hyper Scrambler 2. What I've read is that the Scorpion has the more comfortable seat for motor-only riding, but is wide for...
10-23-23, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By Smaug1

Question Anyone here have a Juiced HyperScrambler 2?

I just ordered one; should ship next month. They're on closeout sale for $2500* including two battery packs. (instead of $3k with one and the 2nd one being $500, as they were a year ago) The...
10-23-23, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By Smaug1

Congrats on being open-minded. So many people...

Congrats on being open-minded. So many people these days aren't.

I've never tried a mid-drive or eMtB, but would like to at some point. I can see how the superior balance of a mid drive would be...
10-18-23, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By Smaug1

I think you made a good choice, Yankee. I'm...

I think you made a good choice, Yankee. I'm another one with a Level.2 who installed an adjustable stem to get them a bit more relaxed. However, it's not stable enough now to ride no-handed; it...
10-18-23, 09:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,145
Posted By Smaug1

I'm quoting my original response for reference. ...

I'm quoting my original response for reference.
Now that I'm getting more serious about road (acoustic) cycling, another use I'm finding for the eBike is to ride it on recovery days for commutes....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-23, 08:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Just poking around a little bit, road cycling...

Just poking around a little bit, road cycling pros seem to aim for 6-7% body fat, so I guess I'd agree with peak Lemond @ 10%.

I don't know WHERE I got 2-3%; thanks for the correction. I may have...
08-24-23, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By Smaug1

It's not a step-through, but the Magicycle...

It's not a step-through, but the Magicycle Commuter is now on sale for $550 shipped from Amazon. I helped my daughter's boyfriend get one. It has been good so far, except for the low quality OEM...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-23, 01:44 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Guys & gals, please stop dragging Lance Armstrong...

Guys & gals, please stop dragging Lance Armstrong in and derailing this thread. I'd rather it die from lack of further discussion than it to devolve like this.

Thanks.
08-08-23, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5,760
Views: 483,381
Posted By Smaug1

27 miles yesterday

Another 25 or so tomorrow. Maybe 40 or so Friday night, but I
if not then 40-60 Saturday morning.
08-08-23, 12:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,145
Posted By Smaug1

I started because I wanted to bike commute. ...

I started because I wanted to bike commute.

My commute is 2 miles each way; it's a long walk, but it felt too short to drive, especially with my car only getting 24 mpg and needing premium gas....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-23, 11:55 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Great movie; Triplets of Belleville. Highest...

Great movie; Triplets of Belleville.

Highest rating I've ever seen on Rotten Tomatoes:
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_triplets_of_belleville

***************************

Long as we're...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-23, 10:38 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Oh, he was referring to the movie. It's...

Oh, he was referring to the movie.

It's called The Last Rider, and was released in limited theatres only. (as it would have a limited appeal) I found it in a theatre 30 miles away (in a...
08-07-23, 09:38 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,750
Posted By Smaug1

Guys, can we stop with the CF arguments please? ...

Guys, can we stop with the CF arguments please?

Besides, if you can squeeze a CF top tube and it gives a little, so what? It's DESIGNED to give a little in certain directions; that's why it gives...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-23, 08:44 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Me neither. Me too! Everything I've seen...

Me neither.


Me too! Everything I've seen on him so far just cuts off after the 1989 TdF, as it was so dramatic they spent all their time on it.


Being the arrogant twit he was, he was...
08-06-23, 06:22 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,214
Posted By Smaug1

Maybe these characters will get the spotlight off of eBikes..,

Unicide Squad:
https://youtube.com/shorts/CKaNAgiDvPU?feature=sharec
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-23, 12:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

A key take-away for me is that after he was shot...

A key take-away for me is that after he was shot in 1987, his right lung never regained its full capacity. He won the TdF AGAIN, despite not having his full lung capacity!
Then, in 1991, it became...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-23, 11:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,181
Posted By Smaug1

Greg Lemond is my hero

I took my wife to see his documentary of his life leading up to his 1986 Tour de France win. She loved it, even though she's not a cyclist. All the drama, with the back-stabbing French...

Here's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-23, 08:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,541
Posted By Smaug1

I've ridden a few more rides, and I think it is a...

I've ridden a few more rides, and I think it is a combination of factors.

I have no problem keeping up with a 15 mph group on my Domane. That same effort gets me about 12 mph on the Verve.

I...
07-28-23, 02:43 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,214
Posted By Smaug1

Post Good info; thanks for sharing. It won't apply to...

Good info; thanks for sharing. It won't apply to most of us here, but these things tend to start in places like NYC and LA and slowly spread across cities in the USA.
What I get from this is that...
07-27-23, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

Ethan's mom approached me the other evening. She...

Ethan's mom approached me the other evening. She said she's going to start saving for an eBike for herself, and wants my advice when it's time to buy.

I'm spreading the eBike gospel!

I...
07-27-23, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

Re. this part, I remember thinking that too,...

Re. this part, I remember thinking that too, before I got my first eBike. I think it's because of comparison to used motorcycles and new & used scooters.

$3k would also buy you:

A nice used...
07-26-23, 11:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

Sorry to leave you hanging. Itís...

Sorry to leave you hanging.


Itís irrelevant, because his budget was $600, and he had to save awhile and pool his birthday gift money to raise that.

Telling him he should save the rest of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-23, 11:01 PM
Replies: 27,365
Views: 18,189,204
Posted By Smaug1

2024 Trek Domane AL3 Disc

This will be the bike that sees me get stronger and faster.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_4301_13848cc6cd0b284054bde35dc01aa9d58802972b.jpg
It's got a Selle...
07-26-23, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

Last batch of pix: ...

Last batch of pix:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_4529_21fb44cebe409dc6de9ff08fffd438bf13eb8267.jpg
Aerodynamic wheels, nice tires, Presta valves.

...
07-26-23, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

It jus occurred to me that the front wheel is...

It jus occurred to me that the front wheel is quick release. This is not good, on a commuter bike. It's also inconsistent with the seat tube clamp needing an allen wrench to ste... adjust. ;)

More...
07-26-23, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

Cool I got the bike yesterday. Had the boy over to...

I got the bike yesterday. Had the boy over to assemble it. (I coached him while sitting in my supervisory chair with a glass of wine)

We got 90% through the setup and were inflating the rear tire...
07-25-23, 11:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By Smaug1

Good call. I think I will.

Good call. I think I will.
07-25-23, 07:56 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,214
Posted By Smaug1

I don't think required licensing is The Answer...

I don't think required licensing is The Answer either. Just enforce the laws that are already on the books, esp. speed limits and where they are allowed. Hire enough cops to do this effectively and...
07-25-23, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By Smaug1

I wouldn't call it redundancy. One cool thing...

I wouldn't call it redundancy. One cool thing about eBikes (as opposed to mopeds) is that they are not too heavy to pedal, in case the motor can't be employed. Many eBikes are 60+ lbs, and would not...
07-20-23, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By Smaug1

Budget eBike transportation outfit for 2 - $262

Allen 4-bike rack, rated for 140 lbs.: [AMAZON LINK (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C45HSGI/?coliid=I24E536F3Y8HQE&colid=28I78N2NAL6TG&psc=1&ref_=list_c_wl_lv_ov_lig_dp_it)] - $180
Wheel straps. Use...
07-20-23, 12:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,287
Posted By Smaug1

Lectric is KILLING it, these days. If they...

Lectric is KILLING it, these days.
If they branch out into more non-folding bikes, the rest of the US market is in trouble.
07-19-23, 09:00 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,214
Posted By Smaug1

Wow, you're pretty anxious to send other folks'...

Wow, you're pretty anxious to send other folks' money to the government for nothing in return, aren't you? And to reduce our speed limit to Euro levels.

I'm thinking of my city now as I type this....
07-19-23, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By Smaug1

Exclamation ↑ 100%. More to the point, they don't want their...

↑ 100%. More to the point, they don't want their bikes disabled out of their control. (negative tech)

I'm sad for VanMoof; I thought they were the best-looking eBikes, and full of innovation. Just...
07-18-23, 01:48 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,214
Posted By Smaug1

There's plenty of blame to go around. One common...

There's plenty of blame to go around. One common theme I see is a feeling of entitlement, which is sometimes legally correct and sometimes incorrect.

Some cyclists feel entitled to go fast on...
07-17-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By Smaug1

Here's a story you guys might find funny. I...

Here's a story you guys might find funny.

I took my wife and stepdaughter on a family eBike ride downtown yesterday. We had a dual mission:

Get ice cream
Get exercise to counteract the ice...
07-16-23, 07:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 245
Posted By Smaug1

500 mile update on The Ultimate Commuter

What is The Ultimate Commuter Bike? The Aventon Level.2.

Why?
1) Itís electric. No need to arrive to work sweaty

2) Itís got rack and fenders. There are three rear lights: one on the fender...
07-15-23, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By Smaug1

I went for a ride with my club today. One lady in...

I went for a ride with my club today. One lady in the ride had an older Domane+. She is in her 70s and wants to ride with the people she's always ridden with, but she can't maintain 18-20 mph....
07-14-23, 10:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Smaug1

I didn't know a fork could be removed with just a...

I didn't know a fork could be removed with just a couple allen wrenches; I thought there were specialized tools needed.

I put the Magicycle in my Wish List and now the seller has reduced the price...
07-13-23, 10:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,755
Posted By Smaug1

Probably a smart move: Euro laws limit...

Probably a smart move:

Euro laws limit speeds to 25 kph (15.5 mph) so their bikes would need "firmer" firmware limits
Euro laws limit motors to 250 W, so Euro-spec bikes would need different...
07-13-23, 09:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,674
Posted By Smaug1

He's done it already; see Post #27...

He's done it already; see Post #27 (https://www.bikeforums.net/22949163-post27.html).
07-13-23, 08:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,674
Posted By Smaug1

Ooh, you're not going to be happy about this...

They just reduced it again, to $999: https://www.juicedbikes.com/products/closeout-ripracer-fun-sized-fat-tire-e-bike?variant=39818096508992

Something tells me it's going to be discontinued soon...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-23, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,125
Posted By Smaug1

Interesting stat, that you've been bike commuting...

Interesting stat, that you've been bike commuting longer than a lot of your colleagues have been alive!

I'll share my story of what got me started bike commuting:

I was in a phase where I was...
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