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by craneplaneguy
Jan 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Potential Catastrophic Frame Failer Averted ….sort of.
Replies: 12
Views: 136

Re: Potential Catastrophic Frame Failer Averted ….sort of.

That's spooky stuff, frankly I have never inspected my bikes for frame cracks like that, makes me think I ought to! Thanks for posting.
by craneplaneguy
Jan 12, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 34
Views: 903

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

The biggest myth is that motorized vehicles destroy trail conditions. It's not true. It's trail conditions that are not suitable for riding on that lead to destroyed trails, and that is as simple as wet conditions. When things are wet pooled water will naturally cause soft spots and as much as coas...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 34
Views: 903

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

I thought this was amusing, but have no idea if it was an ebike or not, or if he hated them, it's just an odd story.

https://nypost.com/2018/01/05/man-break ... bike-cops/
by craneplaneguy
Jan 07, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 34
Views: 903

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

Anytime I run into (figuratively) more then 1 hiker or other biker an hour, I consider it crowded and though I might ride there again, the more remote the place, the better for me. The more remote, when and if you do run into someone, they are unfailingly friendly, as opposed to the crowded town tra...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 07, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

At $1.20 per watt (if bought for $120.00, and free shipping) that's expensive solar these days. I paid less then .50 cents a watt, for the REC's big boys, and they will last for decades, warrantied no less. Lightness costs for sure.
by craneplaneguy
Jan 06, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

To put that in perspective, the stack of 290 watt REC panels in my shop I have left over from a big project last summer, weigh about 40 lbs each. So yeah, those panels are pretty damn light! I have to wonder about their longevity though, but at that weight (and decent price) a shorter life span woul...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 06, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Surefly by Workhorse
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Surefly by Workhorse

An auto conversion engine, a decent choice for now. Cost effective anyway. But auto conversions are always heavier then a aviation specific (whether piston or turbine) powerplant.
by craneplaneguy
Jan 06, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

Good find on the "Power Pony" generator, but it's not in production or for sale. There are some other very small gensets out there I see in old videos, but they are also not in production and/or use a 2 stroke screamer of an engine. Nothing current with a quality name brand 4 stroker. The lightest s...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 05, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

May be better to look into a small gas generator for long hauls where you dont know if there will be an outlet or not. I know in the city sometimes I get stranded with no plug ins. Something Justin mentioned in his cross country video is "pilon" signs, the rotating mall signs, usually have outlets,...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 03, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 110
Views: 5546

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Ha, it looks weird to see no kick back when they shut the thing down, it just smoothly winds down like a turbine. Just one of my bush tires has as much drag as that entire air frame, but them again I land places (and take off again) that thing could only land once! Still, that is a really cool plane...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 03, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

A "real" airplane, with an enclosed cockpit. But, I sometimes take the doors off, and it's a homebuilt kitplane.

I believe what you see in that link is 100% CF, not just wrapped around aluminum. Could be wrong, looks like it anyway.
by craneplaneguy
Jan 03, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: a storm is brewing on the mountain
Replies: 67
Views: 1845

Re: a storm is brewing on the mountain

What you just said is the biggest drawback to living in a very rural area like I do. It's kind of weird that "living in the country" denotes warm fuzzy feelings about being somehow "greener" then someone living in a suburban or city area, but the opposite is true! Though I'm sure I have a much bette...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 02, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

They have a interesting system of brackets that fit inside the CF tube, " CARBON FIBER MODULAR TUBE SYSTEM, it would appear to be highly versatile? Not cheap I'm sure, but light as hell. http://dragonplate.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhYTjk8W52AIV1XUBCh1dtgBnEAEYASAAEgIfDPD_BwE Also their TELESCOPING CF t...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 02, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 110
Views: 5546

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

A very nice low drag airframe, sexy looking too. "If it looks right, it probably flies right."
by craneplaneguy
Dec 30, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

Indeed, right after I read these responses it occurred to me to google "16" QR bike wheels", and got several hits. Near as I can tell Niagara Cycle (I've used them before for misc., great service and pricing) has what I need for $50.00 per wheel, with tire. I am unsure how universal the QA thing is,...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 30, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

My Travoy behind the BBSHD/Rohloff/Montague combo, with 8 gallons of regular mogas in the fuel bladder being carried. The quick foldability of both the Travoy and the eMontague amuses the hell out of any one watching when I land somewhere. I often get "we sell fuel here", yeah but it's leaded AV gas...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 30, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

Some nice trailers here with larger wheels, and a good dog riding in trailer video also, but hard to watch without laughing. https://cycletote.com/trailers/dog-trailers/
by craneplaneguy
Dec 30, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Got my butt kicked today
Replies: 23
Views: 1190

Re: Got my butt kicked today

Good to hear! Well, the fattie won't fit in the crane compartment, though I do have a rack for it that plugs in the crane's bumper hitch. But I don't carry the fattie there unless I know for sure I'm craning somewhere I want to ride later. The beauty of my setup now, and all it took was building up ...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 29, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

Anybody ever seen any kind of conveyance a dog HAS NOT wanted to ride in or on? I haven't. I bet the first chariot or wheeled vehicle of any kind, about 10 minutes after it's designer first rode it, had their dog jump on. Dogs frigging rule.
by craneplaneguy
Dec 28, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Got my butt kicked today
Replies: 23
Views: 1190

Re: Got my butt kicked today

You mean take up the lane, forcing any car traffic to slow to my speed? Not my style, when I can stay the hell off to the side enough to let traffic go by, I'll do so. BUT, with ice on the shoulder, everything changes! But the icy shoulder wasn't my problem, it was my foolish decision to zip across ...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 28, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Another electric motor glider
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Another electric motor glider

This time by an outfit with an established track record of making flying machines, only with ICE engines, so all they really had to do was mess with the propulsion system. With a 9,000' west facing ridge literally in my backyard, and being an old hang glider pilot, with a large solar system (plenty ...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 26, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

Well Its official , Im making a charge station on a trailer. So far the plan is to mount a 3'6 x 22" 100w panel just above the rails with a 2nd panel under it on a sliding frame so it can be pulled out when stopped. Probably will make a brace for it so in calm weather it can be pull out on the high...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 22, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My DIY HD Travoy. (bike trailer)
Replies: 19
Views: 1242

Re: My DIY HD Travoy. (bike trailer)

Why reinvent the wheel? Over the years, i've managed to periodically score 4 high quality bike trailers, originally designed for hauling kids. Mostly yard sale finds. All are aluminum framed (the 2 Burleys are 6061-t6), the Xterra has suspension, and all have 20" aluminum rims and protective canopi...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 20, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solstice coming up, glad i'm grid tied!
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Solstice coming up, glad i'm grid tied!

This time of year really sucks in these parts, not much sun and not much wind even, plus the hydro is shut down. After being off grid for 28 years and now grid tied, I get a real kick out of the entire grid tied thing. NO more running a generator to charge the battery bank, ever! Use all the power I...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 20, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions
Replies: 188
Views: 9556

Re: Panniers, trailers, and other cargo solutions

FWIW: My RANS S-7S kitplane has tubular wing spars of 6061 T-6, while as mentioned earlier the fuselage is all chrome moly. A few different homebuilts/kitplanes have tubular spars, most have I-beam type main spars. Strength and weight issues aside, cost and ease of construction and possible ease of ...