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by MikeFairbanks
Jan 02 2019 6:18pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: About to build Mr and Mrs e-bikes; advice needed (and thanks)
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: About to build Mr and Mrs e-bikes; advice needed (and thanks)

We'll never have a need to exceed 20mph. I've built many 48 volt systems that hit about 29mph, but that isn't necessary. I was wondering what suppliers are currently recommended these days for both kits and motors. I'll sort through their options and pick something that will work for both my wife an...
by MikeFairbanks
Jan 02 2019 5:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: About to build Mr and Mrs e-bikes; advice needed (and thanks)
Replies: 5
Views: 157

About to build Mr and Mrs e-bikes; advice needed (and thanks)

I've built a few e-bikes and understand how they work, how to install, etc., but it's been about three to four years since I built any. My wife and I have a couple nice Trek Cruisers and we want to install a couple front-hub motor kits. We want them relatively light, pedal assist, a bit stealth. May...
by MikeFairbanks
Jan 01 2019 5:42pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Worksman utility trike build
Replies: 30
Views: 1423

Re: Worksman utility trike build

I have that same trike and put a front hub motor on it. I rode it for several years off and on and had a lot of fun. I even crashed it into a tree and the motor survived just fine (the fork died). I replaced the fork with one that can handle a front caliper brake. Currently the motor kit is disassem...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 14 2018 5:33pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I love France (and a return to e-bikes)
Replies: 4
Views: 437

I love France (and a return to e-bikes)

I’m 50 and I’ve never left North America. Until last week. My wife got a great deal for a four-day stay last weekend in Paris, and away we went. We stayed near the Louvre, and luckily it was off-season in the city. I guess all the Americans were back home. Lucky us, because I had zero interest in be...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 24 2016 11:49am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need advice on Dremel tools/kits, please. Thanks
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Need advice on Dremel tools/kits, please. Thanks

Thanks for the tips. I think I'll do some rearranging of benches so that I can get corded Dremels. They seem to offer more for the money (power, durability, etc.), and by them being corded there is less chance kids will drop them on the floor. Some of them are not responsible at all. I just bought a...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 24 2016 9:46am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need advice on Dremel tools/kits, please. Thanks
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Need advice on Dremel tools/kits, please. Thanks

I have a technology/engineering class, and in order to maximize resources and give all my students (close to 150) the opportunity to design and fabricate their ideas, we have to work with miniature models, so-to-speak. This is a middle school class, so much of what I teach is theory, computer aided ...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 13 2016 3:30pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: World Domination, I just got my self a 3d Printer!!!
Replies: 636
Views: 60063

Re: World Domination, I just got my self a 3d Printer!!!

I just started a new job this week teaching middle school. We have a Makerbot and several kits from another manufacturer, but I'm also looking to get another plug-and-play for the younger students (the Makerbot is in a different lab and I want one for my room as well). The Mini Replicator doesn't se...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 09 2016 8:47pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: gas price thread
Replies: 740
Views: 54606

Re: gas price thread

The U.S. is so diversified, so the cheap oil isn't killing the economy at all (probably having the opposite effect). I personally think oil prices are being manipulated to break the Russians and Venezuelans. It worked on the latter, and hopefully will work on the former. It's not easy on all the wor...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 09 2016 8:42pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lawnmowing: manual and electric powered
Replies: 229
Views: 21195

Re: Lawnmowing: manual and electric powered

I've been using an electric mower for twelve years. The first one made it ten years until I got tired of fixing shorts in the cord and switches. The motor never wavered and I stored it outdoors unprotected for a decade. The rain had little to no effect. I replaced it with another of the same brand (...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 09 2016 7:12pm
Forum: Stand-up E-scooters and E-skateboards
Topic: Electric skateboarding on any skateboard, but not exactly...
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Electric skateboarding on any skateboard, but not exactly...

I'm going to build this. I thought it up a while back (maybe a couple years) and I have some ideas on how to make it work. The first one will be too heavy (I'm going to use the 9c hub motor I have), but it seems like something like this could be built to be small and efficient. Not sure how well it ...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 05 2016 1:52pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?

I've been chatting with Jason Kraft at EbikeKit.com, and it looks like we're getting it put together. I'll order 2-3 kits: 20-inch rear DD, 36 volt SLA. On a separate note, we're also getting a mini-CNC machine (the X-Carve) for carving 3D shapes out of solid materials (foam, plastic, wood, soft met...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 05 2016 11:17am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?

You guys have awesome suggestions. Dogman, I sent an email to Jason to chat about kits. Mad Rhino: You have a valid point about SLA, so maybe I'll do one SLA kit and two lithiums, or two SLA and one lithium. (S)LA is still very relevant as it's used in every single gasoline-fueled car, lawnmowers, e...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 05 2016 9:29am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?

Since runtime likely won't be an insurmountable issue, and because having to carry along your energy source is the central problem of EVs, I think SLA batteries are a good idea. Lithium takes the teeth out of weight distribution, depth of discharge, and other constraints on EV design. Grappling wit...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 04 2016 9:29pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?

Thanks for the replies. Perhaps you guys can help me refine as I think I have an idea. The age group will most likely be seventh grade (about 12-13 years old). I don't think I'm going to have my sixth grade kids do it, but eighth grade might. I'm not sure. I have a lot of other technology and projec...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 04 2016 12:01pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Time for a new project with students. Creative ideas?

I haven't been on this site for a long time (probably a year...not sure), but some of you might remember that I built an electric tricycle with my fourth grade science students several years ago. It's a Worksman Trike with a front hub motor, 36-volt SLA. We had a great time building and riding it. T...
by MikeFairbanks
Aug 04 2016 11:52am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Coaster brake on a low speed setup
Replies: 6
Views: 413

Re: Coaster brake on a low speed setup

A coaster brake alone is bad, even at slower speeds. As it heats up it becomes less effective. I had an industrial trike that could only go to about 20mph and with any kind of downhill it was a serious issue (3-speed coaster brake). A front handbrake is critical to a safe riding experience.
by MikeFairbanks
Jul 16 2015 5:52pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Schwinn Foot Bike for 80 bucks (steel), 26-inch
Replies: 0
Views: 430

Schwinn Foot Bike for 80 bucks (steel), 26-inch

I haven't been around in a while (to Endless Sphere), but the other day I bumped into this little guy at a Target in Florida, and found a unit in stock here in the Atlanta area. For $80 it seems like a no-brainer http://scene7.targetimg1.com/is/image/Target/16448084?wid=480&hei=480 I'm going to get ...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 06 2014 1:33pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Schwinn Trike is garbage
Replies: 50
Views: 6449

Re: Schwinn Trike is garbage

Oops, I posted in the wrong thread.
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 06 2014 1:22pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Replaceable fork for Worksman Mover Trike?
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Replaceable fork for Worksman Mover Trike?

Hi. Can anyone who knows much about Worksman trikes guide me to a front fork that will fit AND has the capability of mounting brakes (no disk) to the front? It's been so long that I've replaced forks on a bike that I know nothing about sizing, especially with old school bikes like Worksman. The trik...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 05 2014 7:53pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey, friends: Time to look at golfboards. Yep, golfboards
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: Hey, friends: Time to look at golfboards. Yep, golfboa

They look fun, but the price tag is pretty high. I'm not in marketing, and I am frequently dead wrong when I predict the success or failure of a product. When Batteries Plus first opened in Athens, Georgia, I said it would fail miserably in no time. Well, that was a bad call. I also said rap and hip...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 05 2014 8:44am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey, friends: Time to look at golfboards. Yep, golfboards
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Hey, friends: Time to look at golfboards. Yep, golfboards

This may have been posted, and if so. Sorry. But I stumbled upon it while looking up golf cart reviews. I live in a community with dedicated paved paths for golf carts, bikes, runners, etc., and skateboards are allowed (along with e-bikes and e-skates). No cars allowed, and golf carts are limited to...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 05 2014 6:14am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you do with a Billion Dollars
Replies: 27
Views: 1763

Re: What would you do with a Billion Dollars

I'd give most of it away to help those who are suffering (hunger, disease, etc.). I certainly wouldn't want a billion dollars to keep for myself. I'd take a couple million, buy some inexpensive housing and rent it out at a good rate to the tenant, hire a management company to help me, and live off t...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 02 2014 6:28pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are the tax incentives for E-bikes, motorcycles, etc.?
Replies: 0
Views: 215

What are the tax incentives for E-bikes, motorcycles, etc.?

I'm scouring the internet trying to come up with ideas, and it appears that there are some incentives for electric vehicles. I know they are out there, but they are very difficult to understand, and without refining a search you'll likely get articles that are about five years old (when the first bi...
by MikeFairbanks
Sep 01 2014 8:13am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Schwinn Trike is garbage
Replies: 50
Views: 6449

Re: Schwinn Trike is garbage

I know this is an old thread, but for what it's worth: If you scan the various cities on Craigslist you will occasionally find a used Worksman for around 300 or so. Those things are very strong. I hit a tree at about 15mph and only the fork was destroyed. Suprisingly, everything else came out comple...