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by 1JohnFoster
Apr 17 2019 12:10pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: The economics of scooter rentals.
Replies: 84
Views: 6449

Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Looks like they may be coming to Vancouver; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60224654563?aff=efbneb Does anyone know any decent data out there on accidents, legal costs etc over a reasonable timespan in a city? A comparison with shared bikes vs shared electric kick scooters would be interesting. I love ...
by 1JohnFoster
Feb 18 2019 2:08am
Forum: Items for Sale - Used
Topic: Large flooded Nicad NiCd batteries
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Large flooded Nicad NiCd batteries

Located in North Delta BC. John Cell 604 652-1774 Tons of high capacity NiCd flooded batteries. Good for PV systems, EV car or truck conversions, tractors, golf carts, forklifts. Much stiffer at holding voltage and last many times longer than lead acid batteries. These came from Skytrains where they...
by 1JohnFoster
Oct 06 2018 5:29pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car
Replies: 65
Views: 4505

Re: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car

pedals only take up the room you design for them to need. You could fit them in here. Rotating heels and toes take up more space than you would think before you measure them. Velomobile guys are always talking about adding "toe bumps" and "heel cuts". I could only fit 100mm cranks in my 'mobile, an...
by 1JohnFoster
Sep 23 2018 12:19am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car
Replies: 65
Views: 4505

Re: Let's design a body for a Rhoades Car

I'd make something model T-ish. Antiques look "stately" at pedal car speed, and the scale of small skinny tires looks OK with a tall roof. A racy modern shape shaking slowly down the side of the road on bike tires looks just silly. Plus simple curves or flats are way easier and cheaper to make. You ...
by 1JohnFoster
Sep 21 2018 8:55pm
Forum: Polls & Surveys
Topic: When Windows 7 is dead in 2020 what OS will you migrate to??
Replies: 54
Views: 3512

Re: When Windows 7 is dead in 2020 what OS will you migrate to??

... or have some professional need to use a particular piece of Windows software I have to use Windows 10 + Sharepoint for work. It's like wearing a helmet of inward spikes with a built in salt-hopper on top. Its impossible to consistently link files unless they're in the same directory. You can't ...
by 1JohnFoster
Sep 04 2018 5:19pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Death Trike (Its Vintage!)
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: Death Trike (Its Vintage!)

Dauntless wrote:
Sep 01 2018 12:46am
Don't forget the helmet.
Add a Tuck tape bandanna for good luck.
by 1JohnFoster
Aug 19 2018 4:33pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Around the world on a solar ebike
Replies: 223
Views: 18241

Re: A deep dive into bypass diodes

~I’ve recently learned something about SunPower cells which surprised me. Wow, frustrating to learn at such a late date! Is it possible to re-wire so all the strings run perpendicular to your direction of travel to minimize those affected by your shadow? (Sorry, not sure I understood your green lin...
by 1JohnFoster
Jul 22 2018 9:33pm
Forum: Forum Rules and Features
Topic: The forum got a haircut!
Replies: 30
Views: 2519

Re: The forum is getting a haircut! - archive your old PMs!

Half a gig is nothing. I haven't deleted my own old PM's for specific reasons. They're like old emails I keep. Why the name change from ebike photos and video, to now "build logs"? Because it's BRILLIANT! "Build Logs" is what has ALWAYS BEEN MISSING! Vote Nep for God! There could be new sections fo...
by 1JohnFoster
Jul 19 2018 11:10pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Most interesting/useful non-vehicle thing to make from a Zero powertrain?
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: Most interesting/useful non-vehicle thing to make from a Zero powertrain?

>A hang glider launch winch brings hours of fun..
That would be fun!

I was thinking high speed cable elevator to a tree house.
by 1JohnFoster
Jul 13 2018 3:35pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.
Replies: 1272
Views: 217724

Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Where I grew up in Ontario, I used to hide in the basement, it was so much cooler down there my brain would start to work a bit again. It doesn't work so great at best of times and over 25C it just sort of buzzes like a ciccada.

Is it any cooler underground in Tx?
by 1JohnFoster
Jul 09 2018 9:58am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you be willing to crowdfund ES development?
Replies: 39
Views: 2561

Re: Would you be willing to crowdfund ES development?

I feel the main problem with any funding is how do you stop from endlessly nagging people like AW who pay things forward in kind and only nag people with excess cash? (Assuming the nagging is done automatically.) If one-time, would it be a sort of countdown to when you got bugged again (like a 1yr o...
by 1JohnFoster
Jun 23 2018 10:23am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Stongest tandem ebike wheel build help
Replies: 82
Views: 4744

Re: Stongest tandem ebike wheel build help

is is possible to use a pattern here every fourth rim hole is skipped in order to lace a 36 hole hub to a 48 hole rim ... and still have a solid, stable and strong assembly? With symmetrical skipping of one hole, it seems like it might work well. I used to do that with my Brompton because it came w...
by 1JohnFoster
May 24 2018 4:54pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Introducing the Electrom
Replies: 98
Views: 14175

Re: Introducing the Electrom

Nice! How much is the frame kit?
by 1JohnFoster
May 23 2018 4:22pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Introducing the Electrom
Replies: 98
Views: 14175

Re: Introducing the Electrom

...on the next version I'll be taking steps to makes sure that the front fairing doesn't give the appearance of something that might cause injury. A forward moving break-away system like you mention is something I am considering. It is funny how I get a visual impression of decapitation potential f...
by 1JohnFoster
Apr 09 2018 2:15am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Amberwolf's Raine Trike
Replies: 79
Views: 8712

Re: Amberwolf's Raine Trike

Epic build Amberwolf!
Congratulations on making it this far. Wish I had your determination.
How does it handle?
by 1JohnFoster
Mar 29 2018 3:00pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 27124

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

In a few days I will begin riding it back to St. Louis for a total trip length of 1200 miles. Hope you have a great trip! Good to see you have a bit of time for something other than work... hope you stop to eat, drink and meet some people... You don't "blow" it Who says you can't ? it'll get stiffe...
by 1JohnFoster
Mar 28 2018 10:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 27124

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

In a velomobile you can have shade over most of your body. You can get as much air flow cooling as you want just by opening up the bottom at the front and if you have a kamback, open the back. Better than, for example, a motorbike stuck in stop & go dressed in black and always fiddling with your vis...
by 1JohnFoster
Mar 17 2018 7:51pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Introducing the Electrom
Replies: 98
Views: 14175

Re: Introducing the Electrom

Hi Tig, That does sound very quiet. ... suspiciously so ;) What are you using to record? Do you have a streamlining shell or foam sound dampening over your phone mic? Not that I found it loud when I rode it, I don't remember any rattling or other noises. I like your general configuration. But also l...
by 1JohnFoster
Feb 02 2018 2:26am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Wheelies
Replies: 19
Views: 1697

Re: Wheelies

Funnest wheelie I ever saw was a bike courier in Mtl. It was night and there was a huge building fire downtown. I was cowering on the other side of the street with a bunch of other gawkers. The courier comes whipping down the street, suddenly sees the fire, sees the crowd, then wheelies between us, ...
by 1JohnFoster
Jan 29 2018 1:15am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Legends dropping like flies
Replies: 274
Views: 34844

Re: Legends dropping like flies

Oh God, oh God, URSULA!!!! I'm smashed. Oh well, we all have to die sometime. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/23/ursula-k-le-guin-sci-fi-fantasy-author-dies-at-88 ~"I saw it again ... a flying child, ... my mind didn't question such a beautiful image ..." (sorry, I can't find the actual v...
by 1JohnFoster
Jan 29 2018 12:49am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Electra Mechanica Sparrow
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: Electra Mechanica Sparrow

Oh Lock,
Please tell me that old gent really is your Da! That is so cute!

I keep meaning to take a photo of Electro Meccanica/Jerry's showroom, they are like 4 blocks from me, sorry! Last time I past they had 4 cars outside but it was raining.
by 1JohnFoster
Jan 29 2018 12:40am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wooden bicycles, lots of pics
Replies: 325
Views: 124131

Re: Wooden bicycles, lots of pics

seem to recall a baterry made with cellulose but a wood eclectic motor might be hard 2find. They used to put the electrical charge directly to one leg at a time. Worked well no matter how tired you got. [attachment=0 Jolt.jpg [/attachment] I NEED that! Especially for the 3rd leg. The wannabe wooden...
by 1JohnFoster
Jan 22 2018 3:05am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Legends dropping like flies
Replies: 274
Views: 34844

Re: Legends dropping like flies

Dave Cloud https://imgur.com/gallery/l00zF/new (Re-post from EVDL): On Jan 19, 2018, at 15:56, Steven Lough via EV <ev@lists.evdl.org> wrote: Words can not describe the sadness I am feeling this afternoon. Loy, Dave Cloud's wife, just called me and told me that Dave passed away earlier today. His li...
by 1JohnFoster
Jan 14 2018 3:46am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Critique this performance velomobile idea
Replies: 184
Views: 27124

Re: Critique this performance velomobile idea

The Toecutter wrote:
Jan 12 2018 9:10pm
Some pics are attached to this post.
Looks practical. How well does it go through your doorway the way you planned?
by 1JohnFoster
Dec 19 2017 3:46pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Parking Brakes / Steering Locks (for cargo bikes/trikes)
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Parking Brakes / Steering Locks (for cargo bikes/trikes)

Sometimes, especially with cargo bikes, we need parking brakes and/or steering locks A 3rd main use for parking locks is bikes on transit This is really my pre-occupation at the moment. I justify my use of bike/Skytrain to co-workers by pointing out I'm actually faster door-to-door as I don't have ...