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by nuevomexicano
Nov 17 2011 9:00am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Factory Longtail Cargobikes (17 so far)
Replies: 115
Views: 27964

Re: Factory Longtail Cargobikes (16 so far)

Not to sound like an idiot, but I don't understand "cargo bikes"...I need some enlightenment as to their benefits. It doesn't seem like they can haul all that much, at any great speed, and at any great economic savings. I'm thinking along the lines of economies of scale to put things in context, in...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 15 2011 12:04pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Ebike or Emotorcycle?
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Ebike or Emotorcycle?

Have you test ridden the Zero? Have you ridden a regular motorcycle or a scooter at your proposed speeds for an hour straight? I ask because I've done all and wouldn't push a bicycle to 80mph. The Zeros rode pretty much like any regular 250 to 500cc motorcycle during my test rides. I felt as safe an...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 08 2011 8:46am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Front handlebar bag
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Front handlebar bag

I carried an 8 pound nicad in a handlebar bag at one point. Not for long. You may need to rig a hard box, like Oatnet did for a permanent deal. Strips of 1/8 x 1" aluminum can make the mounts. Two wrap around the bars, then a third bolts to the fork horseshoe, or top of a hard fork. That was how I ...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 08 2011 8:39am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Front handlebar bag
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Front handlebar bag

That could make handling very awkward. No room for a frame triangle bag? that's the absolute best place for battery weight. I'm sort of messing around with options. I know the frame is best for a low center of gravity, but I'm more or less trying to keep this as regular bike like as possible. I'll ...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 07 2011 10:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Front handlebar bag
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Front handlebar bag

I'm hoping to buy a handlebar bag to test if my handling differs from my current rear motor/rear battery set up. The battery, wires, controller and the current rear bag only weigh 12 pounds, so its not too much for the rear. I'm just experimenting. However, the local shops have a poor selection of h...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 05 2011 8:53am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: morons selling ebikes...
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: morons selling ebikes...

Although several of you here are advocates of "showing this guy the light" and improving the kind of ebikes sold with education, I fear its wasted on a salesmen making a quick buck. This ebike ad reminds me of the Chinese scooter ads that started in earnest about 3 years ago on Craigslist. Some of t...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 02 2011 1:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: alum. frame
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

Re: alum. frame

neptronix wrote:A picture of the rear dropouts would help.
From the Bikes Direct website:
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by nuevomexicano
Nov 02 2011 12:03pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: alum. frame
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

Re: alum. frame

...You can get a real bike used for that price. A Giant Trance, or Giant Anthem ought to go for around $500 used, and would be 10 times better. I have yet to find such a bike in my area for a used price of $500. They're most often asking near $1000.00, which is a lot for a used bike that's going to...
by nuevomexicano
Nov 02 2011 11:58am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: alum. frame
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

Re: alum. frame

I recently converted a Dawes Roundhouse 2500 to an ebike. Mine is a much smaller sized motor (500W geared with 48V LI ion battery) than you're proposing. I use a single torque arm from Amped Bikes. So far there's no problems with it electromechanically in the 200 or so miles I have on it. I'm not en...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 11 2011 10:23am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Another dead cyclist!
Replies: 46
Views: 2686

Re: Another dead cyclist!

Yep, sad story, but doesn't make cycling a dangerous activity. Very few people die from bicycle accidents in Canada. The number of cyclists raise, yet the fatalities lowers constantly. A number of different studies indicate that the increasing number of bicycles on the street decrease accidents and...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 10 2011 5:09pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: kmxtornado's first e-bike conversion build thread *photos*
Replies: 83
Views: 11783

Re: Please help me with an e-bike setup/design

...If it's really in the $1,000-1,200, maybe I'm in the wrong place and e-bikes aren't for me. I just can't help but to think with some sacrifices, something along the lines of an ebay kit might be decent especially since I'm new to this and it's only my first real e-bike. Not even sure if it's rea...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 10 2011 5:05pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: (iZip Zuma) vs (Pedego Cruiser) vs (Prodeco Phantom X)
Replies: 105
Views: 23451

Re: (iZip Zuma) vs (Pedego Cruiser) vs (eZip Trailz lifepo4)

Thank you for the quick reply. The Zuma is geared while the Cruiser and Phantom are non-geared. From what I've read geared hub motors have more torque but are prone to wear and make more noise. Where direct drive hub motors need higher amperage for similar torque with out wear and make less noise. ...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 10 2011 12:35pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: kmxtornado's first e-bike conversion build thread *photos*
Replies: 83
Views: 11783

Re: Please help me with an e-bike setup/design

...SUMMING UP MY SACRIFICES:[/b] since I clearly need to in order to get anywhere near my budget - I have to pedal. Pedal assist is fine. I don't have to turn this thing into a motor scooter. - Low range. I suppose I can cut my expected range to cap at 12 miles before a charge. No more 20 mi for me...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 10 2011 12:27pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: kmxtornado's first e-bike conversion build thread *photos*
Replies: 83
Views: 11783

Re: Please help me with an e-bike setup/design

...As much as I love Ebikes, you're going to be hard pressed to replace a 125 scooter with an ebike. An ebike would easily replace a 50cc scooter, but for the money, a 125 is still more practicle in places like S.F. It all depends how you ride the scooter vs. the bike. I just sold my 50cc Honda Sco...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 08 2011 10:46am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: (iZip Zuma) vs (Pedego Cruiser) vs (Prodeco Phantom X)
Replies: 105
Views: 23451

Re: iZip Zuma E3 2012

Looks like they fixed the issue with the brakes by going with Avid BB5 and the issue with the fork by going with a curved style. Looks nice too. So they removed the front shock, didn't include a seat post suspension like the older models, and raised the price $500. It doesn't look nice enough to ju...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 07 2011 7:51am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with truck
Replies: 27
Views: 1718

Re: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with t

...On a side note, Im lucky enough to live in a small town on the East of England that has something like 8 times the average number of cyclists. It means that the drivers round here are fairly used to us and are very good at giving you the room you need... That seems to be a key, though it seems p...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 06 2011 8:18pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: KR rides a Pi
Replies: 25
Views: 2314

Re: KR rides a Pi

...Here's my idea of "sexy" when it comes to two wheels... Your idea of sexy is the one Ducati most derivative of generic Japanese crotch rockets? Its a Ducati, its not supposed to look like a Suzuki. You could at least've picked the Hyper Motard. Even the Monster is much, much sexier (though you'd...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 06 2011 6:56pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: KR rides a Pi
Replies: 25
Views: 2314

Re: KR rides a Pi

^^....I feel the same way about the PI....and all Scooters... :wink: KiM EdiT: unless you can find me a scooter with a naked chick on it, with tz750 two stroke powering it, skate dude? Now that's a challenge! You're quite wrong about scooters not being sexy. The Honda Ruckus and Yamaha Morphous/Max...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 05 2011 8:31am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Aqua-Xtracycle
Replies: 11
Views: 767

Re: Aqua-Xtracycle

I think they didn't go full out for this. Why use a foot pump to inflate the pontoons when they could've mounted an electric compressor? :D
by nuevomexicano
Oct 04 2011 9:02pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with truck
Replies: 27
Views: 1718

Re: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with t

...P.s I also find the comments from some on t s sites totally disgusting, I blame teenagers and the fact they can post away anonymously, their immature minds think others will find their comments amusing in some twisted way... I wish it was just teenagers. A lot of the anti-bike drivel on comment ...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 04 2011 10:07am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with truck
Replies: 27
Views: 1718

Re: Altona woman dead after electric bicycle collides with t

Wow, and half the comments removed for breaches of terms and conditions. I knew anti-cyclist sentiment was high, but to let it come out with the death of a young woman is totally sick. Unfortunately, outright hatred is par for the course these days in comment sections of news reports of bicyclist d...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 03 2011 5:17pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?
Replies: 34
Views: 2905

Re: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?

Being that I broke my teeth on a amped bikes dot com rear dd kit with SLA & Tube battery I am of the opinion that they are growing faster then they can keep up while also using inferior products to keep their costs down. Agreed their tube battery when you can get one is nice - I am still un happy t...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 02 2011 8:16pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?
Replies: 34
Views: 2905

Re: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?

Your relatively low power requirements are below what most people here on ES are running. Nothing wrong with that, just different needs. On more to consider, the Currie kits ( http://www.currietech.com/currie-technologies-izip-conversion-kit1.php ). Old tech and not exactly powerful, but well under ...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 02 2011 12:19pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?
Replies: 34
Views: 2905

Re: Complete e-Bike Kit for $500 shipped?

Ebikekit.com has complete kits for under $600. Ampedbikes.com has very good kits for under $500. Both are reputable. However...a BIG however...that's for heavy and short life span SLA batteries. They certainly can work for your short commute. But lithium batteries will last much longer, weigh much l...
by nuevomexicano
Oct 02 2011 8:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How to make a frog battery stealthy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1262

Re: How to make a frog battery stealthy?

Put the battery in a regular bicycle top bag or bicycle panniers mounted on the rear rack.
I put my battery in one of these:
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pr ... 000_400103