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by Beachcruzer
Jun 28 2013 1:27am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kayaking & Fishing
Replies: 19
Views: 2344

Re: Kayaking & Fishing

If you want to fish, look into getting a fishing kayak. Most anglers prefer a sit-on-top kayak, which is easier to rig for fishing and to fish from.

Look at Craigslist. You can get a decent used boat for the prices you're quoting.
by Beachcruzer
Jun 16 2013 12:03am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Viral: 4 stupid guys on the highway 20 with electric scooter
Replies: 13
Views: 1254

Re: Viral: 4 stupid guys on the highway 20 with electric sco

What, no provincial Beer Store monopoly? Do they even have Tim Horton's?
by Beachcruzer
Jun 07 2013 2:02am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beach Cruiser Conversions Experiences: Positive or Negative?
Replies: 18
Views: 2366

Re: Beach Cruiser Conversions Experiences: Positive or Negat

If my ES handle isn't a dead giveaway, I'll say it again: Beach cruisers make great conversions. That's doubly true if your main use is running errands around town rather than a long commute. The cruiser geometry is better suited to a motor-assisted vehicle than most other classes of bicycle--slack ...
by Beachcruzer
Apr 26 2013 12:59am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.
Replies: 1274
Views: 235943

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

So sorry to hear of your loss Amberwolf. Aching in my gut to think what you're going through. Sending love from California.
by Beachcruzer
Mar 08 2013 2:30am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind
Replies: 268
Views: 29866

Re: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind

While boiling it down to the vectors and angles of wind and apparent wind and lift forces may be necessary to optimize the prop, it's no way to explain the machine, because it leads to the belief that the wind turns the prop. It doesn't, not directly, the wheels drive the prop. The prop drives the ...
by Beachcruzer
Feb 17 2013 12:39am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind
Replies: 268
Views: 29866

Re: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind

Slightly off-topic, but landsailing at El Mirage (where the Blackbird video was shot) is a total hoot. My buddy built a landsailer out of square steel tubing and a little girl's bike, and I had it up to 45 mph in 20 knots of wind the first day I tried it. Also, dry lakes are great for eBiking.
by Beachcruzer
Feb 17 2013 12:30am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind
Replies: 268
Views: 29866

Re: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind

It's not that hard. A balloon is powered by the wind, and can only be as fast as the wind. A wind vehicle in contact with the ground is powered by the wind AND the ground, and can move faster than the wind. I enjoy word salad with vinegar and a bit of olive oil. Can't resist a second helping, so . ...
by Beachcruzer
Feb 16 2013 2:43am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind
Replies: 268
Views: 29866

Re: Car Goes Downwind 2.5 Times Faster Than the Wind

This is brilliant concept and execution, but I'm surprised at how many people refuse to believe it's real. As LFP said way back on the first speed of this thread, people have been sailing faster than the wind for thousands of years. The same aerodynamic principles are in play with Blackbird. The dif...
by Beachcruzer
Jan 29 2013 12:26am
Forum: Electric Watercraft
Topic: Electric Surf Board
Replies: 756
Views: 192300

Re: Electric Surf Board



Here's a guy surfing a 45-foot face with an electric-powered board. $4,000 but if you surf waves this big they'll give you one for free.
by Beachcruzer
Jan 21 2013 2:03am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Armstrong stops fighting doping charges
Replies: 108
Views: 7845

Re: Armstrong stops fighting doping charges

Seriously? You think doping and cycling started post Lemond? I thought I was pulling the wool over my eyes. Testing was even more primitive then. It's true, Lance had more methods avaliable by his time, but I assure you, winners of the Tour since race one have been doing something. Used to be they ...
by Beachcruzer
Jan 16 2013 1:27am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Noobie alert and critique my system!
Replies: 26
Views: 1885

Re: Noobie alert and critique my system!

Yes, but your funhog cred is further enhanced.
by Beachcruzer
Jan 16 2013 12:48am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Noobie alert and critique my system!
Replies: 26
Views: 1885

Re: Noobie alert and critique my system!

Power trailer could be pretty cool. A few people on here have built them I think. Anyway, you've got your priorities figured out--paddle, fish, ride, and leave the car in the garage.
by Beachcruzer
Jan 15 2013 1:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: New bike makes me want to cry.
Replies: 39
Views: 4490

Re: New bike makes me want to cry.

Ricky's got the right approach. Grind the axle. Twenty minutes with a Dremel, and you're done. Much less radical approach than spreading your aluminum dropouts, in my opinion.
by Beachcruzer
Jan 15 2013 1:10am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Noobie alert and critique my system!
Replies: 26
Views: 1885

Re: Noobie alert and critique my system!

If you're paddling a plastic playboat in ocean waves, I'd forget about the electric bike and spend the money on a surf kayak with a planing hull and fins, or a waveski. The playboat is a blast on river waves but to really surf and ride the line you need edges and fins. So if you have the price-of-en...
by Beachcruzer
Jan 14 2013 12:59am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Noobie alert and critique my system!
Replies: 26
Views: 1885

Re: Noobie alert and critique my system!

I'm gonna vote against the TT frame too, but not for the same reason as everybody else. It would just be a shame to muddle a nice light frame like that with a motor, rack and panniers. Keep it as a flat-bar cruiser for errands around town and generally hauling ass sans motor. I'd go single-speed (no...
by Beachcruzer
Dec 12 2012 1:29am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: A-Lines Abound: First ride after some major changes
Replies: 349
Views: 73772

Re: A-Lines Abound: It's ELECTRIC!

Hey Matty what kind of crimper are you using? I'm looking for something cheap and effective on those copper sleeves.
by Beachcruzer
Dec 12 2012 1:28am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: A-Lines Abound: First ride after some major changes
Replies: 349
Views: 73772

Re: A-Lines Abound: It's ELECTRIC!

Yeah, there's a huge emphasis here on carrying capacity of harnesses and connectors. A lot of people are building harnesses that are pure overkill (myself included). There's something to be said for speccing wire gauge and connectors that are merely adequate for your purposes, and making everything ...
by Beachcruzer
Dec 10 2012 1:20am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Vented Hub , smoke test (finally)
Replies: 18
Views: 1444

Re: Vented Hub , smoke test (finally)

Yes, I certainly would be interested to see the test. Maybe just setup a house box fan, measure the windspeed (somehow), prop the rear wheel up and set cruise control, then let the smoke show begin. I'm a bit skeptical of the "hand feeling the wind near the motor" method. Seems like any spinning di...
by Beachcruzer
Dec 10 2012 12:08am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: A-Lines Abound: First ride after some major changes
Replies: 349
Views: 73772

Re: A-Lines Abound: It's ELECTRIC!

Matty, I like your harness approach. I did something very similar when shoehorning 8 x 6s 5 ah packs into my Peli 1200 case--made the eight packs into four permanently paralleled pairs by crimping the discharge leads together. Only I cut the two 12 AWG pack leads and crimp-joined them to a single 10...
by Beachcruzer
Dec 07 2012 2:13am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Henry111's free tech support thread
Replies: 984
Views: 41529

Re: Fitting 26-in wheel to 24-in fork?

Try it yourself. Then you will be the expert.

For what it's worth, I run a 26" rear in a frame built for 24". It fits with a 1.95" tire, barely.
by Beachcruzer
Dec 06 2012 3:18am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help! I want to build my very own e-bike.
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Help! I want to build my very own e-bike.

You want lipo because if you're going to race you need high discharge rate, which lipo provides. Lipo is modular. You wire it for high voltage when you want to race. Reconfigure to lower voltage for range. (RPMs with a hubmotor are a function of voltage. Double your voltage, you double your top spee...
by Beachcruzer
Nov 22 2012 11:50pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Day
Replies: 31
Views: 3526

Re: Thanksgiving Day in the USA 2012

Thank you, Bigmoose, for reminding us of the true meaning and spirit of Thanksgiving. We are truely blessed to be living in a land of abundance when so much of the world is needy... And to remember to give as well as receive. +1, well said Kent and thanks Bigmoose for reminding me why Thanksgiving ...
by Beachcruzer
Nov 21 2012 12:10am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: pelican 1300 filled with lipo
Replies: 75
Views: 10107

Re: pelican 1300 filled with lipo

I was thinking of using Methods HVC/LVC boards within the box. I want to say this limits my choice of boxes that I can use... :idea: I plan to put the LVC board into this box myself. Even with the very tight fit of 8 * 8AH 6s LiPo, two boards should fit with enough space for wiring. I think there's...
by Beachcruzer
Nov 20 2012 1:46am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: pelican 1300 filled with lipo
Replies: 75
Views: 10107

Re: pelican 1300 filled with lipo

Hi all I'm new to the Pelican Case club. What's the best way to get battery power out of the case? I was thinking drill holes for individual (+) and (-) 10AWG wires, maybe with grommets. I have 8 LiPo bricks inside. Plan to parallel them into two 4p clusters, and bring the two sets of +/- leads out...