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by LeftieBiker
Nov 06 2019 5:21pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Thumb throttle, battery level indicator questions
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Thumb throttle, battery level indicator questions

Nice. A couple of comments: * If the kit was originally intended for lead acid batteries, then the battery level lights will work a little differently. You'll still be able to use them, but when you start to see the red light under anything but maximum load, you want to stoop soon and recharge. Don'...
by LeftieBiker
Nov 06 2019 5:16pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Mustang Lithium
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Mustang Lithium

The Volt was never intended for production either. It was, in fact, a Camaro show car with a golf cart drivetrain. But public pressure got the car built anyway, and I suspect that if enough people get to drive the Mustang Lithium it too will be produced...
by LeftieBiker
Nov 06 2019 2:34am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Anyone heard the new SDream ebike?
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Anyone heard the new SDream ebike?

Gee, I wonder what is going to break a lot on that bike...?


































Hint: it's the front half fork. Probably in not just one place, but two.
by LeftieBiker
Oct 31 2019 11:50pm
Forum: EV Business World
Topic: Tesla Model 3
Replies: 1101
Views: 72497

Re: Tesla Model 3

I think the Model 3 is a lot more fussy about charge adaptors than the S and X. Guy here in Perth has been struggling with his 3 on the Circontrol Trio chargers. About 50% success. Got a bit of a story today from a local with a 2015 leaf. IN 2014/2015 he said someone from Japan came and put all the...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 31 2019 11:47pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Thumb throttle, battery level indicator questions
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Thumb throttle, battery level indicator questions

I don't know about that specific controller, but when there is a PAS and a throttle, they almost always are used together, with the throttle overriding the PAS.
by LeftieBiker
Oct 31 2019 6:23am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me
Replies: 90
Views: 3453

Re: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me

It is dangerous exactly because it can startle other motorists into swerving. This really shouldn't have to be explained. It sounds like you're used to the extremely low standard of skill typical of third world failed states like african warzones or the USA. If you were the kind of person to swerve...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 30 2019 1:14am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bicycle Speakers
Replies: 23
Views: 660

Re: Bicycle Speakers

So if this is true for cars, I shudder to think how much more statistically dangerous it is to cycle while listening to music, an audio book, or anything else, rather than simply focusing on the environment. There is a fairly significant difference between listening to an audiobook and playing a li...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 29 2019 2:27am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me
Replies: 90
Views: 3453

Re: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me

Most of the lane splitting I saw in the video was done properly, as in he was going between occupied lanes. The vehicles in that case have no lane to change into, because there's already a vehicle there. It doesn't look safe at a glance but in reality there's little danger of having a vehicle chang...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 29 2019 2:22am
Forum: EV Business World
Topic: Nissan Leaf battery replacement (Australia)
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Nissan Leaf battery replacement (Australia)

Everyone knows the early Leafs (pre 2015 ?) were a battery time bomb, In North America it was batteries built before April of 2013 (dubbed "Canary packs" by me) that degraded quickly. The old, bad chemistry was used for the first three months of the 2013+ Leaf "1.5" build as well, so many early 201...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 26 2019 5:21pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Show me your front light(s)
Replies: 41
Views: 1849

Re: Show me your front light(s)

Next light up in their range is up to 60v, 150 lux, and with beam cutoff but expensive (although with deals can find down to €90 sometimes): https://www.bumm.de/en/products/e-bike-beleuchtung/parent/164/produkt/164r60ts7-01.html? <Sigh> and that one is essentially a spot light. Oh well, thanks for ...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 25 2019 1:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Show me your front light(s)
Replies: 41
Views: 1849

Re: Show me your front light(s)

Can anyone link a good light that will work well on 48-54 volts, has a high and low beam, and a handlebar-mount switch for both power and beam? 8v to 48V , high low switch , 80 / 120 LUX , 25 K/ph ? https://www.bumm.de/en/products/e-bike-beleuchtung/parent/168/produkt/168ru65-01.html? That looks gr...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 20 2019 11:43pm
Forum: EV Business World
Topic: Nissan Leaf battery replacement (Australia)
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Nissan Leaf battery replacement (Australia)

So we really need batteries that are more temperature independent rather than trying to temperature manage batteries 100% of the time. Nissan may be ahead of their time, but eventually all electric car batteries need to get there. Heh! Nissan producing batteries that they are willing to cook, and t...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 19 2019 6:23am
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Do these packs look ok?
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Do these packs look ok?

In that price range I'd get a Ping Pack, instead. I have two of them still going strong, one from 2014 before Ping was bought up, and one from 2015, after but still supervised by Mr. Ping.
by LeftieBiker
Oct 13 2019 1:05am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bicycle Speakers
Replies: 23
Views: 660

Re: Bicycle Speakers

I use a single Bluetooth speaker on a silicone band attached to the right bar. With the volume moderate it doesn't mask road sounds. The Amazon Basics BT speaker is big and has a good sound. I use a $10 CVS BT speaker on my folder, and it's ok but the sound is only good if I use my EQ app with it.
by LeftieBiker
Oct 07 2019 11:22pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me
Replies: 90
Views: 3453

Re: High power ebike means none of the rules apply to me

The dangerous, stupid lane changes alone (and I don't see a mirror or signs that he's even looking first) make him a dangerous idiot.
by LeftieBiker
Oct 06 2019 12:54am
Forum: Polls & Surveys
Topic: What is your favorite 500W-3000W Direct Drive Hub Motor?
Replies: 41
Views: 17886

Re: What is your favorite 500W-3000W Direct Drive Hub Motor?

I'm looking to convert my increasingly loud Magnum Metro with "Das Kit" geared hubmotor to a 750-1000 watt DD motor, while retaining the stock 48 volt battery. Aside from lacking a clock, the display that comes with the bike seems fine, so I'd be willing to keep it. I need a DD motor with more hill-...
by LeftieBiker
Oct 02 2019 6:13pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Show me your front light(s)
Replies: 41
Views: 1849

Re: Show me your front light(s)

Can anyone link a good light that will work well on 48-54 volts, has a high and low beam, and a handlebar-mount switch for both power and beam?
by LeftieBiker
Aug 30 2019 9:21pm
Forum: Polls & Surveys
Topic: When Windows 7 is dead in 2020 what OS will you migrate to??
Replies: 55
Views: 3808

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

LeftieBiker wrote:
Jan 30 2019 1:36am
I ran XP as long as I safely could. Windows 10 is a f#$king nightmare, and this is the LAST time I run Microsoft ANYTHING. Ever.
My opinion remains unchanged. I'll go to some flavor of Linux next.
by LeftieBiker
Aug 26 2019 2:32pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Manufacturers and dealers to avoid
Replies: 368
Views: 68821

Re: Manufacturers and dealers to avoid

The motor is actually stamped "Das Kit" so I don't know if it is a rebadged Bafang or not. All I know at this point is that Magnum (which I suspect is just an office in someone's house somewhere) is ignoring me after I posted the recording they asked for, won't even give me info to work on the bike ...
by LeftieBiker
Aug 25 2019 12:49am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Manufacturers and dealers to avoid
Replies: 368
Views: 68821

Re: Manufacturers and dealers to avoid

Here's a "manufacturer" (dealer of Chinese bikes) to avoid: Magnumbikes.com. I bought a Metro step-thru from one of their California dealers last Summer, and had it shipped to me, as there were no bikes in stock in the East. (I'll be doing a one year review of the bike soon.) This was my first geare...
by LeftieBiker
Aug 21 2019 8:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Rear hub or Mid-drive (should I just flip a coin?)
Replies: 26
Views: 1190

Re: Rear hub or Mid-drive (should I just flip a coin?)

The geared hub drive on my Magnum Metro handles hills just fine, but after just a year and 1600 miles it sounds terrible and is getting louder. And the "manufacturer" of course, stopped responding to my emails after I sent them a link to a recording of it. Get the mid drive.
by LeftieBiker
Aug 10 2019 12:59am
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!

At first glance I thought that neither brand struck a chord with me, but then I remembered I’ve been driving an Eclipse Spyder for 6 years now...

Hah! "Mitsubishi: the brand you'll forget you're driving!"
by LeftieBiker
Aug 08 2019 5:48am
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or Kia Niro PHEV may work for you.
by LeftieBiker
Aug 08 2019 5:46am
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Best way of charging the battery
Replies: 13
Views: 465

Re: Best way of charging the battery

The best time to fully charge and equalize a lithium pack is before you ride, not after. Lithium batteries don't like sitting at 100% charge, so it's best to get them there right before you use the pack. There shouldn't be a need to EQ after every ride, so your best bet is to store the pack at 60-75...
by LeftieBiker
Jul 31 2019 1:16am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: arrow e-bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: I need info about Arrow E Bikes Please!!!

Tell me where I can buy a safer LifePo battery and I’ll check it out.
https://www.pingbattery.com/