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by heavymetalthunder
Dec 14 2017 4:19pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Got my butt kicked today
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: Got my butt kicked today

Hope you are doing better. Living in Co Cal. we don't have ice, but we do get rain and mixed with oil on the road it can be very bad. I really enjoy E-biking and I've had it happen to me were I lost traction. I ended up skidding up a drive way and took a tumble. Because I wear an 40 year old Bell Ma...
by heavymetalthunder
Nov 21 2017 3:37pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Need suggestions for Headlight / Taillight
Replies: 15
Views: 1412

Re: Need suggestions for Headlight / Taillight

Being seen during the day and at night has always been a problem, my bike runs on 12s lipos (52v fully charged) and what I did was to get a transformer they use on golf carts 48v to 12v on ebay. Also on EBay have many 12v headlight and tail light setups you can buy. With a micro switch I have also i...
by heavymetalthunder
Nov 06 2017 6:46pm
Forum: Items for Sale - Used
Topic: Lipo Charger, Batteries, power supply
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Lipo Charger, Batteries, power supply

I sold the charger, but I do have the batteries. I will sell all 12 of them for $190 which includes some extra T connectors and shipping. That figures to be $16 for each battery. The total weight is about 30 pounds.
by heavymetalthunder
Nov 06 2017 5:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Criminalizing e-biking
Replies: 56
Views: 5616

Re: Criminalizing e-biking

Do we have rock-solid proof of this? Take a look at De Blasio getting donations from the cab industry. Starting with four articles from four different papers. New York Post dated 5-17-2014 New York Times dated 7-17-2014 The New Yorker dated 7-17-2017 Daily News dated 12-21-2013 And the list goes on....
by heavymetalthunder
Oct 30 2017 3:57pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Idaho legislators eyeing 2018 ebike proposal
Replies: 28
Views: 1845

Re: Idaho legislators eyeing 2018 ebike proposal

What is not widely known is that the California PAS 28 MPH E-bikes are not allowed on wood and river bike paths. Like Dogman Dan I don't more than a glance by the police and enjoy the ride by keeping my speed to about 20 MPH. I've have more than a few of the road racing bikes zip right by me. As my ...
by heavymetalthunder
Oct 30 2017 3:39pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Next time you hear e-Bikes are "cheating"
Replies: 27
Views: 2489

Re: Next time you hear e-Bikes are "cheating"

On my daily commute I have several hill climbs to make so I've learned to pedal assist my motor up the hills and at the end of the climbs I do get a work out about the same as me moderate speed walking 30 minutes. The difference is when I'm commuting I'm saving gas and wear and tear on my car. As my...
by heavymetalthunder
Oct 24 2017 3:21pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Having trouble deciding what to use on my ebike build
Replies: 17
Views: 1934

Re: Having trouble deciding what to use on my ebike build

If you are planning to travel over 30 MPH, you might consider using a full suspension bike with larger street tires. Hitting ruts and uneven road surfaces can be hard on the rider as well as bike.
by heavymetalthunder
Oct 24 2017 3:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Criminalizing e-biking
Replies: 56
Views: 5616

Re: Criminalizing e-biking

De Blasio was paid off by the taxi cab drivers as they were losing business to forms of transportation that can save people money.
by heavymetalthunder
Oct 24 2017 2:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: JDMopar's KHS BBS02 Mid-Drive Build Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 3906

Re: Inclement weather and e-bikes

One item I would add is a bright headlight and tail light set up. As you will probably ride when it is getting dark and maybe a little a little light rain and drivers may nit be able to see you. Helmet and a high visibility vest should also be added.
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 19 2017 3:20pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Anyone get chased by law enforcement on an ebike?
Replies: 47
Views: 5690

Re: Anyone get chased by law enforcement on an ebike?

The local police don't give me much of a look. In the 5 years I've been E-biking the police have never bothered me.
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 18 2017 8:26pm
Forum: Items for Sale - Used
Topic: Lipo Charger, Batteries, power supply
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Lipo Charger, Batteries, power supply

For sale entire lipos, 4 port charger, 23 amp power supply for charger, extra charge cords, and Deans (T) connectors. A complete set up for someone starting in 48v E bike or in need of an entire set up. $350 All charging equipment and batteries are used. Batteries were used in both E-bike and Radio ...
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 10 2017 12:17pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Looking for recommendations for first e-bike
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: Looking for recommendations for first e-bike

Good advice from Dogman Dan about spending more on getting a decent battery. After you ride for while you will find how slow 15 MPH is. At 15 mph on the street you will be a target for almost every driver on the road. I recommend you budget some money on safety equipment like lights and a helmet. Be...
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 10 2017 11:55am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-Bike won't start (sometimes) - any help?
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: E-Bike won't start (sometimes) - any help?

It sounds like a loose connection or bad wire. When the bike is working ok take a voltmeter and take power reading through wires leading up to and past connection and control and component points. It is a slow process, but to find intermittent problems can be a real pain. After you take the readings...
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 03 2017 2:27pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: If you have a electric bike, which battery you will choose?
Replies: 16
Views: 1777

Re: If you have a electric bike, which battery you will choo

Flying very large RC models, I use 6 cell lipos in airplanes as well as my E-bike. For exclusive E-bike use Li-ion might be a better choice. Lipos have an advantage in that you can more easily carry just the amount of batteries you need, discharge rates are better, I can charge up my Lipos in about ...
by heavymetalthunder
Aug 03 2017 2:01pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Looking at this for a bike build your thoughts?
Replies: 10
Views: 852

Re: Looking at this for a bike build your thoughts?

Not too bad a bike. I think you can make it work. It depends In Canada what are the limitations in terms of watts for motor size.
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 27 2017 2:57pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: I never had a tire do this before.....
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: I never had a tire do this before.....

I would think it was low tire pressure. If it was too high of pressure the entire bead would have given way and the tube would have burst. check the bread it make sure there are no cracks. Try inflating the tire to 20 lbs. and check that the bead is evenly distributed. Then inflate to normal pressure.
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 19 2017 2:12pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Finding a cheap but goodish affordable ebike kit....
Replies: 21
Views: 1543

Re: Finding a cheap but goodish affordable ebike kit....

I built a e-bike using a 1000w 48v kit from China several years ago. This is before a PAS (pedal assist systems) were put in so the older bikes was capable of about 30 MPH. The E-bay sellers now have to sell the 1000w systems using PAS, but they are still bare bones. Not to scare you off, but depend...
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 17 2017 2:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First DIY Ebike project
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: First DIY Ebike project

IMO with a 1000w unit, I would recommend a full suspension mountain bike using road tires. At 30 MPH a rider can really feel the ruts and bumps on the road.
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 13 2017 1:57pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: snapping spokes
Replies: 23
Views: 2511

Re: snapping spokes

I've experienced my fair share of busted spokes about 1 to every 400 miles now compared to 1 to every 200 miles because my cargo bike is a bit heavy and the local streets are need of repair. Because ebikes are heavier and traveling faster any bumps can cause you to break a spoke. A heavier gauge spo...
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 11 2017 3:02pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Comparing DD vs geared motors : Best setup for city commute
Replies: 24
Views: 2572

Re: Comparing DD vs geared motors : Best setup for city comm

The fingers wrote:I coast most all the time, just pedal on start ups from a stop and when needed on hills. Ghost pedal when there are cops or to razz recreational riders. :mrgreen:
I do the same thing too :
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 11 2017 2:55pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Comparing DD vs geared motors : Best setup for city commute
Replies: 24
Views: 2572

Re: Comparing DD vs geared motors : Best setup for city comm

For the city commute a DD 750w to a 1000w at 48V would work out well. For the city commute a e-bike needs a few extra items to make it safer, day/nigh head/tail lights set up. Because I ride motorcycles you might consider besides the lights, installing stop lights, turn signals, and a horn as add on...
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 11 2017 2:23pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: voltage sag rc lipo vs Li-ion with heavy load
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: voltage sag rc lipo vs Li-ion with heavy load

He's talking about 6000w. that would take a crapton of 18650s, even the best type. Of course it can be done, tesla does. but not with 20 ah of them. Holy Smokes 6000w, you are right at that level it would take a small suit case full of 18650 to provide enough power to get that going. That is a heck...
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 11 2017 2:04pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Bike plans 4 summer
Replies: 44
Views: 4854

Re: Bike plans 4 summer

Why so thick spokes? Thick spokes in a weak rim will result in insufficient spoke tension and you will break spokes from fatigue in the "spoke-elbow" after some time. Reason is that a spoke that isn't tensioned enough will lose the positive tension momentarily during different riding conditions. Fo...
by heavymetalthunder
Jul 11 2017 1:32pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: I'm new here, and I'm trying to decide on my first bike.
Replies: 42
Views: 4027

Re: I'm new here, and I'm trying to decide on my first bike.

As a starter goes 1000w is about as high as you want to go. Also stay with a 48v system. Like dogman dan stated 30 mph is pretty fast given it is still a bicycle. Because you will be traveling at a higher speed I recommend a helmet and daytime/nighttime lights. Depending on the laws in your area a m...