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by 2old
Feb 20 2019 12:46am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Cheapest used bikes to make E-bikes?
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Cheapest used bikes to make E-bikes?

Don't know where you're located in the US, but Craigslist usually has tons of mid-90's steel-framed bikes in the $100 range. IMO, these are great for converting. As stated above, get a good brand. I've got several that were made in Japan (Diamondback Axis, Fuji Mt Fuji and Schwinn High Sierra), and ...
by 2old
Feb 19 2019 10:56am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: WHAT DOES $600 BUY?
Replies: 16
Views: 4384

Re: WHAT DOES $600 BUY?

If you're interested in a 30+ mph, inexpensive e-bike, look up what wesnewell and mcintyretj (sp?) have constructed. Personally, I would purchase a better donor bike (Craigslist), but their bikes have impressive mileage.
by 2old
Feb 19 2019 10:49am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Schwinn cruiser a BBSHD candidate ?
Replies: 18
Views: 258

Re: Schwinn cruiser a BBSHD candidate ?

Take a look at Ruff Cycles for ideas on frames and components.
by 2old
Feb 18 2019 8:04pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: WHAT DOES $600 BUY?
Replies: 16
Views: 4384

Re: WHAT DOES $600 BUY?

This site caters to the DIY crowd, so lots of good information for building your own which has a lot of advantages since you'll have the satisfaction of the project as well as knowing how to troubleshoot. The only thing I can suggest for your needs is to define them (speed, distance, terrain, your w...
by 2old
Feb 18 2019 12:29am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Schwinn cruiser a BBSHD candidate ?
Replies: 18
Views: 258

Re: Schwinn cruiser a BBSHD candidate ?

That Schwinn has a 1" threaded headset, so you're either going to need to purchase a fork (which will be equipped with studs for caliper or "V" brakes only; I've never seen one with disc mounts) or have a mount welded to the Schwinn's fork. The rear brake is inadequate for anything but slow speed, b...
by 2old
Feb 17 2019 8:30pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: FLX BLADE
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: FLX BLADE

Electric Bike Report has a similar policy AFAIK; both are abhorrent to me since the review CAN'T be unbiased. Also, his 10 best bikes of the year or whatever they're called are taken from ones he's reviewed (for a price, of course).
by 2old
Feb 17 2019 10:21am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Used Bikes
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Used Bikes

This might be of general interest. Occasionally I see a bike for sale that appears to have been used minimally, but battery is dead, so difficult to test. What is a reasonable expectation? Is it likely there will be something like a controller that doesn't work and can't be replaced because the mode...
by 2old
Feb 17 2019 9:35am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Motor Choice Advice for Motorcycle Class eBike
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Re: Motor Choice Advice for Motorcycle Class eBike

Regarding brakes. I rode on and off road motorcycles with drum brakes 100+ mph in the seventies. Just bring yours to spec and they should suffice for 50 mph IMO.
by 2old
Feb 12 2019 10:45am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Need Some Way Of Carrying 2 Small Kids Safely.
Replies: 20
Views: 533

Re: Need Some Way Of Carrying 2 Small Kids Safely.

There are probably economically feasible solutions for your application, but riding with children under those conditions is untenable for me. I wouldn't begin to consider it unless you could ride off road where there was no danger.
by 2old
Feb 12 2019 10:30am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: la Nina rears her ugly head
Replies: 1157
Views: 50606

Re: la Nina rears her ugly head

Keep it in norcal; socal will receive plenty of "its own".
by 2old
Feb 10 2019 2:57pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: la Nina rears her ugly head
Replies: 1157
Views: 50606

Re: la Nina rears her ugly head

Felt like I was living in Seattle for the past couple of weeks in "the OC". Hope the farmers are happy. Bike riding opportunities have been few and far between (non-existent off road).
by 2old
Feb 04 2019 10:21am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: See a lot of inexpensive brushless hub motors nowadays (hallomotor etc) are these any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 839

Re: See a lot of inexpensive brushless hub motors nowadays (hallomotor etc) are these any good?

ebikeling has 700c, and although I've yet to purchase a kit from them, they seem to have a good reputation. About $175 for geared (36V) and $200 for DD (48V) kits Ebikeling says only 28-32c tire; isn't that a bit small? They have kits that are 700c, which is usually identical to 29" (I think some m...
by 2old
Feb 03 2019 11:56pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: What are your experiences with MTBR Forums?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: What are your experiences with MTBR Forums?

Bike Forums has a friendly e-forum primarily because the Moderators cull the cretins. MTBR has a so-called super mod who is diametrically opposed to e-MTB's.
by 2old
Feb 03 2019 4:54am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Old Ebike, New Hub wont fit
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Old Ebike, New Hub wont fit

As stated above, just add a spacer. Recently I needed the same "fix" on a YESCOM system with a 1985 Schwinn High Sierra bike. I was able to get enough clearance by adding a 1 mm spacer. Only problem might be repairing a flat tire in the dark.
by 2old
Jan 30 2019 11:39am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Opinions about this affordable 26" ebike
Replies: 23
Views: 662

Re: Opinions about this affordable 26" ebike

Look at ebikeling (inexpensive), em3ev or ebikesca (more expensive) for 700c hub systems easily above 500w or consider a BBS02 mid-drive (25 amp controller and 52V battery will provide all the power you need). As noted, not legal in the EU.
by 2old
Jan 29 2019 11:11am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Simple Feet Forward Cruiser
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Simple Feet Forward Cruiser

Great job & good thing your hourly wage descends when working for a friend (my daughter wanted an e-cruiser, so I'm acquainted with the experience. Thank you for solving a front brake won't fit issue on another build for me (dropping the caliper).
by 2old
Jan 28 2019 10:35am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: See a lot of inexpensive brushless hub motors nowadays (hallomotor etc) are these any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 839

Re: See a lot of inexpensive brushless hub motors nowadays (hallomotor etc) are these any good?

ebikeling has 700c, and although I've yet to purchase a kit from them, they seem to have a good reputation. About $175 for geared (36V) and $200 for DD (48V) kits
by 2old
Jan 26 2019 10:19am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: $300 Hobby King Ebike (Battery in hub!)
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: $300 Hobby King Ebike (Battery in hub!)

When I looked yesterday AM, it was $299, then last night sold out @ $888. Incredible deal for $299 IMO, but I didn't need one.
by 2old
Jan 25 2019 11:56am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Arizona Legislature new e-bike/trails for 2019 Jan 1
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: Arizona Legislature new e-bike/trails for 2019 Jan 1

CA has the "Class" laws too, but they pertain to bike paths (and even some of them have signs prohibiting e-bikes). In Orange County the superintendent has ruled that all e-bikes are prohibited on county trails. Like most places, very little enforcement except at one local park that is so crowded e-...
by 2old
Jan 24 2019 11:46am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Why has progress stalled?
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Why has progress stalled?

As mentioned, the progress seems to be in OEM, partially to get the weight of bikes down with systems like Fauza which will add <10 pounds. This is reflected by Sea Otter which has 30+ e-bike booths, but only one (AFAICT) DIY "manufacturer" and they sell complete bikes too (HPC). The only other comp...
by 2old
Jan 24 2019 11:34am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Torque arm thick enough ?
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Torque arm thick enough ?

Looks strong to me especially considering I ran 52V through a 30 amp controller ("1000w, 48V" motor) for three years in a Tidal Wave aluminum frame with no torque arms. Admittedly, I didn't have regen.
by 2old
Jan 23 2019 11:35am
Forum: E-vents
Topic: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterrey California

Ron, they had the first (AFAIK) eMTB race in the US a couple of years ago, and have been in the forefront with ebikes, albeit mostly OEM which may not excite this readership much. Now that Interbike is finis' for the near future, this year should be a banner year. The best thing for my wife and me i...
by 2old
Jan 17 2019 11:04am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: TSDZ2 lunacycle Edition??
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: TSDZ2 lunacycle Edition??

And be really careful when evaluating comments from anyone who has a hard on for a company and slams them every time he can. I haven't seen any complaints from individuals who purchased the Xiongda from Luna.
by 2old
Jan 14 2019 10:14am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fewer Americans bike to work despite new trails, lanes and bicycle share programs
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Fewer Americans bike to work despite new trails, lanes and bicycle share programs

DD, that's what I used to do on ICE motorcycles; either get behind someone and let them run interference or juice it and locate an area where I could ride alone.
by 2old
Jan 12 2019 6:09pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Building a Powerful Ebike
Replies: 58
Views: 1963

Re: Building a Powerful Ebike

You wouldn't glean that from the posts that I've seen where users are getting 20,000+ miles from their no-name kits. Mine has performed perfectly for three + years.