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by craneplaneguy
Feb 20, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping

Ha ha! That's great, that will teach them. Pretty good of HD to do that really.
by craneplaneguy
Feb 20, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Zip Tie Failure
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Zip Tie Failure

On my fat bike, I've secured my triangle 17 AH battery with pipe wrap tape. It's waterproof, UV resistant, grips great, but at the same time when you need to peel it off it leaves no residue like duct tape. Zip ties have their place, but not for my battery. One other benefit of the pipe wrap tape me...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 20, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Getting new registration for the plugin Prius
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Getting new registration for the plugin Prius

Walking up to the counter at my county vehicle registration office, I handed the lady my info from last year. She immediately asked, "is it a plug in?" Yes, I proudly said, "that will be $75.00 extra," she said. Then I asked her what would have happened if I had said no it was a regular Prius. I was...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: first drone caused aircraft accident
Replies: 0
Views: 95

first drone caused aircraft accident

Supposedly anyway. Just saying, losing control of an aircraft and blaming it on a drone could be a future catchall excuse for screwing up. For decades it's been "a gust of wind came up", times change. I'm not saying that's what happened here, but it did occur to me. If there is no concrete evidence ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 19, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: cable operated hydraulic brakes
Replies: 33
Views: 413

Re: cable operated hydraulic brakes

Well I already ordered a set of these, actually one, https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/trp-spyre-road-mechanical-disc-brake?v=160mm00&adl=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAiKrUBRD6ARIsADS2OLmvvCYGyw5xXAuAWv396bAkHVcAEjDcij0XSNDv0tNXvlM8hm1X06YaAvgZEALw_wcB I'll play around with it and decide how I like it, the ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 19, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: cable operated hydraulic brakes
Replies: 33
Views: 413

Re: cable operated hydraulic brakes

Wow, thanks for the input you guys. I'll ponder it all before doing anything, but pretty much have decided not to go with them on the front anyway. I like the Nokon cable and housing suggestion, especially as it's supposed to not be any more weight, that sounds like a good idea no matter what brake ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 17, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping

I'm in hunt for a >70V x 36V (12-20A or so).MPPT - got one? I had considered HD's 4-pack 265w (slightly lower $/per W too), but couldn't fit the larger footprint. Admittedly I got antsy... PV prices are certainly reasonable, and I was a bit concerned the potential given the recent tariff placed on ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 17, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: cable operated hydraulic brakes
Replies: 33
Views: 413

cable operated hydraulic brakes

www.backcountry.com/trp-hy-rd-cable-actuated-hydraulic-disc-brake?CMP_SKU=TRP000A&MER=0406&skid=TRP000A-SI-S140MM&mr:trackingCode=47D1A5CC-60B5-E311-9C6B-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=f0b0021e-38a9-4a19-82c1...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 17, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-14 Rohloff "The Ultimate Electric Bike Transmission"
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: E-14 Rohloff "The Ultimate Electric Bike Transmission"

Wow, that is quite the combo, and I like the way the Rohloff communicates with the motor while shifting :shock: Frankly though, it all seems a bit high techy for my tastes, my "regular" Rohloff in my Montague/BBSHD bike shifts just fine, I just use my throttle instead of PAS, and quit pedaling/go to...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 15, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping

Of course I collect sales tax for the state (I learned my lesson on that, the hard way, about 35 years ago selling ultralight aircraft), but you are correct, my #'s were skewed by failing to add the tax. My point is the same, solar has gotten way cheap! And it's amazing my pricing is still cheaper t...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Home Depot Solar Panels $1/watt (approx) Free Shipping

I still remember buying my first 100 watt (that was a huge size back then) panel about 25 years ago. Up until then I was running my place off some ancient 33 watt ARCO panels and a antique 200 watt 12 v WinCharger wind turbine. So adding a 100 watt panel was a big deal! And the price was only $500.0...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 11, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 124
Views: 2794

Re: Idaho

FYI... This is Rep king's second attempt at unnecessary ebike legislation here in Idaho - and her last Legislative session (retiring). The bill is HB 508, and embraces a host of uglies. Give thanks to the flurry of new ebike dealers now littering the Treasure Valley with their Asian junk. They whin...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 10, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: e flight in VTOL
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: e flight in VTOL

That's the one, NOW they have some serious air time on it, with real live people, they are making real progress.
by craneplaneguy
Feb 09, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My latest fall
Replies: 28
Views: 684

Re: My latest fall

The great thing about falling, either snowboarding or riding, is it keeps you limber and I guess in shape? Or at least, like others have said, you learn HOW to fall. I have to laugh when I realize someone may be concerned about me slipping and falling while at work, when I do (icy winter conditions ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 09, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: e flight in VTOL
Replies: 2
Views: 189

e flight in VTOL

Looks like it's happening with this crew, moving beyond artist's renditions into the real world, taking real live people actually up in the air, cool. The Ehang VTOL https://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/ ... ail#230287
by craneplaneguy
Feb 08, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My latest fall
Replies: 28
Views: 684

Re: My latest fall

This is local to me, in town anyway, 20 miles away. I had heard about it when it happened, but there was no mention of it being a "motorized" bicycle, (until this most recent article) whatever that means. The victim, may or not be partially to blame, (I have no idea) it was almost dark, real dusky a...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 08, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 124
Views: 2794

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

A new development in my home state: http://www.thestate.com/news/business/technology/article198691724.html My district state representative lives down the road from me a few miles, and I have done crane work at his ranch. One of our state senators is building a new home across the valley, and I did ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Need help with a transformer
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Need help with a transformer

Save up, and get a Grundfos SQ Flex well pump. And (assuming you have one) rig your solar array to pump water after your batteries reach float voltage. I hate to see off grid set ups with a dedicated water pump array and a separate array for battery charging. The Flex pumps run off AC or DC, from 30...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?
Replies: 167
Views: 7515

Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

I did my part today, On a large commercial building site, I was lifting bunks of steel trusses up on to the 45' high roof. This is a big project, headquarters for a large credit union, so lot's of various tradesmen. Noon comes along, and the guys I'm working with disappear, and I'm stuck on the site...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 05, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: My latest fall
Replies: 28
Views: 684

Re: My latest fall

Talking with a seldom seen acquaintance at a birthday party yesterday, we both realized that we had been hurt worse in bike crashes then we ever had been in our previous decades of riding street and dirt motorcycles! After I told him about my two significant incidents, he told a story about when he ...
by craneplaneguy
Feb 04, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 124
Views: 2794

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

Part of my riding in town, takes me through a pedestrian tunnel underneath the railroad tracks. The slight whine (when out side anyway) of a previous hub drive was quite noticeable inside the confines of the tunnel. Anyone could tell it was an ebike. Now when I ride my BBS02 conversion thru the same...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 27, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike restricted trail access and hate
Replies: 124
Views: 2794

Re: E-bike restricted trail access and hate

There is a short section of paved hiker/dog walker/biker trail I ride fairly often, when leaving my crane yard and heading into town. As the alternative is a busy 45 MPH (50+) 4 lane with no shoulder to speak of, I will usually add a 1/4 mile onto to my ride and divert to this trail. It's purposely ...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 25, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: US Administration places Tariffs on Solar Panel imports.
Replies: 22
Views: 674

Re: US Administration places Tariffs on Solar Panel imports.

It will be interesting to see how this effects prices on panels, the last 100 watt flex panel I bought was a little over $100.00 USD. Thinking of running over and picking up a couple more for the cabin before prices possibly jump Why pay so much (per watt) for a flexible and no doubt shorter lived ...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: US Administration places Tariffs on Solar Panel imports.
Replies: 22
Views: 674

Re: US Administration places Tariffs on Solar Panel imports.

It will be interesting to see how this effects prices on panels, the last 100 watt flex panel I bought was a little over $100.00 USD. Thinking of running over and picking up a couple more for the cabin before prices possibly jump Why pay so much (per watt) for a flexible and no doubt shorter lived p...
by craneplaneguy
Jan 21, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Chevy Bolt first drive
Replies: 139
Views: 8739

Re: Chevy Bolt first drive

I did a bit of that today, the Jevons Paradox thing, running around town in my PluginPrius, in a way I wouldn't consider doing in my conventional strictly ICE powered rigs. Needed and useful, but not absolutely required, I justified it because I was on (mostly) my own PV power.