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by OptimusPrime
May 31 2017 5:20pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Townie bicycle is getting too many compliments - Uglify
Replies: 17
Views: 1811

Re: Townie bicycle is getting too many compliments - Uglify

You can get plasti dip in spray cans in different colors. That stuff is made to peel off when you want it off
by OptimusPrime
May 23 2017 6:48am
Forum: Vendor Relations Corner
Topic: Luna slow and unprofessional
Replies: 46
Views: 5990

Re: Luna slow and unprofessional

flat tire, thanks for the personal attack. good day. I think you invited it. A guy starts a thread about his dealings with a vendor and you jump down his throat saying he should have researched more. If threads like this weren't started there would be no source of information to research in the fir...
by OptimusPrime
May 21 2017 11:44am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Bicycle Conversion Recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 3955

Re: Bicycle Conversion Recommendations

With 10 Pounds of battery and 5 more of motor your bike will be a boat anchor also. Turns out that the motor won't be helping you, you will be helping the motor.
by OptimusPrime
May 20 2017 4:59pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Battery problem
Replies: 5
Views: 685

Re: Battery problem

I wouldn't trust that thing in my house! Charge and store it in your barbque grill! Regardless of what happens those cells have been seriously stressed. I'd insist on a replacement.
by OptimusPrime
May 20 2017 4:54pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: first build
Replies: 17
Views: 1769

Re: first build

If you just go with one motor the money you save will allow you to buy a great pre built battery. I match a 52 volt 13 ah battery with a magic pie edge and love it. If you did that you'd have money left over and running at 52 volts instead of 36 would make up for the lost motor to a large degree.
by OptimusPrime
May 20 2017 1:04pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Bafung BBS02, mixing it with non powered bikes
Replies: 12
Views: 1345

Re: Bafung BBS02, mixing it with non powered bikes

What I discovered is that the Bafung just likes to go and as long as you pedal it will power up, keep changing gears and it will simply speed up. Now that's fun on your own or with other Ebikes, but with normal bikes, your buddies are left waaaaay back. What I'm looking for is any advice on how to ...
by OptimusPrime
May 20 2017 1:01pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Bafung BBS02, mixing it with non powered bikes
Replies: 12
Views: 1345

Re: Bafung BBS02, mixing it with non powered bikes

The immediate and automatic response is to clamp on the brakes, by the time you think to pull on wires etc you are over the cliff or in the path of traffic. I agree brake disconnects are a good idea!
by OptimusPrime
May 09 2017 6:46am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: The Perfect Storm
Replies: 52
Views: 10639

Re: The Perfect Storm

motomech wrote: Are you stuck in the '60's?
Right on!
by OptimusPrime
May 08 2017 12:36pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: The Perfect Storm
Replies: 52
Views: 10639

Re: The Perfect Storm

I get it that you like to tinker and mod your bike, me too. But my point is that you could have started with a bare frame and not had to throw away he rest of the bike!

Enjoy the KoolAid! Peace out.
by OptimusPrime
May 08 2017 6:31am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: The Perfect Storm
Replies: 52
Views: 10639

Re: The Perfect Storm

Well putting out a substandard bike and convincing many to buy it just creates a secondary market for others to fill with upgrade parts. The fact remains that you yourself have replaced the motor, controller, and battery with upgraded parts that just shows that the original ebike was wholly inadequa...
by OptimusPrime
May 08 2017 6:18am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike
Replies: 33
Views: 2788

Re: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike

A light bike with a light rider "might" get away with hubmotor. A fully-loaded cargobike? Get a mid drive. I find myself agreeing with Chalo's assessment (above) on this one. If you use a smallish chainring, and keep the motor spinning by always being in the right gear on that particular hill...the...
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 10:53pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Relative quietness between MAC hub motor and BBS02
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: Relative quietness between MAC hub motor and BBS02

I can answer my own question now since I have them both. On hard acceleration they are about the same volume but each has a different quality. At slow cruise the BBS02 is quieter. At fast cruise you really don't hear much of either one compared to wind and tire noise.
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 10:46pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: The Perfect Storm
Replies: 52
Views: 10639

Re: The Perfect Storm

Theodore Voltaire wrote:
It's all completely stock officer.

:lol:
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 10:44pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike
Replies: 33
Views: 2788

Re: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike

Yes it is, and its pretty good for a cadence PAS. But it still sucks on gearshifts. Sure you can put a shift cutout on it but they are not without their troubles, especially climbing hills. Considering his ride profile and needs I figured he would mostly end up using the throttle. Yes you definitel...
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 5:47pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: The Perfect Storm
Replies: 52
Views: 10639

Re: The Perfect Storm

So you replaced every part that makes it an ebike- motor, controller, battery, and then added a derailleur and gears threw away the rack and installed fenders from an Electra and a different seat and you contend that it is a great bike! Are you kidding? The only thing left is the frame! :lol:
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 1:27pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike
Replies: 33
Views: 2788

Re: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike

Chalo wrote:7 percent grade is steep enough to make a lot of non-enthusiast bicycle riders walk up instead of pedal. I personally would need over 750W at the wheel to climb a 7 percent grade at just 12mph.
Thank you!
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 11:47am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike
Replies: 33
Views: 2788

Re: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike

For the money and your needs a BBS02 would be the best fit. You'll probably use the throttle more than the cadence PAS and it really simplifies installation. The PAS in a BBS02 is completely internal. You don't need to install anything. I agree with getting a BBS02 unless you don't mind the extra m...
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 9:09am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Best bicycle rack
Replies: 5
Views: 898

Re: Best bicycle rack

I have the Saris super clamp. It's great, holds two bikes up to 60 pounds each. Works with any frame design because it only touches the wheels not the frame. Only weighs about 30 pounds so it goes on and off no sweat, just one bolt. And it works with road bikes, fat bikes, and anything in between. A...
by OptimusPrime
May 07 2017 8:58am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike
Replies: 33
Views: 2788

Re: Middrive vs. rear hub for my first e-bike

MadRhino wrote:Pretty much any choice will do fine for the little slope that you have.
Unless the OP is confusing percent with degrees somehow, a 7% hill is very steep!
by OptimusPrime
May 06 2017 7:26am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Bafang bbs01/02 36v motor maximum voltage
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: Bafang bbs01/02 36v motor maximum voltage

Hi, I need a little bit more burst power for my 350w bbs01. I wonder what is the maximum voltage i can safely use on my motor. What do you think, would 48v ready made battery pack be too much for it? should i limit current etc? Voltage doesn't give you power, voltage gives you top speed. If you nee...
by OptimusPrime
May 03 2017 7:14am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Efficiency. Geared vs Direct drive hub motors
Replies: 22
Views: 4188

Re: Efficiency. Geared vs Direct drive hub motors

dogman dan wrote:

After the fire,.
After the fire???
by OptimusPrime
May 02 2017 7:17pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Infineon connectors, are they ok?
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Infineon connectors, are they ok?

Do you guys keep the original connectors, they look a bit sketchy to me? Do you find them reliable?
by OptimusPrime
May 02 2017 6:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How to mount the darn controller!
Replies: 24
Views: 2495

Re: How to mount the darn controller!

My fave is on top of a rear rack, tight up under your ass. connections can often be hid under the seat, a drier place. Seal up the controller if needed, for the rain from above. In motion, your controller will be in the wind shadow of your ass, and water from the wheel will be deflected if you have...
by OptimusPrime
May 01 2017 7:11am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How to mount the darn controller!
Replies: 24
Views: 2495

Re: How to mount the darn controller!

Thanks guys! You have all given me ideas and a good starting point to figure out something for my particular set up. I will definitely mount the controller in free air stream but at the same time I wonder how makers like Bafang and Golden Motor can get away with putting their controllers inside the ...
by OptimusPrime
Apr 30 2017 9:32am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How to mount the darn controller!
Replies: 24
Views: 2495

How to mount the darn controller!

Reading the forum gives me the impression that putting the controller in a bag is a no no. Given that, what do you do about the rats nest of wires? I want a clean look but need some ideas on how to achieve that. Thanks!