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by MikeSSS
Aug 13 2019 5:27pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Small, light front hub motor, 24 inch wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Small, light front hub motor, 24 inch wheel

Thanks DS, that Grin site has a lot of information and options. Must study it several times. I've been away from the ebike study and decision process for a few years, got to do the homework to catch up.

I really appreciate that link.
by MikeSSS
Aug 13 2019 11:49am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Small, light front hub motor, 24 inch wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Small, light front hub motor, 24 inch wheel

I'm looking for a small, light, 48v, front hub motor, with a 24" wheel for my wife's Electra Townie bike. Front motor for simplicity, ease of flat repair and because I ride a front motor and its worked very well for me. Small and light is important because she is small and light. Besides, light is e...
by MikeSSS
Oct 22 2017 12:42am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Fixing flats, tubeless, plus hole-plugs and CO2 cylinders?
Replies: 37
Views: 3702

Re: Fixing flats, tubeless, plus hole-plugs and CO2 cylinder

CO2 is liquid in the CO2 cartridge, at the pressure and ambient temperature of most CO2 cartridges. The CO2 cartridge holds more mass, as liquid, than a similar size cartridge would hold as compressed air gas, air would be a gas at the same temperature and pressure that CO2 is a liquid and liquid is...
by MikeSSS
Jul 26 2017 2:47pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First 1000 miles on an ebike, lessons learned
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: First 1000 miles on an ebike, lessons learned

The LED lights are way better than the incandescent lights from the bad old days. My rear light is mounted on the hat I wear under the helmet and it always blinks. The front is handlebar mounted, I use blink mode during the day and continuous mode after dark, when blinking is unpleasant to oncoming ...
by MikeSSS
Jul 24 2017 1:51am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First 1000 miles on an ebike, lessons learned
Replies: 3
Views: 858

First 1000 miles on an ebike, lessons learned

1 It's better to ride an ebike that works well, than to not ride an ideal ebike that is out or reach. 2 A sensorless, brushless, direct drive, Aotema 36v hub motor and controller, has been trouble free and can operate on either 36v or 48v. 3 36v of gel cells will power the bike OK, but a 48v lithium...
by MikeSSS
Jul 24 2017 12:41am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor man's ebike?
Replies: 28
Views: 2731

Re: Poor man's ebike?

You might be able to find a used ebike or bike with an electric conversion. Hub motor systems are simple, reliable and cheap, besides that they work very well. Direct drive hub motors have fewer failure points than geared hub motors, but DD hubs do weigh more and have less acceleration away from a f...
by MikeSSS
Jul 23 2017 10:07pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: hub drive vs mid drive
Replies: 39
Views: 3851

Re: hub drive vs mid drive

Hmmm, the tandem poses a problem for both mid drives and hub motors. The tandem I have ridden had both cranks turning together at the same cadence. Because a tandem carries the weight of two riders and a heavy frame, I'd be inclined to try the mid drive for climbing. For climbing, select a big cog i...
by MikeSSS
Jul 02 2017 6:15pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Comparing DD vs geared motors : Best setup for city commute
Replies: 24
Views: 2561

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

I use an Aotema direct drive front hub motor. Battery is sometimes 36v gel cell, but most often 48v 13.5ah GA cell Shark pack from Luna. A friend uses a front gear drive hub motor from Luna, I ride this occasionally. His bike uses the same 48v 13.5ah GA cell Shark pack from Luna that my bike uses. M...
by MikeSSS
Jun 28 2017 8:49am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: New Member - Maryland ebiker - Build Advice
Replies: 89
Views: 8262

Re: New Member - Maryland ebiker - Build Advice

I have dealt with problems and maintenance on literally thousands of bikes during my many years as a cycle mechanic, but I've only encountered a handful of foam tires. Every single one of the bikes that was fitted with them had major wheel problems-- flat spotted rims, loose spokes, and worse. Not ...
by MikeSSS
Jun 26 2017 2:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: The most comfortable saddle you've ever owned?
Replies: 65
Views: 6028

Re: The most comfortable saddle you've ever owned?

I'm using a Cloud 9 wide saddle that has steel springs. It is OK. I do carry some weight on the pedals and stand on the pedals over bumps.

The bike is a no-suspension mountain bike for the five speeds in the back days, probably about 1980.
by MikeSSS
Jun 26 2017 2:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hub motor on front suspension fork?
Replies: 13
Views: 2235

Re: Hub motor on front suspension fork?

Interesting thread and very helpful to those who are considering what to do next.

Thanks to all who posted.
by MikeSSS
Feb 01 2017 12:35am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Newbe 1230 am rambling.
Replies: 16
Views: 1134

Re: Newbe 1230 am rambling.

The Rover with addition of a suspension seat post looks ideal to me.

Let us know how it works for you.
by MikeSSS
Feb 01 2017 12:18am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Townie 21D Mens Blue
Replies: 14
Views: 1965

Re: Townie 21D Mens Blue

I use a front DD Aotema on my bike. A friend uses a geared front hub from Luna on his. We both use the same batteries, 13s, 4p, GA cells, from Luna. The bikes weigh close to the same and we are both about 176 lb. These two bikes accelerate the same, side by side, full throttle, from about 4 mph to t...
by MikeSSS
Dec 11 2016 11:52pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Frame type
Replies: 16
Views: 1435

Re: Frame type

When you try a rear hub motor on an FS bike, please let us know how it works for you. My present bike is rigid, both front and rear. It uses a front, direct drive hub motor and a Cloud 9, Cruiser Cruiser suspension seat. Most of the road shock is noticed through the handlebars and through the pedals...
by MikeSSS
Dec 11 2016 9:05pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Frame type
Replies: 16
Views: 1435

Re: Frame type

I don't recall discussion on ES about bushing problems, either. But, our son bought a new full suspension bike and wore out the bushings in a year and a half, he did this with pedal power alone. Don't remember the brand of bike but it was quite expensive, much more than I can afford. He used it in H...
by MikeSSS
Dec 11 2016 4:24pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Frame type
Replies: 16
Views: 1435

Re: Frame type

Yep, probably bushing problems. Specialized makes full suspension, mid drive bikes. Saw one on the trailhead the other day. It looked excellent. Price is high though, 5,500 to 9,500 USD. I've pedaled a few thousand miles on hardtails with suspension seatposts. That combination works very well. Add t...
by MikeSSS
Dec 11 2016 11:37am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Frame type
Replies: 16
Views: 1435

Re: Frame type

my 2 cents, or perhaps nonsense. From observing those with a lot of experience, no one bike or frame type fits well all situations. Grocery getter and rough trail bike are different, unless you limit the quantity of groceries to fit in a messenger bag, then the rough trail bike can be used for groce...
by MikeSSS
Dec 02 2016 11:03am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Show me your electric velomobile.
Replies: 119
Views: 17984

Re: Show me your electric velomobile.

I use my CBR250R which is not a car. Bikes are thrifty, but they suck hard in the rain. I'd rather be warm and cosy in my velo than wet on your bike. at 100 mpgUS. A $4,300 purchase price and $.023/ mile for fuel takes a long time to reach $8,000 for a velo. Typical blindness of motor vehicle owner...
by MikeSSS
Dec 01 2016 6:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: What's with the word "Cheater"?
Replies: 74
Views: 4846

Re: What's with the word "Cheater"?

"If you're not cheating, you're only cheating yourself." An RC sailboat racing proverb, from JK. (Thanks JK, I learn from you!) I ride an ebike and get dusted by roadies every time I ride. That is my choice, to ride slow and look for critters and such. Roadies ride for fitness and health. Good for t...
by MikeSSS
Nov 28 2016 7:24pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Best Self-Defense for a Lady on an eBike?
Replies: 104
Views: 8482

Re: Best Self-Defense for a Lady on an eBike?

You live in California, people in California have given up their basic civil rights, the civil rights of Americans. That is a serious problem for Californians, but it is the choice of Californians. Have your local law enforcement remove the questionable and homeless people from the trail and from yo...
by MikeSSS
Nov 28 2016 2:45pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hand fatigue from a thumb throttle
Replies: 21
Views: 2492

Re: Hand fatigue from a thumb throttle

I had lots of pain, after a couple miles, with my thumb throttle. After about 300 miles of off and on riding, the pain went away.

The trigger throttle on my Subaru Robin powered gas bike has never caused pain.

That said, I'd rather have a twist grip throttle, like on the motorcycle.
by MikeSSS
Nov 15 2016 7:53pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Your ideal general purpose ebike?
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Re: Your ideal general purpose ebike?

Why not just use your existing thread for this? https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=84185 The reason is that I'm old and did not remember that thread. Old happens, eventually. Glad you linked to that thread, it is interesting reading. PS, don't get old, it's not that much fun. Bet...
by MikeSSS
Nov 15 2016 1:42pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Your ideal general purpose ebike?
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Your ideal general purpose ebike?

Your ebike ideal build is? How about your practical ebike, that is affordable and available? How do you use your ebike: fast, slow, flat land, climbs, offroad, on road? Examples: mountain bike, road bike, hybrid, cruiser, comfort, long tail? Rigid bike, front suspension with rigid frame, full suspen...
by MikeSSS
Nov 12 2016 1:01am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: Luna Cycle
Replies: 6
Views: 4188

Re: Luna Cycle

Over 300 miles now, on my Luna 48v, 13.5ah, GA cell battery and Adv charger, both work just great. Thanks Luna.
by MikeSSS
Nov 12 2016 12:56am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Puzzling motor turns and Grin simulator
Replies: 6
Views: 921

Puzzling motor turns and Grin simulator

Puzzling because of preconceived notions, that the simulations do not support. What I thought: more turns give more low speed power, fewer turns give more high speed power. But, hmmm, I seldom use full throttle, so it is better to compare turns vs actual riding use. I'm old, play racing was 50 years...