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by Longwing
Jul 09 2019 12:15pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Suggestions for adding integrated lights to a BBSHD bike?
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Suggestions for adding integrated lights to a BBSHD bike?

My bike runs a Lunacycle BBSHD conversion kit. Their BBSHD controller doesn't have the integrated 6V light output. According to them, that's only available on older controllers, and the older controllers didn't have the gear-shift detector. However, a quick search of Ali-Express proves that's not tr...
by Longwing
Sep 24 2017 3:15pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Per suggestions here, I finally gave in and visited my local bike shop. After some story-time with the owner regarding what I was looking for, we settled on a bike that meets a lot of my requirements. It's pricier than I wanted, but the extra cash nets me a front suspension, disc brakes, trigger shi...
by Longwing
Sep 19 2017 9:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Thank you, that's extremely helpful. I'll plan on swapping the handlebars once I have the bike. I'm currently looking at the Raleigh Detour 2 and Detour 3 . They're appealing because they come with trigger shifters. I know I can retrofit triggers, but it's one less thing to source/buy. The large siz...
by Longwing
Sep 19 2017 7:15pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

You can't use regenerative braking with a Bafang mid-drive. Yeah, I hadn't heard of regenerative braking on a bike and hadn't done my homework. A quick jaunt around the internet taught me my mistake. I'm not willing to give up the advantages of a mid-drive just to get regenerative braking (especial...
by Longwing
Sep 18 2017 9:34pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Alright, next question: Parts sourcing. I've been eyeballing kit parts and complete bicycles from Lunacycle . Are there any other reputable vendors I should be looking at for Bafang mid-drives, batteries, and associated parts? I'm happy to pay a premium to skip the eBay/Aliexpress roulette wheel. Wh...
by Longwing
Sep 18 2017 8:29pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

I'm not sure what you've seen in upgrades that look sketchy. In most cases, upgrades are just that, upgrades: far superior to what came on the bike. You can get better parts aftermarket than anything that came from the factory on almost any bike made. I was referring specifically to adding disc bra...
by Longwing
Sep 18 2017 4:54pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Thank you all for your advice, it has been very instructive and helped me narrow down my decisions. My next question is about bike frames and brakes. I prefer cruiser style bikes (flat foot, crank forward, etc.), but it looks like Cruisers don't normally come with disc brakes. How much of a priority...
by Longwing
Sep 15 2017 3:55pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

If time is your concern, you're best off purchasing a turn key e-bike. Building your first e-bike is going to take time. You will make mistakes, you will make many changes while owning it, you may even scrap it and start over. Are there any local e-bike shops or bike shops that sell e-bikes near yo...
by Longwing
Sep 15 2017 9:47am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

But you'd do it (did it, most likely) for a car, right? What's your issue? I got my drivers license back when I also had summer vacations. Now I have a full-time job and a list of obligations as long as my arm. Getting another license has a significant time cost. That said, there's validity to the ...
by Longwing
Sep 14 2017 8:48pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Everything depends on the grade of hill you have to climb. I agree with the BBSHD as the best option for your needs. I'm really encouraged to hear that, as my own research kind of leaned in that direction. It's good to know that I wasn't following a completely flawed line of logic, even if I haven'...
by Longwing
Sep 14 2017 8:33pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

I was wondering what about electric scooters? You mentioned that you had no cycle parking space, you don't want to get sweaty at all, and don't want to spend much on it It's funny you should mention that. I spent some time looking at scooters. I was really interested in the GenZe. However, moped st...
by Longwing
Sep 14 2017 4:24pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Re: Seeking advice on e-bike selection

Thank you both for your replies, they're extremely helpful in informing my decision-making process. To answer some of your questions: Derailleurs aren't that bad, are they? You're absolutely right, I haven't ridden a quality bike with quality derailleurs. I've ridden crappy bikes (as a kid), skipped...
by Longwing
Sep 14 2017 12:45pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice on e-bike selection
Replies: 41
Views: 3157

Seeking advice on e-bike selection

As my post count suggests, I'm a terrible terrible noob. Please bear with me. My commute/situation I'm about to change jobs. One of the benefits of the new job is a minuscule commute of 2.2 miles, mostly on 25mph neighborhood roads. However, the trip is almost entirely uphill in the mornings and I’m...