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by RunForTheHills
Nov 06 2019 5:21pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Surly Disc Trucker Build
Replies: 32
Views: 3064

Re: Surly Disc Trucker Build

How did things go with your Surly Disc Trucker build? Still haven't moved it forward much. I set it up in my family room to work on it and had to order an adapter for the brakes. That came in, but I got pulled into some other projects. My wife is starting to complain about the bike in the family ro...
by RunForTheHills
Oct 17 2019 6:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Winterized
Replies: 85
Views: 15813

Re: Winterized

DrkAngel wrote:
Oct 17 2019 6:14pm
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Throwback Thursday?
by RunForTheHills
Oct 13 2019 11:21am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: RadCity Step-Thru Damaged Rear Wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 500

Re: RadCity Step-Thru hit by a truck

Was the driver of the truck at fault and did he have insurance? If so, his insurance should pay to repair your bike.
by RunForTheHills
Oct 12 2019 10:44am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Could I get an opinion on this freewheel issue?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Could I get an opinion on this freewheel issue?

You can buy spacers for that if you are unable to fabricate them. https://www.ebikes.ca/shop/electric-bicycle-parts/motor-hardware/washers-and-spacers/spacewash3.html https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-ebike-bicycle-axle-M12-spacer-ID-12mm-set-Alum-x-7pcs/272114749114?hash=item3f5b4d8eba:g:Q1sAAOSwX~dWpR...
by RunForTheHills
Oct 06 2019 9:30am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter
Replies: 152
Views: 6425

Re: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter

Cable ties are pretty amazing. They also differ in quality a lot. My experience with the cheaper ones is that they might break as they are installed, the little tongue breaks off. This is exacerbated in cold weather. But once installed they generally do not fail. I have some very old ones that actu...
by RunForTheHills
Oct 05 2019 4:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Looking to build a bike
Replies: 18
Views: 707

Re: Looking to build a bike

I'm going to be using it for more than just commuting but that is its main purpose. I will look into what you said as a secondary e-bike since I will probably need two just in case anyways. Also I have other goals that require me to have a decent knowledge of making these things. Already read these...
by RunForTheHills
Oct 04 2019 8:26pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Looking to build a bike
Replies: 18
Views: 707

Re: Looking to build a bike

3 miles at 20 MPH average will take you 9 minutes. 3 miles at 40 MPH will take you 4 1/2 minutes. Stop signs and lights could add a few minutes to that. You don't need a 45 MPH bike for a 3 mile commute. A 20 MPH bike can easily be built for under $2000. A safe 45 MPH bike, not so much. To build the...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 27 2019 3:47pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Building my first bike.
Replies: 6
Views: 472

Re: Building my first bike.

You need to make sure the bike has the right gearing for the speed you want to go. If the gearing is too low, you will spin out at higher speeds. You can use the late great Sheldon Brown's gear calculator to determine what chainring and gear cluster you need. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.h...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 24 2019 8:56pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?

Well if you want some more examples: The Velo Orange Tourist is a nice set of bars that I used on my wife's and daughter's bikes. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2196/9775/products/IMGP8204_500x.jpg?v=1543545181 Northroad style bars mentioned earlier sweep further back similar to the Albatross bar...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 22 2019 11:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Custom pannier maker?
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Custom pannier maker?

I use the Ortlieb Office Bag for commuting. It is 15.7"w x 11.8"h x 6.7"d. However, the top rolls and the sides are flexible, so your briefcase should fit. I usually carry two laptops and have stuffed it pretty full when I got Amazon deliveries to my work that I had to get home. It is waterproof and...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 22 2019 11:17am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

You could improve it by installing a lithium battery instead of lead acid. That would cost more money than I would spend on this bike. I am not sure about the tires. Are those 16" rims?
by RunForTheHills
Sep 22 2019 11:02am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

Are you wanting to restore this as a collector? Otherwise, I think you would get a more functional e-bike by buying a hub motor kit from eBay and a used mountain bike from Craigslist than putting time and money into this project.
by RunForTheHills
Sep 20 2019 10:43am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?

If your bike uses a quill stem, the Nitto Dirt Drop will bring it up really high.

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by RunForTheHills
Sep 20 2019 10:36am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Who here rides with the Cow Horn style handlebars?

I bought the Nitto Albatross bar for my build, but they swept back too far for me. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1403/7343/products/handlebar-alba-cromo-4_1600x.jpg?v=1549061016 I ended up getting the Jones Loop SG 2.5. It only has 2.5" of rise, but I also used a lot of spacers on the stem to li...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 19 2019 6:26pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter
Replies: 152
Views: 6425

Re: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter

Thanks. I might look into getting one then.
by RunForTheHills
Sep 19 2019 2:17pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter
Replies: 152
Views: 6425

Re: RadPowerBike RadCity Commuter

Interesting. Do you think a 3D printer is a useful tool or is it more of a hobby and you have to actively look for projects that you can use it for? I can think of a couple of times in the past year it might have been handy to have one, but I was able to find another solution.
by RunForTheHills
Sep 19 2019 2:06pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Back wheel 700x40c and front wheel 26" x 2.35
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Back wheel 700x40c and front wheel 26" x 2.35

As long as the frame has the clearance the 700c wheel should work fine. It is hard to tell from that picture if the frame and the hub have a mount for a rear disc brake.
by RunForTheHills
Sep 14 2019 12:17pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hub motor industry dying?
Replies: 270
Views: 14596

Re: Hub motor industry dying?

While bad accidents can occur on a wide open highway with a bike lane, I think the biggest risk to cyclists is at intersections and driveways. At least that is where I have been hit by cars or have had to take evasive actions. I agree with wturber that cars aren't going away soon particularly in the...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 11 2019 5:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: CroBorg Super Commuter
Replies: 1029
Views: 124574

Re: CroBorg Super Commuter

I think Makita did have a balance/BMS problem with their batteries in the past. I only have the newer Star batteries and haven't had a problem with them in the three years I have had them. When I researched it, Makita and DeWalt were the top choices for contractors. DeWalt was more popular, but Maki...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 11 2019 2:41pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: CroBorg Super Commuter
Replies: 1029
Views: 124574

Re: CroBorg Super Commuter

I paid $25 for 10 25g cartridges from Amazon. I have wide, but not fat, tires and 12g is not quite enough to fill them. I haven't had a flat in a couple of years and my current work assignment is home based, so those 10 cartridges should last for a while. That 18v pump looks interesting. I gave my d...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 11 2019 10:28am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Bike + kit : is this a good combo?
Replies: 12
Views: 605

Re: Bike + kit : is this a good combo?

The brakes on that bike will work fine at the speeds a 250 watt motor will drive you.
by RunForTheHills
Sep 11 2019 10:14am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: CroBorg Super Commuter
Replies: 1029
Views: 124574

Re: CroBorg Super Commuter

That bottle seems like more trouble than it is worth. I carry two of the 25g CO2 cartridges. They are small and easy to carry. CO2 does leak out faster than air, but they will get me home if I get a flat and then I replace the air with a hand pump at home. I do have a small compressor at home that I...
by RunForTheHills
Sep 06 2019 10:24am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Spoke length help
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Spoke length help

You measure the spoke from the inside of the elbow to the end of the thread. Spoke lengths are usually described in mm.
by RunForTheHills
Aug 30 2019 11:14pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic:
Replies: -1
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Re: More E-bikes found in NON-ebike media

National Parks may open up trails to e-bikes:

https://news.yahoo.com/video/electric-b ... 45388.html