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by kauaicycler
Nov 03 2019 11:47am
Forum: Forum Rules and Features
Topic: The future of our forum - facebook versus web forums
Replies: 77
Views: 8508

Re: The future of our forum - facebook versus web forums

Back when I first started developing web sites and was still learning I turned to different forums to get help. That gradually went away when google and stackoverflow became available. I love this forum! It's members are mostly well mannered and helpful with lots of great discussions. Having said th...
by kauaicycler
Aug 31 2019 12:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

Spot-on advice. Ebikes are cool and all...but in Costa Rica getting parts will be expensive&slow....and roads are non-existent. My bike would not last a week before breaking a frame or wheel. Hills would be very slow going and if you dont keep amps well withing specifications you will fry windings&...
by kauaicycler
Aug 31 2019 7:22am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

Once you get closer to ready send me a PM, and I'll put you in contact with a gringo friend who's also been here 20 years or so and does radio shows from different beach locales on the Pacific side every Thursday and Friday. He'll be more familiar with seaside groups and lifestyle. There's so much ...
by kauaicycler
Aug 30 2019 2:08pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

It will be another year before I can go there. Why stuck in the land of the rat race so long? Flights are low cost from FL and there are ways to stay cheap as long as you avoid touristy accommodations. Dry season (Dec-Apr) is the best time, though this year rainy season has been light...far better ...
by kauaicycler
Aug 29 2019 11:21am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

Too expensive for me. I barely have the price of that kit in my MadAss conversion that is the fastest street legal electric 2 wheeler with a hubmotor in the world with a top speed so far of 182kph, and that cost includes my 2.8kwh battery. Sorry, I still work all the time, so I can't help you regar...
by kauaicycler
Aug 29 2019 8:55am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

I don't like to ride in those petri dishes on wheels...that's the way to catch whatever bug is going around. :lol: Good point! I'm looking for a climate/location similar to Kauai where I lived for 35 years. Since I can't afford Kauai CR seems like my next best bet. Houses on Kauai are small and don...
by kauaicycler
Aug 27 2019 10:26am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

High Power Motors that Fit 135mm Dropouts

The bike referenced in this post has 135mm dropouts and an aluminum frame. The high power motors recommended here require wider dropouts. Does anyone have any recommendations for a high power motor (3000 watts) that fits in 135mm dropouts?
by kauaicycler
Jul 24 2019 1:43pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

It is very generous of john to offer to help you, he certainly is knowledgeable. I would point out that he lives outside San Jose, a grueling 5 or 6 hr. drive from Guanacaste. But for most folks that live out in the Pacific beach towns, there comes a time when going to the "Big Pineapple" becomes n...
by kauaicycler
Jul 24 2019 12:24pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

I feel deflated with my motor out of service and smelling a not nice burnt winding hue. Now I have to resort to taking the bus :( Well I have to resort to taking the bus, and riding my normal fat bike :( When you get whatever your going to get, be sure to install a temp probe into the motor, and ha...
by kauaicycler
Jul 24 2019 12:23pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

Although I owned a Jeep (money pit) and a Bronco (totaled), most of the time I rode motorcycles. One nice thing about CR, is non-residents can own vehicles. By far, the easiest and cheapest way to get around is to buy a new 150cc to 200cc Chinese enduro for $1500 to $2000 US. Every sm. city (like L...
by kauaicycler
Jul 22 2019 3:29pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

Remember to have two of everything! 4xThrottles, 2xcontrollers, 2xcheap digital volt meter, torque arms or build your own, 2x soldering iron, 1lb of solder, lots of heat shrink, thin wire gauge for throttles, sense, thick gauge wire for phase, $20 ebike tester, cheap spare frame, lots of wheels, sp...
by kauaicycler
Jul 22 2019 3:23pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

The requirements are simple, an electric motor with 5kw output or more makes it a motorcycle, no pedal requirements, just a helmet, and at night reflective jacket and lights. Just don't ride like an ass, to help maintain the favorable treatment. Retain the motor paperwork, so you have something to ...
by kauaicycler
Jul 22 2019 9:08am
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: New Battery Technology from XNRGI
Replies: 1
Views: 402

New Battery Technology from XNRGI

I found this today in my news feed and wondered if anyone else heard of this? https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/xnrgi-develops-ev-battery-tech-that-extends-range-to-700-miles/ “We expect our batteries to be used in mobility products like motorbikes, scooters, drones, robots, and more in 2020,”...
by kauaicycler
Jul 21 2019 2:33pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

You might be better off with a gas motor as Costa Rica does not have ebike parts. And ebikes can be a problem and for new people. I heard it's expensive to own and maintain a car there and I've never ridden a motorcycle or scooter although I could learn. I was also hoping to be as friendly to the e...
by kauaicycler
Jul 21 2019 2:12pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

It's fun to plan ahead for a big move like that. However, the smart thing to do would be to wait until you get there to determine the best way to get around. Every town has it's quirks and the locals will have worked it out long ago. https://costa-rica-guide.com/bicycle/dont-ride-here/ I'm definite...
by kauaicycler
Jul 21 2019 12:38pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Re: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

The Leaf 1500W motor is direct drive and a great motor, but perhaps the rear MXUS 3000W would be better, then add Ferrfluid from www.ebikes.ca (Canada). Laced into a quality Alex DM24 26" and Sapim spokes, from the same place. You'd require lots of power (for the hills you mentioned) so the Kelly c...
by kauaicycler
Jul 20 2019 12:34pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver
Replies: 36
Views: 1376

Tropical Mountain & Beach Daily Driver

I'm considering retiring to Costa Rica and I want to build an ebike as a car replacement. I haven't decided exactly where I want to live put the pacific coast is my most likely choice. When I lived in Hawaii my daily driver was a Jeep so I could drive on the back roads and beaches. I want something ...
by kauaicycler
Jul 06 2019 9:00am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?

ScooterMan101 wrote:All the tadpole designs I have seen have what is called a " Unified Rear Triangle " , and with that kind of design the pivot points are well ahead of the axle .
So
The Rear seat and chain stays will flex a little, and thereby put less torque on the pivots than a Horst LInk Design.
Thanks!
by kauaicycler
Jul 04 2019 7:41am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?

A suspension joint is a wear part. most good bikes have a rebuildable joint, but a few don't. If your suspension joint is just a bolt through a metal tab, you might want to skip the Bob unless you can cut and weld. Someday, you'll need to fix that joint. That makes sense and seems obvious now that ...
by kauaicycler
Jul 03 2019 11:55am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?

I have a Bob trailer that I use on my non-suspended tadpole trike for camping gear and it works very well in the forward direction, efficiency-wise. However, they do have a bad tendency to jacknife if you "back up the truck" which I imagine would be a problem for folding joints on a trike frame, po...
by kauaicycler
Jul 03 2019 10:27am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Full suspension tadpole trike pulling a bob trailer?

I was reading a post/article somewhere and the writer was talking about pulling a bob style trailer with a full suspension tadpole trike. The writer said that they talked with someone (I can't remember what their expertise was but the writer valued their opinion) about this and was told that a bob t...
by kauaicycler
Jun 16 2019 11:40am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 6020

Re: Poor Man's RV

markz wrote: ↑
Jun 16 2019 11:06am
They give those #'s because then they can weasel their way out if something happens.
Yeah that was my initial reaction too. The lower weight limit one has a one year warranty.
by kauaicycler
Jun 16 2019 11:37am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 6020

Re: Weight Load

As for donor bikes, the questions you raise are why I'd just look at getting a robustly built mountain bike. If from a good maker, you can be fairly certain that it has been engineered with the bumps and jumps of trail riding in mind. That should make it plenty strong to carry well over 250 lbs on ...
by kauaicycler
Jun 16 2019 10:29am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 6020

Re: Poor Man's RV

Wheel building takes special skills and equipment. It takes a little wrench, $2 - $10 range. Not to make light of the skills - I was happy to let someone else build my hub wheel, because there's a lot of stress on that wheel and some special considerations. I never had any trouble with the wheels I...
by kauaicycler
Jun 16 2019 9:02am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 6020

Weight Load

I've been researching different donor bikes and there is something I'm not clear on. I know there are many factors that go into determining how much weight a bike can support but maybe someone could distill it or dumb it down for me. As part of my research I found the same bike, one stock the other ...