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by RunForTheHills
May 17 2019 9:50am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Blown new MOSFET controller!
Replies: 36
Views: 1290

Re: Blown new MOSFET controller!

Vikingimike01 wrote:
May 17 2019 3:34am
Is a cheap 4-5 dollar one good from China, or should I go to my hardware store and buy like a 10 dollar one?
The hardware store version might include instructions in English.
by RunForTheHills
May 14 2019 11:40pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

Hills build character. Fortunately, it looks like your bike has low gearing. Yes, I am very new to ebikes. This is my first ebike build. All the parts are ordered, but I am still waiting for some of them to arrive. The frame is a Surly Disc Trucker. I should have everything in the next week or so an...
by RunForTheHills
May 14 2019 11:00pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

You could try adding 20lbs to the bike (maybe in a backpack) to simulate the extra weight of the motor and battery and find a long downhill to test them on. The bike comes with 160mm rotors, so you could always change to a larger rotor in the front for more stopping power. All of my bikes have drop ...
by RunForTheHills
May 14 2019 8:41pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: The SB Cruiser: Amberwolf&Dogman's 2WD CargoTrike&DogCarrier
Replies: 961
Views: 118315

Re: The SB Cruiser: Amberwolf&Dogman's 2WD CargoTrike&DogCarrier

That's scary. Good thing you caught it before it failed.
by RunForTheHills
May 13 2019 8:06pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Inter-Bike Communication
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: Inter-Bike Communication

I would keep it simple and just yell at each other. That way you can play hard of hearing when she starts asking if you remembered to take out the trash and are you going to mow the lawn tomorrow.
by RunForTheHills
May 10 2019 10:28pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Geared VS Direct Drive: Pros & Cons?
Replies: 22
Views: 1123

Re: Geared VS Direct Drive: Pros & Cons?

I thought you could estimate the cogging drag with the Grin motor simulator. Input a low percentage for the throttle, like 2-5% and the estimated motor power will be a negative number.

https://www.ebikes.ca/tools/simulator.h ... otor=M2705
by RunForTheHills
May 10 2019 9:57pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Advice on MXUS Turbo build
Replies: 43
Views: 1556

Re: Advice on MXUS Turbo build

I am still waiting on parts for my first ebike build, but I have built many non-electric bikes. There are two I built without compromises, not worrying about what was popular or cost. I built exactly what I wanted and I love them. I will grant that the first effort or two is usually a learning exerc...
by RunForTheHills
May 04 2019 8:13pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

Mine is a KT system with the LCD5 (I think). It has one of 5 PAS assist levels. I simply choose one of the five PAS levels to suit the terrain, wind speed, how fast I want to go, and how hard I want to pedal for the gear that I'm in. From a riding process standpoint it is a lot like choosing your b...
by RunForTheHills
May 04 2019 7:22pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

The key thing I'd recommend, if you're getting a throttle, see if you can get a controller with "cruise control", which holds the current throttle until you actively change it or brake. Within that, you can pedal 100% or more and see the motor amps go down to 0, or whatever you want and let the mot...
by RunForTheHills
May 04 2019 5:38pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

Building the wheel is an additional charge, usually like $50-$75. Since they are quoting the rim and spokes separately, it seems likely that they are building the wheel to order and maybe including the labor in the cost of the kit. Those are the same rim and spokes that Grin used on my wheel. I ord...
by RunForTheHills
May 03 2019 10:09am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner
Replies: 72
Views: 3564

Re: DIY Build - Touring eBike - Journal - Beginner

I bought my motor from Grin and they built the wheel to order. However, they charge as much as the local wheel builders do, so there was no cost savings to having them do it. Local wheel builders in my area charge about $50-60 USD, plus the cost of spokes and rim. Your LBS will have a wheel builder ...
by RunForTheHills
May 02 2019 10:13am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Will The Trek Fuel Frame Suit My Needs?
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Will The Trek Fuel Frame Suit My Needs?

I can't comment on the frame. You may already be aware of this, but a frame up build is always a lot more expensive than buying a complete bike unless you have a box full of parts lying around or a donor bike to harvest parts from. So that $40 for the frame is not that cheap compared to a $300 compl...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 30 2019 11:10pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan
Replies: 162
Views: 4949

Re: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan

The Road Bike Party videos are kind of fun to watch:

by RunForTheHills
Apr 30 2019 8:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan
Replies: 162
Views: 4949

Re: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan

I am not sure a racing bike is a good comparison to an electric bike. An elite cyclist is hardly in the seat at all. Their weight is forward on the bike and they are putting a lot of power into the pedals. They would be able to absorb the bumps in the same way a skier does. My commuting bicycle has ...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 30 2019 10:01am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan
Replies: 162
Views: 4949

Re: First E-Bike - Doing DIY BBSHD - Critique my plan

I am still waiting for parts for my build and I haven't ridden an electric bike much, but I have put a lot of miles on rigid framed bikes with no issues getting up on the pedals to absorb the bumps. I feel like I am missing something in the argument for full suspension bikes, but maybe it is one of ...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 29 2019 1:09pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork

You want the mountain bike version and not the road bike version for your levers. The cable pull is shorter for road brakes/levers. This one includes the rotor with an option to choose a 200mm rotor (the second link in your list). I think that is the one you want. https://www.amazon.com/Avid-BB7-Fro...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 28 2019 11:39pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork

I don't know about the 255mm rotor that markz linked to, but a larger rotor does make a difference in stopping power. TRP sells a 180mm to 203mm adapter for their brakes. So you could run the Spyke with a 203mm rotor.
by RunForTheHills
Apr 28 2019 8:13pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork

FWIW, I measured the TRP Quadiems and they need about 16.1mm clearance between the motor and the rotor. Maybe a little more to be safe.
by RunForTheHills
Apr 27 2019 11:26pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: CA3 to Phaserunner Mainwire
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: CA3 to Phaserunner Mainwire

--Network (LAN) Ethernet cables have enough conductors, but are often solid (not stranded) wire, making them more vulnerable to vibration failures at connection points, requiring strain relief, etc . Actually, most network patch cables are stranded for the reasons you cited. Solid core twisted pair...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 27 2019 10:56pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork

For cable actuated brakes, I think the TRP Spyke is supposed to be slightly better than the BB7 (two pistons as opposed to one). I don't have personal experience with either brake. I hate the Tektro Lyra cable actuated disc brakes on my Jamis. For that kind of weight, I think you might need a quad p...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 27 2019 3:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Help Needed For Brake Options For Non-Fatbike Wheel in Fatbike Fork

Maybe you could check Craigslist for a used bike to scavenge parts from.
by RunForTheHills
Apr 25 2019 12:15am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Do rear hub conversion kits not some with rear sprockets?
Replies: 19
Views: 820

Re: Do rear hub conversion kits not some with rear sprockets?

Pinesal wrote:
Apr 24 2019 10:53pm

Yes but I have to buy more parts and tools now. This bike is nickel and dimeing me to the poor house.
Well, you either invest in tools and learn how to use them or pay someone else to work on your bikes.
by RunForTheHills
Apr 24 2019 10:11pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Do rear hub conversion kits not some with rear sprockets?
Replies: 19
Views: 820

Re: Do rear hub conversion kits not some with rear sprockets?

Wait what? I need a new shifter now? The part that goes on the handle bars? Is that hard to do? It is not hard at all. There are Youtube videos that will walk you through adjusting the derailleur if you haven't done it before. It is a good idea to replace the cable housing at the same time if the e...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 20 2019 12:34pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Casual Commuter Recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1196

Re: Casual Commuter Recommendations

I respectfully disagree with the credit card advice. If you can't afford it, save up for a while longer until you can. Credit card debt is a trap you will regret. If you are healthy, 10 miles round trip is easily doable without an electric motor until you can afford one. Ride a little slower in the ...
by RunForTheHills
Apr 19 2019 10:10am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Rear aluminum dropouts bent
Replies: 15
Views: 795

Re: Rear aluminum dropouts bent

A local custom frame builder could replace the dropouts for you. However, I think most of them work with steel and not aluminum.