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by RunForTheHills
Jun 07 2019 9:45pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

If it were me, I would sell the Urb-E and buy or build a legal or legal appearing ebike. Selling the Urb-E and building a new bike from a kit would probably be less than $1000 net. I don't know your financial situation, but it might be worth it for the peace of mind. Alternatively, if you have enoug...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 07 2019 10:33am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

You don't give us the details of the plea deal. If it was a DUI that you were convicted of, that makes the Urb-E a motorized vehicle, not a bicycle. If you plead to something like public intoxication, then the court would have no authority to confiscate the Urb-E. In California, you can get a DUI o...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 04 2019 4:53pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

Like I mentioned earlier. I don't have a valid driver's license. Almost every Moped that I see in Michigan has a "floor board". My URB-E does NOT have a floor board. Does that not make a Moped a "scooter"?? More confusion to add to the fire. Actually, if it did have a floorboard it would qualify as...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 04 2019 3:49pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

URB-E makes this statement in their FAQ: "Do I need a driver's license, insurance or registration to buy an URB-E? Nope! According to US federal regulations, URB-E is categorize as a low-speed electric bicycle and does not require a license. We always encourage you to be as safe as possible while r...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 04 2019 3:39pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

That link contains this sentence:

"This is the law that defines electric bicycles as those with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts."
by RunForTheHills
Jun 04 2019 3:29pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

URB-E makes this statement in their FAQ: "Do I need a driver's license, insurance or registration to buy an URB-E? Nope! According to US federal regulations, URB-E is categorize as a low-speed electric bicycle and does not require a license. We always encourage you to be as safe as possible while ri...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 04 2019 1:00pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Changing pedal distance on cranks
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: Changing pedal distance on cranks

I haven't heard of drilling and tapping a crank to move the pedals, but I suppose it is possible. Remember the left pedal uses a reverse thread, so you may have trouble finding a tap for that. You are not locked into a 5 spoke spider with a 130 BCD if you replace the chainring also. I think your bot...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 02 2019 10:56pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Perfect especifications for hills
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Perfect especifications for hills

It seems like that setup would work okay. Those are short hills. The first one averages a 9% grade for less than 1/2 a mile and the second one is a 6% grade for 1/4 mile. If I put a 9 Continents motor in the Grin motor simulator with a 25A controller and a 52V battery, it can go 14 minutes on a 10% ...
by RunForTheHills
Jun 02 2019 7:05pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Perfect especifications for hills
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Perfect especifications for hills

I think you will get better advice if you provide some additional information. How steep and long are the hills you will be riding it on? What bicycle will you be installing the kit on? How much range do you need? What will be the weight of you + bike + cargo?
by RunForTheHills
Jun 01 2019 8:53pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Question
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Question

Search for "direct mount stem" and you will find them.
by RunForTheHills
Jun 01 2019 8:08pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws
Replies: 67
Views: 2540

Re: Illegal bike confiscation possibilities by police not up to date on newer laws

According to this, an electric bike must have a seat and operating bicycle pedals. https://detroitgreenways.org/michigan-laws-on-electric-bicycles/ Your URB-E doesn't seem to meet the definition of an electric scooter either because it doesn't "Have a floorboard designed for standing upon when ridin...
by RunForTheHills
May 31 2019 9:41am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: EM3ev, setting the record straight on a few things
Replies: 89
Views: 13007

Re: EM3ev, setting the record straight on a few things

I bought a battery from EM3EV about a month ago. I paid for it with Paypal. They didn't ask for a DoB. It took 2 1/2 weeks to get the battery to California. During that time I received several emails with the status of my order. I even got an email after I received it asking me to confirm it arrived...
by RunForTheHills
May 30 2019 4:01pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Donor for tall guys
Replies: 131
Views: 4217

Re: Donor for tall guys

Been toying with the notion of wiring up a smoke detector to one of my arduinos and programming it to fire up an exhaust fan in the garage and notify me via text of any issues. Maybe this new larger pack will prompt me to get moving on it. I have some of the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke and CO2 detecto...
by RunForTheHills
May 29 2019 11:07am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Poor Man's RV
Replies: 178
Views: 5615

Re: Poor Man's RV

Even fluorescent shirts and reflective vests won't help with the phone zombies. Despite it being against the law, there are still many people that drive while reading their phones and texting. You just have to ride defensively and assume that every driver is out to get you.
by RunForTheHills
May 29 2019 10:07am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Donor for tall guys
Replies: 131
Views: 4217

Re: Donor for tall guys

If he were building a touring bike, I'd tend to agree. But this is a short to mid distance commuter that probably doesn't have to carry a whole lot or a very large battery. The photo doesn't show a lot of detail on the rear dropouts, so it is hard to tell how well equipped this bike is for fenders ...
by RunForTheHills
May 27 2019 11:10pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Surly Disc Trucker Build
Replies: 30
Views: 1976

Re: Surly Disc Trucker Build

I didn't make quite as much progress as I had hoped for this weekend. The front wheel is built and the crankset and headset are installed. The Sempu bottom bracket was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Drilling the hole for the wire went smooth. However, if you have one of those little...
by RunForTheHills
May 27 2019 5:58pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 3808

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Dang, I was looking forward to giving Grin money, but $15 to ship a $4 spacer isn't awesome :confused: What's the worst that could happen if I used a washer with a round hole in the middle? I am sure you could fabricate something. I think a round inside hole wouldn't matter. The outside diameter of...
by RunForTheHills
May 27 2019 4:51pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 3808

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Ah, lockring vs non-lockring is how you can tell. Thanks! TIL.... This was quite helpful to understand the difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcgz3-XyNkI I have 8=speed shifters on this bike, but I'm still a little nervous about whether I can cram an 8-speed freewheel in there, like this g...
by RunForTheHills
May 27 2019 12:43pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 3808

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

It looks like your hub motor uses a freewheel and not a cassette. You can't swap them.
by RunForTheHills
May 26 2019 9:51pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: The SB Cruiser: Amberwolf&Dogman's 2WD CargoTrike&DogCarrier
Replies: 965
Views: 118677

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

Hopefully they turn down the music early, but tomorrow is a holiday.
by RunForTheHills
May 26 2019 9:30pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Donor for tall guys
Replies: 131
Views: 4217

Re: Donor for tall guys

Make sure you get something designed with a front suspension fork in mind. Because after 20mph, the ride can get pretty bumpy. Also, damn, that is a lot of money for a >25 year old bike. I see those in thrift stores sometimes here in Utah going for $50.. don't know about your area. Check this out. ...
by RunForTheHills
May 26 2019 9:28pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Donor for tall guys
Replies: 131
Views: 4217

Re: Donor for tall guys

Agreed. One of my first bikes in the 80's was a Haro Freestyler Master and that thing took one hell of a punishment. I found another Ad by the seller posted by RunForTheHills with a pic. Looks like it has seen better days: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/d/berkeley-extra-large-mongoose-iboc/68...
by RunForTheHills
May 26 2019 1:12am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: The SB Cruiser: Amberwolf&Dogman's 2WD CargoTrike&DogCarrier
Replies: 965
Views: 118677

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

That sucks. Does the neighbor do that often or was that the first time?
by RunForTheHills
May 25 2019 5:09pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Surly Disc Trucker Build
Replies: 30
Views: 1976

Re: Surly Disc Trucker Build

I have all the parts and I am ready to build the bike. This is my first ebike build, so I am sure I will make mistakes and regret some of the decisions I made. I ended up buying a GMAC advanced PAS kit from Grin. I really liked the idea of an integrated torque arm and a standard 10mm axle as I wasn'...