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by mrzed
Dec 30 2011 11:05pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Our government at work...
Replies: 125
Views: 10076

Re: Our government at work...

We need to start an open source project to design self replicating plastics recycling aquatic robots that scour the great pacific garbage patch and recycle it into energy and the building blocks for a floating modular living platform for the new libertarian capital. Claim free thinking sovereignty i...
by mrzed
Dec 03 2011 2:47am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Aptera is gone for good. :'(
Replies: 105
Views: 10711

Re: Aptera is gone for good. :'(

RIP. I agree totally that they were one of the few companies making a reasonable attempt at dramatically reducing mass while retaining a reasonable driving experience. It's all about using the least energy to move and protect the occupants. The shitty thing is protection becomes so huge a deal becau...
by mrzed
Nov 26 2011 1:04am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Where to buy 26" double wall rims?
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: Where to buy 26" double wall rims?

It's really not a great idea to reuse old spokes for a new wheel of any sort, particularly from a wheel known to be damaged.
by mrzed
Nov 20 2011 10:53pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: More media bias on EVs
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: More media bias on EVs

Properly implemented vehicle to grid technology can and eventually will provide the grid with far greater local stability and peak load capacity, all without increasing generating capacity one watt.
by mrzed
Nov 17 2011 12:05am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Welcome to EVlithium
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: Welcome to EVlithium

Looks to me like equal thickness sheets of copper and aluminium are somehow bonded then stamped/formed into those cool washers.
by mrzed
Nov 04 2011 12:01am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Putting out a feeler ... What is a good mid-range FS frame?
Replies: 23
Views: 3232

Re: Putting out a feeler ... What is a good mid-range FS fra

What's with the battery on the swingarm? Good suspension eliminates unnecessary unsprung mass.
by mrzed
Oct 26 2011 11:08pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: The Harley Davidson Electraglide Build
Replies: 49
Views: 4571

Re: The Harley Davidson Electraglide Build

I've got a 9C front hub running 1100w peak on an RST suspension fork with either aluminium or magnesium lowers. I also run an ebikes.ca torque arm and c washers. I've had accidental regen at 30kph heading down a short but steep hill on the same setup but on a cheap steel rigid fork. My old torque ar...
by mrzed
Oct 23 2011 11:10pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Single Speed Freak!!
Replies: 51
Views: 2892

Re: Single Speed Freak!!

Most of the top racers would have ridden fixed at some point in their career, because it was one of the classic old school coaching techniques to teach a rider how to pedal. It takes a lot to learn how to efficiently pedal around a circle. Most people just stomp up and down on the pedals. You can't ...
by mrzed
Oct 07 2011 5:04pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How can you tell if a frame is chromo?
Replies: 17
Views: 1742

Re: How can you tell if a frame is chromo?

It might not help much, but back in the late 80's when I worked at a bike shop, the old mechanic showed me how to check the quality of the tubes by flicking a fingernail at them. Chromoly tends to be thinner wall, and more rigid, both combine to give it a brighter and longer ringing sound. But the o...
by mrzed
Oct 06 2011 10:39am
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: Ping v2.5 BMS dead?
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Ping v2.5 BMS dead?

Today my power cut out on my ride. It was normal power levels until - nothing. CA screen faded in and out, and was showing voltage in the 20's (on a 48v battery) during this time. Checking the BMS - one LED is staying constantly lit - on the end of the group. I can't tell for sure without a closer l...
by mrzed
Sep 28 2011 9:26pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Bike frame and style recommendation for a winter commuter
Replies: 22
Views: 2261

Re: Bike frame and style recommendation for a winter commute

The classic old school method of making studded tires was to put screws in from the inside. This was easier to do back in the early days of mountain biking when the standard tire had big chunky square knobs like old motocross bikes. Now, even the gnarliest tires typically have more shaped an often s...
by mrzed
Sep 27 2011 10:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Bike frame and style recommendation for a winter commuter
Replies: 22
Views: 2261

Re: Bike frame and style recommendation for a winter commute

Totally agree with Ykick on the FWD for snow. One thing a lot of folks here forget is also just how many people actually ride 500 watt ebikes. At low power levels, a front hub power levels can be easily matched by human burst power at the rear wheel, so for snow, you can feather the throttle and the...
by mrzed
Sep 15 2011 11:57pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How many of us carry mace or A MACE while E-Biking?
Replies: 71
Views: 7190

Re: How many of us carry mace or A MACE while E-Biking?

For dogs chasing, outrun it, or if you can't, stop and put the bike between you and the dog - use it as a shield/weapon. I never met a dog I couldn't outrun on a pedal bike (though some got close). I would think most folks ebikes on here would easily outrun dogs, unless you Americans need all those ...
by mrzed
Sep 02 2011 10:30pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Volvo V60 PHEV AWD Diesel Prototype - Video
Replies: 1
Views: 849

Re: Volvo V60 PHEV AWD Diesel Prototype - Video

If they take this car to production, I hope it comes to Canada as it would be my next car. It's the perfect all purpose family car configuration for the transition to EV.
by mrzed
Aug 27 2011 12:09am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: sound system for velomobile - help needed
Replies: 56
Views: 5436

Re: sound system for velomobile - help needed

If you have the funding, the sweet solution has to be Image

Then you can run just about any speakers you want off main battery power.
by mrzed
Aug 26 2011 12:31am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: ebike World record distance attempt
Replies: 94
Views: 7906

Re: ebike World record distance attempt

I can't seriously believe the Guinness records folks are looking into this. I'll offer them a new ebike world record: infinity. Or at least until pedal power runs out and the sun swallows the earth, or we escape earth with the record setting machine still running (and our descendants or clones still...
by mrzed
Aug 24 2011 1:35am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: man vs wild starting fire with li-ion battery
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: man vs wild starting fire with li-ion battery

That show and all but one of the other survival 'reality' TV shows out there are all crap compared to Survivorman, where one Canadian proves we really are tougher by going out for a week by himself with no camera crew and filming his survival techniques. All the other shows are complete BS, but Les ...
by mrzed
Aug 22 2011 11:34pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Nine Continent 2806 Commuter Build
Replies: 8
Views: 2588

Re: Nine Continent 2806 Commuter Build

Welcome, If you take off anything that isn't bolted on (like the battery) thieves aren't looking to steal parts off your bike (unless you leave it overnight). They are looking to steal the whole thing, and depending on the place and the lock, they can do it surprisingly quickly. I have a similar set...
by mrzed
Aug 16 2011 3:36pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Marin Hamilton?
Replies: 4
Views: 408

Re: 2008 Marin Hamilton?

Unless you know something about that frame, or are up to fabricating something - there is no derailleur hanger on that bike. It also may have narrower dropouts as noted.
by mrzed
Aug 07 2011 11:26pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Would you ride with 1 missing spoke?
Replies: 26
Views: 2598

Re: Would you ride with 1 missing spoke?

Ride it only as much as you have to before getting it fixed. By definition, a broken spoke means a wheel that has uneven tension. This puts stress on the rim and gradually will deform it. The longer you ride on a wheel with a broken spoke, the more out of true the rim will become. At a certain point...
by mrzed
Aug 05 2011 11:26am
Forum: E-pic Topics
Topic: [nearly original] Open Letter to Endless Sphere Community
Replies: 397
Views: 27971

Re: Open Letter to Endless Sphere Community

I first looked for information on electric bikes in 2004 and the single best source of information I found was the UBC Electric bike club. I quickly learned that my desire for an ebike with 70km range while climbing a 300 metre hill was impractical, but I kept checking back because the stuff was so ...
by mrzed
Aug 05 2011 12:23am
Forum: E-pic Topics
Topic: [nearly original] Open Letter to Endless Sphere Community
Replies: 397
Views: 27971

Re: Open Letter to Endless Sphere Community

Trevor, With all due respect, I think you are using too much business language and not providing enough real information. You have to know that there are a few dozen contributors that provide 90%+ of the valuable content here, and therefore the value of the asset you just bought. Most of them are en...
by mrzed
Aug 03 2011 11:35pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: I bet one of these has never been electrified.
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: I bet one of these has never been electrified.

Those things are incredibly fun to ride and terrifying on any real downhill slopes. The first bikes with two equal sized wheels were called safety bikes for a reason. I got fired from my bike store job at 18 for racing two of those around the block when were were supposed to be closing the shop.
by mrzed
Jul 15 2011 1:25pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Please help me push the limits of whats possible with ebikes
Replies: 25
Views: 2346

Re: Please help me push the limits of whats possible with eb

I think given the range you want, budget is not the issue - but carrying the weight is. I would go with a longtail for sure- a Surly big dummy built up with extracycle bags holding 40ah of 48v will be heavy, but should do it. Then run a rear 9c or similar motor at 35-40 amps (you'll need the power t...
by mrzed
Jul 14 2011 3:42pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: eBike Riding/Racing/Traffic Skills/Tips/Techniques
Replies: 67
Views: 5732

Re: eBike Riding/Racing/Traffic Skills/Tips/Techniques

Going too slow but not slow enough, they make that turn while you are in thier blind spot, you are where you can't see brake lights or signals yet or it's just too late you see em, and no way can you stop in time. Whammo. That scenario describes my right cross perfectly. I was probably doing 30kph ...