Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Alan B » Aug 24 2015 6:35pm

The cruzbike was originally made from a mountain bike, and it has a reputation for outclimbing other recumbents, so I would guess it would be okay on single track, if the rider was experienced with the steering.

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by quuxman » Aug 25 2015 3:54am

adamcooks wrote:How does the recumbent handle single track?
I've taken it on a fair number of trails. It gets good traction with all wheel drive and 2" tires, and is very maneuverable. Naturally, anywhere jumping a wheel is required (like a rock or root bigger than 8 inches) I simply put my feet down and lift the front wheel over, then the rear wheel rolls over pretty much anything.

I shouldn't expect any single track on this ride though, right? Although some fire roads in this area I've ridden on (like east side of Tamalpais) are significantly worse than most of the single track I've ridden on. I would guess the fire road that's mentioned is decent, or it wouldn't be in the route.

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by HamsterPower » Jan 08 2016 6:45am

Even though I've a few limitations, please keep me up to date.

The downsides:
I've not converted my commuter, on-road trike yet but my signature should show current status
It's a trike so other than driving it, I don't have a way to transport it
I expect my range to be limited by battery capacity so my limit will likely be about a 15 mile radius from Cupertino

The upsides:
Should be able to get there in 20 mins regardless of traffic
Should arrive with a nice grin
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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by liveforphysics » Jan 08 2016 11:42am

Im a bay area rider.
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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by tightbox » Jan 22 2016 12:55pm

Bay area rider as well. Latest build is a Tangent, but have about 7 others in various states of (dis)repair. 7 mi. daily commute in the MV area.

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by jut » Apr 07 2016 2:13am

+1 bay area rider. I'm near mountain view.

Would be great to map out the bay area riders. Equally awesome would be a shared garage / lab space with shared tools (e.g tab welder!)

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by overvolted » Jul 28 2016 8:48pm

jut wrote:Equally awesome would be a shared garage / lab space with shared tools (e.g tab welder!)
+1 on the spot/tab welder. I took apart a power bank (just 4 18650 cells and a few USB ports for charging phones) last night and balanced the cells and had to jury-rig the nickel tabs back on to the battery terminals. A spot welder would be a game-changer! I'd be willing to throw down a few bucks for a community spot welder. I'm up in SF.

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by PRW » Jul 28 2016 9:06pm

does anyone know of anyone who does electrical repairs in the Bay Area?

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by quuxman » Aug 06 2016 12:17am

PRW wrote:does anyone know of anyone who does electrical repairs in the Bay Area?
I live in Oakland, and have soldering iron, some spare parts, and some experience working on ebikes... so yes?

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by PRW » Aug 06 2016 1:45pm

quuxman wrote:
PRW wrote:does anyone know of anyone who does electrical repairs in the Bay Area?
I live in Oakland, and have soldering iron, some spare parts, and some experience working on ebikes... so yes?
Thanks quuxman - I have dropped the bike off with a guy in Santa Cruz, although he didn't look too optimistic! I will certainly let you know if I have no joy, thanks for the offer

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Alan B » Nov 18 2017 1:39pm

It's been awfully quiet here lately...

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by fechter » Nov 19 2017 10:23pm

We should organize an event. Problem is I just haven't had any spare time lately. I'm lucky if I can ride for an hour on the weekend. Now the rainy season is upon us, but today conditions were close to ideal. No mud, no dust, no heat.
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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Alan B » Nov 20 2017 12:04am

I totally understand. Have been busy also.

Would be good to have an event now and then.

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by arthurtuxedo » Nov 22 2017 5:14pm

I am in the Mission in SF and would be game for a ride or event, although I might not be able to keep up with my puny 700W front hub :)

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Alan B » Nov 22 2017 9:49pm

My experience with the rides we have done is that we go slower as a group, it is not a race. It is fun to meet folks and visit, and see what they have created, and see the route picked for the ride. There some questions about the suitability of the bike for the ride, I wouldn't take my commuting machine on a dirt ride, for example. It would probably work ok, but it is rather heavy and looks out of place on a bike trail. On the pavement, anything goes. Just depends on where the ride will take us.


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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Tony01 » Nov 29 2017 11:08pm

Hey can I ride with you guys?!

I'm saving for an ebike... Currently building another gas bike to sell and restoring a vintage schwinn road bike that MAY or may not get a hub motor.

I want to convert this build to electric:
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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Alan B » Nov 30 2017 2:03am

That will make a nice ebike.

Welcome to ES.

One way you could guarantee that you could go on the ride is for you to organize it. :)

At the moment we don't seem to have a ride organized. Everyone is so busy it is easy to want one, but hard to make it work.

Depending on where the ride route goes, would determine what was allowed (and what would make sense).

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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by Tony01 » Mar 22 2018 5:22pm

Getting the parts together for an ebike...
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Re: Calling all Bay Area ebike riders

Post by zro-1 » Mar 22 2018 8:08pm

Hey gang. Almost a year ago, on a spurt of inspiration, I had made a website geared around the idea of building up and facilitating local ebiker groups. I've never really promoted it other than locally in my own city. I never mentioned it here because I didn't want to step on toes here. If you guys wanted to check it out and use it to organize rides/events in your area, please do so. The site is 100% free and there are no ads, I don't make a single cent from the site—it's just a labor of love I put together. You can check it out at https://ebiker.co

If you guys feel this is inappropriate, I will be happy to delete the post. I just thought it might come in handy for you.
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