Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

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Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

Post by 17mph18a » Feb 20 2020 9:59am

Lyft yesterday returned NYC's CitiBike ebikeshare fleet to service with fixes for the faults that caused them to be withdrawn last year, including a new battery supplier, new front Sturmey Archer drum brake, with the hub motor moved to the rear - CitiBike state it is a single-speed (also reported on Reddit), hopefully it's not geared too high but might this cause the motors to prematurely burn out when climbing hills?

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Re: Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

Post by markz » Feb 20 2020 12:45pm

Calgary, AB is doing away with their Lime ebikes, and just using their stand up scooters. Hopefully they will start using the docking system instead of people just leaving them wherever they please, its so annoying to have them in the middle of a sidewalk where I just kick them down or onto the road.

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Re: Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

Post by john61ct » Feb 20 2020 1:12pm

NYC actual boroughs aren't really hilly for the most part

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Re: Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

Post by grindz145 » Feb 20 2020 4:05pm

With enough power, gears really cease to be necessary. I've been riding single speed with pedal assist for 3 years and there have been maybe 2 times that I wanted for gears, and that was while not using assist (group rides). I've never not made it up a hill even when touring, or melted a motor. It makes sense to me anyhow.

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Re: Lyft redesigns NYC CitiBike ebike as a single-speed

Post by markz » Feb 26 2020 12:18am

grindz145 wrote:
Feb 20 2020 4:05pm
With enough power, gears really cease to be necessary. I've been riding single speed with pedal assist for 3 years and there have been maybe 2 times that I wanted for gears, and that was while not using assist (group rides). I've never not made it up a hill even when touring, or melted a motor. It makes sense to me anyhow.
What is the crank gear and rear gear teeth are you using?

I tried single gear, but was on a 3x7 and there werent enough gears, though I have your regular hills plus lots of long flats.
edit: I did not install the gear cable to the rear derailleur, but left the chain long, same length. Plus no cable for fd.
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