Townie 7D Conversion

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Canyon   1 µW

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Townie 7D Conversion

Post by Canyon » Aug 05 2022 1:36am

Been going to Burning Man for a few years and always took my Electra Cruiser 3i. Decided to finally build an e bike and found a really great Townie 7D for the conversion. Installed a Bafang BBSO2 drive with a 48V 17.5ah rear battery and I couldn't be more pleased. First charge got 46 miles of flat street riding. On my second charge and it is even better at 50 miles and still showing a 54% charge. Getting ready for this year's Burn and I am wondering if there is any special maintenance I should be aware of having to perform while on Playa. I've slimed the tires and am taking two spare tubes. Any recommendations for parts or maintenance items?
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Canyon

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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by LewTwo » Aug 05 2022 2:50pm

Tire pump, firberglass strapping tape, para chord, utility knife, vice grips (they grab when nothing else does), the usual assortment of screw drivers, allen keys and hex wrenches .... as well as a very large golf umbrella.

brake pads, spare chain and joining links ???
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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by nicobie » Aug 05 2022 3:24pm

You'll be needing lots of chain lube/cleaner because of all the sand that gets everywhere!
Ask for it by name.

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Post by LewTwo » Aug 05 2022 3:32pm

nicobie wrote:
Aug 05 2022 3:24pm
You'll be needing lots of chain lube/cleaner because of all the sand that gets everywhere!
It is Burning Man so it should be bio-degradable (do they make that?).

https://youtu.be/i5XbD6jRHnc
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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by PaPaSteve » Aug 05 2022 6:03pm

The one time we went to Burningman our custom made tandem trike ebike needed nothing for the week.
It was fitted with a solar panel so it never needed to be plugged in.
The only thing that failed was the power supply for the artistic light display and someone in the crowd had a spare.
There is a bike repair camp if something comes up.
No rocks or thorns to worry about.
If it rains it gets too mucky to cycle anyway.
Welcome home ... hug everyone ... enjoy !
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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by calab » Aug 05 2022 9:51pm

It is getting a bit to shit crazy out there these days, I wonder.
PaPaSteve wrote:
Aug 05 2022 6:03pm
Welcome home ... hug everyone ... enjoy !

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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by PaPaSteve » Aug 06 2022 8:48am

calab wrote:
Aug 05 2022 9:51pm
It is getting a bit to shit crazy out there these days, I wonder.
PaPaSteve wrote:
Aug 05 2022 6:03pm
Welcome home ... hug everyone ... enjoy !
When arriving at the entrance the first words you'll hear is "welcome home" and then an offer of a hug.
The art is well past anything, anywhere.
A crazy good experience.
Hope to attend again someday.
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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by Chalo » Aug 06 2022 10:19am

Don't take an e-bike to Burning Man. Speeds are restricted and everything is flat as a pool table. The alkali dust is incredibly destructive to open machinery like bikes. People who are loaded up with every kind of drug will help themselves to your bike and may not even remember what happened to it. Get a crappy secondhand department store beach cruiser, granny trike, or tandem. Leave your good bike at home.

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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by calab » Aug 06 2022 11:35pm

Take the Sondors out to Burning Man though huh

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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by Chalo » Aug 06 2022 11:38pm

calab wrote:
Aug 06 2022 11:35pm
Take the Sondors out to Burning Man though huh
It's for the best.
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Re: Townie 7D Conversion

Post by PaPaSteve » Aug 07 2022 1:56pm

Chalo wrote:
Aug 06 2022 10:19am
Don't take an e-bike to Burning Man. Speeds are restricted and everything is flat as a pool table. The alkali dust is incredibly destructive to open machinery like bikes. People who are loaded up with every kind of drug will help themselves to your bike and may not even remember what happened to it. Get a crappy secondhand department store beach cruiser, granny trike, or tandem. Leave your good bike at home.

https://electricbike-blog.com/2017/09/1 ... ant-ebike/
One of my highest cherished builds.
Originally crafted in 1987 for use at the Kinetic Sculpture Grand Championships.
The primary school transport device during my kids primary school years.
A very low geared motor, solar panels and 48 feet of el wire for night time visibility was added for the 2013 Burning Man Adventure.
Our oldest son now shares it with his children.
Not nearly the same level of art as others ... great experience all the same.
Guess what trying to say is : Burning Man isn't all drugs a debauchery, yes that stuff does happen there but that's not what I went for.
And a cherished bike can survive just fine.
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Certified welder TIG, MIG, Stick, Oxy/Acetylene processes - aerospace, aircraft, structural steel, high pressure pipe.
CNC machining, 3D CAD modeling, 3D printing, CO2 laser cutting.
Composite design, fabrication and testing.
Recumbent bicycle frame fabrication for :
Rotator, Easy Racers, Lightning Cycle Dynamics, Catrike, Barcroft, Crank It, Ride Rite, Polo Bikes, Onya.

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