Cresh's Commuter

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Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jun 16 2013 9:44pm

Hello all,

its been over one year that I've been commuting with my Ebike, so thought i'd share my ride. Its nothing new, all ideas came from reading others builds.

specs are mac 7T rear motor, 12fet controller, 11.5AH A123 triangle battery pack in falconev frame bag.
Half twist throttle is what i prefer, the full twist throttle gave me a terrible case of elbow pain that never went away. couldnt seem to get the handle on holding the throttle while peddling...

My objective was to build a reliable commuter that i could take on the bike path, and ride in city traffic easily.

Here was the bike i chose, mainly because it was sitting in my garage unused. 2003 giant Yukon.
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Here is what it looks like now
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I put a schwalbe marathon tire on the front, and big apple on the rear.

I have a 16 mile commute into the city (Washington DC) from the Virginia suburbs. I use about 6AH on the way in and recharge at work and then another 16 miles home. Its been working out very nicely.

Motor and torque arm:
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Controller on top of rear fender, underneath rack:
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Cycle analyst:
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throttle, 3 speed switch, regen button and cutoff. Too bad regen doesnt work on the MAC!
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7 speed shifter on left side:
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And, since its been raining here lately, here is the how my bike gets cleaned
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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by deffx » Jun 17 2013 3:05am

Very nice looking and functional commuter you got there. I take it its 48v? 16 miles one way is a fair trip, funny how it was sitting in the shed and you would not dream of commuting 16 miles on it pedal powered, but hey add a nice mac and its no problem. well done

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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jun 17 2013 4:41pm

Thanks! Yes it is 48 volt. 16s5p, I have set the amp limit to 40amp on the cycle analyst.

16 mile commute on ebike - 50 minutes.
Same commute via car or public transport - 1:20 on average. Plus, I don't pay parking fee and I get the best spot in the garage. I just wonder why more people aren't doing this.
I need to replace my broken adappto max-e.

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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jun 18 2013 8:05pm

Saw some wildlife on the bike trail this morning. I love the reaction of the kid in front of me.

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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by DAND214 » Jun 18 2013 8:29pm

throttle, 3 speed switch, regen button and cutoff. Too bad regen doesnt work on the MAC!
On my mac the green button is Cruise. If wired as Paul sent it should be cruise.

That's a nice ride to work!

Dan

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Post by Cresh » Jun 18 2013 8:54pm

You are correct, the green button below the 3 speed switch is cruise. The green button below the cutoff switch is regen, I think... Haven't tested it yet with a DD motor.
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Post by Cresh » Jun 19 2013 5:47pm

My messy charging station.
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Just received a couple of new chargers from cell man.
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Post by Cresh » Jun 19 2013 10:30pm

How I start my morning.

http://youtu.be/OG6WNQvVrIw
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Post by Cresh » Jun 21 2013 10:50am

Charging station at work
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Post by Supertux1 » Jun 22 2013 1:41pm

Your build looks great! Funny how we almost built the same thing at the same time. I really like the battery in the frame, it's very well balanced which is important at high speed.

Last night I was unfortunate enough to get caught in a downpour and everything held up just fine, the controller had a few drops on it but mostly dry thanks to the fenders and pannier bags. Battery was bone dry.
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Post by Cresh » Jun 23 2013 2:36pm

Supertux1 wrote:Your build looks great! Funny how we almost built the same thing at the same time. I really like the battery in the frame, it's very well balanced which is important at high speed.

Last night I was unfortunate enough to get caught in a downpour and everything held up just fine, the controller had a few drops on it but mostly dry thanks to the fenders and pannier bags. Battery was bone dry.
thanks! I've been caught in quite a few downpours and so far no problems. if i know its going to rain, i'll put something to cover the throttle just in case. I think the controller is mostly covered by the fender and bag, so it shouldnt be letting much water in.

Short video of me racing a 50cc scooter.

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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jun 24 2013 11:43am

Finally got to replace the original fork with another slightly used fork from my other bike. Some of the threads in the disk mount broke off, so I figured better be safe than have the front brakes fail at 30mph.
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Not much grease remaining in the bearings.
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Post by Cresh » Jun 27 2013 7:52pm

Part two of my commute to work. I'm lucky that most of the time I am on bike infrastructure.

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Post by Cresh » Jun 27 2013 7:56pm

Short off road detour tonight on the way home.

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Post by DAND214 » Jun 28 2013 12:00am

I love the second half to work video.
I guess they can't read there either, BIKE PATH and they drive or park cars and trucks on them.

Never been stopped to or from work? sure looks like a lot of fun Ebiking to work. relaxing going and returnig from work, it's gotta help the day go wello, knowing that you are going to enjoy the ride home.

Just great!

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Post by Cresh » Jun 28 2013 8:46am

Cars see the bike lane as a nice spot to park, we can just go around them right?

Never been stopped. In Virginia and DC it's legal to ride on the road and bike lanes without license or insurance, so I never get hassled. The only grey area of the law is riding on the mup. There is however one other ebiker in DC who is slightly faster than me so I'm not too worried! :-)
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Post by Cresh » Jul 08 2013 9:55pm

After a week off relaxing, I have to go back to work...

Good thing i wasn't driving a car. All it takes is one lane blocked, and all hell breaks loose. Angry drivers pretty much ignore the bike lane.

I do love drafting behind a truck though.

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Post by Cresh » Jul 11 2013 7:27pm

Had a nice commute home today. I love it when I can transition from bike path, to street, and back to bike path without any problems. This is why I commute on my ebike, and not a scooter or motorcycle.

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Post by Supertux1 » Jul 12 2013 3:01pm

Depending on your state law and which particular officer friendly wants to stop you, ebikes may or may not be considered 'motor vehicles.'

I happily ignore all signs like that because Wisconsin has laws that differentiate 'motor vehicle', 'motorcycle', 'moped' and 'motorized bicycle' with 'motorized bicycle' added within the last few years. They haven't yet been updated to say 'No Motorized Bicycles', no one really rides them around here. Most cops probably don't know the newer laws either, so I'm waiting to have that conversation... In the meantime I just try to stay stealth by being not too obvious, being courteous on the bike path, faux pedaling, coasting unpowered and real pedaling around crowded areas. Sometimes I get off and walk it on the sidewalk.

Another tip if you get into trouble is that the specifications for posting road signs and markers is defined in code and statutes and it can be easy to win in court based on the fact that whatever sign was there wasn't a legal by-the-books sign. Watch out for any of those 'No MotorIZED Vehicles' signs, which could very will apply to you.
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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jul 15 2013 8:21pm

Supertux1 wrote:In the meantime I just try to stay stealth by being not too obvious, being courteous on the bike path, faux pedaling, coasting unpowered and real pedaling around crowded areas. Sometimes I get off and walk it on the sidewalk.
Yep, I do the same and it's probably why nobody has complained about me riding a "motorized vehicle" on the trail. I'm probably a good example of why ebikes SHOULD be allowed on this particular trail because it is touted as an alternate route to commute to work. The only problem is that there are just enough hills that you have to be in great shape to do it every day without some "assist".
There have been a few people tell me that I'm breaking the rules, but I am cool with that. When I ride on the street I get honked and yelled at, and nearly run down. I'd rather have the former...
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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by majornelson » Jul 15 2013 10:09pm

There's no love in DC for bikes in general... and no one knows that an ebike is. Can't figure that one out.

Nice build, BTW. Looks like it rides and handles well. And watching you videos, makes you realize how much construction, accidents, deliveries stall all of our traffic around here.

I live and work in Bethesda so my commute is pretty short. I think that I've only seen one other ebike in the last five years. But whatever. I look forward to my ride to work and then home again every day that I can ride.
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Post by majornelson » Jul 15 2013 10:19pm

BTW, I think that whatever was the wildlife in the earlier video was on a suicide mission... and seemed to tumble out of it's tangle with the bike with the kid.

My latest encounter with wildlife was up at Deep Creek Lake over the 4th of July (western Maryland). Out on a country road, riding, when I saw (what I thought was) a very large black dog strolling down it. As I got closer I realized that it was a large black bear. But he had little interest in me and meandered off the road into the brush. I kept my distance and thumb on the throttle... ;)
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Post by Cresh » Jul 16 2013 7:19am

Some wildlife on the bike trail yesterday afternoon. I think there was a snakenado that deposited a bunch of these near my house.
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Post by majornelson » Jul 16 2013 8:08am

Funny! And it was damn hot yesterday...
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Re: Cresh's Commuter

Post by Cresh » Jul 17 2013 8:42pm

Very hot, strange commute home yesterday.

first I ran into this.



And then I ran into this.



I think the heat is getting to people.
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