chas58 wrote:nice bike. Reminds me of my 29b super commuter! Can't you putbigger tires on there? I like 32mm tires, but 28 is the biggest I can fit on my bike. Still, with 50% more volume than a 23mm tires, and the ability to easily run 80psi, you might find it addresses some of your shanking problems.
The ride quality problems I have are due to the quality (or lack there of) of the pavements that I ride on. I took another close look and I might be able to fit 32mm wide tires in the rear triangle but it would be a very close call. I chose the Red Label Thickslicks because they were the lightest tire that I could find. This was the only size they were available in at the time. I have seen them advertise/listed in 25 and 28 mm but I have never seen them 'in stock'. I have been very pleased with them. The replacement seat has resolved much of my personal ride quality problems but I still get home with half my eggs scrambled
chas58 wrote:I blew out two controllers in a bag years ago, before putting the controller out in the fresh air. That has worked fine since then.
I will be mounting the new controller directly to the steering stem and in the open air. However I made it all the way through a hot Houston summer without encountering any serious heat problems. Keep in mind that my longest rides have been less than 7 miles round trip with a stop in the middle to purchase groceries.
I like your tag line "25^3 bike: 25 lbs, 25 mph, 25 mile range". I am going for something like 25^2 bike: 25 mph, 25 mile range on my current build but I think the weight will be closer to 50 pounds.