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    Ideal Bike for Those Steep Uphill Climbs (Never Get off Your Bike and Walk Again)


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    Worthless cr*p.

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    What they fail to tell you is how heavy the bike becomes with the lead-acid battery pack and the electric hub motor.

    I built something similar for my wife using a kit and a Specialized Hard Rock aluminum MTB bike. Altogether the bike probably weighs about 60lbs. Add the rider and a steep hill and you will find yourself dead in the water less than half way up the climb. It just can't pull that much weight.
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    It's not even "classic" or "vintage". WTF, mate?
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    Maybe its a Vintage thought

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    I'm guessing the 15 mile range is optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twobadfish View Post
    I'm guessing the 15 mile range is optimistic.
    When the batteries are new and the rider weighs less than 100lbs.
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    Built by "Lee Liacocca's" company. Got to love it.

    I find every bike I own can make it up ANY hill, no matter how steep. Its just the rider that can't make it. So that's where I need the improvement. Apparently, there is nothing wrong with my bike(s). But that old guy mounted on it, he has problems.

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    No, this is what you need :


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    Don't scoff. Electric bicycles are becoming seriously useful. They're not for me, and they're not for everyone, but they're catching on, after many false starts.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Don't scoff. Electric bicycles are becoming seriously useful. They're not for me, and they're not for everyone, but they're catching on, after many false starts.
    I can agree to that. I'm sure they will improve in leaps and bounds over the next decade. I have no interest in them now at age 28... but who knows what the future holds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    No, this is what you need :

    That picture is so seriously funny to me. It looks like the drivetrain is backwards to me, with a freewheel the size of a crank and a crank the size of a freewheel. I love that you did that... only if to prove that you could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    No, this is what you need :
    I was expecting to see use of a Suntour 36t cog in this thread.

    Mind you, you could have found a smaller granny gear

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    I opened this thread expecting to see some thoughtful discussion of gearing, bike weight, wheel/tire diameter and maybe even crank length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    I opened this thread expecting to see some thoughtful discussion of gearing, bike weight, wheel/tire diameter and maybe even crank length.
    Wrong again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    I was expecting to see use of a Suntour 36t cog in this thread.

    Mind you, you could have found a smaller granny gear

    -Kurt
    That's a 38T and I have a 26T Biopace granny I *could* put on it but that would be ridiculous 26/38? Hahaha!

    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    That picture is so seriously funny to me. It looks like the drivetrain is backwards to me, with a freewheel the size of a crank and a crank the size of a freewheel. I love that you did that... only if to prove that you could.
    I know...but actually as it worked out it's 10 very nice, equally spaced ratios in the five 13-28 cogs and 50/45. And 45/28 is a fairly low gear too. Throw in the 28/28 and 28/38, haha. While I did initially do it to prove it, I plan on leaving it, why not? One of these days I'll find a paved 45 degree incline somewhere to try to go up

    Incidentally, I can shift the 50/38 too...that was a requirement as I didn't want to have any chance of a bad combo.

    Here's the gearing as it sits:



    And what the heck, with the 26T granny thrown in and a slight update for tire size:



    Hahaha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    I opened this thread expecting to see some thoughtful discussion of gearing, bike weight, wheel/tire diameter and maybe even crank length.
    On THIS forum?!?!?

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    18.5"(!) That's like Big Wheel gearing.
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    Blah.....the old Solex motors hung on a front wheel will leave those E-hubs in the dust....well in a cloud of blue smoke anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    I opened this thread expecting to see some thoughtful discussion of gearing, bike weight, wheel/tire diameter and maybe even crank length.
    Colonel, sorry to disappoint! I have to say, more than anyone else on this forum, sometimes you just crack me up with your humor! Always highly entertaining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    I have no interest in them now at age 28... but who knows what the future holds.
    I have no interest in them, either, and I'm 50.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    now that I have a 34/32, I don't think there are too many hills I'll be tempted to walk up. The rider of lower quality e-bikes like in the OP may not even be able to push them up some of the hills I can ride up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    That's a 38T and I have a 26T Biopace granny I *could* put on it but that would be ridiculous
    My mistake - I fully intended to say 26T.

    Maybe you can swap for an MTB crankset and gear it even lower - though you'll probably start stripping cog teeth by then.

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