The Mongoose E-Snare.
Well, ok, it's starting off as a Mongoose Snare from Walmart. Actually not a bad bike for the money. Got it for $229.00. It has Altus ders, 8s shifters, and Promax front and rear disc brakes. The seat is also pretty comfy.
However, many things will need to be changed.
1. I will need new heavy duty street tires. Michelin City are good for all weather, especially rain.
2. I need to remove the rear brake, and install a V-brake.
3. The rims are single wall, so I'll need to add extra tape around the rim to protect the tubes. The wheel is finally rebuilt, and ready for a new freewheel.
4. I am getting differant handlebars for my lights, and they will also be riser bars. I think I may get away from the flatbars. I'm looking for a more upright position. We'll see. FB's are pretty slick though.
5. I broke my 8s freewheel, so I had to order a new one.
6. Fenders enroute.
7. Installed my own 52t triple Shimano crank.
8. I also need to build a reinforcing rack to support the existing seatpost rack I have. The battery box weighs 35lbs, and I need some panniers as well. I was looking at the nice Axiom seatpost rack, which is rated for 55lbs, but it raised the battery box up too high for me to use it effectively. The seat would get in the way of the lid when I opened it, so I opted to use my old Performance Trans-It rack, and build a very Heavy duty reinforcement rack that bolts to the double seat tubes around the suspension spring.
Here's my current progress.
My custom rack. It has two long 3/4" steel angle iron for the main supports, and uses 3/4" square aluminum for the pannier supports. The back of it uses a 2" wide piece of 1/8" aluminum stock, to mount my rear blinkie and hold it all together. It weighs about 4lbs, but is VERY strong. The seatpost rack will bolt to the top of it, making one big rack. The steel angle iron was cut and brazed to fit. The aluminum is all cut, and bolted together with JB Weld gluing all the joints together, making it a permanent one piece rack.
My bar, full of pieces/parts.