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    I am building a electric bike from a kit I bought on eBay for $219 free shipping. With a 36V 250 watt motor. I got a lead acid nine amp hour battery for $57 with shipping $80. Fairly easy to build. The problem I’m having is it has aluminum rim and the brake pads severely scored the rims. Is there a special Bike brake pad for aluminum rims and does anyone know what I can do to fix the damage rims? They are scored pretty deep and sharp I only rode it one day, but didn’t notice how badly the rim was being scored.

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    Looking good, keep up the good work there, how does your bike perform, once thing you have to consider when building your own e bike is the weight and chunky batteries and wiring. Doesnt usually look as good as a factory made e bike

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    So nice for keeping recording. like it.

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    excellent videos...

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    what I can do to fix the damage rims?
    Replace the damaged rim with a New One.

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    Two years later, an update

    Just thought I'd check in to say with another year in the books, this bike continues to be 100% reliable every time we take it out.
    My wife loves it, and I love it too, because it makes our rides together very enjoyable.
    The only tweak I've made is to install a stabilizing spring on the fork to keep it from flopping over when parked.



    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard.

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    Well, fantastic topic to be honest. These videos are quiet helpful and informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andersson121 View Post
    Well, fantastic topic to be honest. These videos are quiet helpful and informative.
    Thank you. The bike is still working great, no issues mechanically or with the electrics.
    I have built a standard front wheel with matching rim that I can swap in for transporting long distances on the bike rack, and to try and wean my wife off the electric motor a bit at a time.
    In a matter of a few minutes, I can swap in the electric wheel, strap on the battery and it's an e bike again.

    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard.

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    Great Videos Dan
    I'm building up a yuba Mundo with a BMC V3 48V rear hub that is almost new. I love the kill switch idea since I really don't want to run another set of brake levers.... thanks for the idea! Any experience with ordering batteries with built in controllers from over seas? Thoughts on Lithium ion vs lifepo4? Appreciate your time Donny

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    As I explained in one of the earlier videos, I am discarding the brake lever with the kill switch built in, and wiring a separate kill switch on the handlebars. The reason being, the lever is junk, but it does seem a good idea to to be able to cut the power in case it stuck on.
    I was simply going to wire an on off switch in place of the lever, but was surprised to learn that pulling the lever actually closes the circuit rather than opening it. This means that the safety overide actually relies on a power supply rather than cutting power. Hardly seems fail safe to me.
    So, I went with the original plan, and connected the cable to bypass the key switch instead as I had done on the earlier conversion.
    Is it common to have safety overides that function by supplying power, and if so, why?

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    PS Nice tip on the WD 40

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    Quote Originally Posted by beoutside View Post
    Great Videos Dan
    I'm building up a yuba Mundo with a BMC V3 48V rear hub that is almost new. I love the kill switch idea since I really don't want to run another set of brake levers.... thanks for the idea! Any experience with ordering batteries with built in controllers from over seas? Thoughts on Lithium ion vs lifepo4? Appreciate your time Donny
    Thanks for the comments.
    I'm still shopping for batteries. Looks like lifepo4 is the way to go.
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard.

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    Time for an update.
    I've replaced the 7 ah SLA battery pack with a 10 ah Lifepo4 pack. I did not change anything else. The first trip out, I did 16km all on the battery, only pedaling to get enough speed for the motor to engage.
    Lots of power, and no sign of diminishing at the end of the ride.



    The battery pack came complete with a slide and lock mount.

    Last edited by Dan Burkhart; 08-04-15 at 06:41 PM.
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard.

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