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    1mm is nothing if it is a steel fork. If it...

    1mm is nothing if it is a steel fork. If it isn't a steel fork, walk away. For front hub motors, stay with moderate power and speed, and use torque arms. If the fork breaks, you are going to hit...
  2. Thread: Go-Carlite?

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    Yeah, the kit is ok. Its not much different than...

    Yeah, the kit is ok. Its not much different than what i have. Not much of a climber or off road motor, it's benefit is its smaller size.
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    It is safe if the throttle is off. With the...

    It is safe if the throttle is off. With the throttle on, you are introducing a shock load to the system, and this is when things break. This is typically when you will snap the motor off the front...
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    You need a wiring diagram, and then you could...

    You need a wiring diagram, and then you could wire it up yourself. You only need 3 wires to use the throttle - in your case it looks like you need the red, black, and white.


    Here is the...
  5. "Cute" Q100 and Li-NiCoMn Li-Ion Cells (which are...

    "Cute" Q100 and Li-NiCoMn Li-Ion Cells (which are almost as light as LiPo)
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    Here are some other bikes: Vanmoot ...

    Here are some other bikes:

    Vanmoot



    http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e66531918480027dd0fa77ccbc5d0ed4/200122783/vanmoof-10-electrified.jpg

    Fat tire bikes (Felt)...
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    I kinda like my two bikes (road and mountain) ...

    I kinda like my two bikes (road and mountain)

    http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=315736&d=1368115846
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  8. That sounds right, as I recall. I built a...

    That sounds right, as I recall.

    I built a "specialized Turbo" from starting with a $600 Specialized Langster. It has the same basic specs as the above bike, but using 19lb bike + 5lb motor +...
  9. Thread: Velib in Paris

    by chas58
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    For Europe (or any country around the world), I...

    For Europe (or any country around the world), I just get a local SIM card and stick it in my phone. Cost $10-$20 (depending on the country) for about 1Gig of data + voice for 3-4 weeks. Worry free...
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    panniers and wind are a bad combo. if getting...

    panniers and wind are a bad combo. if getting aero is important to you, wouldn't investing in a decent set of panniers that are easy to put on/take off a good solution? I tend not to use the...
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    Well, carleton puts down more torque than I do. ...

    Well, carleton puts down more torque than I do. Still, put any bike nose first into a wall and torque the pedals. The bike frame will twist (probably the crank arms too). Its just a matter of how...
  12. In my case with a regular day job, any time I can...

    In my case with a regular day job, any time I can put on the bike is great. It gets me on the bike 4-5 times a week just for commute (plus any track time or longer distance club rides). Actually,...
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    Idunno. I found steel sapped my power. Any time...

    Idunno. I found steel sapped my power. Any time I had to jump or accelerate hard it was just hard to keep it going. With a stiff modern track bike I could accelerate and keep riding. Handling was...
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    The problem is you need a "slow speed" motor that...

    The problem is you need a "slow speed" motor that is efficient at 8-10mph for going up hill, but that motor will do nothing for you on the flats (at say 20mph). (google the hill topper ebike kit)
    ...
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    bike and motor are cheap. the battery is where...

    bike and motor are cheap. the battery is where the $$$ is at. Budget $500++ for batteries (maybe more if you really want to do 30mph).
    These are reliable batteries from a good vendor: PingBattery...
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    Ha, I am so out of shape by January. With DST...

    Ha, I am so out of shape by January. With DST ending, my fitness already started going down hill..
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    +1 Sounds good. I'm sure you can accelerate...

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    Sounds good. I'm sure you can accelerate and brake faster with the lower gearing too.

    Really, 130 is plenty fast. for most people there is no need to spin faster than that (one possible...
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    Good point. There are a lot of variables to...

    Good point. There are a lot of variables to consider.

    It takes a lot of practice to get proficient at high cadence. I may be doing 90-100 on a fast road ride, 130-150 on the velodrome, 50-60...
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    Pretty cool. Now your famous!

    Pretty cool. Now your famous!
  20. Uh, yeah, it was a lot, lot different in the...

    Uh, yeah, it was a lot, lot different in the '90s.

    Here is an interesting video about Detroit bike culture that was just posted by Autoblog of all things:

    Detroit Bike Culture | Translogic -...
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    I put the Atom over either shoulder. Typically I...

    I put the Atom over either shoulder. Typically I favor the left shoulder. Both the Atom and the Timbuk2 bags have a cross strap to keep the bag in place when biking. That is a key feature for me.
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    Good idea! Really, mashing a big gear may feel...

    Good idea!

    Really, mashing a big gear may feel fast, but your average speed and ability to maintain speed (without wearing yourself out) is going to be best at a cadence that puts you at 90-100...
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    Good point about the quality and construction of...

    Good point about the quality and construction of the tire making the biggest difference.
    I have ridden quality tires (gator skin or equivelant) from 23 to 32 mm. Personally on a commute I can’t...
  24. It is weird how much better Detroit is than the...

    It is weird how much better Detroit is than the suburbs (where people just run you off the road), and weird how a group rides that may have had 20 people on it a year ago now have thousands of...
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    I'm impressed!

    I'm impressed!
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