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Old 03-07-09, 06:38 PM
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Schwinn Izip for $349

Canadian Tire is clearing their Schwinn Izips for $349. The sale goes until this thurs so don't wait to long to think about it.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...08474396673780

I bought the woman's bike last summer for my wife, and I've been using it for myself. Last night, I bought the men's frame for myself so the wife and I can go for rides together this summer.
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Old 03-08-09, 09:57 AM
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Great price... but these bikes is VERY OLD! They've probably been sitting around in a warehouse for years! Currie hasn't produced a Schwinn bike since 2006 (or earlier?). That wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that lead acid batteries decay rapidly when they sit uncharged. If the batteries aren't dead upon purchase, they're probably not going last very long...


I guess if you bought the bike for $349 and had to replace the batteries, it would still be a good deal. But just be aware, these batteries have been sitting a long time...
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Old 03-08-09, 09:08 PM
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I already have 2 sets of lead acid batteries from last August. And, I've built 2 more sets of batteries using the yardworks lithium ion batteries.

By, staying with the schwinn, I gain a 5th battery pack and I have to ability to share the battery packs and chargers between the 2 bikes.

Also, over time, i'll be able to sacrifice 1 bike to keep the other running. Ofcourse, i'll keep ordering replacement parts to repair the bike that is down.
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Old 03-09-09, 06:35 AM
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i allso found the walmart e-zip for $250 total canadian. but im not posting it till i get one first
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Old 03-09-09, 08:23 AM
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i allso found the walmart e-zip for $250 total canadian. but im not posting it till i get one first

is that a new bike? when I search the walmart.ca site, all I can find is a more expensive model, and it isn't stocked in all stores. Calgary Marborough mall is the only location in this area.
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Old 03-09-09, 11:30 AM
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no last years there missing a few screws. still new in the box. there not being sold by walmart. not sure how this guy got them.
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Old 03-09-09, 11:42 AM
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What can I say about the Canadian Tire Schwinn bike? Its American designed and will haul a Texan around, but, it sure isn’t a Veloteq! This is however, an electric-assist bike, where I’d call the Veloteq an electric moped/bike.
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Old 03-10-09, 04:00 AM
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I already have 2 sets of lead acid batteries from last August. And, I've built 2 more sets of batteries using the yardworks lithium ion batteries.

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Tell us more about the yardworks lithium ion. What is the cost? How difficult to build? How to make them compatible with different set-ups?
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Old 03-10-09, 12:41 PM
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Tell us more about the yardworks lithium ion. What is the cost? How difficult to build? How to make them compatible with different set-ups?
you are joking, right? guys like wasp and karma have posted about them dozens of times.
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Old 03-10-09, 12:45 PM
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check out post #35 on the "sticky thread for batteries" if your aren't joking.

best of wishes to you.
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Old 03-12-09, 03:52 AM
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check out post #35 on the "sticky thread for batteries" if your aren't joking.

best of wishes to you.
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No, I'm not joking. I have not read every single thread--not even every single sticky thread--in Bike Forums. I will look at the thread you suggested.
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Old 03-13-09, 10:51 PM
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looks like ct has there new line of bikes in

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/su...08474396673780
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Old 03-13-09, 10:53 PM
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wow lithium in my backyard sweet.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...ic+Bike++26-in.
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Old 03-14-09, 11:36 AM
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Is says it comes with a 20A fuse. Would that be enough to use with the current chain drive 24v motors? Maybe two in parallel to split the amperage?
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Old 03-14-09, 01:50 PM
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not sure what type of cells thay are. may not take more than 20a draw. i may pick one up to test.

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Old 03-14-09, 03:22 PM
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I'm more excited about the battery packs than the bikes. the bikes look like a redesign of the same technology.
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Old 03-14-09, 05:18 PM
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yup and the price is way to high.
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I know this thread is about Izip.. but someone mentioned Canadian Tire coming up with brand new ebikes and I wanted to take this opportunity to give it back to Schwinn for the horrendous product they built by making the Schwinn AL1020.

What I want to say here is: if you're a serious commuter don't get the AL1020.

Read my post review at Canadian tire site

Picture of my disastrous AL1020 experience are posted here.

This was my first ebike. I quickly learnt that the best way to go is to build my own and be in full control of which bike frame i'm going to rely on to carry me and the electric gear.

As for the iZip, my friend went out to get one and I tried it. It's loud as hell, because it has an external drive, and it has no shocks, which makes for a stiff ride. Shocks are very important when commuting. Get a bike with front and back shocks and it will make for a more comfy ride and save your components from rattling and eventually failing. If you buy a dual suspension mountian bike for about $100.00 (yes, you can get one at Walmart, it has plastic pedals, which are cheapo as hell, but you can change that later) and get a 36Volt kit (the one I built was a 48volt because I had a streak of vengeance in me after going through the 24Volt disaster of the AL1020) for a total of $600 .. you've got yourself something you can really go places with.

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i'm only interested in the battery of the new schwinn...as the bike only has a 180 watt motor
ct couldn't give me any info...would like to know the ah rate and what lithium make
if anyone want's dorel's number it's 18005441108 the ct # for the premise is 71-1564
also this is a 200 dollar bike without the ebike stuff
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the older izips for $350 is a darn affordable way to get started with ebikes. Personally, i've always wanted a hub motor, but now that I have the Izip, I plan on running this bike into the ground before replacing it., i'll just keep fixing it as long as there are replacement parts

BTW, Karma, I'm shocked to hear that your frame rusted out. In my part of the country, I've seen 30 year old bikes that haven't rusted out.
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i'm only interested in the battery of the new schwinn...as the bike only has a 180 watt motor
ct couldn't give me any info...would like to know the ah rate and what lithium make
if anyone want's dorel's number it's 18005441108 the ct # for the premise is 71-1564
also this is a 200 dollar bike without the ebike stuff
The website page lists it as a 24V 10 Ahr battery.

I'm using the yardworks as 20V 12 Ahr batteries. I guess in a sense, the yardworks are lower cost.

But if the new battery pack comes with the correct power socket, I'd have to admit that it might not be worth the soldering time to build my own battery packs.
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it would be a good idea for anyone with the izip to oil and seal the air hole under the controller box.
same tube that holds the kickstand. that's where the damage starts.
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I'm definitely going to take a closer look at that, if a dab of silicone can prevent some rust, I'm all for it.
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it would be a good idea for anyone with the izip to oil and seal the air hole under the controller box.
same tube that holds the kickstand. that's where the damage starts.
i wonder if your welding also sped up the rusting issue
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It could be a flux related issue. I don't know the details with mig welding but I can confirm that some fluxes on electronics circuit boards require washing to meet IPC standards. The fluxes don't cause corrosion, but create an envirement that allows corosion to establish itself faster.
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