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08-09-10, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I will state this again. Any e-bike enthusiast...

I will state this again. Any e-bike enthusiast who thinks there is a federal law that treats e-bikes as bicycles for purposes of operation is simply wrong. Prior to 2002, the National Highway...
08-02-10, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 846
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Having experimented with solar for recharging...

Having experimented with solar for recharging while I owned an RV, I'm sorry to say that the technology is still lagging, just like battery technology. You're rarely going to reach the specs cited...
08-02-10, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Welcome. I would suggest that you go to the...

Welcome. I would suggest that you go to the non-hub motor forums at Endless Sphere. http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=28&sid=002cc73740de6a3cb14262c2313cd526 I think you could do...
07-30-10, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By nwmtnbkr

LOL, still no envy--I paid $279 for my Currie...

LOL, still no envy--I paid $279 for my Currie conversion kit (has 1 SLA battery pack), which I added to my mountain bike. I retired to the far northern US Rockies--I'm west of Glacier National...
07-30-10, 04:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By nwmtnbkr

LOL, no envy because I love my e-bike, especially...

LOL, no envy because I love my e-bike, especially since I built a LIFEPO4 pack for it this spring. Glad you're enjoying your new purchase. It looks like your bike uses NIMH batteries, per the specs...
07-30-10, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By nwmtnbkr

9V is a huge plus in my book. I made the mistake...

9V is a huge plus in my book. I made the mistake of buying a wheel light last year that runs on button cells. It has no on/off switch and the cells last all of 3 days. They're very expensive to...
07-29-10, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I'm looking at the dual orange/blue set of fins,...

I'm looking at the dual orange/blue set of fins, which is right around $35 for all three. They've got a new single, 1-color light for right under $20. This is the page that describes the fins and...
07-29-10, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Has anyone used N-Vision/Flexpro bicycle wheel lights.

Since we're almost to August and winter darkness will encroach all too soon, I've been thinking of improved side visibility for riding during the dark winter months. I don't want to pay a fortune or...
07-26-10, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 806
Posted By nwmtnbkr

krovvy litso Unfortunately, the Currie...

krovvy litso

Unfortunately, the Currie conversion kit isn't going to be an option for your folder. I believe you have 20-inch wheels. The motor wheel on the Currie kit is a 26-inch wheel. It's...
07-26-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By nwmtnbkr

OP really needs to contact his local DMV. Since...

OP really needs to contact his local DMV. Since New Jersey treats all e-bikes as mopeds, the biggest obstacle may be the requirement to get title. However, given the fact that electric trikes...
07-25-10, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By nwmtnbkr

One of the big issues for China is that the...

One of the big issues for China is that the government may have waited too long to decide they need to develop internal consumerism rather than rely on the export engine to drive its economy. ...
07-25-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,424
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Welcome. First, determine whether your fork is...

Welcome. First, determine whether your fork is aluminum or steel. If it's aluminum, you'll need to replace it with steel or install a rear hub wheel; aluminum drop outs can fail without warning and...
07-24-10, 06:49 PM
Replies: 1,073
Views: 198,429
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I went on a ride in the forest to test out my new...

I went on a ride in the forest to test out my new tires. I had a flat several weeks ago and realized how badly worn the tread on my back tire was so I decided to buy new. I found Sweetskinz on sale...
07-24-10, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By nwmtnbkr

That one was made by Lightfoot Cycles in Montana....

That one was made by Lightfoot Cycles in Montana. Unfortunately, due to the poor economy, they've shelved it. Here's a video of it in action. FYI, they're selling the demo unit for $3400 (cycle...
07-24-10, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By nwmtnbkr

If you've got deep pockets, there are a number of...

If you've got deep pockets, there are a number of velomobiles with electric power assist. Here's just one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbHDZMrHwW4
07-23-10, 02:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,124
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Just hunt for a shop with longtail cargo bikes...

Just hunt for a shop with longtail cargo bikes like the Big Dummy or Yuba Mundo. When you find one, take a test ride. Then, based on your priorities and budget, pick one. Good luck.
07-23-10, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I'm afraid the situation in Paris my be repeated...

I'm afraid the situation in Paris my be repeated elsewhere since all the models try to cut down costs by using automated kiosks. This just begs for theft and vandalism. The other problem in the...
07-23-10, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By nwmtnbkr

In some of the photos of bigger loads attached to...

In some of the photos of bigger loads attached to the bicycle, rather than loaded on a trailer, the bikes are being pushed, not ridden. Still hard work. I suspect Vietnam and other Asian countries...
07-23-10, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 722
Posted By nwmtnbkr

There could be a speed limiter on your electric...

There could be a speed limiter on your electric motor. If you got any kind of instructions, check them to see if they mention a speed limiter.
07-23-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,569
Posted By nwmtnbkr

There are a number of ready-made e-bikes that...

There are a number of ready-made e-bikes that have a mid-train drive, described by DA. For example, here's an electric version of the IGH model from Day 6 (the Journey) with a mid-train drive similar...
07-22-10, 09:57 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,154
Posted By nwmtnbkr

George, Don't be too over confident. At...

George,

Don't be too over confident. At least one Canadian blogger who put a Bionx system on his Devinici Wellington had issues with the controller after riding in heavy rains. Moisture in the...
07-21-10, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 725
Posted By nwmtnbkr

The drop outs on aluminum forks can fail without...

The drop outs on aluminum forks can fail without any warning signs, causing the front wheel to come off (even with torque arms). Even steel forks can fail over time, just read posts at the Endless...
07-21-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By nwmtnbkr

New Jersey classifies pedal bikes with assist...

New Jersey classifies pedal bikes with assist motors as mopeds. They have to be inspected, licensed and insured. The rider must be at least 15 years of age and have a license. In order to pass...
07-20-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Congratulations! That's a nice rig.

Congratulations! That's a nice rig.
07-20-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Angie, I suspect the issue with your front...

Angie,

I suspect the issue with your front wheel could be a mis-adjustment of the headset at the shop--shakiness is often a symptom of the headset being too loose. One way to confirm that the...
07-20-10, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,218
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I've never seen one in person and I've only seen...

I've never seen one in person and I've only seen 1 online. I've seen more hybrids online that have both electric and gasoline motors, not a gasoline genertor. The only e-bike with a gasoline...
07-17-10, 10:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Welcome and congratulations on your weight loss...

Welcome and congratulations on your weight loss to date. With your attitude and regular exercise, you should reach your goal. Most importantly, if you make permanent changes to your eating habits...
07-17-10, 06:34 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,154
Posted By nwmtnbkr

They are giving the most cautious advice. You...

They are giving the most cautious advice. You will need to take some steps to water proof your e-bike before riding in rain. (Riding in an extremely heavy down pour might not be a good idea.) ...
07-16-10, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 958
Posted By nwmtnbkr

If the wheel isn't want to move, I'm also...

If the wheel isn't want to move, I'm also wondering if your rear brakes need readjusting. If one or both sides are too tight, it will lock up the rear wheel.
07-14-10, 11:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 842
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Very nice. It's a wonderful photo, too.

Very nice. It's a wonderful photo, too.
07-14-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 33,292
Posted By nwmtnbkr

That looks like it could be an Xtreme electric...

That looks like it could be an Xtreme electric scooter. If so, it uses a 350W motor. It sounds like the rear clutch might need to be replaced; if the chain turns but the scooter won't move, it's...
07-14-10, 11:09 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

da, You could also send a PM to SpeedEbikes...

da,

You could also send a PM to SpeedEbikes on the Endless Sphere forum if you don't want to post your question in the Celllog thread. He was on of the early e-bike adopters of the CellLog and...
07-13-10, 05:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

LOL. No, you have real skills, as evidenced by...

LOL. No, you have real skills, as evidenced by the work on your various e-bikes. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I look at your mods for inspiration. The local I referenced...
07-13-10, 04:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

da, The hub motor on her model is on the...

da,

The hub motor on her model is on the rear wheel. I really think that the installation or adjustment of the front fork at the bike shop may have caused the problems. It's really hit-or-miss...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-10, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 758
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Since you aren't selling your vehicle, do you...

Since you aren't selling your vehicle, do you really want to drop insurance coverage? That would mean you couldn't legally drive it in a pinch, say to run one of your children to the doctor's...
07-13-10, 11:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

da, Her bike comes with a 36V Li-ION...

da,

Her bike comes with a 36V Li-ION battery, not SLA. It's a 500W hub motor too, not the chain-drive motors that we have. She should be able to get speeds of 15-17 MPH. Going up a hill,...
07-12-10, 02:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Angie, I'm sorry that you're not happy with...

Angie,

I'm sorry that you're not happy with the power. Do you have a computer on it yet to read your speed and keep track of distance traveled? An e-bike won't have the power of a scooter with...
07-12-10, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By nwmtnbkr

You can build a 24V 20AH Thundersky LIFEPO4 pack...

You can build a 24V 20AH Thundersky LIFEPO4 pack that will slide into the rear rack of your Izip for slightly under $300 for everything--the cells, building material (Starboard marine plastic),...
07-08-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,092
Posted By nwmtnbkr

groceries, When did you buy yours? The...

groceries,

When did you buy yours? The review and comments in the link you posted are from November, 2009. From your earlier posts, I though you've only had the bike for several weeks.

I...
Forum: Touring
07-07-10, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 797
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Be prepared for the worst case scenario.

I live on the Northern Tier route in the US. I live about 9 miles outside a very small town, that at least has a small hospital with a heliport that can get people to a bigger trauma center. ...
07-06-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,092
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I added a rack (it's actually a rear rack) to the...

I added a rack (it's actually a rear rack) to the front of my bike. I don't find my bike hard to handle when the front rack is in use. I love having the ability of carrying extra cargo. I often use...
07-06-10, 12:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,112
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I would agree, but I'd also add that your riding...

I would agree, but I'd also add that your riding environment plays a huge role in wheel choice, too. In the warmer months, I ride unpaved forest roads that often aren't in the best shape. I'd not...
07-06-10, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Since there is more time to prepare for the...

Since there is more time to prepare for the demonstration, may I suggest that your group look at incorporating some data in any handouts that may be produced that shows how efficient electric bikes...
07-05-10, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Welcome, Having owned an RV and having...

Welcome,

Having owned an RV and having installed solar panels on it, let me warn you that thinking you can charge your e-bike batteries via solar panels is probably still too optimistic. The...
07-05-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,171
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Angie, I hope you don't have to wait until...

Angie,

I hope you don't have to wait until fall. Hopefully, Currie will get a replacement mailed out to you this week. In the meantime, can you scrounge a free one to use to ride until the new...
07-04-10, 03:20 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,154
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Jim, If you need to buy a new seat for her,...

Jim,

If you need to buy a new seat for her, I will attest to the Avenir saddle I have, made for women.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/313b%2BdXqbOL._SS500_.jpg

It's on sale at Amazon....
07-03-10, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By nwmtnbkr

I use a 3/4" P clamp, a long 3/4" screw with some...

I use a 3/4" P clamp, a long 3/4" screw with some locking nuts and a Velbon Quick Release system that I already owned. Use a P-clamp that's small enough so you can get it tightened completely. The...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 05:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,003
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Although the velocars from 1930's Europe, built...

Although the velocars from 1930's Europe, built upon recumbent trikes, weren't really aerodynamic, they provided an affordable means of transportation for families who couldn't afford expensive autos...
07-02-10, 05:03 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,154
Posted By nwmtnbkr

The vacation sounds nice, too bad your wife was...

The vacation sounds nice, too bad your wife was intimidated by the mountains, even with an e-bike. I love having the e-bike in the mountains here. Glad you got to relax. Hopefully, you'll ride the...
07-02-10, 02:50 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,154
Posted By nwmtnbkr

Angie, Sorry to hear that you lost so much...

Angie,

Sorry to hear that you lost so much money. Maybe you'll discover you just misplaced it and that it's not really lost. I'm glad to hear your bike arrived safe and sound. Hopefully, the...
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