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Forum: Commuting
07-19-16, 03:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,580
Posted By Arcanum

I've been using an inexpensive ultrasonic cleaner...

I've been using an inexpensive ultrasonic cleaner filled with Simple Green, then rinsing in plain water and drying in the oven. It works great. Way easier and less messy than those spinny mechanical...
06-16-16, 12:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,796
Posted By Arcanum

I wear some Chippewa waterproof insulated work...

I wear some Chippewa waterproof insulated work boots. They work pretty well.
06-10-16, 11:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,142
Posted By Arcanum

2old, etc.: The BBSxx drives use a cadence sensor...

2old, etc.: The BBSxx drives use a cadence sensor for pedal assist. If the pedals aren't spinning, there's no power. Possibly worse, if you're pedaling slowly you get less assist than if you pedal...
06-07-16, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By Arcanum

This is the build I did back in February: Fat...

This is the build I did back in February: Fat Bike + BBSHD: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together | ELECTRICBIKE.COM...
06-02-16, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,705
Posted By Arcanum

My understanding is that the qr skewer limitation...

My understanding is that the qr skewer limitation is less one of immediate failure, and more a matter of metal fatigue eventually leading to failure.

In that case, you can get by without a solid...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-16, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,219
Posted By Arcanum

Yup, as my tires approach a bald state, they...

Yup, as my tires approach a bald state, they become more likely to get punctured. Usually I know it's time to replace them when a limestone chip manages to work its way through and give me a slow...
05-22-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 19,027
Posted By Arcanum

I just bought a couple of these: Alemany Bike...

I just bought a couple of these: Alemany Bike Pannier - Best Bike Grocery Pannier | Timbuk2 Bags (http://www.timbuk2.com/alemany-bicycle-pannier/685-3-5503.html)

They may just be the best...
05-09-16, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,146
Posted By Arcanum

There's definitely a trade-off. You lose some...

There's definitely a trade-off. You lose some traction with wide tires, but gain a bunch of stability.
05-09-16, 02:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,511
Posted By Arcanum

Having done a number of winters with 700x40...

Having done a number of winters with 700x40 studded tires, and a (mild) winter on a fat bike with ~4.6" studded tires (I did an electric conversion in January):

Narrower studded tires are great...
05-08-16, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,146
Posted By Arcanum

Fat studded tires are a thing, and IMO are the...

Fat studded tires are a thing, and IMO are the way to go for hardcore winter commuting. The studs provide traction on ice and hardpack, while the wide, soft tires provide stability and float on...
05-03-16, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,146
Posted By Arcanum

Another vote for mid-drive, and definitely a fat...

Another vote for mid-drive, and definitely a fat bike for snow. Unfortunately most places in the EU are limited to 250W or 350W.
05-01-16, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,400
Posted By Arcanum

Looks like the battery is separate. If a kit...

Looks like the battery is separate. If a kit doesn't explicitly call out that it comes with a particular battery pack, it's not going to come with one. A decent pack is typically around 50% of the...
05-01-16, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,246
Posted By Arcanum

LiPos can be used, but like 2old said, lately...

LiPos can be used, but like 2old said, lately they are being avoided due to their relative fragility and volatility. They're easily punctured, leading to toxic fire and/or explosion, and can be...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-16, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,177
Posted By Arcanum

ESI Extra Chunky grips for my Jones H-bars: ...

ESI Extra Chunky grips for my Jones H-bars: Grips ESI 8.25" Extra Chunky (for H-Bar 710) - Jones Bikes (http://www.jonesbikes.com/grips-esi-8-25-extra-chunky-for-h-bar-710/)

There are also...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-16, 09:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,269
Posted By Arcanum

I used to swap to studded tires on my commuter...

I used to swap to studded tires on my commuter bike every year around Thanksgiving, then swap back some time in March. This past winter I bought a fat bike, converted it to electric, and ran studded...
04-18-16, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By Arcanum

For that kind of range and speed at anything...

For that kind of range and speed at anything remotely close to your goal price, you're looking at DIY. Take a look at the BBSHD (1000W nominal) and Cyclone (3000W nominal) mid-drives with a 52V,...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-16, 12:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,928
Posted By Arcanum

Under normal circumstances, on relatively smooth,...

Under normal circumstances, on relatively smooth, clean, crack-and-hole-free surfaces, the stability difference between different bike types will be minimal.

As the surface gets worse, the worse...
04-01-16, 08:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,018
Posted By Arcanum

Setting aside the issue of it seemingly being a...

Setting aside the issue of it seemingly being a solution in search of a problem:

It would increase the size of the mid-drive unit, making mounting and chain alignment more difficult. It would...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-16, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,246
Posted By Arcanum

I used them on my commuter for a while, until...

I used them on my commuter for a while, until they wore out and I couldn't easily get replacements. I liked them in 700x35c. I think I had the "Pro" (kevlar bead) version, though. They rolled...
03-15-16, 08:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,325
Posted By Arcanum

The BioLite stove, while neat for...

The BioLite stove, while neat for trickle-charging cell phones, doesn't produce nearly enough power to charge an ebike. A couple watts continuously, meaning it would take about 250 hours to charge a...
03-15-16, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,325
Posted By Arcanum

A dynamo hub is useless for charging an ebike...

A dynamo hub is useless for charging an ebike battery. Even if it generated enough watts to be useful, they would have to come from somewhere. "Somewhere" being the battery you're trying to charge,...
03-14-16, 11:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,638
Posted By Arcanum

Don't buy batteries and chargers on ebay. They...

Don't buy batteries and chargers on ebay. They are made of Chineseium and lies, and are cheap for a reason.

You might find this useful: How To Buy Your First Ebike Or Ebike Kit And Not Get...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By Arcanum

Most major tire manufacturers have tires with...

Most major tire manufacturers have tires with varying levels of puncture protection. Pay for good tires, make sure puncture resistance is one of the tire's features, and you're unlikely to go far...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-16, 10:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,863
Posted By Arcanum

"Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't...

"Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't work you can always hit them with it."
- Boris "The Blade" Yurinov, Snatch
03-04-16, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,450
Posted By Arcanum

I haven't had any particular problems with...

I haven't had any particular problems with rusting. Or, rather, no more than my other bikes: Long-term exposure to salt can corrode even stainless steel. The nipples on the spokes of my Dr. Dew...
03-04-16, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,730
Posted By Arcanum

I had that problem in my first year of winter...

I had that problem in my first year of winter commuting. Snow and ice would get caked on the brakes and they just would stop working.

That spring I bought a bike with hydraulic disc brakes and...
03-04-16, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,450
Posted By Arcanum

I have a Mundo V3. It works pretty well for...

I have a Mundo V3. It works pretty well for hauling stuff, but is pretty heavy, in large part due to the high tensile steel frame. Chromoly will be significantly lighter, though a bike that size...
03-03-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,516
Posted By Arcanum

The BBSxx drives are pretty nice, and relatively...

The BBSxx drives are pretty nice, and relatively easy to install. You can take a look at my BBSHD fat bike build process here: ...
02-29-16, 09:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,801
Posted By Arcanum

I mostly use pedal assist, but I like that I also...

I mostly use pedal assist, but I like that I also have a throttle available. It's useful for a little extra omph when getting started again after stopping, or for getting a little extra speed and...
02-24-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,850
Posted By Arcanum

I'm assuming you're referring to the "Frequently...

I'm assuming you're referring to the "Frequently bought together" bit on the Amazon page. That's not really a recommendation. It just means that a bunch of people have bought that combination of...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-16, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 760
Posted By Arcanum

I just clip my chin strap around my bike lock and...

I just clip my chin strap around my bike lock and leave it hanging. Yes, in principle someone could steal it, but I've never had that happen. The kind of people who would steal random stuff off a...
02-22-16, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,319
Posted By Arcanum

Look at the Abus Bordo locks. Security should be...

Look at the Abus Bordo locks. Security should be close to or on par with a decent U-lock: Someone will need an axle grinder and a bit of time to remove it.
02-22-16, 10:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,850
Posted By Arcanum

48V packs at Lunacycle (http://lunacycle.com/48v/)

48V packs at Lunacycle (http://lunacycle.com/48v/)
Forum: Commuting
02-22-16, 10:38 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,441
Posted By Arcanum

Like a couple others have mentioned, I have a...

Like a couple others have mentioned, I have a BoomBot Rex Bluetooth speaker. I listen to Pandora Radio through it. I mostly listen to it when I'm going somewhere with a purpose: Commuting,...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-16, 04:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,467
Posted By Arcanum

You might look at some mountain bike-style...

You might look at some mountain bike-style mudguards. They'll give you some protection.
02-16-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,562
Posted By Arcanum

Instant: Rimshot...

Instant: Rimshot (http://www.myinstants.com/instant/rimshot/)
02-16-16, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,446
Posted By Arcanum

Work is closed due to snow, so I rode out to brunch! [video]

Snow Ride (https://youtu.be/bKqC2hc6_KQ)

Finally using my fat ebike for what I built it for! Since work was closed, I decided to ride to brunch. Worked great until I encountered a snow mound the...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-16, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 964
Posted By Arcanum

I...what? I admittedly haven't used Schwalbe...

I...what? I admittedly haven't used Schwalbe studded tires, but none of the other factory studded tires I've used have had studs protrude into the inside of the tire. Do you have any pictures of...
02-13-16, 10:26 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,249
Posted By Arcanum

Yeah, they're a small boutique outfit in San...

Yeah, they're a small boutique outfit in San Francisco, so they can't keep everything stocked all the time. If you email them they might be able to give you some idea when new stock comes in.

The...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-16, 10:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,195
Posted By Arcanum

Weather Underground is claiming an actual...

Weather Underground is claiming an actual temperature of -3F right now. I'm leaving for a get-together in 20-30 minutes and traveling via electric fat bike.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-16, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,072
Posted By Arcanum

I think so, but I'm not positive. I don't...

I think so, but I'm not positive. I don't personally have one. I've seen them at Dick's Sporting Goods, though, so you could conceivably check before buying.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,072
Posted By Arcanum

Like others have said, uninsulated anything will...

Like others have said, uninsulated anything will warm up no matter what. If you want your water or other beverage to stay cold, use insulated bottles. Ideally, use vacuum-insulated bottles, as they...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-16, 08:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,548
Posted By Arcanum

I have a Spurcycle bell that works well in the...

I have a Spurcycle bell that works well in the cold. Spurcycle Bell (http://www.spurcycle.com/products/better-bicycle-bell)

You're going to have some trouble with any conventional bell in the...
02-11-16, 12:50 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,249
Posted By Arcanum

I don't have a dedicated "winter jacket". ...

I don't have a dedicated "winter jacket".

For mid-40s (F) down into the 20s, I wear a Triple Aught Design Ranger Hoodie (http://store.tripleaughtdesign.com/Ranger-Hoodie) fleece.

Below that I...
02-11-16, 12:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,562
Posted By Arcanum

But I like all my bits!

But I like all my bits!
Forum: Commuting
02-11-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,506
Posted By Arcanum

I use the Banjo Brothers Market Panniers. Market...

I use the Banjo Brothers Market Panniers. Market Pannier, Red | Banjo Brothers (http://banjobrothers.com/products/current/panniers/market-pannier-red/)

That Arkel City Basket looks nice, though,...
02-10-16, 09:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,562
Posted By Arcanum

There's a special day for that? :)

There's a special day for that? :)
02-09-16, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,049
Posted By Arcanum

Carry Freedom has plans for a DIY trailer: Carry...

Carry Freedom has plans for a DIY trailer: Carry Freedom Website | 12. The Bamboo Trailer - Carry Freedom Website (http://www.carryfreedom.com/project/12-the-bamboo-trailer/)

You might be able to...
02-09-16, 08:05 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,112
Posted By Arcanum

Oh yes, that's working out great in San...

Oh yes, that's working out great in San Francisco. Densification is prevented by zoning rules and housing prices are skyrocketing, yet people still want to live there because of jobs and society and...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-16, 07:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,609
Posted By Arcanum

I tend to have the opposite experience: I'll...

I tend to have the opposite experience: I'll often just miss storms and downpours, or they'll just be ramping up as I get to my destination.
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