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01-12-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,073
Posted By InTheRain

Are you still riding your Bionx... or have you moved on?

The company has gone out of business. Their equipment was proprietary so batteries from other companies don't play well with the bionx motor or controller. My bike is still going strong but I can...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-18, 09:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,210
Posted By InTheRain

I converted a touring bike to an ebike 3+ years...

I converted a touring bike to an ebike 3+ years ago. I love it, and it has served me well. However, with what is available today in ebikes, I would never consider a conversion for the purposes you...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-18, 05:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,283
Posted By InTheRain

Whenever it rains (which is very often) I commute...

Whenever it rains (which is very often) I commute on my bike with platform pedals. I ride in waterproof hiking boots. They keep my feet drier and warmer than any combination of cycling shoes and...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-18, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 435
Posted By InTheRain

It looks like you're looking for a versatile...

It looks like you're looking for a versatile bike. I've been looking at the Jamis Renegade series for a quite a while. It does a little bit of everything quite well....
07-14-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,732
Posted By InTheRain

Let's just say, "you'll get what you pay for."...

Let's just say, "you'll get what you pay for." I'd say, save your money... you aren't going to have an e-bike experience with that kit that is anything like a mid-level e-bike that you'll get from a...
07-14-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,827
Posted By InTheRain

An e-bike. You can still ride, but you're not...

An e-bike. You can still ride, but you're not going have to kill yourself in the heat of the day just to make it home. Without using much pedal assist on the first half of my ride I can conserve my...
07-14-18, 01:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,037
Posted By InTheRain

An e-bike might get you riding more.

Just read this article the other day.
https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22021631/beginner-gear-that-got-me-riding-after-20-years-off/

I've let myself get out of shape over the last 2 years. ...
07-14-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 804
Posted By InTheRain

I've been riding my drop bar touring bike with...

I've been riding my drop bar touring bike with pedal assist for 3 plus years. I modified the bike with a bionx direct drive rear hub kit. Bionx looks to be on it's way out of business at this...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-18, 03:59 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,279
Posted By InTheRain

I can probably average 18 on my road bike on the...

I can probably average 18 on my road bike on the slightly downhill commute into the office. 90 percent of the route is on an MUP. Different story on the way home. 13 mph would be fast... unless...
Forum: Touring
05-17-18, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,176
Posted By InTheRain

I've been riding my sherpa 30 for over a decade. ...

I've been riding my sherpa 30 for over a decade. It has mainly been used as a commuter. 3 years ago I converted it to an ebike with an aftermarket bionx kit. It still rides like a dream! Bionx...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-18, 10:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,938
Posted By InTheRain

BB7's - I change out the pads twice a year.

BB7's - I change out the pads twice a year.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-18, 10:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,234
Posted By InTheRain

Same frame with several modifications. 10+ years...

Same frame with several modifications. 10+ years on my Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 steel touring bike. I still love it - it's an e-bike now.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-18, 10:37 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,732
Posted By InTheRain

I'm sure this subject has been discussed at least...

I'm sure this subject has been discussed at least a hundred times. I've seen nothing new posted for a decade.
05-12-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,250
Posted By InTheRain

Diabetes. Just have to watch out for low blood...

Diabetes. Just have to watch out for low blood sugars. Really pretty easy now with continuous blood glucose monitoring that gives a blood sugar reading every 5 minutes on my phone (which is mounted...
05-12-18, 10:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,176
Posted By InTheRain

I haven't switched. It's just another bike for a...

I haven't switched. It's just another bike for a different purpose. It's great bad weather commuter. Now with the nicer weather, I'll be on my road bike more often, even for commutes. It's great...
03-05-18, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 962
Posted By InTheRain

Seattle Bike Show dominated by e-bikes.

A lot of e-bikes at the bike show this weekend. Easily outnumbered regular bikes and vendors. The show has gone downhill since it moved to the Century Link Field events center. I used to see a lot...
03-05-18, 09:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,854
Posted By InTheRain

I love my bionx. However, I think there are...

I love my bionx. However, I think there are major manufacturers that have caught up and their products seem to be less than half the price. Not only that, I think the e-bike industry is moving away...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-18, 12:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,526
Posted By InTheRain

There will always be something better that comes...

There will always be something better that comes along. When I tested the mid-drives, I didn't find them to be as quiet or smooth as my direct drive hub motor. Yes, if I were buying an ebike today,...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-18, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,352
Posted By InTheRain

I commute most of the time with one pannier on...

I commute most of the time with one pannier on the rear rack of my e-bike. It's a direct drive rear hub motor with the batter mounted on the down tube. I converted it from a touring bike to an...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-18, 11:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,250
Posted By InTheRain

Yes, lots of technology that has changed cycling....

Yes, lots of technology that has changed cycling. I've been commuting on a bike for a little over 10 years. The biggest change for me in that time has been the e-bike. I'd imagine most of that...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-18, 11:05 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,286
Posted By InTheRain

I don't ever get the "What? No bike today?"...

I don't ever get the "What? No bike today?" comment at work. Rather, on really lousy weather days, it's "You didn't bike in today... did you???" A lot of the time, the answer is yes, I did. Most...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-17, 07:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,923
Posted By InTheRain

I converted my drop bar touring bike to an ebike....

I converted my drop bar touring bike to an ebike. I used a bionx kit. It's nice. But if I were to go the ebike route today, I think I would just go ahead and spend the money on a good mid-drive...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 11:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By InTheRain

Patagonia Nano Puff. Super light, Super warm......

Patagonia Nano Puff. Super light, Super warm... too warm above 35-40 for cycling. Compresses down to a very small package for when you don't need it on a ride home. I've stuffed it into a jersey...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 11:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,428
Posted By InTheRain

A lot of days, I get a shower on the way to...

A lot of days, I get a shower on the way to work... as well as on the way home.
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 11:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 360
Posted By InTheRain

Top 25 companies for bike commuting

https://www.bicycling.com/culture/people/the-25-best-companies-for-cyclists?internal_recirc=hpfeatblock

Four in the top 25 are in the Seattle area. REI, Tableau, Allen, and Zillow. Apparently...
11-28-17, 02:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By InTheRain

The STP was about 6-7 years ago and about 40 lbs...

The STP was about 6-7 years ago and about 40 lbs ago. I mean yes, I could do more than 20 miles, but I don't believe that most people train all the way until physical failure. At that point, I...
11-27-17, 01:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Posted By InTheRain

17.4 miles... my assist cuts out at 20 mph - so,...

17.4 miles... my assist cuts out at 20 mph - so, to keep it under an hour you're pushing it on a 20 mph assist bike. 1400 feet of elevation gain at 240 lbs plus bike and gear... I think my battery...
11-27-17, 12:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By InTheRain

For me it's not calories that is the limiter. My...

For me it's not calories that is the limiter. My legs are gone when I'm done... most likely a function of age, weight, and fitness (lack of it.) Eating and drinking don't solve muscle fatigue for...
11-26-17, 12:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By InTheRain

One step back, two steps forward.

One step back, two steps forward.
11-25-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By InTheRain

Weekend long ride mileage increase?

I'm just getting back to riding more on my road bike. I commute a few days a week on an e-bike during the crummy weather months. On nicer/dry days (very few) I'll commute on the road bike. ...
11-22-17, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 576
Posted By InTheRain

E-bike that swims.

https://manta5.com

Watch the video. Summertime fun!
11-20-17, 09:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 790
Posted By InTheRain

I didn't see battery capacity for this bike.

I didn't see battery capacity for this bike.
Forum: Commuting
11-20-17, 09:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,932
Posted By InTheRain

My eyes water like crazy at anything below 65...

My eyes water like crazy at anything below 65 degrees... the colder, the more they water... add a breeze to that, and it's almost like I'm crying on the entire ride without eye protection. However,...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-17, 04:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,932
Posted By InTheRain

I've tried goggles. They do fog when I stop. ...

I've tried goggles. They do fog when I stop. Also, my helmet seems to push the goggles down so far that the notch for the nose is down to far... almost near the tip of my nose - it's not natural or...
11-17-17, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By InTheRain

I had that happen once when I went over a pretty...

I had that happen once when I went over a pretty good sized bump on the MUP (I go over it on every commute - no way around it.) When the console came back on in about 5 seconds, it showed that my...
11-17-17, 06:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,794
Posted By InTheRain

10 years on a B17... still works for me.

10 years on a B17... still works for me.
Forum: Commuting
11-16-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,596
Posted By InTheRain

Flats on the ebike, spd on the road bike.

Flats on the ebike, spd on the road bike.
11-10-17, 10:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,536
Posted By InTheRain

Hub dynamo with a B&M light with a cutoff for...

Hub dynamo with a B&M light with a cutoff for your road riding... won't blind oncoming traffic. I have a Light and Motion Urban 850 mounted to my helmet. Yes, it's a blinding light for oncoming...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-17, 10:19 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,730
Posted By InTheRain

Ebike easily solves the wind problem.

Ebike easily solves the wind problem.
Forum: Commuting
11-09-17, 10:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,618
Posted By InTheRain

under armour briefs (9" inseam) with REI hiking...

under armour briefs (9" inseam) with REI hiking pants or shorts. The products are extremely comfortable, briefs give great support, and pants/shorts are extremely durable. My REI shorts have been...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-17, 10:25 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,172
Posted By InTheRain

I like to start the day by being outside. I like...

I like to start the day by being outside. I like being on a bicycle. I've found that I can commute on my ebike and carry everything I need. I can push myself as hard as I want, or I can take it...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-17, 10:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,336
Posted By InTheRain

I see plenty of no light riders and walkers on...

I see plenty of no light riders and walkers on the MUP during my dark commutes. There are so many it's not worth it to talk to them. I just use high enough power on my lights that I can see them...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-17, 08:04 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 8,551
Posted By InTheRain

I've seen mostly panniers used by the bicycle...

I've seen mostly panniers used by the bicycle commuters in my building. The only time I don't use at least one pannier is when I ride my road bike on nice weather days... then it's my large seat bag...
10-31-17, 08:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,908
Posted By InTheRain

Just my two cents

Just my two cents
Forum: Commuting
10-31-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,987
Posted By InTheRain

My issue today... the MUP has disappeared under...

My issue today... the MUP has disappeared under the fallen leaves. My commute is dark on both ends now.
Forum: Commuting
10-19-17, 08:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,033
Posted By InTheRain

Marathon plus and Armadillos have been great for...

Marathon plus and Armadillos have been great for me on my commuting bike. Conti gatorskins on my road bike have been good. It's been a few years since I've had a flat on any of the tires mentioned...
10-18-17, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,382
Posted By InTheRain

Head down to the ebikestore in Portland and ride...

Head down to the ebikestore in Portland and ride a bunch of different ebikes. Talk to the owner, Wake Gregg, and let him explain the pros and cons of each type of motor and bike.
10-03-17, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By InTheRain

I've been using specialized armadillo and...

I've been using specialized armadillo and schwalbe marathon plus. They work the same on my ebike as they did when my bike was not an ebike.
Forum: Commuting
09-28-17, 12:20 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,611
Posted By InTheRain

Ebike is your solution for this scenario.

Ebike is your solution for this scenario.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,377
Posted By InTheRain

It's been working fine for me for 2.5 years.

It's been working fine for me for 2.5 years.
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