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06-26-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,469
Posted By Robert C

Pictures and the component names would be great! ...

Pictures and the component names would be great!

More information is always good, and I see that was your first post, Welcome to Bike Forums!
06-26-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,469
Posted By Robert C

You are right, I found that my thread, where I...

You are right, I found that my thread, where I Identified the parts used (https://www.bikeforums.net/electric-bikes/1077306-solar-trike-build-thread.html), was a bit hard to find. As I understand,...
06-25-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By Robert C

I had my bike stolen and returned by the police...

I had my bike stolen and returned by the police over a year later. The only problem with the battery was that the thieves had cut the wires from it. I suspect that they had no idea what it was or, in...
06-22-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 10,951
Posted By Robert C

To repeat what you wrote, No, actually it is not....

To repeat what you wrote, No, actually it is not. . .

It is also about increasing approachability. This is an area where the patrol car has had a terrible impact on the police. It has created a...
06-20-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,088
Posted By Robert C

I think this is the bikes direct bike...

I think this is the bikes direct bike (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/hd-trail-275-hydraulic-disc-brake-mtb.htm) I went with on my current build. Very simply, I went for the cheapest...
06-15-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,484
Posted By Robert C

If it is the model with the mid-drive I would not...

If it is the model with the mid-drive I would not hesitate at that price. If it is the model with the hub drive I would not get it.
06-09-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,231
Posted By Robert C

I have tinkered a bit with steam and have come to...

I have tinkered a bit with steam and have come to the conclusion that it is just too dangerous for a bike. It just moves out of my comfort zone. However, it might not be a bad idea on a trailer....
05-30-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,469
Posted By Robert C

I want to remind you guys that I rode a grossly...

I want to remind you guys that I rode a grossly overloaded e-trike from Kansas to Utah without plugging in once. So yes, it can be done.

(those of you wondering if I am planning to just rest on...
05-24-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,455
Posted By Robert C

I find it hard to believe that a motorcycle, at...

I find it hard to believe that a motorcycle, at motorcycle speeds, is going to be less safe than a bicycle at those same speeds. A motorcycle is probably going to have better brakes and suspension,...
05-24-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,383
Posted By Robert C

In my case, I use a charger that is capable of...

In my case, I use a charger that is capable of detecting when the battery has an 80% charge. The other thing I do is to keep my bike indoors so that the battery doesn't get too cold.

That being...
05-23-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,375
Posted By Robert C

I don't see why not. You mention "bike camper" so...

I don't see why not. You mention "bike camper" so I am thinking a trailer of some sort. I plan to put some solar panels on a trailer soon and see no reason that it won't work. I am the guy that put...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By Robert C

. . . unless you are looking for non-knobby...

. . . unless you are looking for non-knobby studded tyres in 650b/27.5, in that case, there are none. Yes, I just checked that catalogue.
Forum: Commuting
05-14-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By Robert C

I have seen these too. However, I don't want to...

I have seen these too. However, I don't want to be commuting on knobby tyres. However, the OP apparently is not concerned with studded tyres.
Forum: Commuting
05-03-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By Robert C

I have seen another knobby design. What I am...

I have seen another knobby design. What I am looking for (before next winter) is a tyre that is more of a street tyre.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-19, 04:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,295
Posted By Robert C

Just another factor to consider, I am unable to...

Just another factor to consider, I am unable to find studded commuter tyres for 650b. That may, or may not, be a consideration where you are.
04-29-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 14,815
Posted By Robert C

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x480/2019_commuter_bike_f9b1868562f41b5b9043f5416f8995f091a3a35e.jpg
My commuter
04-28-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 12,099
Posted By Robert C

My Bikes Direct bike. I use it as a daily...

My Bikes Direct bike. I use it as a daily commuter. My only real complaint was that the parts seem to have been tightened down by a gorilla with an air wrench.
Yes, the suspension is garbage, but I...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,503
Posted By Robert C

Salt Lake also has a very nice MUP system with a...

Salt Lake also has a very nice MUP system with a 15mph speed limit. The people I see going fast, on a regular basis, are the riders of conventional bikes (well, excepting one fat old guy on a...
04-22-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,707
Posted By Robert C

Even though people here on the just-dive-a-car...

Even though people here on the just-dive-a-car forum try to pretend otherwise (attempting to equate e-bikes with mopeds and motorcycles), e-bikes are nowhere near the performance level of...
04-21-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,707
Posted By Robert C

I am pretty happy with the Tongsheng tsdz2. It...

I am pretty happy with the Tongsheng tsdz2. It is a relatively easy one to install. The motor isn't too noticeable. It is also easy to use, just pedal.

As far as the top speed, it can be set in...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,932,661
Posted By Robert C

I have been using this one. Nothing special, it...

I have been using this one. Nothing special, it is a Bikes Direct with some fenders and Wald racks. I doubt I would recommend this model because the rear hardpoints are a problem to actually use....
04-17-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 849,756
Posted By Robert C

My rather pedestrian looking e-bike for...

My rather pedestrian looking e-bike for commuting.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x480/2019_commuter_bike_682ef6574d9f4b51ec13c488ab8a22ef84811279.jpg
04-10-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,506
Posted By Robert C

I don't see any pedals on it (note that I am just...

I don't see any pedals on it (note that I am just looking at the picture). As such, yes, that would probably be a motorcycle. However, seeing as it appears to lack the required safety equipment...
04-10-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By Robert C

We would like to say so; but no, it rains on the...

We would like to say so; but no, it rains on the just and the unjust alike (https://biblehub.com/matthew/5-45.htm). To think otherwise is a reliance on the just-world hypotheses which is better known...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,986
Posted By Robert C

I recently (last week) put some Continental...

I recently (last week) put some Continental Contact Plus (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N379ANW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) tyres on my Commuter, which is an e-bike that...
04-10-19, 05:11 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,506
Posted By Robert C

The weather report is winds gusting between 50-65...

The weather report is winds gusting between 50-65 mph on my commute today. I will be riding my ebike. I suppose the consensus here on "just drive a car" forum is that I should just drive.
04-06-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By Robert C

I rode an e-bike with a front hub motor for a...

I rode an e-bike with a front hub motor for a couple of years. I rode under all conditions as it was my commuter. So, to answer your question, No.
04-05-19, 05:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,354
Posted By Robert C

I have just installed a TSDZ2 mid-drive on a bike...

I have just installed a TSDZ2 mid-drive on a bike intended, and used, for commuting and errands. It is great. Much more than the Bafang, with rotation sensors, it feels like a normal bike, just a bit...
04-04-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 896
Posted By Robert C

For a while, my daughter ran as and managed...

For a while, my daughter ran as and managed several bike messengers (of course, if no one was available, he still had to make the run). Ultimately, the best option was an e-bike.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,900
Posted By Robert C

This is from a post I made on a different forum,...

This is from a post I made on a different forum, the police did treat my daughter's complaint seriously; but without any evidence, other than the paint sample, there was nothing that could be done.
...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,900
Posted By Robert C

Thanks, this one looks interesting. It is also...

Thanks, this one looks interesting. It is also cheap enough to get one just to see if I like it. I commute on an e-bike, so I have a pretty big source of power for it.


Just to add, I went for...
04-02-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By Robert C

I regularly pull a Burley Flatbed. While it is...

I regularly pull a Burley Flatbed. While it is not a child trailer, it is still a trailer. As was mentioned above, the trailer mount is on the rear axle. With this arrangement, the rack and trailer...
03-31-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,597
Posted By Robert C

I wouldn't put it on a CF frame, it has nothing...

I wouldn't put it on a CF frame, it has nothing to do with whether it will work. It seems that the point of a CF frame is to have a good push-bike, not a good e-bike. I got a cheap Bikes Direct bike...
03-31-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,597
Posted By Robert C

Some of the motors are pretty small as it is. I...

Some of the motors are pretty small as it is. I am using a TSDZ2 and it is barely noticeable. Unless I tell someone, people generally don't notice it. What stands out is the batteries. I currently...
03-29-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,597
Posted By Robert C

I use my e-bike for commuting and errands. I am...

I use my e-bike for commuting and errands. I am still getting my heart rate up to, but not beyond, where it should be. It is great fun and adds a lot to my enjoyment when riding.
Forum: Foo
03-23-19, 05:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 750
Posted By Robert C

I went with a Liberty Safe...

I went with a Liberty Safe (https://www.libertysafe.com/). One thing that I focused on was a mechanical lock. there are too many reports of electronic locks failing, making it very hard to open the...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,250
Posted By Robert C

I went into the AMain Hobbies Retail Store last...

I went into the AMain Hobbies Retail Store last summer. It was all RC cars. I should have taken a look at the Cycle store, but Chico has a lot of cycle stores, some good, some downright annoying....
03-17-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,776
Posted By Robert C

About the only reason that I see for petrol...

About the only reason that I see for petrol powered bikes is to have extended range. I gave it some serious consideration before building my touring trike using solar panels. Going petrol is cheaper;...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,250
Posted By Robert C

The one here in Salt Lake was just doing 30% off...

The one here in Salt Lake was just doing 30% off list price. That meant that the closeout prices were higher than the regular, pre closeout, prices. Needless to say, I didn't get any "closeout...
03-13-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 14,815
Posted By Robert C

Poor example. The moped did not leave the...

Poor example.

The moped did not leave the roads due to waning interest. It was legislated off the roads. It appears that the various states are making an effort to avoid that mistake with e-bikes....
02-17-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By Robert C

My vote is for, "it's ugly." That being...

My vote is for, "it's ugly."

That being said, it is interesting to see the slow movement of the auto makes into the next generation of transportation. I doubt that I will see the end of the auto...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,503
Posted By Robert C

Someone did. It was called the stroke-monkey. It...

Someone did. It was called the stroke-monkey. It sent power to the left side with no release mechanism at all. Just a chain going from a sprocket on the motor to a sprocket on the left crank. If your...
02-09-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Robert C

Okay, we had a snow day on thursday. As a result,...

Okay, we had a snow day on thursday. As a result, I got a bit of building done. Almost all of the problems I ran into are directly related to the bike.
As I mentioned, this is the bike I am using as...
02-06-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,524
Posted By Robert C

I used a NuVinci N380 and a bafang mid drive on...

I used a NuVinci N380 and a bafang mid drive on my Kansas to Utah tour. It was great. I didn't use a throttle on the bafang. Instead I relied on its rotation sensor. The NuVinci allowed precise trim...
02-05-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 976
Posted By Robert C

Guys, you forget that a self-built e-bike is its...

Guys, you forget that a self-built e-bike is its own game. If that is the game he wants to play, then great!

It beats playing video games and may keep the OP from driving that distance.

Back to...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,503
Posted By Robert C

Of course, I will pull this one out again: ...

Of course, I will pull this one out again:


While I always pedal, I think having a throttle, even if it in in the tool kit, is a good back up. On that note, I am getting ready to install a motor...
02-03-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,005
Posted By Robert C

Thanks, it seems any time e-bikes are mentioned,...

Thanks, it seems any time e-bikes are mentioned, the, "you should just drive," crowd comes out of the woodwork.
Forum: Commuting
02-01-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,503
Posted By Robert C

Mopeds did catch on here. Back in the late 70's,...

Mopeds did catch on here. Back in the late 70's, and early 80's they were extremely common. I remember my 8th grate teacher rode one to school. When I turned 15 (they only required a learners permit...
01-28-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Robert C

The motor is now here. Considering some of the...

The motor is now here. Considering some of the delivery times I have gotten from AliExpress, this arrived quite quickly. ...
Forum: Foo
01-24-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,765
Views: 244,779
Posted By Robert C

Hey! I have one just like that! I expect we got...

Hey! I have one just like that! I expect we got them from the same group buy.

This one has become my near, every day, watch....
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