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03-08-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,233
Posted By MNebiker

About 10 years ago I did some test rides on the...

About 10 years ago I did some test rides on the fat tire 29s. I thought that they were big, clumsy, and slow, particularly in comparison to my hybrid with 700c32 tires. When my knees finally made...
12-04-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,972
Posted By MNebiker

I got my first bike in 1948, and have ridden most...

I got my first bike in 1948, and have ridden most of my life, even worked as a part-time bike tech when I retired. But hilly terrain, old knees, and 82 years make biking a lot less fun than it used...
11-30-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,044
Posted By MNebiker

I think there is a bit of a learning curve to get...

I think there is a bit of a learning curve to get used to the boost and quicker acceleration, and you are probably riding faster than before. But it's no big deal, just a matter of becoming aware of...
11-09-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,214
Posted By MNebiker

What you call it really doesn't matter. It's...

What you call it really doesn't matter. It's semantics. The bottom line is that it is slick and depending on the lighting it can be invisible.

I am super cautious because it can hurt you: 25...
10-23-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 813
Posted By MNebiker

The simple answer is no. A automotive...

The simple answer is no.

A automotive charging station is not a "charger" although they are often wrongly referred to as one. The actual charger unit is in the car. Nor are they just a simple AC...
10-12-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,772
Posted By MNebiker

Well, there was the time back when I was in high...

Well, there was the time back when I was in high school: I turned off the alley into our back yard, and ducked under the clotheslines like I usually did. But this day one of the props had fallen and...
09-01-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 969
Posted By MNebiker

I've not experienced a range drop in cold, but...

I've not experienced a range drop in cold, but I'm a fair-weather biker. My low temp cutoff is about 40 degrees!

After 4000+ miles I am starting to see some slight degradation in my bike's 36V...
08-31-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Posted By MNebiker

When I retired I needed something to help fill my...

When I retired I needed something to help fill my time, so I worked for 7 years as a bike tech at Dick's. We sold a ton of these bikes, mostly to teens. The only problems we had were caused by the...
08-27-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 969
Posted By MNebiker

LION batteries have three vulnerabilities: ...

LION batteries have three vulnerabilities:

Extreme heat, Extreme cold, Deep discharge

This is why my electric car has a temperature management system to protect the battery. A typical ebike...
08-17-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,734
Posted By MNebiker

When is the last time you saw a driver use the...

When is the last time you saw a driver use the old hand signals to announce a turn? Probably not since they invented turn signals and AC. They may be mentioned in the DMV rule book but I doubt if...
06-13-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,222
Posted By MNebiker

:thumb: I have a simple philosophy about the...

:thumb:

I have a simple philosophy about the trails: If you ride them, deal with the issues. If you can't deal, shut up and ride somewhere else.

But I really do like the weekly/monthly rants...
06-05-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,971
Posted By MNebiker

Jingle bells???? Why not playing cards in the...

Jingle bells???? Why not playing cards in the spokes?

Our local trail rules are posted: Cyclists yield to pedestrians, announce that they are passing on the left. In several years of riding...
05-15-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,123
Posted By MNebiker

Charging my ebike draws about 250W for 5 hours =...

Charging my ebike draws about 250W for 5 hours = 1.25KW, and costs about $ 0.16. I doubt that has any signifcant effect on the environment but it sure helps my old knees!
05-10-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By MNebiker

I had a similar issue, checked pedals, BB, etc. ...

I had a similar issue, checked pedals, BB, etc. Then checked the crank arms - bolts seemed tight but I gave them an an additional 1/8 turn and eliminated the noise.
05-08-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,189
Posted By MNebiker

The only lithium grease I had on hand was an...

The only lithium grease I had on hand was an aerosol can product. It initially cut the noise back, but after about 250 miles the motor is gradually getting a bit louder. Gears looked good when I...
05-03-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 859
Posted By MNebiker

I had a kid take his new bike home, got his dad's...

I had a kid take his new bike home, got his dad's bottle of Armorall, and proceeded to proudly wipe down every square inch of his shiny new bike. Then his dad brought it back complaining it had no...
05-03-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By MNebiker

Thule, Yakima, Saris - all make decent racks at...

Thule, Yakima, Saris - all make decent racks at reasonable prices. Stay away from the cheapo stuff.
04-12-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,426
Posted By MNebiker

You can probably get an answer to your technical...

You can probably get an answer to your technical question by checking the many web sites that deal with bike tire/rim compatibility. Search for "bike tire vs rim size."

Regarding the buying...
04-10-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,189
Posted By MNebiker

Motor is from eBikeling 500W, 36V conversion kit....

Motor is from eBikeling 500W, 36V conversion kit. Private labeled with their logo, don't know actual manufacturer, obviously some China product. I did contact them about obtaining a set of gears for...
04-10-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,517
Posted By MNebiker

I had a customer whose son was entering college,...

I had a customer whose son was entering college, and he wanted to buy him an expensive nice new shiny bike to ride around the campus. I told him I would be delighted to sell him the bike because in...
03-18-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,930
Posted By MNebiker

Another standard anti e-bike rant by a "real...

Another standard anti e-bike rant by a "real biker."

I am 81 years old, have ridden bikes all my life. I even worked as a bike tech for seven years after I "retired" from my regular occupation. A...
02-27-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,318
Posted By MNebiker

You left out BMW 3 Series drivers.

You left out BMW 3 Series drivers.
02-27-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,733
Posted By MNebiker

Summer/Fall shots of typical local MUP trail...

Summer/Fall shots of typical local MUP trail through NW suburbs. These trails run through wetlands, wooded areas and park lands and until the trees go bare you would never know there are houses less...
02-20-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 799
Posted By MNebiker

I use a piece of card stock - folded over to the...

I use a piece of card stock - folded over to the desired thickness - and stick it to the rim with a strip of masking tape. Both hands free to make adjustments . . . .
02-11-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,535
Posted By MNebiker

I went electric to assist old knees on hilly...

I went electric to assist old knees on hilly terrain. I ride in PAS mode only and ignore the throttle. I'm still pedaling all the time - I didn't want a motorbike. The low PAS setting results in...
02-03-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By MNebiker

Just to add to the hogwash factor: I...

Just to add to the hogwash factor:

I recently saw an article that blamed the increase of injury to pedestrians by ebikes on the fact that ebikes are silent . . . .

As compared to those noisy...
01-08-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By MNebiker

The good news is a little slow in getting to MN ....

The good news is a little slow in getting to MN . . . . . . . . .
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01-06-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,403
Posted By MNebiker

Scotch 88 All-weather and Scotch Super 33+ tapes...

Scotch 88 All-weather and Scotch Super 33+ tapes are about as good as you can find. Sunlight, heat and UV are hard on tapes, particularly the cheapo stuff, but these 3M products hold up pretty good.
01-04-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,166
Posted By MNebiker

I had a similar click that seemed to come from...

I had a similar click that seemed to come from the left pedal, but always at the same point in the crank rotation. Noise would happen only under load, but would go away when just riding easy. I...
12-31-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,680
Posted By MNebiker

My old Harley-riding buddies would just ride it...

My old Harley-riding buddies would just ride it up the stairs.
12-26-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 9,334
Posted By MNebiker

Why not? Late one night 30 years ago my car...

Why not?

Late one night 30 years ago my car stranded us on the highway with a problem that I could have fixed with a couple of screwdrivers. Since then there is always a small tool box in each...
11-19-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,822
Posted By MNebiker

I use eBay or Amazon for parts, accessories, etc....

I use eBay or Amazon for parts, accessories, etc. - items that are small enough to ship without problems. There are a couple of good bike shops that sell via eBay at decent prices and give quick...
11-16-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 869
Posted By MNebiker

This is unquestionably true - I have had lights...

This is unquestionably true - I have had lights on my bike for years and I have never seen a bigfoot!
10-23-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,660
Posted By MNebiker

The familiarity of an area can also be an issue...

The familiarity of an area can also be an issue in many of the train incidents.

I had a friend who fortunately escaped serious injury when a train struck their car. Their house was along the bank...
09-12-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,481
Posted By MNebiker

I think the moderators should create a sticky...

I think the moderators should create a sticky titled: "MUP Trail Idiots"

Then everyone can just add their latest frustration to the list.

Maybe even give an award for BEST RANT OF THE WEEK?
09-05-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By MNebiker

I ran into a similar situation years ago when I...

I ran into a similar situation years ago when I sold a pair of hybrid/commuter bikes to a couple. She also had a damaged arm and could not reach the straight bar. If I remember correctly, the fix...
09-05-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By MNebiker

What was the range when new? Trailmaker claims...

What was the range when new? Trailmaker claims a 15-25 mile range. That will vary with terrain, speed, and load. A 300w 24v motor is relatively low power, so with a "big guy" riding it I would...
09-05-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By MNebiker

The wildlife on our trails is more benign -...

The wildlife on our trails is more benign - squirrels, rabbits, a groundhog or two. But it is not unusual to encounter deer on the trails. Several times I have come upon a doe and one or two fawns...
09-04-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,577
Posted By MNebiker

Back in the 80s I bought a "Third Eye" helmet...

Back in the 80s I bought a "Third Eye" helmet mounted mirror and was generally pleased with it. But last week I encountered a swarm of gnats on the trail and as I swatted them away from my face I...
08-21-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 14,443
Posted By MNebiker

Riding an ebike is certainly not the same a...

Riding an ebike is certainly not the same a riding an analog for the same distance. But when age or health issues make an ebike the only alternative it is certainly more exercise that you will get...
08-21-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,421
Posted By MNebiker

A couple of weeks ago the park district did...

A couple of weeks ago the park district did on-site surveys of the MUP trail users. I spent some time visiting with the person who oversees the trails and was heading up the survey. I asked him...
08-08-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,117
Posted By MNebiker

Like one of the posters, I use a Saris Bones...

Like one of the posters, I use a Saris Bones trunk mounted rack with a steel cable wound through the wheels, frame and rack, secured with a Master padlock. It might slow a thief down a bit, but if...
07-23-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By MNebiker

Whenever I had to mount a new tire, particularly...

Whenever I had to mount a new tire, particularly those that come all folded up in a box, I would first inflate to a low pressure, then roll the wheel by hand, pressing down hard to flex the tire and...
07-09-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,686
Posted By MNebiker

Check this page: ...

Check this page: https://electricbikereport.com/electric-bike-motor-comparison/
07-05-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,994
Posted By MNebiker

Let me throw a little more fuel on the flames: ...

Let me throw a little more fuel on the flames:

I ride an ebike because at my age my knees are not happy climbing hills. Without the electric assist I would no longer be ridiing. I ride it only...
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