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by dogman dan
Sep 21 2021 6:12am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car

I'm just saying if its possible, learn to drive and get the license. It will come in handy some time. Like when you have to move, you can rent a truck. You fly somewhere, you can rent a car if the rest of the trip is farther than you can take a taxi. A lot depends on where you need to go, out west, ...
by dogman dan
Sep 20 2021 1:00pm
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car

I apologize if the various reasons you never learned to drive include safety reasons, like an illness or physical limitations. If that is the case, you might look into trikes, and or keeping it on the slower side. Less of a problem if you should be prone to narcolepsy or whatever. But if its just mo...
by dogman dan
Sep 20 2021 5:21am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Considering getting an ebike instead of a car

E bikes are a bit like cameras, you can take great pictures with a cheapie, or spend as much as you want. Cold and snowy by September does sound like you might not ride so much all winter, but like you said, owning a car could still cost more in the long run. If you go for this, get a decent bike to...
by dogman dan
Sep 17 2021 5:43am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Need advice for ebike for remote areas
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: Need advice for ebike for remote areas

So what kind of riding is this, in this remote beach area? Are you cruising an endless beach? Climbing a mountain on the island? I'm assuming this is not a paved bike trail here at this point. Is there any kind of trail at all? I guess what I am trying to say, is like a full size motorcycle or car d...
by dogman dan
Sep 17 2021 5:29am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Looking for an ebike controller
Replies: 14
Views: 256

Re: Looking for an ebike controller

Where are you? Just what continent I mean. In the USA, you can find controllers meant for scooters on Ebay that should meet your wants. You may have to do some wire splicing, or adapting the plugs to your switch throttle, but you can find the wires you need to connect to on common scooter controller...
by dogman dan
Sep 16 2021 5:45am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: 19.6 miles per day - range of 52volt 19.2 ah battery with 1000 watt motor?
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: 19.6 miles per day - range of 52volt 19.2 ah battery with 1000 watt motor?

Realistically, expect about 800 watt hours of real world usable power from your 1000 wh rated battery. Range, as stated above, varies greatly with speed. At the worst end, ripping it 30 mph, you will get 35 to 45 watt hours per mile. But depending on the quality of your battery, you may get even les...
by dogman dan
Sep 16 2021 5:26am
Forum: Bike Mechanical & Structural
Topic: Torque arm security: bolt/eyelet vs hose clamps
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: Torque arm security: bolt/eyelet vs hose clamps

From what I can see, your main problem is not the torque arm itself, but the larger than usual lawyer lips on that frame. The torque arm is not too weak, its just not fitting right on that funny frame. If the axle is long enough, stack some spacer washers under the side without the wire. C washers u...
by dogman dan
Sep 14 2021 11:02am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Need advice for ebike for remote areas
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: Need advice for ebike for remote areas

Well, the first bit of advice is put a hitch reciever on your car. Then you can use a hitch mount rack, enabling your bike to be up to 150 pounds. For most cars, a light capacity hitch is affordable, and they install amazingly easy on the car. Swagman is the affordable yet sturdy bike rack. These ra...
by dogman dan
Sep 14 2021 10:58am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Latest project - transcon bike
Replies: 31
Views: 611

Re: Latest project - transcon bike

NICE! I was looking into that at one time, and made a coffin shaped trailer that could be a bed, plus carry 100w on the top. But in 48v, only 25 watts. I figured Id pedal up 50w, pull 25w out of the panels, and then the pull on the battery would be only about 125w for 15 mph. So say 800 usable wh in...
by dogman dan
Sep 14 2021 10:48am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Preferred Place to Buy 36V LiFePO4 Pack
Replies: 9
Views: 181

Re: Preferred Place to Buy 36V LiFePO4 Pack

Pingbattery lifepo4 still a pretty good product. Heavy and bulky, but least likely to burn your garage compared to lipo.
by dogman dan
Sep 07 2021 6:36am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Durability geared motors (MAC / GMAC) vs. direct drive (9C, Crystalite...)
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: Durability geared motors (MAC / GMAC) vs. direct drive (9C, Crystalite...)

Gears used to get soft, melt and turn into peanut butter gears. That was in 2008, when they used low melting point plastic. That stopped being a problem a long time ago. Once in a blue moon, people have issues with the gears internal freewheel, or the shear pin, but generally only when really abused...
by dogman dan
Sep 07 2021 6:25am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Ebike touring and camping
Replies: 70
Views: 1271

Re: Ebike touring and camping

Pretty hard to legally ship a lithium battery above a certain size. You'd have to do like china does, and lie. If your heart is set on Mexico, maybe ship your motor there and put it on a bike you buy when you get there. To the same address, have one new battery shipped. Then you can fly down to cent...
by dogman dan
Sep 06 2021 6:04am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Ebike touring and camping
Replies: 70
Views: 1271

Re: Ebike touring and camping

Well, first of all Mexico. I live 40 miles from Juarez, and I won't go there. Yeah, I'm a fraidy cat, but living this close to cartel land all my life, I've heard the stories. My best friend from high schools big sister vanished down there in the 70's. Its not 1968 anymore in the frontera. Things di...
by dogman dan
Sep 05 2021 6:29am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: 175mm hub motor in 190mm dropout
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: 175mm hub motor in 190mm dropout

You might consider making a U shaped spacer washer, that if thick enough, can also be an effective torque arm for lower power applications. The thickness on each side, or just on one side, depending on the brake disk alignment or the rim alignment you need. FWIW, on aluminum frames, you can just bol...
by dogman dan
Sep 04 2021 6:07am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Hub to Mid conversion for a trike - talk me out of it.
Replies: 49
Views: 975

Re: Hub to Mid conversion for a trike - talk me out of it.

Proof that ES folks can't leave a good bike alone. But glad you like it better. I never meant to knock the mid drive idea, I just thought you had the wrong controller for a neatly installed system.
by dogman dan
Sep 04 2021 6:01am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Does this make sense? (no chain or belt, pedal operated generator and wires to the rear hub motor)
Replies: 41
Views: 553

Re: Does this make sense? (no chain or belt, pedal operated generator and wires to the rear hub motor)

I like the advantage, of having a bike that could weigh well under 20 pounds, weigh 40 pounds or more. :roll: 5% my ass, only if you compare it to a lead sled beach cruiser. And as for complexity and breakage, boy, I have had so much trouble with chains and derailleurs, I really wish they would come...
by dogman dan
Aug 29 2021 8:50am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Fat Bike Front Fork with Rear Mac Motor?
Replies: 12
Views: 238

Re: Fat Bike Front Fork with Rear Mac Motor?

Lots of people run 135 mm rear motors in fat bike front forks that are also 135. But not in reverse. Remove the freewheel, but it should already be dished to center ok, and use a disk brake. Brake may need some adjustment to line up with the disk, but not likely too much spacer washers. If the fork ...
by dogman dan
Aug 29 2021 8:47am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Durability geared motors (MAC / GMAC) vs. direct drive (9C, Crystalite...)
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: Durability geared motors (MAC / GMAC) vs. direct drive (9C, Crystalite...)

250 F measured inside would keep it cherry. Even 300 not bad. The varnish on the windings is a bit like your pie in the oven. 425 for long enough will blacken that crust.
by dogman dan
Aug 29 2021 8:43am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Is my late 90's frame too old to build up?
Replies: 56
Views: 990

Re: Is my late 90's frame too old to build up?

Hmm.. That bike is in great shape for its age, which kind of puts it into that collectible category. Might be 30 more years before its worth much. And worth nothing if not completely original. But my best advice would be to upgrade to a 2010 or so MTB to motorize. But you could put a 1000w kit on th...
by dogman dan
Aug 24 2021 4:48am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)
Replies: 41
Views: 6887

Re: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)

Yeah, push the aotema to 48v in 20". But not much farther than that. And keep duration of hard rides short enough to let it cool off.

Put the dd on the candis then, I'd say.
by dogman dan
Aug 23 2021 7:25am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Rear Hub Motor - Build or Buy
Replies: 29
Views: 595

Re: Rear Hub Motor - Build or Buy

I went through some bikes pretty fast, commuting a lot of miles, till I put the kit on a higher quality bike. It was the actual frames I was wearing out, btw. But drive train stuff did need work on it, you sure can't keep going on a wheel or bottom bracket that gets loose very long. My advice was ba...
by dogman dan
Aug 22 2021 6:55am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)
Replies: 41
Views: 6887

Re: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)

Not sure what you want now. But the Candis, for a cheap bike, is worth rebuilding back to rideable. One thing I'd do is put front and back brake levers on it, rather than the one handle works both thing. But its a pretty decent frame to work from, very similar to much more expensive townies. For sur...
by dogman dan
Aug 22 2021 6:44am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Rear Hub Motor - Build or Buy
Replies: 29
Views: 595

Re: Rear Hub Motor - Build or Buy

You should be happy enough with a cheapo, "48v 1000w" kit, provided you can find one in 700c/ 29 er. Typically these cheapest kits will come with a 500w rated motor, which runs quite well up to 1500w. Labels on stuff can say anything, with these type vendors. But typically the 48v 1000w ki...
by dogman dan
Aug 21 2021 5:48am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)
Replies: 41
Views: 6887

Re: Rescue Motor - Aotema (Wilderness Energy BD-36)

Too cool you got the Candis back. They really are a nice bike, motor or no motor.

Controller and stuff to run it again won't cost near as much as another Candis.
by dogman dan
Aug 14 2021 6:12am
Forum: EBike General Discussion
Topic: Hub motor noise
Replies: 78
Views: 1567

Re: Hub motor noise

Looks like you found it, the bearing is not rolling smooth. Mashed something in there in the crash.