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Unread 2015-07-21, 11:54 PM   #26
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I got my first ever "get on the sidewalk" yell by some young girls today while riding 30 mph on a 35 mph street. I'm proud of myself for responding "get in the kitchen" almost immediately and only got flipped off. I'm usually not that quick witted, and I didn't get run over, so good for me.
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I haven't updated this thread for a while, so figured I should say something. I did some maintenance on the old girl today. I was having an issue with a howling noise when under heavy throttle for a little while. I finally figured out what was going on. The mid-motor was applying so much torque, and it was actually pulling the rear wheel in towards the right rear brake pad and squealing down the frame. I thought it was coming from the drive unit, but I completely disconnected the rear brake and the noise was gone. I still have the old rim brakes on the rear (frame circa 1997, thus no disk brakes), so I cleaned up the rims and put on some new pads all adjusted properly and everything is good. Had some good quick rides today. I'm still hitting a top speed of about 34-35 mph on a quick burst. The motor does start to get hot when you do that, so it wouldn't last long at that speed sustained for a couple miles. 20 mph seems to be the sweet spot for this unit as far as heat goes. There are some new versions out that are supposed to be better, but I don't have any experience with those. I'm still happy with the performance with mine. I blew past a Lycra roadie today up a hill, which as pretty fun. I want to know what those people thing when they get passed by a mountain bike with a 195 lb guy wearing a tee shirt and cargo shorts waving friendly at them thinks.
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I'd like to take this thing for a spin! Curious how it rides
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Looks like a cool project. Do you have to be constantly pedaling while the bike is in motion?
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Looks like a cool project. Do you have to be constantly pedaling while the bike is in motion?
Nope. It has pedal assist (PAS), and it has a thumb throttle. I have PAS programmed to 20 mph on level 5 of 5. Levels 0-5 are available. 0 is no help, and 5 is max, up to 20 mph. At 20 mph, it cuts off. People think I just sit there and do nothing, but when I ride, but no, I'm pedaling. It's just that I never drop below 20 mph. There's a watt meter that shows how much power is being drawn off the battery. On flat and down hill, it's zero (or near zero). Up hill, it picks up my lack of effort, and I go 20 mph right up the hill. That's the big help in all this, is my speed when I ride to work is very consistent no matter how tired I am. I'm always going about 20 mph. Now, when you hit the thumb throttle, it puts down max power without any limits on speed. With current gearing, it's about 34 to 35 mph on flat ground, about 25 mph up a normal grade hill. You just have to keep an eye out on temperature, as it starts to get hot if you're flat out for long periods of time. I haven't hooked up a temperature probe or anything. I just use my hand to feel the motor. 140F will burn you, and that's around the max temp you want to see out of the unit, so if I can keep my hand on the motor, we're good. I guess some of the new units are supposed to have some upgraded FET's on the controller and they run cooler, but for now, I'm just going to be safe with my non-scientific hand burning method.
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