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by philg
25 Oct 2020, 6:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 700c in front of 26 wheels: How much more efficient?
Replies: 18
Views: 652

Re: 700c in front of 26 wheels: How much more efficient?

Although 26" has been around for a century, it really took off with the MTB market.
Today it's most definitely out of favour, the market having moved on to 27.5", 27.5+ or 29" (aka 700c!).
For that reason I would go for 700c or 650b on tyre availability grounds, in Europe anyway.
by philg
12 Oct 2020, 8:06am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Panniers that fit onto battery racks?
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Panniers that fit onto battery racks?

Would it be possible to remove the battery mount and refit to a more suitable pannier rack?
It's likely the e-bike manufacturer buys in the battery kit and the luggage rack from different sources and bolts them together.
by philg
12 Oct 2020, 7:25am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Merlin Cycles
Replies: 9
Views: 3308

Re: Merlin Cycles

Always had good service from them, along with Tredz they are my first choice for online orders.

Their MTB frames were great value years ago and I was very happy that they still stocked replacement gear hangars for my 10 year old Rock Lobster.
by philg
22 Sep 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: E bike conversion

Thanks for the clarification regarding was it low RPM or high RPM - there was no mention in the Woosh and Yosepower listing as to RPM but the TopBikeKit listing has a drop-down menu for RPM selection (201 or 328). One would hope that Whoosh, catering mainly for the UK domestic market would choose t...
by philg
22 Sep 2020, 7:49am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: E bike conversion

Hi Hemo, Hub motors come in various winding speeds or Rpm, for fast riding on flattish terrain then go for a high wound hub. If the terrain takes in inclines then one needs a lower wound slower rpm hub Can you expand on the above please e.g. > what exactly is 'high wound' and 'low wound' (what figu...
by philg
15 Sep 2020, 5:14pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Swytch kit on a Brompton
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Swytch kit on a Brompton

The main thing that makes people go for Swytch is that their advertising is better. Well no, I would like to think better of my cycling peers not to be swayed by adverts The main thing that makes people go for Swytch is that their packaging is immeasurably better than the agricultural alternatives ...
by philg
15 Sep 2020, 11:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1454

Re: Operation Close Pass

Slightly relevant post For the first time in the years I've had a camera on the handlebars I used it in anger yesterday afternoon. Approaching my village I was shaved by a Ford Focus squeezing through a 'gap' between me and an oncoming transit van who just managed to swerve into the hedge and may ha...
by philg
15 Sep 2020, 7:00am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Suitable camera for a recumbent.
Replies: 16
Views: 474

Re: Suitable camera for a recumbent.

Any of the GoPro clones should be fine though I'd recommend one with image stabilisation for use on a bike.
I have this one and it's great.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1
by philg
10 Sep 2020, 11:45am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: How to protect your brain by not wearing a helmet
Replies: 171
Views: 5316

Re: How to protect your brain by not wearing a helmet

Surely the time taken to replace a disc wheel is no worse than for 'normal' brakes assuming a QR wheel and standardised discs ? The problem surely is the modern drive towards through-axles, which do take longer to release. This is undoubtedly driven by the 'fact' that QR axles and disc brakes are no...
by philg
2 Sep 2020, 7:20am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Changing wheel diameter setting
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Changing wheel diameter setting

Speed controllers are harder on batteries as they demand /supply max current all the time much like using a throttle only bike. That is not how the Lishui or Swytch controllers operate - they are nicely progressive until the set speed is reached. What you describe only happens when the speed is set...
by philg
1 Sep 2020, 5:39pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Changing wheel diameter setting
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Changing wheel diameter setting

I do like the Lishui (speed) controller kit that Yosepower are now supplying, and prefer it to the previous KT/LCD3 (current) controller, at least for road bike use. I usually set to PAS 3 (from 5) which corresponds to ~12mph and rarely need to adjust it again, unlike the old current control where I...
by philg
14 Aug 2020, 9:16am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Decathon bike. Adding a second battery?
Replies: 11
Views: 564

Re: Decathon bike. Adding a second battery?

2 batteries = 800+w/h for under £2k

£2k!! - I'm expecting delivery of another Hailong type battery next week, 540Wh for £220