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by rbrian
22 Feb 2020, 11:38am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?

Before I bought my Tern Vektron, I looked (online) at the Riese and Muller Tinker, and a couple more I don't remember which aren't available any more, and I can't find with a web search, so they're probably not being made. There are thousands of big wheel electric bikes, but far fewer small wheel on...
by rbrian
17 Jan 2020, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 38
Views: 1804

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

4. Pavement driving. Not just for the purposes of parking but for other reasons such as "I don't want to slow down for speed bumps". Wait, what?! Are you seriously saying that some drivers bump up the curbs to get on the pavement at a speed they can't deal with speed bumps?! I recognise t...
by rbrian
17 Jan 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 38
Views: 1804

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

4. Pavement driving. Not just for the purposes of parking but for other reasons such as "I don't want to slow down for speed bumps". Wait, what?! Are you seriously saying that some drivers bump up the curbs to get on the pavement at a speed they can't deal with speed bumps?! I recognise t...
by rbrian
16 Jan 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 38
Views: 1804

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

mattheus wrote:I may get some similar signs made up (with the Driving bit), and nail them to the cars parked on pavements round our way.


It's easiest to hammer the nails into the tyres - the glass is too brittle, and the metal bounces too much. Use screws to attach them to the bodywork.
by rbrian
31 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling (and other) plans 2020
Replies: 30
Views: 1176

Re: Cycling (and other) plans 2020

Cycle to work more often. I have a good excuse - as an Openreach engineer (I only work in exchanges, not customer premises, so I'm issued a wee Corsavan and only need a handful of tools, which can easily be carried on a bike) I don't work in a fixed location, and my daily mileage can vary from 7 to ...
by rbrian
27 Nov 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Which foldable ebike, please?
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Which foldable ebike, please?

A friend of mine bought a £600 Halfords folding ebike. It is objectively rubbish, and yet it has a certain charm which means I can't help but like it. The battery is only good for about 20 miles, the riding position is relaxed, the seat doesn't go high enough, the steering is vague and boat like (th...
by rbrian
8 Nov 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Taking ebike on aircraft

The Samsung Note 7 debacle (not to mention the Airbus A380) has made airlines very nervous about lithium batteries. The batteries on ebikes are far larger than those in mobile phones, making potential fires harder to deal with. You might be better off trying something like UPS, or maybe plan an epic...
by rbrian
29 Oct 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: It's very wet!

Stuff newspapers into your shoes to help them dry out, that is the good old fashioned way I haven't had an actual news paper for years. I did try stuffing my iPad in, but it didn't fit, so they're sat on top of the radiator! I think the conventional wisdom is that forced drying cracks the leather. ...
by rbrian
29 Oct 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mountain bike commuting
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Mountain bike commuting

I used to commute on a mountain bike. The mud tyres and front suspension were great off road, but horrible on it. I tried changing the tyres for slicks, and my speed on the flat went from 15mph to 18mph with no extra effort. Changing the tyres at the weekend was a hassle, so I got a whole new wheels...
by rbrian
19 Oct 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Mid drive motor should be ok but not what they have been designed for, what they don't like is water under pressure as some do when cleaning /hosing down then it can get in to and beyond the bearings. Thanks. I don't have a pressure washer, or even a hose. I was just a bit concerned because the pla...
by rbrian
19 Oct 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

For shoes, it is better to have two or more pairs so the wet ones can be left to dry out in peace If only my employer agreed... and they don't let me buy my own, the only approved ones are supplied by the company, even if they're horribly uncomfortable. They seem to have dried out ok on the radiato...
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Mid drive motor should be ok but not what they have been designed for, what they don't like is water under pressure as some do when cleaning /hosing down then it can get in to and beyond the bearings. Thanks. I don't have a pressure washer, or even a hose. I was just a bit concerned because the pla...
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: It's very wet!

rotavator wrote:Stuff newspapers into your shoes to help them dry out, that is the good old fashioned way

I haven't had an actual newspaper for years. I did try stuffing my iPad in, but it didn't fit, so they're sat on top of the radiator!
by rbrian
18 Oct 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 961

It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater

Aberdeen has some heavy rain today, leaving some large puddles, possibly enough to be classed as flooding. I rode through one that was deep enough to soak me half way up my shins, I'm not certain but I think my centre drive motor was fully submerged for a few seconds. That was 3 miles ago, and it's ...
by rbrian
8 Oct 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4143

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

Last week, I decided not to charge my battery even though it was down to 20%. I wanted to see what the actual range was; the estimate on the control bears little relation to reality. I got 108 miles from the 400w battery, and the lights still worked even though the motor didn't. The upshot of this w...