Recent content by bogmonster

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    Rant: State of our (UK) roads

    I think Land Rovers are designed to let a little oil seep out of the transmission. It splashes around the chassis and stops too much rust taking hold:D And anyway, speed bumps are evil. Many are too high and scrape cars whatever speed they go over them. The square ones are especially bad as the...
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    When 15 mph isn't enough

    Wow, this certainly has been a busy thread..... Just picking up on a few points I have heard along the way: Does, as somebody suggested, the motor really need to have a aticker on it stating the power? My TongXin does not. I know it is 180 watts and is well within the boundaries from a...
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    Panasonic Battery Issues

    The pound is in the post....
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    When 15 mph isn't enough

    I agree that 20mph would be great but I also think it would add significantly to accidents. For my part I am cycling up around this speed anyway and only want the assistance if I start falling away from that speed such as on hills and into headwinds. The bike will never totally replace a car...
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    How you is too young to carry on a bike?

    One word of warning, kids get very cold on bikes. My son hated the child seat and I think the cold was one reason. They are just sat there not generating any real heat and their small body mass cools quickly. There is also quite a wind chill factor. If they can't yet talk they can't tell you the...
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    Cyclist age

    Well, I'm clearly just a baby at 36. BM.
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    Panasonic Battery Issues

    Hi, I'm pleased that 50 Cycles have got you sorted and hope that you will have good success with the new battery. I think there must be about 6 people on this furum who have returned batteries. Given that stated failure rate, you are a have odds a little under 28000 to 1 to get 2 duds in a...
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    Lightest electric bike available?

    Well, leave 2 locks at work then :D
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    Lightest electric bike available?

    Well this is splitting hairs a bit but: kryptonite lock - 3Kg - leave at work so no need to carry. the rack - 700g - say 500g for a good light one the panniers - 2Kg - these are mighty heavy panniers - one side of the heavy duty Ortileb Roller Classic = 775g would be ample for most...
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    Lightest electric bike available?

    I agree up to a point..... but the Cytronex is a fully functional bike as it stands. Admittedly the battery is a bit small but is still good for 20 to 25 miles. Adding a rack and panniers will not add that much and I think mudguards are overated anyway. The bike already has lights. Just as it...
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    Lightest electric bike available?

    Not that it is in production anymore but I think the Brompton Nano was lighter than the Cytronex. I suspect there are some 'toy' bikes that are lighter still. BM
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    Tongxin motor for folder

    Hi, I would certainly be interested in one of these providing it can be easily accommodated by a Dahon folder. If somebody has accurate dimensions I would be keen to see them. I don't mind tweaking the forks a bit and maybe a couple of spacers are needed to clearance higher up the forks...
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    Supplier of the Year award

    Can't comment on e-crazyman as I have had no dealings but I am more than happy with Li Ping and JohnP and have had direct dealings :D Also, I am impressed with the Wisper staff and Powabyke staff. I like down to earth honesty. Of course all suppliers have a vested interest but I have noted...
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    Built my bike at last

    Pictures: Now, I know the wiring is, ummm, a little poor shall we say. This was jury-rigged. I was still deciding what to do, was thinking of putting the controller on an IP rated box. Think I will leave it as it is and solder and heat shrink all the cables. I will get some trunking to...
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    Built my bike at last

    Did another run this morning. Like a muppet I didn't note my time of departure accurately but my wife assures me she looked at the clock before I left so I have a rough idea. I was out for no more than 1 hour 15 and probably about 1 hour 5. I managed 21 miles with a downhill from the Mendips...