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  1. rob feature

    Ebike I want to pedal

    You just said the exact same thing a different way lol. Welcome to the elitist club. I'll humor you and define decent though. Not a bicycle shaped object, but a bike that will last for years and not try to kill you.
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    “Click” felt at the pedal when starting from zero

    Mine is not like that. It hasn't gotten any better or worse and does it with power on or off. Feels mechanical.
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    “Click” felt at the pedal when starting from zero

    Mine does this - 1x9 chain drive. I mentioned it at one of my checkups, but the shop didn't find anything out of the ordinary. Then again, the motor has gotten a good bit louder and even mildly crunchy, and they say it's normal. 2 shops actually. I suspect they wanna see if the motor will...
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    Ebike I want to pedal

    Gonna be a challenge to find something decent new that checks all the boxes, but might be able to find a used hardtail with front suspension & put a suspension seatpost on it.
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    Wireless Earbuds for cycling

    This would be a case where I would expect damage if it's going to occur. If the outside noise is loud enough to cause damage, then ANC canceling that noise would have to be a sufficient amplitude to counter it. Good earplugs are probably still the way to go in high SPL environments. Or maybe...
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    Wireless Earbuds for cycling

    I'd been wondering about that myself. ANC works by cancelation - which is playing some frequencies out of phase inside the earbud at equal amplitude as on the outside. However, it seems that levels would not be high enough to cause damage unless you're in a loud enough environment to cause...
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    Bicycle Helmets With Lights

    Never seen a helmet with a good headlight, but it's usually easy enough to add one. Power needs really depend on where and how fast you ride. Weight is also a consideration as your helmet might have the tendency to dance around if you add too much. I'm a Cygolite fan personally - feel they...
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    Wireless Earbuds for cycling

    Still digging the Jabra Active Elite 7 over all the others I've tried. It still deals with wind noise the best, although Earfun released new firmware a few weeks ago that comes with a specific wind noise function. Haven't tried them on a bike yet 'cause it's cold & icy. A couple things I...
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    Class 2 receiver racks for pickup trucks - what are you using?

    Cool - thanks for that. Especially like that they're a local shop to me! Yeah, racks don't seem to be getting any cheaper, do they? I've had quite a few over the years - mostly Yakima roof racks, but not sure I wanna put an ebike on top of anything. Never thought I'd see the day I was paying...
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    Class 2 receiver racks for pickup trucks - what are you using?

    It's time for a new rack for my truck. I think I want one that holds wheels, but might even work with fenders. Not against a downtube grabber either as long as it will work with the fat downtube on an ebike and not mess with the battery. Needs to hold 2 bikes. Something that swings out of...
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    Chain length dilemma: Who to believe?

    Most experienced riders I know say this is the best it will ever get in regards to chain lube. That in mind, I just put it on and ride it. Seems to last for hundreds of miles before needing any care. Whenever shifting gets a little finicky, that's when I clean and apply my favorite lube. The...
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    I am putting it up for the winter. Do I keep the battery (about 60% charged now) inside for the winter? Anything else?

    I do a full-charge to balance the cells then discharge to about 50% - stored at room temp and humidity. Brakes are probably fine if regularly maintained.
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    Worth the effort? Giant Lafree

    I've never seen one of these - kinda has that Peewee Herman vibe. Rad!
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    The way I narrow that down is taking a future-resistant approach. I'm looking for bikes that are likely to be supported down the road - and use as few proprietary parts as possible. And also using parts from vendors that are trusted. I personally prefer Bosch-equipped bikes for these reasons...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    I've had a few experiences with Trek's customer service lately. I'd rate their corporate service at a 2/10. They get one point for answering the phone, but the rep I spoke with was abrasive and defensive. And he did not do anything for me. The local Trek store here was better. They're...
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    Bike tires? Puncture proof? Skid proof?

    No such thing as puncture nor skid proof. Tubeless (with sealant) is best for flat prevention. Err, there are those airless things, but there are big tradeoffs there. Choose a tire that suits the type of riding you'll be doing for better traction. Since you'll be staying on pavement...
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    2023 - Our Rides in Words, Photos, Maps and Videos

    Haha, yeah, I need to make that happen.
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    2023 - Our Rides in Words, Photos, Maps and Videos

    Climax Mine back to Copper. Downhill :p This one gets a little noisy - maybe turn it down a little
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    2023 - Our Rides in Words, Photos, Maps and Videos

    Copper Mt to the Climax Mine path
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