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    Is a bike with a known Bosch motor problem worth buying?

    Ok, so the ad is now off craigslist, so I guess through inaction I made the decision to pass on it. With a followup email I found out that the front wheel of the bike was run over. (I don't know how it could have just hit the wheel without the fork, etc.) If it was just the motor at $1200 I...
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    Is a bike with a known Bosch motor problem worth buying?

    I've come across a Yuba Spicy Curry cargo bike that I think I could get a very good deal on. My only concern is that they claim the crankshaft locks up when going up hill. I haven't checked into the details, but I'm thinking that the Bosch CX motor is locking up once it gets under a high load...
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    Hitch racks for Cars

    It seems to work well enough for my purposes, which is mostly 20-30 min drive to the bike shop. Seeing how much work the ratchet straps are doing holding things still compared to the wheel securing pieces, I'd be tempted to just use a plain cargo carrier platform itself without any special bike...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    Sometimes related. The media needs access to members of the government to effectively report on issues. Government needs support to pass their agenda (or block someone else's agenda) Seeing media spin is often a sort of canary-in-a-coal-mine of what can appear legislatively down the road
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    Chris Nolte at Propel had a video about being fined $25,000 for selling ebikes when he first opened up his shop. From his vantagepoint, the law "a 2 or 3 wheeled vehicle that can be operated without human assistance will be considered a scooter, and if it can't be registered, it can't be...
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    Turbo battery cover cap

    The cap from Mouser showed up a few weeks back. I just have to make sure I don't lose this one. There is also a 3D print model of the plug on Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4618106 but you'd need to add magnets to the finished print to make it work.
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    Hitch racks for Cars

    I'm not sure if I'll regret it or not, but I just bought a cargo carrier platform with a bike adaptor option.. My bike is on the lighter side for an ebike (a bit shy of 50lbs, probably closer to 42 without the battery) The carrier will handle the weight easily, but I'll probably be adding lots...
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    Turbo battery cover cap

    Mouser Electronics has the caps listed as an Automotive Connector , but seem to be on backorder: https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/476-M4Z003-000 . I just noticed that the bike I just got (shop listed as new, previous model year) didn't have a cap when I got it. Probably got misplaced over...
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    How good of a deal is a dealer closeout or used when manufacturer switches parts?

    That is helpful, but that is seven years from manufacture. A 2108 bike that a retailer hasn't been able to move for two years has lost a significant chunk of it's ability to get parts. Is there anything that says how much the price can be (or be raised) over that seven year period? I assume it...
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    How good of a deal is a dealer closeout or used when manufacturer switches parts?

    Somewhat related, but that is one thing that interested me in the Currie Electrodrive stuff. The battery, controller, and display all communicated with each other via Canbus. It seemed like a interesting place to tinker. But it seems to be one of the platforms everyone has moved away from though.
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    How good of a deal is a dealer closeout or used when manufacturer switches parts?

    Your 2nd BB501 motor reminds me of by older brother's Opel automobile when we were teens. He had one that he'd drive and one non-working one in the yard that he'd pull parts from as they failed on the car he drove. He eventually sold them both when whatever part he needed in his driving car was...
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    How good of a deal is a dealer closeout or used when manufacturer switches parts?

    Many manufacturers seem to build their lines with a particular set of motors in mind. Specialized picked Brose, Trek and Gazelle picked Bosch, etc. and in what looks like a symbiotic fashion bicycle makers produce certain styles (city commuting, touring, mountain) and motor manufacturers make...
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    Looking to get a bike now for the spring

    The used bike is an IZip E3 Vibe+, Although I think I have the general mechanical skills for working on the bike, and may start learning simple things, I do plan on making good use of a local bike shop. For budget, if I need to pay for it outright maybe $1400 or so, but if I can arrange a...
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    Looking to get a bike now for the spring

    I'm a bit southeast of Boston. The commute to the office that I'm talking about (once it opens) would be roughly Stoughton center to Blue Hills. If I buy the used bike I'm figuring taking it soon to a local shop and giving it a lookover/tuneup and start to get to know them that way. And since...
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    Looking to get a bike now for the spring

    The office has a gym with showers, so breaking a bit of a sweat wouldn't be too bad.
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    Looking to get a bike now for the spring

    I gave the used ebike I'm considering buying a test ride. I haven't been to the local bike shop (or rather closest store in a small regional chain.) but I've been viewing the inventory online. As for overthinking and having the commute as the goal. it just that there are a couple of spots that...
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    Looking to get a bike now for the spring

    ...the spring, then the summer and as much of the fall I can manage. I'm living in suburban New England. I've been eyeing ebikes for a while, and seem about ready to take the plunge soon. A couple of things have brought me here: I have a simple ~8 mile commute that I've long thought about...
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