Recent content by JohnT

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    Break calipers too wide for hub motor

    By this, do you mean that the brake rotor is too close to the hub motor for the caliper to fit between them? I hear this is a common problem. There are spacers available that fit under the rotor to make more room. You might need longer bolts. Sorry, I haven’t done this so I don’t have a part...
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    Mid-drives with throttle/trigger?

    There is a mid-drive version of the Pedego City Commuter that comes with a throttle. Throttles on mid-drives are a unusual, because Europe doesn’t allow throttles and many mid-drives are designed for the European market. Bosch, I hear, is *very* anti-throttle. Throttles on 28mph bikes are even...
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    New to the ebike world and would love your opinions!

    I’m a throttle guy with knee problems, and I highly recommend them, but they’re not absolutely necessary, unless your problems are very severe. Full disclosure, I’m a Pedego dealer, so I’m biased, but I try not to be a total fanboy. Having said that, here are a few reasons for the Pedego. One...
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    Looking for an e-trike

    If I remember correctly, you said your wife is 330 lbs. that will rule out a lot of options. If you decide to exceed a trike’s weight limit, try to stay on top of your spoke tension, especially if riding on anything beside smooth pavement. It sounds like you’ve ruled out Pedego. I’m a Pedego...
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    Strapping stuff to the rack—ROK straps

    I’ve been meaning to try ROK. I usually use Monkey Fingers adjustable length bungees and am happy with their versatility.
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    How fast can you charge the battery?

    Charge rates are like discharge rates, and going higher might stress the battery and reduce its life. The question is how high can you go without a significant negative impact. I hear 0.7 to 1C for charging, but shouldn’t that vary, just like safe discharge rates, depending on the cells’ specs?
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    New City Commuter Motor

    Your LBS “thought” $1000? Seems like they made a bad guess. Sometimes, an LBS will quote high, in case they run into something they didn’t anticipate, especially if they’re a non-electric store asked to work on an ebike, but that’s double. The MSRP for a rear wheel assembly, including the...
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    Looking for upright bike with wide tires

    I’m a Pedego dealer. FYI, the Ridge Rider has a standard MTB riding position, but we have added stem risers, adjustable stems, and/or street bars for customers to provide a more upright riding position. The Trail Tracker fat tire bike is available in a Gorilla Edition which has beach cruiser...
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    Fat Franks vs Big Bens vs Big Apple Balloon Tires?

    My wife used to ride a black 26” City Commuter with Creme Fat Franks. It had a great antique look to it!
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    What new tires should I get for my Pedego Interceptor?

    +1 on Ravi’s suggestion of the Super Moto-X. It’s a great tire. The 27.5 x 2.4 version comes stock on the Pedego Conveyor, and I’ve put them on a Pedego Ridge Rider for someone not doing dirt. I haven’t tried them on an Interceptor, but it will probably fit under the fenders. I doubt it would...
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    Recommendations for Durable, Puncture-resistant 4" Tires for 20" Foldable

    I know some of the high speed ebike guys run 16” motorcycle tires on 20” bicycle rims for better durability. I don’t remember the details. Sorry.
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    2019 Trek Women’s Dual Sport+ or 2018 Riese & Müller Roadster Mixte Touring CX or CS

    Forgive me if this is off-topic, but since you’re in Long Beach, I thought I’d mention that Pedego Greater Long Beach is closing down this month, and you might be able to get an extraordinary deal there. My wife is 5’1” and rides a Pedego Conveyor. The top tube is too high for her, but she...
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    City Commuter Top Speed

    The current version of Pedego software does not allow top speed to be raised above 20mph. You can still change it as described in this thread, but 20 is the now highest setting.
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    E-trike selection advice needed (disability issues)

    Seems like you have most of your info right. Front wheel drive up a 30 degree incline with no pedaling will be very tough for a 250 lb payload. Power and traction are both issues. The obvious answer for traction is a reverse trike (AKA tadpole trike) which means two wheels in front and one in...
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    mid mount reverse?

    The motor of choice for reverse is a direct drive hub motor. Geared hubs and mid-drives have to deal with freewheel issues as David described.