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  1. Big Tom

    Any Howard County MD eBike riders want to meet our legislators?

    Hi, there is a sustainability meeting with elected legislators at the State/local level on 1/08 and if there is anyone who would like to attend or make comments about improving infrastructure and raising the size limit you are welcome to attend. Send me a PM for the information. Thanks for...
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    Looking for a visor for your bike helmet?

    In the pursuit of everything you would need to commute on an e-bike the wind and rain were a problem. As a motorcycle helmet has visors I thought "Why Not?" Here is a safety face shield from Harbor Freight ($3.99) cut down and attached with velcro to my helmet. I'm sure I can find one for...
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    Help with Lithium Battery Production??

    Hi Everyone, I'm trying to find someone experienced in manufacturing lithium cells and batteries that would consult regarding the process. The government of Costa Rica is interested in exploring the possibility of making batteries in their country. For those not familiar with Costa Rica, they...
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    Rain Capes - the answer to commuting in the rain!

    How many on this forum have heard of Rain Capes? A Rain Cape is a poncho that is designed to be used when riding a bike. It has a long front that goes over the handlebars and a short back so it doesn't get stuck in the rear wheel. If you have a rear fender these are the ideal way to travel in...
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    What size battery do you REALLY need?

    In looking at the e-bike market and how they can be used I'm wondering if we are wasting money on these big batteries?? Is the typical ride more then 15 miles? While looking at e-bikes as transportation and not recreation I'm wondering if the batteries over 10ah are worth the investment. If you...
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    E-Bikes in Costa Rica

    I visited Costa Rica recently and found out they are really pushing people to use e-bikes. They have added bike lanes in San Jose and just implemented a change to the import tax that allows e-bikes to be classified as electric vehicles and be tax exempt. There is actually someone in their...
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    Flying with lithium batteries

    Hi all, I'm taking a 48V kit to Costa Rica on Southwest and found a way to bring a battery while complying with FAA regulations. Dakota Lithium Batteries makes a 12V 7ah lithium that looks like a lead acid battery. I got four of those and will bring a frame bag and harness. I will hook them up...
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    Are you a big guy? Custom E Bike - 750W MAK Internal Geared Motor on a Giant 24 speed Mtn Bike $950

    For sale is a Giant Eddie Bauer 21" frame, 26" wheel Mtn Bike with an eight speed powered rear wheel. The motor is a high quality MAK internal geared motor rated at 750W - 1000W 1/2 twist throttle, no PAS 36V 17.4AH battery in a triangle bag. The motor can handle a 48V battery as well and I...
  9. Big Tom

    Hi from Columbia MD

    Hi everyone, I'm new to this board and a recent ebike enthusiast. I am a big fan of the kits with the internal geared power hubs and see great things happening with electric bikes because of the new, lower entry point. My first was a 500W Gary Fisher hardtail with Maxxis tires and I felt like...