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  1. Saratoga Dave

    Spring Cleanup a little early

    Picked up my ToughRoad at the LBS after it's service. New ebike chain, brake pads, drivetrain clean and adjust, a nice overall physical, so to speak. Why not jazz up the bar tape while we're at it? There's orange stripes all over the bike anyhow... I like how it turned out! Our shop is...
  2. Saratoga Dave

    One for the Rohloff peeps

    I don’t have a Rohloff setup, but I know lots of folks here do. Saw this on Crazy Guy and always appreciate a good out-of-the-box approach:
  3. Saratoga Dave

    (Sold): Pedego City Commuter, 26" low step, 135 miles

    Well, it pains me greatly to list this, but what a waste if it spends another summer in the basement. What we have here is a 2016 Pedego City Commuter, bought new in August 2016, with 135 miles on it. That’s right, 135. I bought this for my wife in the hopes that she would get hooked and enjoy...
  4. Saratoga Dave

    New Giant ToughRoad (2018 model)

    Purchased new April 2019, ordered from warehouse. They have five left! I wanted the display screen - the 2019 has moved all that out to a phone. Three power levels instead of five, that's plenty. Marginally less battery life, but far more at 500 pack than my Trek bike with a Powerpack 400...
  5. Saratoga Dave

    Keeping the saddle, changing everything under it

    Grab a beer and put your feet up, this is a long one! Alright, so now I’m a little hot under the collar, and in my usual way, I have dealt with it by voting with my feet. No particular reflection on my bike, a Trek XM700+ that I have now put just over 6200 miles on, but some degree of annoyance...
  6. Saratoga Dave


    This is sort of generic, but certainly fits in the R&M forum, since I know several of you guys are all over this stuff. Last Fall I added a 42 tooth cog to the low end of my Trek xm700 to give me some more climbing power with the Bosch Performance Speed motor. It has really helped out a lot on...
  7. Saratoga Dave

    11-42 on a Trek XM700+

    Okay sports fans, after threatening to do so for a good long while, I finally got around to having my LBS replace my 11-36 cassette with the ten speed 11-42 that I believe is used on the Powerflys. So what we have now is a good bit deeper uphill gearing along with the same Performance Speed...
  8. Saratoga Dave

    New York continues confusion

    You guys oughta love this... I guess I can stop worrying about the legal stuff around here, at least
  9. Saratoga Dave

    5000 miles, xm700+

    What can I say? 15 months since I bought this in Saratoga County, NY, rolled past 5K this morning on a HUMID ride along the Mohawk River. Bike has been near flawless. Replaced the chain and cassette around 3K, had one incident where the boost level wouldn’t behave (dirty contact)... one rear...
  10. Saratoga Dave

    Trek 1120

    Holy cow, you guys see that new Trek 1120? If they made that an 1120+, with the performance Bosch stuff and maybe the new power tube battery, it would be unbelievable! Nice bike!
  11. Saratoga Dave

    Lake Placid

    Aarghh! Lake Placid for the weekend, sunny and no snow on the ground (coming tonight) and my bike is in the shop down on Schenectady getting a wheel trued and brake pads. Oh, the humanity!
  12. Saratoga Dave

    A Ride in the sunshine, while it lasts

    Any of you New England guys want to take a little ride tomorrow, Thursday the 9th? I'm going to go get one more run on the Ashawilticook trail in from Adams, Mass down to Pittsfield and back. Anyone who lives anywhere around there certainly knows it! I'll be heading out from the visitor's...
  13. Saratoga Dave

    eBiking the Erie Canal

    I just completed a ride across NYS - most of it, anyhow, had done the rest in day trips - on my Trek xm700+. Thought some of you guys might be interested.
  14. Saratoga Dave

    Bosch controller quit on xm700+

    So I just got in from a typical 20 mile ride and suddenly the controller doesn't work at all. System shows Off, cant go up through the boost levels, info button doesn't work, nothing. This is on the button pad at the left end of the handlebars. The Intuvia head works fine as far as info button...
  15. Saratoga Dave

    eBike touring video

    Here's one for the class that's a lot of fun. This guy did a hell of a good job!
  16. Saratoga Dave

    Powering an iPhone 7 from an XM700+

    To my XM700 compadres... anyone have any luck with this? Once I finally tracked down a micro USB to USB cable, the damn phone just throws error messages that it is unsupported. Anyone got this working? Only issue I've had with this bike. The thing climbs like a mountain goat. Love that Bosch...
  17. Saratoga Dave

    Terrific Summer Ride

    This might not be the worst idea in the world for a topic folder, come to think about it. My wife and I took advantage of a gorgeous upstate NY day to ride the Saratoga Battlefield Road on our ebikes. The whole thing is in the National Park, so it's about as safe as possible, a 9 mile one-way...
  18. Saratoga Dave

    A Surprise XM700+ Demo

    So a local bike shop's website today displayed a large announcement of a Trek ebike demo for this evening, come and ride the Trek ebikes, with the background of the whole thing a picture of the Super Commuter. Good enough for me, off I go! Of course, they were stretching things a little bit and...
  19. Saratoga Dave

    Top Off Battery During Ride

    Good morning, all... I'm heading out in awhile on about a fifty mile ride that is going to exceed my battery capacity. Anyone know whether it's quicker or more efficient to continue along and run it down near the bottom before finding s place to charge it for a while, or to stop around halfway...
  20. Saratoga Dave

    Koda at 700 miles

    I bought this from a local bike shop August 24 after a chance meeting with a woman riding an eJoe Anggun a few days earlier who was very enthusiastic about her bike and the shop as well. I had test ridden the excellent Pedego City Commuter prior and loved it, but was more interested in something...