Recent content by BEC111

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    Vado/Como/Creo/Levo/Kenevo SL USB-C Charger Adapter Interest Check

    The main battery, RE battery and the charger all contain circuitry to manage charging. This include intelligence to prevent overcharging, possibly charge optimization (as on iPhones and other mobile devices) and so forth. Lithium batteries are susceptible to damage during charging. Using...
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    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (User Club)

    Congrats. I look forward to hearing how your mods work out.
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    Bicycle passing law

    I know I took a learner’s permit test. In 1964. That’s all I remember about the test. That’s the problem, but as long as we don’t require retesting every several years - perhaps every decade - most folks will be unfamiliar with current laws. I’m 74 and know I‘m only marginally up-to-date.
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    Bicycle passing law

    You do have to learn this stuff to get a learner’s permit in most states. But that’s only once and if like me, you got that permit nearly 60 years ago the relevant laws have changed and most of us don’t keep up to date unless your locality publisizes the changes and folks bother to see the notices.
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    Specialized Turbo Vado/Como/Tero User Club

    While I have no direct knowledge, a recently released firmware update is supposed to fix this feature.
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    New Turbo Creo - First Impressions

    I am aware of the noise made by the motor on my Vado SL, but I find I like it when I’m riding. I generally don’t need the assist, so the motor noise let’s me know the motor is assisting. The sound has been part of my learning about assist levels and the other factors in this discussion.
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    New Turbo Creo - First Impressions

    When I pass a road bike rider struggling up a climb, sitting back on my Vado SL, they’ll pass me on the decent or flat it often dawns on them that I may be riding an ebike, and they ask. We often get into a conversation, which can be fun. Since I’m 74 and the roadie is usually under 30, I don’t...
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    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (User Club)

    Interesting. As I mentioned in another thread, I hadn’t though of riding with no assistance when I needed to ride slowly. But, when I’m riding really slowly, in ECO, I feel/hear the assist kicking in in the manner you describe. I hadn’t though about it much, so your description is very...
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    Vado SL or a more powerful bike?

    Unassisted! I hadn’t thought of that, when I ride with my analog only friend. He’s a slow rider except when he want to prove he faster on his analog bike than I am on my ebike. (He is.) Instead, I’ve learned how to ride slowly in a low gear at 75 RPM. No assistance seems like a much better plan.
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    How to improve bike and pedestrian safety

    Here in Northern,Virginia there is pretty of good cycling infrastructure for suburbia. There are trails, bike lanes and most of the sidewalks are MUPs. You can ride to almost anywhere with reasonable safety. But when you get there you don’t have a place to lock up your bike. Whenever I discuss...
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    Lightweight e-bike with torque sensor

    Your preferences mirror mine. When I was shopping for an ebike about two years ago, my budget was $1500. I soon realized that the hub motor bikes at this price range were not for me. I also wanted to buy from an LBS since I had no experience other than lubing a chain with mike maintenance, let...
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    Vado 5 IGH problems on steep hill

    I believe the support person’s phrase is RTFM as in Read! The! F’n! Manual!
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    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (User Club)

    I’ve spun out occasionally on 42/11 when I’ve been riding at high speed for a while and the conditions allow. My cadence is hitting 110 or higher. That means tail winds and a slight down slope. Usually in Sport assist. Hitting 32 mph plus. It doesn’t last because friction and fear slow me down...
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    Over50's Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5 EQ (& Como SL 5) Chronicles

    I’ve been riding with both batteries draining together. My usual rides are between 13 and 30 miles in Eco or Sport with the occasional Turbo boost. I charge either whenever the battery level after a ride is below 30% or when I my next ride is expected to be 30 or more miles. I was charging every...
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    Fitness Apps and Gear

    I had the same questions over the past year or so. I usually use the Strava app running from my Apple Watch on my Vado SL. That way my heart rate is monitored during the ride while all the other data is captured from the bike or phone. Works well. After a couple of crashes, I decided I didn’t...