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    How do you pronounce "Eco"?

    I've heard the "eco" in "economic" pronounced both ways as well. :)
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    How do you pronounce "Eco"?

    A lot of e-bike systems have a low-power mode called "Eco". I'm curious how you pronounce it, and where in the world you live. I've heard two pronunciations: - something like 'eek-oh' - something similar to 'eck-oh' Personally, I'm team 'eek-oh', and I live in British Columbia. :)
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    Shimano Steps problem E20 E10 error

    Wow... had this problem with a STePS 8000 bike after about 3300 km. Cleaned the contacts, no dice. Cleaned the contacts and applied a di-electric grease. Problem solved! I have two batteries and used to swap between them after every ride. I guess I won't be doing that in the future. Now I...
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    Most ebikers are retired or near retiring age where age has taken a tool on muscle strenght and endurance.

    I've just ordered a 33 pound mid-drive e-bike (STePS, not Bosch, but same idea). I'm very curious to see how it rides unpowered, vs. the 42-55 e-bikes I've had up until now. Maybe that's getting the weight down enough that it'll be a better experience unpowered and on Eco than the others have...
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    What is your current e-bike, and what do you hope will be your next?

    I'm still really enjoying my Felt Sport-E (trekking bike), but I finally broke down and ordered both a BMC AMP Road One (drop-bar road bike), and a BMC AMP Cross LTD (crosstrail bike). The two BMCs I intend to test-ride to see if I want to replace the Sport-E, or go back to having 2-3 e-bikes...
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    Why not speed limits?

    In BC, the rule (as stated by ICBC) is that you can't be power assisted above 32 km/h *without pedalling*. But if you don't have a throttle, you *are* pedalling. So it's a grey area where it's appears to be neither explicitly allowed nor strictly forbidden. In practical terms, multiple police...
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    What Shimano E8000 firmware version is required for Badass box to work

    The badassBox website says it works with E8000 firmware up to 4.7.0: Have you considered the software-only option? I think they're superior because you're not fooling the motor, the motor knows exactly that it's doing. You're working with the motor...
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    Why not speed limits?

    Here you go: Ebike Regulations in Canada
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    Why not speed limits?

    I think a big advantage of selling 45 km/h bikes is that it gives a legal speed bike option, and I think that reduces the number of people who would choose to derestrict, as you say. And I've read other comments from people who are happy moving their bike from 25 to 32 km/h. Agreed that 25...
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    25km/h? 32? 45? 60? What speed do you *actually* want on your e-bike?

    I can't disagree with anything you say, but it's an incomplete assessment IMO. What if that 250w motor is super efficient, whereas that 500w motor is less efficient and produces less speed/torque at 500w than the other does at 250w? Again, the LED vs. incandescent lightbulb example. An...
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    Why not speed limits?

    In some European jurisdictions, it's my understanding that licence and or insurance is required for what we'd call a class 3 e-bike. Also, similarly to car drivers being made to wear seat belts, some jurisdictions require cyclists to wear helmets (again, particularly for class 3 bikes, though...
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    25km/h? 32? 45? 60? What speed do you *actually* want on your e-bike?

    *scratching my chin* I don't understand this focus on wattage. A 10 watt LED lightbulb can produce more light than a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb. It's not about watts, it's about how much power created per watt. I like the example of the Shimano E6000 motor being replaced by the E6100...
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    25km/h? 32? 45? 60? What speed do you *actually* want on your e-bike?

    No clue, a quick web search suggests it's an electric motorcycle, and this isn't the correct forum for that.
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    Neoprene Ebike Battery Covers for Cold Weather

    Clever! As a bonus, they probably make reflective dog blankets. :)
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    People for Bikes: Progress on Ebike Laws in the US

    Those are trying to be stealth what? They all look like electric motorcycles. None of them look very much like a bicycle, IMO. Sure, I know bikes and maybe I'm not the best one to ask. But in our community we have a team of e-bike equipped bylaw officers who ticket people using overpowered...