Recent content by Toomanycats

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    Breaker of Chains

    This is wonderful advice. I have all my repairs and maintenance done by Velofix- I have no reason to question their competence but maybe I'll haul the bike to a local shop for a 2nd opinion. I get it tuned up every 3 months- part of that is inspecting the drive train for wear and replacement of...
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    Breaker of Chains

    Yes, but I may have to do both more often. It's really no fun trying to repair a broken chain on a 45 lb ebike. I have Markel insurance towing, but they took a while to pick me up.
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    Breaker of Chains

    Yep, that appears to be me. I have a 2018 Raleigh Lore with 7300 miles. The bike is well maintained, but I've broken two chains in a year now. Both chains were literally ripped apart between the links,, so the pins didn't fail. They were Shimano ebike chains, so I suspect it's about my riding...
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    First accident

    Saw one lady with chatting on the phone ignoring her dog sniffing around on the other side of the trail. The expando leash was ready to act like a trip wire.
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    Shoes and pedals, I'm confused

    It took me about a year, and sore knees, to figure it out. It might be easier for her to think of it as "forward and back" as in you are moving your leg forward, and kind of swinging it back up.. That's how I picked it up. Also, if she's riding a mid drive, she might notice that spinning gets...
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    I have to admit - I almost backed out of buying an ebike after joining EBR - glad I didn't

    OTOH, I will be eternally grateful to the members of the forum for suggesting I buy a Raleigh Lore, a 4000 dollar bike that was selling for $2500 at the time. After 2 years, and 6000 miles, I can't justify replacing it. There are prettier bikes, with better components, but I've already upgraded...
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    I have to admit - I almost backed out of buying an ebike after joining EBR - glad I didn't

    You are crossing the streams, you know (Star Wars and Star Trek). Never cross the streams.
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    Shoes and pedals, I'm confused

    I agree. I've ridden my ebike about 6000 miles, and have been really happy with the combination metal pin pedals plus Freeriders. I have ridden so much that both the shoes and pedals are getting worn, and will need replacement. If the OP is reading, the combination of sticky shoes/pedals is...
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    Does anyone here "name" their eBikes?

    My Raleigh Lore is known as "The Gray Ghost". He happens to be gray, and the racehorse Native Dancer had that nickname in his prime. But he is also a beast.
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    What Do You Do During The Lockdown?

    Also noticed many more walkers and riders out in Southern California. Lots of little kids on bikes. I hope they stay with it. I try to ride every chance I get- it helps with depression and anxiety. Plus it’s fresh air and freedom. Trying to give walkers and riders a lot more space when I pass...
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    Why are Brooks Saddles known for comfort?

    Its a long process, but once your pelvic bones conform to the shape of a Brooks saddle, there’s nothing like it😀!
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    How do you use e-power on your e-bike?

    I keep my bike in eco kind of as the default setting. Without assistance, my bike can be tough to start from a stop if the motor is off and I forget to gear down. I don’t want to risk a fall. I mostly use sport and turbo for hill climbing assistance, as we have a lot of hills here and my knees...
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    Ebike Sightings | What are you seeing?

    Still pretty rare in Inland Southern California, but getting more popular- slowly. RadBikes most common, with Trek being second.
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    How well did you do in January?

    California had some really fine riding weather. 2 weeks I managed to get 100 miles in. But there’s a lot of crud going around here, so getting sick slowed me down☹️
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    SEAT POSTS

    I am a heavier rider who has been happy with the cane creek thudbuster. It’s pricier than the Suntour. Don’t know if it’ll fit your seatpost, but I know they have shivs to help size it.