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  1. PatriciaK

    Anyone know what happened to Espin Reine?

    It's not advertised on their site any more that I can find, and the link provided in another thread is now the dreaded "File 404" 😕
  2. PatriciaK

    Espin is having a sale!

    $250 off on Nero and Nesta models til January 10: https://www.espinbikes.com/
  3. PatriciaK

    Electric socks?

    Looking for some so i can ride in colder weather - my toes (especially) and feet start to get numb when the temps get down into the 40s. I'm overwhelmed at Amazon - anyone have recommendations? I especially need heat in the toe area, and am going not to have to use those one-use throw away...
  4. PatriciaK

    My Bike is Back!!!

    Picked it up from its free one year tune-up and rode the chilly .5 mile home 😊. Feels great! Now just need to get through the "river of rain" (official meteorological terminology!) scheduled for the great PNW weekend, and I'll be back on the road!!! Also, in the good news category (so far) -...
  5. PatriciaK

    Back with my bike (sort of)!

    Returned to our West coast home Saturday, now quarantining for the required 14 days before returning no where near normal life 😜. Had thought I'd spend some quarantine time on my La Free, but discovered I had nearly reached the deadline for my free one year tune up. Had a no contact drop off at...
  6. PatriciaK

    She who hesitated...

    Lost out on the sale La Free 😢. Ah, well... Wasn't meant to be, I suppose...
  7. PatriciaK

    espin Flow?

    Posted in the main forum, but thought I might get more input from owners here... Looking for a second bike to keep at our second home. Currently ride a Giant La Free, but looking at the espin Flow, which is very attractive in styling! I'm concerned the ride will feel just to jerky/surge-y with...
  8. PatriciaK

    I have a conundrum!

    Everyone here knows how much I love my La Free :D! For some time I have been looking for a bike to keep at our second home on the opposite coast. I really did not want to invest $2000 in a bike that I will only be riding a fraction of the time (a significant fraction, but still, a fraction) I...
  9. PatriciaK

    Has anyone put their bike (La Free?) on its side in the back of a car?

    Have the opportunity to pick up another La Free E+2 on sale for our east coast home, but sale ends in a couple of days and no one who could pick it up for me has a bike rack. We're not there yet, so relying on family to get it for us ...
  10. PatriciaK

    New ebike studies

    PHYS ED E-Bikes Are All the Rage. Should They Be? Two new studies shed light on whether pedal-assisted electric bikes provide good exercise, and how safe (or unsafe) they might be. Image Credit...Laurent Gillieron/EPA, via Shutterstock By Gretchen Reynolds Aug. 19, 2020 Is riding an e-bike...
  11. PatriciaK

    auto mode on La Free drops when downshifting on hills?

    Now that I'm riding longer steeper hills on my La Free, I've noticed that when I downshift while riding up, auto mode seems to drop out for a long enough time to put some strain on my knee - the bike becomes difficult to pedal for a minute or so until auto mode "recovers". Had anyone else...
  12. PatriciaK

    Tacoma WA cyclists - this guy may be looking for volunteers!

    https://www.bicycling.com/culture/a32055764/tacoma-cyclist-shouting-messages-coronavirus/
  13. PatriciaK

    SOLUTION: Giant Ride Control update issues (stopgap)

    After fooling around trying to get the Giant update to work so my Ride Control would function, a friend sent this link to previous Android versions of Ride Control from APKPURE: https://apkpure.com/ridecontrol-e-bike-app/com.giant.gev/versions First, deleted the current version (1.4.4) that's...
  14. PatriciaK

    Smart helmet?

    I'm considering a smart helmet - one with a rear camera (to solve the mirror issue), lights and turn signals (thinking that will help with visibility). Does anyone have one they like enough to recommend? Would love to stay under about $150, but that price point is not rock hard. Thanks!
  15. PatriciaK

    Heading Home!

    Finalmente, returning to the great PNW tomorrow! Just in time, too! Spouse, who was adamantly opposed to my La Free, has been riding and enjoying it a bit TOO much since he returned ahead of me a couple of weeks ago. Get your own dang bike, honey 🤣! Can't wait to ride again!!!
  16. PatriciaK

    NYT on Ebikes today:

    E-Bikes Are Having Their Moment. They Deserve It. https://nyti.ms/3eLA2Lr
  17. PatriciaK

    Elby S1 9-Speed?

    Looking for an inexpensive east coast second bike (my giant la free is on the west coast, I'm stuck on the east) to use at our second home here. I had been trying to locate an Aventon Pace 350, but they're not shipping until July. A fairly nearby (2+ hours away) Velofix outfit has offered me...
  18. PatriciaK

    Elby S1?

    Looking for an inexpensive east coast second bike (my giant la free is on the west coast, I'm stuck on the east) to use at our second home here. I had been trying to locate an Aventon Pace 350, but they're not shipping until July. A fairly nearby (2+ hours away) Velofix outfit has offered me...
  19. PatriciaK

    carrier for step through frame

    I'm looking for a 1.25" hitch mount carrier for my La Free E+2, which is a step-through frame. Ideally, it could carry 2 bikes, one step-through, and one regular acoustic bike. I've seen a lot of carriers, and searched the forums here, but found nothing for this type of frame; am I missing...
  20. PatriciaK

    Battery storage question

    I need to store my battery for a few months. It's currently at 80%, and it's too dang cold to ride to discharge down to the Giant-recommended 60%. Am I going to cause any damage by leaving it the way it is?