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  1. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (Demo Ride Impressions)

    I had never believed in the whole Specialized SL thing until I could ride an SL myself. My ill legs can deliver 70-80 W on average (with short burst of far more if I have to). I have got used to the "full power" modern e-bikes, the 24 kg (or heavier), mid-motor, and integrated removable battery...
  2. Stefan Mikes

    "Significant Motor Resistance While Pedalling With Motor Off" Myth Busted: Physical Proof

    "I experience significant motor resistance while pedalling with assistance OFF or with the motor switched off": There exist several threads discussing the behaviour of, say, Bosch or Shimano mid-drive motors. True or false? Such discussions remind me of the "holy war" between audiophiles and...
  3. Stefan Mikes

    Chamois Necessary For Long Tours: A Myth

    Disclaimer: I only express my personal experience. Many EBR members may differ. End of Disclaimer. Until recently, I have been totally sold on padded shorts/bibs, or chamois (have you noticed how many French terms are there in the cycling world?) Since 2013, I have been made to believe I needed...
  4. Stefan Mikes

    Distance/Speed Accuracy: Map vs. GPS vs. E-Bike Display: Serious Discussion Needed

    This has been already discussed in many threads in different EBR Fora without any real conclusion. Shall we try again? Let us discuss it once and for good. Ride Moving Time There is one ride parameter that is handled quite well (although not perfectly) by e-bike displays: The net riding time...
  5. Stefan Mikes

    Schwalbe Johnny Watts User Club

    Many owners of Sport Utility Vehicles never take their car off-road... German bicycle tyre manufacturer Schwalbe has noticed similar phenomenon in the world of e-cycling. Many users of luxury e-bikes hardly ever leave urban environment. Moreover, many people buy e-MTB for good (often dual)...
  6. Stefan Mikes

    Group Riding with Traditional Gravel Cyclists on E-Bike (dilemmas)

    I got interested in riding with a cyclist club by name Mazowiecki Gravel (Mazovian Gravel). These guys have amassed a lot of routes around the province (voivodeship as we call it) of Mazovia in Poland. Of course, I wouldn't even intend or be allowed to compete with them. Also, major events they...
  7. Stefan Mikes

    Winter Tyre Noise

    Are Spiked/Studded Winter Tyres Really Noisy? Not. They are not that noisy in my personal experience: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 27.5 x 2.60" (344 studs) should howl. They don't. Their noise is quieter than made by, say, Maxxis Rekon (summer trail tyre) of the same size, Schwalbe Marathon Winter...
  8. Stefan Mikes

    "* Specifications are subject to change without notice" (or, The History of S-Pedelec Turbo Vado)

    Specialized announced their commuter e-bike in 2017. Milestones for the top-of-line model: 2017: U.S. Class 3/EU L1e-B Speed Pedelec, 45 km/h or 28 mph. Many parts have not changed for years (I think it has been an excellent design). 2018: The fixed fork was replaced with Suntour suspension...
  9. Stefan Mikes

    Marathon Winter Plus, Anyone?

    Winter has come. I wonder if I should equip my Vado 5.0 with Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus, 50-622, 28x2" Anyone has tried? These tyres are deadly expensive, so I would like to know if anyone has used them.
  10. Stefan Mikes

    So few countries served by Bosch?

    What a bad surprise. So that's the European Union for Bosch. What is really surprising is the fact Bosch doesn't have their authorised e-bike motor reps in countries such as Ireland, Finland, Portugal or Greece. And now no wonder Riese & Muller e-bikes are not available east of Oder-Neisse...
  11. Stefan Mikes

    N-1 E-Bike?

    There is a lot of happy comments of the "It's the N+1 e-bike!" nature. Meaning, we e-bikers often develop the Gear Acquisition Syndrome. As long as we can afford it, we buy the next, then the next and N+1 e-bike. Which makes sense, as there is no "one type fits all" e-bike. Having a touring...
  12. Stefan Mikes

    I Wish I Could Have A "Black List" Forum Capability For Some Curse Words :D

    Whatever interesting thread appears, it is instantly "trampled" with tens of ones which are of complete disinterest to me. I wish I had a possibility to add words to a "black list" so threads with titles (and/or posts) containing my "curse words" were filtered from the view. The initial...
  13. Stefan Mikes

    Good Morning North America, Good Night Pacific!

    It is funny to watch the Forum activities of Members worldwide. It is an early afternoon for me in Central Europe, even earlier in the UK. America's East Coast must be awake now. The West Coast & BC are still asleep. Australia is going to bed while NZ is just asleep :) Anybody sharing similar...
  14. Stefan Mikes

    Are We Condemned to Strava?

    I'm not sure how popular Endomondo by Under Armour has been in your area but that route planning and ride-recording service is to be retired by the end of the year and replaced with a terrible MapMyRun service. Since all my rides have been recorded to Endomondo, I found the SyncMyTracks...
  15. Stefan Mikes

    How To Raise Your Handlebars (And Make Your E-Bike More Comfortable)

    Some e-bikes are the "children of the mountain bike". Look at the side pictures of higher class mid-drive motor e-bikes: In many of them you'll notice the handlebars located at almost the same level as the saddle. Such e-bikes are designed to be ridden in aggressive forward position; that's a...
  16. Stefan Mikes

    What do you think of monowheel?

    On one of my rides, which I took with my 45 km/h Vado, I was forced to ride a very long bike path. I was doing it reluctantly as -- technically speaking -- riding S-Pedelecs on bike paths is illegal in the EU. However, the road there was far too dangerous to properly ride with traffic. I set my...
  17. Stefan Mikes

    Schwalbe Smart Sam: Tyres That Are Silent On-Road And Quite Aggressive Off-Road

    I was converted by several notable members of these Forums to buy and install Schwalbe Smart Sam (standard issue) tyres on my Vado (47-622, 28 x 1.75"). It is impressive how quiet and fast rolling these tyres are on road, while I can ride them (with some effort) through the sand off-road. Smart...
  18. Stefan Mikes

    "I'm Riding in the Rain, Just Riding in the Rain..."

    Does anyone like riding in the rain? Honestly, I might accept a short ride for fun in the warm Summer but now, during the Autumn? It's pouring outside! Those of us who chose the whole-year cycling certainly need to prepare! My Vado is the bike I prefer for rain-riding because of the perfect...
  19. Stefan Mikes

    The benefits of high cadence or, "spinning" is also good for low drive-train wear

    We all hear the stories about the need to replace the chain after several hundred of miles, often followed by replacing the expensive cassette. I've just used the chain gauge to determine the wear of the chain on my Vado (it was replaced in May this year, and I ride a lot). What a surprise: The...
  20. Stefan Mikes

    Giant Ride Control Ergo, wireless display, new Giant App? (2021)

    Giant Bicycles advertise the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 now. Apart from 29" wheels, a flip chip to adjust geometry, and 625 Wh battery "compatible with Range Extender" (all are welcome), there are new things related to the electronics that Giant hasn't explained yet: Quote: The SyncDrive Pro motor...