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  1. Coolbob

    Consumer Reports - How Bike Racks Affect a Car's Fuel Economy

    I was surprised at how much of an impact bike racks can have on fuel economy, even hitch mounted racks can make a notable difference...
  2. Coolbob

    Consumer Reports - 'Is an E-bike right for you?'

    Consumer Reports has put together a pretty basic rundown of the different classes and types of E-bikes. It's a good place to start for those just learning about E-bikes...
  3. Coolbob

    Best way to open an AirTag, mute the speaker and reassemble with zero damage.

    I finally received my four-pack of AirTags! I watched several videos on Youtube on how to open the AirTag and disable the speaker. Every video I watched showed the same technique, stick a knife blade between the white and grey portions of the AirTag to create a gap and then insert a screwdriver...
  4. Coolbob

    Just received my Device Therapy Bike Mount & Reflector for Apple AirTag and I'm really Impressed.

    I've been researching small, lightweight tracking devices for years and they basically break down into three types. 1-Cellular based devices: Great range, but tend to have a short battery life and require monthly cellular fees (I used one of these devices on the drone I used at work). 2-Radio...
  5. Coolbob

    Like my Transcend E+ so much we bought a Vida E+ for spouse.

    We rode a Specialized mountain bike, Momentum LaFree, Trek Townie, and a Giant mountain bike last summer at a couple of shops about an hour from our home. The Giant impressed me the most, I really liked how smoothly the motor assist was integrated into the bicycling experienced so I ordered a...
  6. Coolbob

    Can Giant 6v-9w headlight circuit handle Nip & Tuck 6v-9.49w load?

    I already successfully wired an inexpensive LED headlight to my Momentum (Giant sub-brand) Transcend E+ bike this summer. The LED headlight only draws 2.4w @ 6v and it's decent enough. (Here's my writeup on the install ) The latest Giant firmware update activates the lighting circuit by default...
  7. Coolbob

    Once you go eBike, you never back (at least I won't ).

    Aired up the tires on my 20-year-old mountain bike a couple of days ago to run an errand in town. I'm glad I did and I learned a few things from the ride. 1-The old bike is in really great shape, but the rider not so much. My knees really appreciate the assistance my eBike provides on hills and...
  8. Coolbob

    First time working on threadless steerer tube, me likey!

    I've been very pleased with the riding position and pretty much left mine where the Giant Tech set everything when I picked up the bike in June. Two of my friends purchased Momentum Transcend E+ bikes after riding mine: Denny is happy with his bike as is, Robin is experiencing neck and wrist...
  9. Coolbob

    'Real Life' Battery Range

    I've been asked what's the 'real life' battery range on the Transend and I thought I'd share my reply here for others. I'm riding a 2020 Transend E+ with a 375-watt battery. Everybody's 'real life' range is different because there are so many variables that impact battery range on an eBike...
  10. Coolbob

    Adding aftermarket 6-volt headlight to Momentum Transend E+ (& Giant and Liv bikes)

    As far as I know all Giant, Momentum and Liv bikes use the same Ride Control One control pad which includes a Light button, even though some bikes do not come equipped with lights. I therefore assumed that all Giant, Momentum and Liv bikes use the same wiring harness, which means that even...
  11. Coolbob

    3M Scotchgard paint protection film applied to in frame battery, easy-peasy spray on synthetic wax.

    Admins, I'm new to Ebikes and the EBR forums, so please delete this thread if this has already been covered or move this thread if I've posted in the wrong forum. I've been 'into' cars and detailing all of my life, so I've applied a couple of trusted products to my new Ebike in the hopes of...
  12. Coolbob

    Just bought my first Ebike with help from EBR community.

    Glad to be a part of this community! I've been biking on and off all my life. At times I was really into bikes, then something else would catch my attention and my bike would gather dust for a few years. Growing up I rode every day for miles and miles on big box store bikes until I got my...