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  1. Lectric Bill

    New Specialized Como SL

    Yes, panniers are better because they're lower, I guess. I use them along with panniers on the back rack when I grocery shop. But I'd still like a basket after seeing the steer tube mount on my neighbor's RadMission 1. If I ever get around to it, I'll look into having two split rings made...
  2. Lectric Bill

    New Specialized Como SL

    Does anyone know if the steer tube on a Turbo Como 5.0 could be modified to accept the front basket mounting hardware? The front rack on my Turbo Como really messes with the steering at any load above 10 lbs. or so.
  3. Lectric Bill

    Battery charging routine?

    Dale, I hear ya, but how can I express my inner nerd with your approach? ;) BTW, I just read that charging a cell phone when it hits 50% and quitting around 80% yields four times the battery life, compared to routinely charging to 100% and running it down to 20% or below. Here's a chart I...
  4. Lectric Bill

    The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

    Yes, I've been waxing chains now for several months and will never go back to liquid lubricants, whether "wet" or "dry". Advantages: Produces CLEAN chains that don't pick up dirt and form a grinding paste (and get black gunk everywhere). Chains that last many times longer, as well as the...
  5. Lectric Bill

    The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

    I don't think it would necessarily extend the life of each chain, but of course their collective life will be longer. I use this method because the cleaning regime to get wax lubes to really penetrate and stick requires a number of steps and I'd just rather put that energy into several chains...
  6. Lectric Bill

    Battery charging routine?

    In thinking about how to consistently charge to 80% , I came up with a spreadsheet which I keep in my phone: Charge Time Calculator I start with the percentage SOC at the end of a ride. Using trial and error, I came up with a factor to determine the time I need to charge to get from the...
  7. Lectric Bill

    Como Fender Failure

    After a couple of thousand miles, all the potholes finally fatigued the plastic of my Como 5.0 rear fender. The bottom end of the fender broke away from the bottom bracket mounting bolt. I fixed it by sandwiching the remaining fender end between two strips of aluminum and affixing them with...
  8. Lectric Bill

    Reducing Weight on Arthritic Hands

    Not sure how many wires are in your control panel cable, but if you look at the enlarged version of my setup in post #1, you'll see a rough spot on the wire closest to the steer tube. That is where I spliced in about 9 inches of 2-conductor wire to allow me to fit my headlight above the bars...
  9. Lectric Bill

    Reducing Weight on Arthritic Hands

    I'd have to try that setup on a leaning 2-wheeler, but the principle seems sound to me. Having the radius and ulna bones aligned vertically is anatomically neutral, sort of like those radically vertical ergonomic keyboards: That said, I wonder how the hands would react to having to grip the...
  10. Lectric Bill

    Reducing Weight on Arthritic Hands

    A fork crown failure 20 years ago broke all 4 metacarpals in both hands (among other things). At age 76, the resulting arthritis calls for some modifications to my Specialized Turbo Como 5.0 bike. I’ve taken three actions: Swap out the standard stem with a Kinekt suspension stem. (100 mm, 30...
  11. Lectric Bill

    Upgraded rotors 203/180

    I agree: I've never complained about too much braking power. (I clearly remember the puckering horrors from applying old, hard rubber pads on rim brakes in the rain!) I'm certainly not averse to resin pads in general; it's just that in my use case, I was going through them a little too...
  12. Lectric Bill

    Upgraded rotors 203/180

    Everything went smoothly with the exception that the original caliper mounting bolts were too long when used on the SM-MA-F203 P/P adapter. I cut then down. I can't say that I notice a huge increase in braking power in going form 180 mm to 203 mm... maybe a little. The big gain for me was that...
  13. Lectric Bill

    The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

    Update on using the Silca lube in between either cleaning/soaking or cleaning/hot waxing: For interim application of Super Secret Chain Lube (SSCL), I've just never been satisfied with the "massage with fingertips" method they show on the website because: Applying a drop per link, most of...
  14. Lectric Bill

    Upgraded rotors 203/180

    OK, I'll answer! I called the tech support folks at Jenson and found that the Como has a native 160 mm fork, hence the adapter for the OEM 180 mm rotor. What I need is a Shimano SM-MA-F203P/P adapter. BTW, I chose the RT66 rotor, not the ICE technology one, after reading on Amazon reviews about...
  15. Lectric Bill

    Upgraded rotors 203/180

    My Como 5.0 front 180 mm rotor is about done (thickness =1.57 mm). I'm thinking about going with a 203 mm rotor. What's confusing me is that the Shimano Deore XT M8000 brake is post mounted to the fork, but already has an adaptor in place. Why? Was the fork designed for a 160 mm disc?? I was...
  16. Lectric Bill

    Swap Como 4.0 48T chainring with Vado 4.0 40T chainring

    Yep fits and I posted the pix to prove it. I chose to reverse the ring, since I'm not fond of decorating my vehicles with advertising graphics. As far as mountain rides, I climb some fairly steep hills where I live and the Como's motor has handily proven up to the task, even with the 52T ring...
  17. Lectric Bill

    The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

    So what do you think of the Wippermann Connex Chain Link? $26 and reusable, no tools required?
  18. Lectric Bill

    The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

    Update on my experience with the Silca lubricant. TL;DR: I used it and I like it. I've put 114 miles on the chain since cleaning it thoroughly and applying Silca Super Secret Chain Lube out of a squeeze bottle and "massaging it in" as their video directed. I probably could have gone longer...
  19. Lectric Bill

    Swap Como 4.0 48T chainring with Vado 4.0 40T chainring

    Ha! I'll never knock duck tape. When I lived on Kauai, there was a local fisherman whose boat trailer had a broken leaf spring. He couldn't find a replacement, so he taped the spring together with duct tape. Six entire rolls of duct tape! And that trailer went in and out of the ocean, almost...
  20. Lectric Bill

    Swap Como 4.0 48T chainring with Vado 4.0 40T chainring

    Updates on the 52T chainring replacement... First, from the realm of "Really Stupid Stuff": I hit 44 mph down a long steep hill. Second, I had gotten used to the pants guard on the Como and looked for something similar I could add to the 52T chainring. I found nothing that was not a 5-bolt...