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  1. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    I did a full range ride Friday before last and verified a max range in unlimited mode, with no real restriction on my riding style, of about 60 miles, which is pretty good. I estimate a range of ranges of roughly 45-120 miles depending on conditions and riding style. I had a bit of range anxiety...
  2. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    So Grin apparently makes an excellent online visualization tool for the logger, of course: https://ebikes.ca/tools/trip-analyzer.html. I've attached my log files for anyone who wants to check it out. My fastest speed on the uphill section out of Sausalito was 31.65 MPH, which I believe was under...
  3. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    I've put in about 85 miles on the bike now and I'm getting very comfortable with it, having learned to 'speak its language'. I'm getting conditioned as I ride it to handle the additional weight; I'm finding it actually takes more leg strength to ride this bike to balance the extra weight...
  4. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    I've looked into riding jeans, they make a lot of them for motorcycle riding with inserts for pads, and some of them even have gusseted knees. I might try those in the future, but in general I find jeans too binding and hot for riding. I prefer to wear twill biker joggers, as they look like...
  5. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    @kmccune I hear you, safety is on my mind all the time. I ride this bike with a full face DH helmet, an armored shirt, and elbow pads, and I'm planning on adding knee pads when I can find a pair that are comfortable while pedaling. I bought a pair typically used for motocross, but they dig into...
  6. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    So I've put about 20 miles on torque arm v3 now and I'm pleased to report that it is absolutely rock solid. The bike has now been tested in the rain on a grocery run, with full panniers on a pet store/package run and towing my Surly Bill and has passed all with flying colors. I can also report...
  7. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Alright, as promised, here's a final raft of photos now that this bad boy is finally complete... mostly. I'd say it's about 95% finished, but the remaining tasks are mostly polish and refinement: Things like a righthand mirror, thief-proofing the hose clamps for the downtube battery with...
  8. bombadero

    20 MPH vs. 28 MPH Ebikes

    You're kind of right, although it's also business in the back, that GMAC motor and tire aren't messing around. So it's kind of a symmetrical mullet--all business in the front and back, and party in the middle. Which is kind of accurate, since as the rider you sometimes feel you have to hang on...
  9. bombadero

    20 MPH vs. 28 MPH Ebikes

    @FlatSix911 exactly. Running a Schwalbe Pick-up 26"x2.15" in the rear with an insane 155kg load capacity. I'm using the differential in tire size to achieve a sort of 76er/96er/cargo bike effect. It also gives it a downtube angle similar to modern MTB frames even though it's a '96 stump jumper...
  10. bombadero

    20 MPH vs. 28 MPH Ebikes

    Kind of funny to see you debating class I vs. class II because I just built the bike below with a combined total of 1100W (although still many thousands less than the crazy bikes you can buy from the likes of Stealth, HPC or other companies). I've actually had to start rebuilding some things on...
  11. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    I'm not posting anymore photos until the bike is 100% complete, which now seems like it will be a while due to issues with the fork, the bottom bracket, the front tire and the torque arm for the front motor. There are also some minor cosmetic issues with things like the plates for the rear deck...
  12. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    I'm still making progress on the build; I have a particular issue the inverted fork, which for some reason will no hold air. It is a brand new fork with no apparent defects and zero mileage, so I can't imagine dirt in the seals is an issue. I replaced the valve core but that did nothing. If...
  13. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    So I made a ton of progress this past week and the bike is almost finished. Today I finished up some fab work for the rear battery deck, and ended up having to re-solder my previous re-wiring attempt for the Baserunner controller, because I had the wiring coming out the sides of the mounting...
  14. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Ha. It actually has 3 or 4 nicknames already. It was originally dubbed 'Bruce' in it's traditional configuration; it's now Hyper-Bruce, AKA "Bruce the Moose" (on account of the handlebars), AKA "The Bat Bike". It will definitely be heavy compared to a traditional e-bike since it is dual motor...
  15. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    No room. About 26"x2.1" is all that will fit in the frame, as it is an old 1990's stump jumper with 135mm spacing. I actually tried a 26x2.5" tire at first but it rubbed; it currently has a 26"x46c tire, and I have slightly wider 26x2.1" tires on order (Schwalbe Pick-Ups, which have the insane...
  16. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Thanks! Feels good to finally be making progress instead of sighing at a pile of parts every time I pass through the garage :).
  17. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Making more headway; finally have the front wheel assembled (sort of). Still need to fix my spacers, lock in the star fangled nut, attach my torque arm, et cetera, et cetera. I have a ton of work to do on the back, shift cables, parking brake, disc brakes, derailleurs wiring, cable management...
  18. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Well I finally have some updates on my build. I've resolved most, but not all of my component sourcing issues and progress is occurring slowly. I finished repairing the paint on the frame using UV-cured, 3-coat nail polish. It's a bit thick, it certainly isn't a seamless finish, but seems to be...
  19. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    Haven't added anything in a while; unfortunately the tapered fork wouldn't fit my frame. I misunderstood how the adapters worked; they are only tall enough to work with chamfered straight headtubes, not prefectly straight ones, so I had to RMA it and just have to wait until January for Wren's...
  20. bombadero

    CBP is blocking import of my e-bike parts?!

    It's good to hear that they have improved their process. I agree about Canada Post. I ordered another $100 or so of cables, the thing that got one of my big orders in trouble, and it sailed right through customs. Having ordered it via Canada Post and being delivered to San Francisco, it went...