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    route across the USA

    I can't do this ride in 2022, but I'm definitely hoping to do a cross country bike ride in 2023. Looking at all of the routes on the Adventure Cycling website, I'm having a hard figuring out what a good coast to coast route is where it's certain that ebikes are legal? Seems like there's some...
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    Specialized Black Friday sale through the weekend

    Don't know if you saw, but Specialized has a Black Friday sale going on through the weekend. 20% off a number of bikes and lots of other stuff. It's kind of a random selection. I just put an order in for a Comp Carbon Creo with my LBS today. $5599 down from $7000 US. As crazy as it is, I had...
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    Do you have a favorite way to carry a second water bottle on a Vado?

    A year or so ago, when I bought my Vado 4, I was happy to see there were two places to attach water bottle cages. Sadly, at least on the medium size frame (like I have) there's not enough room to attach two water bottle cages. So the second bolt on location isn't functional for anything, at...
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    New Bike Day!

    Turned 65 in January. Because of the pandemic, I pretty much ignored it. Decided to give myself a birthday present and just picked up a 2021 Turbo Levo Comp today. I've mentioned before in this forum that my rural NH town's LBS are selling any Specialized & Trek bikes that they had in stock...
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    Cleaning a Vado in Winter

    This is a very minor tech tip, but for me it's blown my mind. I live in New England and am one of those eccentric folks and ride my Vado 4 year round. Not every day or while it's actually snowing, but if it's not snowing and is 25 F or up I try to ride at least 10 miles. Because of winter road...
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    Big Specialized price increase

    Just noticed that as of this week, there's a big price increase on all Specialized ebikes. (Probably it's all bikes. I only looked at ebikes) I had decided to upgrade from my Vado in March. I would have done it earlier, but I didn't want to buy a new bike in the middle of New England winter. The...
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    Narrower tires for Vado 4?

    After about 5000 miles on my 2020 Vado 4, I want to replace the tires. I'd like to get thinner tires to help go farther and faster. Do you know how narrow of tires that I can get with these rims? The Vado comes with 700 x 47 tires. The Vado SL comes with 700 x 38 tires. Can I go to 700 x 38 or...
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    Rented a Levo SL for the weekend

    Been riding my Vado 4 obsessively almost every day for months now. Decided to shake things up for a brief moment. My LBS has a 2020 Levo SL in their rental fleet. Today I rented it for the weekend. I took it out on the trails close to my property this afternoon. It's such a different feel and...
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    A new screen on my Vado display

    My LBS said they wanted to update the firmware on my 2020 Vado 4 battery. Now when I plug the charger into the bike (with the bike turned off), the lights flash and then this screen pops up. No big deal, but is definitely different from before, when the display screen didn't have any info during...
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    Vado 4 - Battery Broken Message in Mission Control

    Oh Man! I knew I was jinxing things by saying that I haven't had any problems with my Vado 4. I just was about to take the bike out for a ride. I turned on Mission Control. An error message popped up saying the battery is broken. I’m not sure what’s up? I rode it 33 miles yesterday with no...
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    front chain ring question for Vado 4

    I took my Vado 4 into my LBS this morning. After 2500 miles I had worn out the brake pads. They were very cool and replaced them on the spot while I waited. I had them check the chain too. It was just on the cusp of being too long, so I asked them to replace it. Again, they did right then, which...
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    Playing with Mission Control makes it feel like a new bike

    I've said a bunch on this forum that since the pandemic hit I try to ride my Vado 4, 15-35 miles every day. Fitness, stress relief and seeing the world outside of my work at home computer screen are my primary goals, so most days I ride about 25% of the ride at zero pedal assist, 60% of the ride...
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    A good use of Vado Turbo Mode

    I've found that the stock levels of assist on Vado's are pretty generous. At one point I said that I was getting rid of Turbo Mode as I never used it. Stefan Mikes said that he sometimes uses it to get himself out of a jam. I decided that was pretty smart. My Vado mission control is set to Eco...
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    Vado & Como Spare/Replacement Battery Price Increase

    I was thinking of spending the $900 to buy a spare battery for my Vado. Not only are the Vado/Como batteries out of stock, Specialized has raised the price to $1300. That's crazy! That $1300 price doesn't include a cover. https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/turbo-vado-battery/p/155683 Depending...
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    What's your farthest ride on a single charge with a Vado?

    I'm curious? I got my Vado 4 a couple of weeks ago. Since then I've ridden every day. Most days are 20-25 miles. Today I rode 41 miles with 37% left on the battery. How about you folks? How far have you ridden without recharging the battery?
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    Abus Cafe Lock Advice for Vado

    I'm one of many people who have taken advantage of the Specialized Spring Vado 4 sale. Within this forum there are a number of threads that touch on Abus Cafe Lock and Vado's. Perhaps I'm a dim bulb, but I'm not seeing what exact model of Abus Cafe Lock fits a Vado 4? Most everyone is saying...
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    Finally got a Vado 4

    Well it took a while, but I finally got my 2020 Vado 4 on Wednesday. I feel really lucky to have pulled this off with all of the craziness happening in the world right now and also having been able to take advantage of Specialize's big spring sale. Many of you were extremely helpful in giving me...
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    Have you ridden a Vado with no pedal assist?

    I'm curious have any of you ridden your Vado's with no pedal assist at all? How far have you gone? Is it like a regular bike then or is there noticeable drag? Final question. If you miscalculate your range, can you ride a Vado with a totally dead battery? Things are changing every day, but I'm...
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    Are Vado's Cursed?

    I've been gearing up to buy a Vado in April. In my rural area, it's a choice between Specialized and Trek. I really want an e-bike that can be serviced locally. I've always been a Trek guy, but it seems like Specialized right now beats out Trek at least in the commuter e-bike category. I've...
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    When was the last time you rode an acoustic bike?

    Okay, admittedly I'm a newbie to e-bikes. I bought a RadCity on sale in December. Since then, in December, January and March, weather permitting, I've ridden my e-bike exclusively 3-7 days a week (meaning no other bikes). Rad bikes have 5 levels of power assist. I've never gone above level 3...