These ebikes are tougher than we think.

m@Robertson

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sorry this might be a little off topic, but do i see 4 headlights on this? Nice setup and Bike!
hah yeah you do. I have slowly morphed my preferred lighting to multiple directed beams to give me a nice swath of light that you just can't get with a single unit, even one with multiple bulbs in one unit. The two center beams are very tight and long range. Too tight for street use. But if I angle two further forward, I have a very good long beam forward that is tight and centered. The two Niteriders are angled down and one click outboard (the mounts can be loosened and click-stop rotated). Their wider beams give me wider coverage to the side. My beam pattern is thus a big pear shape with the wide end closest to me and ideal for urban commuting. All of the lights are kept on low at about 200 lm each so I get good life out of the battery packs (I don't need them on hi since there are 4 of them. If I am in an area with no street lights I can kick them up. These let me be seen - I use them in the day too - and see things on the ground like potholes coming up. I charge once weekly in my office garage which is where the pic was taken.

Also its not 4 lights... its five :D A front blinkie will get washed out if its running near other front headlights unless its crazy bright. So I mount it low at the center on the front rack. In keeping with the theme, these kinds of lights survive really well on their own without waterproofing.

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He has a camera holder, four headlights and a horn plus a blue five gallon cooler for beverages perfectly positioned on his handlebar.
The horn turned out to be a waste of time. I just haven't bothered to remove it. A much better horn is my "HEY IDIOT!" horn that is proven to penetrate earbuds and closed car windows. Pics were taken in my garage at my office, where in summer I have big construction area fans to dry sweat, or a space heater in winter to help me warm up and dry off. Also the water jug for bottle refills that you noticed. USB and ebike chargers. Comfy chair. Carpet. Air compressor. Door with two locks. Its a pretty sweet setup.

On the other hand the local winos think so too and I had an altercation two days ago that ended up involving the cops. So we live in an imperfect world.
 

PedalUma

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USA
hah yeah you do. I have slowly morphed my preferred lighting to multiple directed beams to give me a nice swath of light that you just can't get with a single unit, even one with multiple bulbs in one unit. The two center beams are very tight and long range. Too tight for street use. But if I angle two further forward, I have a very good long beam forward that is tight and centered. The two Niteriders are angled down and one click outboard (the mounts can be loosened and click-stop rotated). Their wider beams give me wider coverage to the side. My beam pattern is thus a big pear shape with the wide end closest to me and ideal for urban commuting. All of the lights are kept on low at about 200 lm each so I get good life out of the battery packs (I don't need them on hi since there are 4 of them. If I am in an area with no street lights I can kick them up. These let me be seen - I use them in the day too - and see things on the ground like potholes coming up. I charge once weekly in my office garage which is where the pic was taken.

Also its not 4 lights... its five :D A front blinkie will get washed out if its running near other front headlights unless its crazy bright. So I mount it low at the center on the front rack. In keeping with the theme, these kinds of lights survive really well on their own without waterproofing.

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The horn turned out to be a waste of time. I just haven't bothered to remove it. A much better horn is my "HEY IDIOT!" horn that is proven to penetrate earbuds and closed car windows. Pics were taken in my garage at my office, where in summer I have big construction area fans to dry sweat, or a space heater in winter to help me warm up and dry off. Also the water jug for bottle refills that you noticed. USB and ebike chargers. Comfy chair. Carpet. Air compressor. Door with two locks. Its a pretty sweet setup.

On the other hand the local winos think so too and I had an altercation two days ago that ended up involving the cops. So we live in an imperfect world.
It look like you can filter all the smoke out out the air where ever you ride with that big air filter on the front.
 

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m@Robertson

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It look like you can filter all the smoke out out the air where ever you ride with that big air filter on the back.
Bright orange sunlight this morning. At least this year the fire isn't 30 miles away and burning down my friends' homes. I'm not watching webcams to see if buildings survive.

And yeah not much concern here for rainproofing since it doesn't do that anymore.
 

Dallant

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The horn turned out to be a waste of time. I just haven't bothered to remove it. A much better horn is my "HEY IDIOT!" horn that is proven to penetrate earbuds and closed car windows.
Exactly my thought! Your voice is far more specific a warning than a bell or a horn!
 

K PierreR

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USA
😂 I like that expression! Also I'm glad it all worked out and is dried out.

I was going to post this earlier but forgot. The motor is ip54 rated and the display is ipx7

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With a rating of IP 54 I would hesitate to take it on a gravel road or in much rain. I have an IP 65 rating on mine and avoid rain if possible. My display is barely waterproof where your display is essentially waterproof.
 

PedalUma

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USA
As for horns, everyone similes at the clown horn. How could they not, it is so silly. It is loud and does not sound 'rude.' This is a vintage one. I give it a couple of squeezes when I am about 30 yards away and ring the bell as I pass. This bike also has a coffee cup holder so I can sip when passing guys in spandex after honking the clown horn.
 

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m@Robertson

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It look like you can filter all the smoke out out the air where ever you ride with that big air filter on the front.
I think I just realized what you were really talking about. I guess it looks like one in that pic but thats not an air filter you were staring down in the pic with the blinkie light.

That was white reflective prismatic (street sign) tape. I made a floor plate for the rack which is turned up in front, so it can be made into a forward reflector that is a force multiplier for the blinkie and independently gives off a shine to oncoming headlights. Here's a different angle. Lined driver-side with rubber tape as the headlights shining on it sent back a glare.

And to stay on topic: Mounted to this rack floor is a 5a, fanless charger. IP67 rated because the voltage/amperage adjustors are silicone'd shut. Cabling and watt meter is in the dump pouch just behind/above it.

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K PierreR

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USA
I had these babies on my bike last winter. They are LED but the cockpit was cluttered and they pulled 35 watts at 52 volts . Bright
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Here is low beams at 75 yards
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Here is high and low beams at 75 yards.
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TrailSeeker

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USA
LOL, they will either see you, or go blind - one of the two 🤣

PS what cases are those around your tube and transmission? Also is that a special mudflap for snow?
 

K PierreR

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USA
LOL, they will either see you, or go blind - one of the two 🤣

PS what cases are those around your tube and transmission? Also is that a special mudflap for snow?
That is a mud flap that goes from the top of the battery to under the motor and keeps all the crap off the electrics.

Those lights were not good for group night rides. Nobody considered it night anymore. Each lamp is 2000 lumens