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    Funnily enough, some e-bike DIY folks are...

    Funnily enough, some e-bike DIY folks are sourcing replacement hybrid car battery packs for e-bike use. The nissan leaf pack is apparently somewhat popular for that. Batteries (and the whole...
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    The thing is, I think tech like this is seriously...

    The thing is, I think tech like this is seriously awesome! Having that sort of power would enable people to undertake longer commutes via bike, and use roads that might be too unsafe on pure human...
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    I used to see them pretty frequently when I...

    I used to see them pretty frequently when I commuted on the W&OD, actually. Some people would ride down the tail in pitch darkness with their little headlight in full on disco strobe mode. I always...
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    The problem is that, unless you have a really...

    The problem is that, unless you have a really bright light, a flashing light in the daytime is doing nothing. Seriously, your average "be seen" blinky is not daylight visible.

    At night, front...
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    But the motors are simply designed for whatever...

    But the motors are simply designed for whatever common voltage is out there. And they tend to work with a range of voltages pretty well. The voltage limit is usually the controller, not the motor....
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    I guess it comes down to how much you think the...

    I guess it comes down to how much you think the tech will progress in the near future. I lurk on electric-sphere a fair bit (I actually built an electric longboard earlier this year), and I see the...
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    This sums up my thoughts pretty succinctly. ...

    This sums up my thoughts pretty succinctly. Things work fine now, because e-bikes are expensive and (in general) fairly limited in the power they provide. But its hard to look at the rate of...
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    Honestly, I think the forum works well. I mainly...

    Honestly, I think the forum works well. I mainly browse by just going right to the "new posts" search, so I don't really notice the threads scattered around except when I need to go back and look...
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    I don't really care for it. Its a bit too...

    I don't really care for it. Its a bit too cluttered for my taste. Forums should be clean and simple.


    Honestly, I feel like this forum has too many subforums already. I've had the situation...
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    I think we can sum up the thread as: -Don't...

    I think we can sum up the thread as:

    -Don't shine your helmet mounted lights in peoples eyes.
    -Bar lights, make sure they are properly aimed so you aren't blinding people unnecessarily. ...
  11. I prefer a bar mount with a decently wide beam. ...

    I prefer a bar mount with a decently wide beam. My 800L has enough side throw to keep track of stuff immediately to the side of me and help in turns and such. My current setup is the 800L, usually...
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    My OG fixie was 44/16. The two current ones are...

    My OG fixie was 44/16. The two current ones are 48/18 and 46/17.
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    I think the problem is that some arbitrary limit...

    I think the problem is that some arbitrary limit (like a motor wattage limit or assisted speed limit or something) is basically so impossible to enforce that you may as well not even have the limit. ...
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    Thing is, being blinded by a light doesn't really...

    Thing is, being blinded by a light doesn't really take lumens, it just takes getting the brunt of the light right in the eyes. Which is why I hate helmet lights; no matter how bright (or not) they...
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    It probably depends where you ride, as well. ...

    It probably depends where you ride, as well. Closer to the city, you get a lot of ambient light due to all the light pollution. Out in the burbs, not so much. I know when I used to do the...
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    I started commuting on the W&OD with a L&M ARC...

    I started commuting on the W&OD with a L&M ARC HID light, which was 600ish lumens, and eventually traded that for a Dinotte 800L (800 lumens). I have ridden with my 400L as well, and honestly wonder...
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    I detested helmet lights when I commuted on the...

    I detested helmet lights when I commuted on the trail. Some people try, but its human nature to glance at things that have your attention (like that person in the oncoming lane) so I'd always get it...
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    Flashing anything doesn't belong on the trail. I...

    Flashing anything doesn't belong on the trail. I always turn the headlights and taillights to constant as soon as I enter any MUP.
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    I've done it. At rush hour. It sorta sucks.

    I've done it. At rush hour. It sorta sucks.
  20. Thread: Bike Tolls

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    I meant the one right down the road in Great...

    I meant the one right down the road in Great Falls VA (where I work). Granted, I've never ridden a road bike in, but I've ridden a MTB in many times and can't remember ever paying anything.
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    ...People pay to enter Great Falls on a bike?

    ...People pay to enter Great Falls on a bike?
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    The heat thing ain't so bad. Maybe I'm just used...

    The heat thing ain't so bad. Maybe I'm just used to it. :) I did a rack and panniers for a few years when I started but switched to a messenger bag after that and haven't looked back. But its...
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    Thats a pretty good ride! Once you start, folks...

    Thats a pretty good ride! Once you start, folks here can definitely help fine tune the route. But yeah, custis to W&OD will probably be most of it. The good news is that your morning commute is...
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    Discs are nice and all, but don't feel the need...

    Discs are nice and all, but don't feel the need to push the budget or limit your options to get them. I've owned a few disc-equipped commuters and currently am all rim brake; the difference just...
  25. Well, its situational. Most of the roads I ride...

    Well, its situational. Most of the roads I ride with bus stops are pretty wide. I'd be several feet minimum from any bus while passing, which is plenty of space to see and avoid a kid even if they...
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