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Old 10-10-2015, 08:00 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I may have mentioned it before, but have you considered going tubeless? ...
A good friend of mine with a lot of biking experience does his own "red neck" tubeless with tire flat fixer spray or something. I have thought of it. But I have too little time these days.

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We want pictures.
And you shall have pictures... here they are...

Head lamp was "free" because I reused my daughter's rarely used "head lamp" for camping. It is LED, uses ordinary AAA batteries, and can be set to flash. Nice.


Here you see the fender I made from an automotive lining found in the street, the clear-coat and glass-bead reflectance on the battery pack, and the freeway road marker reflector I found on the 91 freeway while performing some emergency aeromod repairs to my civic! You can also see my mag light tail light, for which I made a red filament using busted car taillight fragments in the road.

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Old 10-11-2015, 12:21 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Thanks for more pictures. I'm enjoying this thread and I'm gonna go back and read from the beginning now to see what details I've missed. I think I will copy your headlamp idea.


(btw I recently bought a road-leaning hybrid bike for my commute but decided against electric for now)
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:27 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Just like any other vehicle bikes benefit from reducing air drag. Strangely enough the best gains seem to come from starting at the back and working forward. A wheel cover and tail box are inexpensive to make and effective in reducing drag.
I can easily believe that. When I was rowing, we would cover the cage of the spinning wheel on the rowing machine and the drag would drop to almost nil.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:03 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Update: today marks 6 months since completing the bike. 1578 miles as of today. 1578 miles I would have driven. 1578 miles @ 1,000-3,000 mpge instead of 60 mpg. And lots of exercise. I love this bike. It is cold before shnrise, but not bitter. I have a great jacket.

Also, added some nifty reflectance from one of those roadway lane marker reflectors that had broken loose and was in the gutter. It was still in good shape cleaned it up and mounted it with double-sided trim tape
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One year update

"Black and Red" is 1 year old today. It has 2097 miles on it... all of it "replacement" miles, meaning miles I would have driven: to the store, to work, to social gatherings...

That means that I did 1578 in the first 6 months and 519 in the second 6 months. The reason is my wife got a new job last October and I took on all school drop-off driving... so no more biking to work.

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Battery is still great. It works perfectly. I have had some trouble with loose wire connections due to all the shaking over bumps. i just find and tighten and it goes away for a few weeks again.
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Some blue Loctite or some internal tooth lockwashers may help the connections. Now some aero mods may be in order.
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Some blue Loctite or some internal tooth lockwashers may help the connections. Now some aero mods may be in order.
I actually did mildly aeromod the build recently. I got rid of the big bulky red panier hanging from the side and replaced it with a triangle bag, a saddle bag, and a handlebar bag. The handlebar bag on the front is meant to help aero a little like a fairing ... a VERY small fairing.

There is a section of bike path that is long atraight and flat where I informally test how many watts I need to keep max speed often. In full tuck I used to need something in the area of the low to middle 300s in watts. Now it dipps into the high 200s, so maybe 350watts reduced to 290.
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One simple safety detail I noticed is your quick-release for the rear wheel. In the last two pictures you had it pointing down in one and along the chainstay in the other. both of those positions are likely to catch on obstacles. Align it in the closed position with the seatstay. (the bar from the back axle to the seat post)

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