This bike came into the workshop because the torque sensor was working intermittently. It is a Juiced Rip Current, a monster of a fat tire mountain bike. The torque sensor is bolted between frame and gear cassette, and integrates the derailleur hanger, and was damaged in a fall. This ebike has a powerful 750W motor, hydraulic disk brakes, suspension front fork, and built in lights, with a massive 52V 19.2 Ah battery. This is a full sized “SUV” of an ebike, and is being used accordingly. Now back on the road, the new torque/cadence sensor makes this bike easy to start up and ride anywhere. It takes two hand to handle this whopper!
One of the main trade-offs in owning an ebike is that changing tires and tubes is harder, and with most rear wheel motors, it best to adjust the deraileur and disk brakes at that time. So what to do if riding in the city, with metal and glass everywhere? I looked around at the various products sold to help prevent flats, got a bit confused, but then found this great video from Bolton Ebike where they put the top products to the test: Mr. Tuffy Tire Liners, Slime, Tannus Armour, and Flat Out, the clear winner.
So we have been adding Flat Out to all the bikes that come through the shop, if the client approves. It just makes sense (though I make more money if you bring me a flat tire, I am not that anxious to work on preventable problems!)
I just found this new (Jan 11, 2022) feature by Street Films on cargo bikes in NYC, it gave me all the feelies about how we can change our future for the better. After 4 years riding my RadWagon cargo ebike with the grandkids, groceries and dog, I totally understand and agree with the sentiments expressed by the cargo bike users featured in this video. It makes life in the city easier and more fun, cheaper and less carbon intensive, all positives in my book. I’ve had a few cargo ebikes in the shop for tune-ups/repairs, and they are wonderful machines for families as well as delivery drivers!
I had not heard of Street Films before, but I like them. Here is an added link to the shorter Cycling Copenhagen…