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    EZgo-Now Specializes in turning standard bicycles into Well-Built Electrically Assisted Bikes. By installing high quality components onto well built economically priced bicycles I can personally guarantee that you'll be getting an E-Bike of exceptional quality at a highly competitive price. If you’re thinking about building or converting your own E-Bike, why not start with the same kit many of the the professional's use? There's an E-Bike Kit from E-BikeKit™.com at the heart of everyone of our EZgo-Now Conversion's.

    For 2014 E-BikeKit™.com has built a great new Web-Site to go with their newly improved E-BikeKit they introduced last year.

    Unfortunately this came with a slight price increase. As an independent dealer my prices are usually a few dollars less than E-BikeKit™.com to begin with. THE GOOD NEWS IS, since it will take me a few weeks to get my prices changed THE OLD PRICES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT. ORDER FROM EZgo-Now.com BY June 18 & KEEP THAT MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. CLICK this text or the E-BikeKit Logo to get started.

    The 60 Cent Bicycle Lock

    ClevisClipOver the years I have discovered lots of tips, tricks, workarounds and low cost solutions to otherwise expensive problems. Most of these are so simple and mundane that I rarely think about sharing them unless I’m asked or it’s pertinent to the solution to a specific problem that I am helping someone solve. Today I was reminded of how useful some of these solutions can be.

    A few years ago when I first began working on and building electrically assisted bikes, one of the first improvements I discovered that an electric bike needs is a quality kick stand. However, whether you’re using a center stand or something like the rear mounted Greenfield kickstand, none of them seem to come with a locking mechanism that keeps them from folding up if pointed down hill or bumped from the rear. To fix this short coming and make an already stable kickstand even better, I discovered that locking the front wheel eliminated this problem. The easiest way to accomplish this was to squeeze the front brake lever tight and insert a small pin into the opening created between the brake housing and where the cable attaches to the lever. For this I use a 2″ clevis pin clip sometimes called a hitch pitch clip although any type of pin would work. (See pictures)

    In addition to making a cheap, simple & effective parking brake I had also assumed that this brake lock could double as a good theft deterrent as well. Not because it’s difficult to undo but simply because it will add a view seconds to the time it takes for someone to figure out why your bike won’t move. Using a nail instead of a clevis pin clip might be even better as a theft deterrent since it would be harder to spot.

    Locking your bike each & every time you take a short trip into a store is a pain. Not locking your bike is an invitation to any would be bike thief. Doing something as simple as locking one of the wheels will not only increase the amount of time it takes for someone to take off on your bike but because they will no doubt look very clumsy or stupid as they try riding or pushing it away with the wheel locked, they might also attract the unwanted attention of any bystanders.

    Clevis pin lock

    Brake lever locked using a clevis pin.
    For theft protection a nail or similar would be harder to spot.

    This morning I was running a couple of errands in downtown Carlisle on my E-bike. My last stop was the Carlisle Post Office where I parked in the large municipal parking lot using an angled parking space on the left side of the right of way, directly adjacent to the front door of the post office. The bike was pulled in and parked in the same manner as the other motor vehicles which is facing away from the post office. As I walked back out of the post office I immediately saw a kid apparently trying to push my bike away. My immediate thought was to holler at him but then quickly noticed that the kickstand was up and this action would undoubtedly cause my bike to be dropped. Since I was in his blind spot and only about 40 feet away I decided to quietly walk up to the bike and grab hold of the rear rack. As soon as my hand was on the rack I began to put the rear mounted kick stand down as I said in a calm voice, “hi can I help you”. The kid spun around while surprisingly still hanging on to the handlebars with one hand and did his best to appear nonchalant while uttering a response that said something like “oh,… hi,… just lookin,.. nice bike. To this I said “thanks, it’s an electric police bike”. (see picture) I’m not sure why I said this but it certainly had the desired effect. “Can I answer any questions for you?” By now he was looking a little pale and his eyes were darting all around like he was about to be pounced upon by the police department. He replied with “er,.. no thanks, see ya later,  turned away, triped over the divider curb in front of him and stumbled away as fast as he could with out actually running.

    Clevis pin home

    Home for clevis pin when not in use.

    As it turned out, this kid was actually a young adult in his middle 20s. His sloppy dress, shaved head and smallish 5’8″, 150 lb build made him look like a teenager from a distance. In addition my bike is a large 22″ MTB frame. This not only made this smallish person appear even smaller than he was but had he attempted to mount the bike he would have found it quite awkward to say the least.

    So,… did my 60 cent clip save my bike? I’ll never know for sure. What I do know for sure however is, had this person been able to push my bike away unheeded & I had walked out of the post office just 10 seconds later, my bike & would-be bike thief would have been far enough down the street that I may not have seen him in time to take chase. And, had he been able to get on the bike without toppling over he would have been no doubt gone for good. Of course, If I ever did get it back it would almost certainly be stripped of all it’s electronics & e bike related components.

    Nothing will make your bicycle theft proof, so your goal is to simply make it as difficult, awkward looking and time consuming as possible for anybody but you to take off with your bike. Parking your bike in a well lit, conspicuous spot, locking your brakes. removing a wheel or your bike seat & of course using a bicycle lock are all well proven methods of slowing or stopping bicycle theft.

    Use the comment box below & leave us some of your tips & tricks for thwarting bicycle theft or any other of your time & money saving ideas. After all, saving money is one of the big motivators for using your bike more often & as members of the cycling community we should consider the sharing of ideas & membership  recruitment one of our membership requirements .

    Thank You,

    Matt

    Marin e bike conversion

    I’ve been told this looks like a police bike. Perhaps I should market it as such.

    Marin e-bike

    Police Bike? No, just another EZgo-Now E bike conversion.

    e bike don't drive

    Borrowed from the $100 A Barrel artical by Monkeylogical.

    There may be a new reason for not getting a drivers license these days & it has nothing to do with the price of gas or the environment.

    It would appear as if the DMV (Department of motor vehicles) is being used by many other non-related state agencies and possibly even some private corporations to collect debt or impose hardships on its citizens. To be sure, the DMV carries a very big stick, but is it fair to use that stick on people whose debt, fine or crime had absolutely nothing to do with ones driver privileges? Some people don’t think so and that includes the DMV  themselves. Please read this excerpt from THE WIRED below.

    The driver’s license has become something it was never intended to be: a badge of good citizenship. Pay your bills to city and state, pay your child support, don’t get caught using drugs, and the state will let you keep on trucking. Screw up, and they’ll clip your wings. And for those who don’t get the message and stay on the roads? In most states, getting caught driving without a license, or with one that’s been suspended or revoked, means handcuffs, a trip down to the local jail, and having your car towed to the pound.
     
    In other words, it’s serious shit.
     
    Most businesses and state agencies have a problem with outstanding debt. Bounced checks, IOUs, stolen credit cards – it all adds up. Some organizations write off anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of their debts as “uncollectable.”
    Most agencies, that is, except for the DMV. “We don’t have debt,” says Lewis, who oversees all of the Massachusetts Registry’s computer and information systems. Last year, the Massachusetts Registry collected more than US$660 million in fees and fines; less than $600,000 came back as bounced checks – a whopping 0.1 percent. “How can you afford to stiff us?” Lewis asks rhetorically. “Whatever it is you have, we’ll take it. We’ll pull your driver’s license. We’ll take your title. We just don’t have bad debt.” Lewis pauses a moment to consider his words, then shrugs, his point made: At the Massachusetts Registry, “we walk a very fine line with incredible power over people.”
     
    Increasingly, lawmakers around the country are employing that power to enforce public policies that have nothing to do with driving or motor vehicles. Lewis and his counterparts in other states aren’t happy with the change, but there’s little they can do when legislatures hand down new rules.
     
    “Every governmental agency is looking for every means possible to…enforce the regulations and policies in front of it,” says Barry Goleman, President of AAMVANET, a computer network run by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators that links together the computers of the United States’s 51 motor vehicle agencies. And increasingly, says Goleman, those state agencies are turning towards the DMVs as a source of data about the state’s citizens, a way of providing services, and ultimately, a means of enforcing policy.
     
    The DMVs fit the bill perfectly. On one hand, the DMV database lists virtually every man, woman, and teenager of each state more accurately than the state’s own census or tax roles. (Even people who don’t drive usually end up getting “identification” cards, issued by the state DMVs, so they can do simple things like write a check or buy an alcoholic drink.) On the other hand, the DMV has a unique means of forcing citizens to comply with state edicts. In short, the DMV is a one-stop-shop for state agencies that want to reach out and affect our lives.
     
    Ironically, this concentration of information, power, and responsibilities has received scant attention from traditional privacy and civil libertarian advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union, Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen, and even Robert Smith, editor of the esteemed The Privacy Journal, performed an exercise in collective buck-passing when called to comment for this article. The only group that has made any statement on the issue at all is the American Automobile Association: “Problems or violations of the law not having anything to do with the operation of a motor vehicle should not result in the loss or suspension of a driver’s license,” says AAA spokesperson Geoff Sundstrom.
     
    Instead, it has been motor vehicle administrators themselves who have been honking the horn, warning that their agencies are becoming Big Brother incarnate. The only problem is that nobody is listening.

    For the complete article click “The government is using your driver’s license to play Big Brother” then tell us how you feel about this.

    I for one, had never given this much of a thought. But having lost my own drivers license for a period of time about four years ago I became very much aware of not only the hardships of getting around without a driver’s license but of the incredible bureaucracy, absolute power and lack of common sense surrounding the DMV and its regulations and requirements.

    Well sometimes bad things can have good results. For me not having a driver’s license took me back to one of my favorite past times which was bicycling. From there I began to explore the world of electrically assisted bikes and I haven’t looked back since. No car, no problem. Two wheels are better than four and a whole lot cheaper. At the bottom of this page are a few quick reads that might get you thinking about the economics of writing verses driving.

    And if this sparked your curiosity about E-bikes why not give me a call and come on over to the EZgo-Now E-bike shop. I have some terrific deals right now on cash and carry E-bike conversions as well as E-bike kits from the number one kit builder in the USA EBikeKit.com. CLICK HERE FOR Summer Sales.

    Can E-Bikes Displace Cars?

    Mongoose Maxim Conversion

    Dual suspension Mongoose with rear mounted gear drive & 36 volts of LiFeP04 in the bag.A STEAL at $896

    Why I sold my car for an Electric Bike

    10 ways an E-bike can save money 

    Electric Bike vs Electric Car: The Best Commuter Vehicle 

     

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    E Bikes, Coming of Age?

    For starters, E bikes are moving. They’re moving off of the factory floor of the E-bike builders and into the showrooms and sales areas of the new E-bike Retailers springing up across the nation. From there the’re moving into the homes and garages of US consumers. These are often people who had previously never thought much about bicycling let alone purchasing an electrically assisted bike. They’re easy to spot by the big smile on their faces. More importantly however, E bikes are moving forward with their design, functionality and technology with a speed comparable to the PC’s of yesteryear and the Smart Phones of today. This is tremendously exciting for me and should be for anyone else that enjoys bicycling or just thinks there must be a better way to make those short commutes.

    Neat E-bike

    Better built, better looking, far more practical and a whole lot of fun. This is how I describe the new E-bike’s and E-bike kits coming on line todayClick here for ElectricBikes Top 10 Picks for 2014. 

     

    The electric bike is a revolutionary form of transportation. Finally, after years of false starts quality electric bikes and E-bike kits are here, and they have become reliable, powerful, extremely useful, and a joy to use. All in all, these can be the catalyst for possible life changing events when used to change or supplement your traditional means of transportation. That said, there are many new and improved electric bikes and electric bike kits now available and just as many new components and accessories to make your old E-bike even better. Your really missing the boat if you don’t take a look at what’s available in the E-bike market place today & consider adding an E-bike to your transportation pool.

    For more about what’s new with E bikes and to read about some of things that I’ve been doing to get the shop “up -to-speed” with the new wave of E-bikes as well as making my commute and those of my customers easier and a lot more fun click here for ” More is Better “  my E-bike upgrades for 2014.

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    Will 2014 be the year of the E-bike?

    Green bikesI’d like to answer that with a resounding yes but sadly I’ve been predicting that for the last three years and I haven’t been right yet. The reality is, most major changes don’t explode onto the scene overnight. They creep into our collective consciousness. They happen here and there, slowly and quietly in the background until that change has reached far enough and deep enough into the market place that some critical mass has been achieved. Then seemingly almost overnight everyone is suddenly aware of this new thing. Remember vinyl records? You gave them to friends and family every Christmas for almost as long as you could remember. Then one Christmas you went to your favorite record shop and found nothing but CDs.

    Knowing that e-bikes will never explode onto the scene like CDs or iPods or even push the regular bicycle into second place I should have said something more conservative like; “this year will be the year that E bikes will become a legitimate choice for many people wanting inexpensive and environmentally safe transportation”. Perhaps the following year I could’ve followed up with; “this year more people than ever will be able to choose an E-bike as their choice for their short distance transportation needs”.  What should I say for 2014? Well, I won’t say that 2014 will be the year of the E-bike but I will say that we are closer than ever to reaching that magic number of sales needed for E-bikes to reach some level of nation wide acceptance.

    This winter I spent a great deal of time developing a business plan for expanding my electric bike shop. In the process I got to read and interpret a lot of statistical information that will directly influence how quickly people in the US will accept the E bike as “useful” transportation. Although nothing I read could be considered monumental news it was nonetheless encouraging.  It provided proof positive that the E-bike has arrived in the US market and its here to stay. I thought I’d share some of that information here. So, If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing one, your unsure about spending so much money on something you know so little about, or you just want to know more about the state of transportation in the world then please read on. Read the rest of this entry

    GEARS & SPROCKET SIZES & OTHER PRACTICAL MATTERS

    What is Cadence and what role does it play with my E- bike?

    Cluster & Crank

    Speed or Power?
    It’s all in the gears.

    Park Tool FR-1

    The proper tools makes changing gears easy.

    It’s how fast you spin your legs & it effects comfort, range, speed, fun, exercise & endurance. It also keeps  those in uniform from thinking too hard about how you manage to go 25 mph without moving your legs.

    With all of the information available on E bikes and e- bike conversions I find it puzzling that the topic of selecting gear ratios for our e-bikes is so seldom discussed. Part of this, I’m sure stems from the fact that the majority of today’s E bike conversions are front or rear wheel hub motors and run completely independent of the bikes original drive-train. In addition to a lack of a physical attachment, the subject of cadence, gear ratios, crank sets, freewheels and the 100 year history of everything just mentioned would be large enough to dictate a forum dedicated to that alone. However, whether it’s independent or just to complicated, people, pedals & gears must remain an integrate part of the bicycle’s drive-train. Check out any road bike or mountain bike forum or website and pedal RPM, (cadence) gearing and shifting will be discussed in great detail, yet most electric bike forums rarely discuss the subjects at all. This is, in my opinion an oversight that needs addressed. Regardless of which E-Bike Kit you choose for your conversion project, in order to get the best range and most performance from your newly converted bike, your legs must remain a part of the equation. Since every rider has a certain speed at which they like to spin their legs and we don’t ride in a vacuum we need gears in order to maintain that speed. At this point you might be tempted to say that the hub motor is now doing what the legs and gears were doing before and you would be right. Except that this is not a motorcycle. It’s an electrically assisted bicycle.

    That said, I did not pay too much attention to the gearing on my 1st e-bike conversion either. It was on an 1990 Mongoose with a 500 watt Crystalyte hub motor on the front. My gears actually quit working properly after about 6 months from lack of use. I mean aside from needing a place to rest my feet, I’m only going to peddle when I’m climbing a grade or my battery dies. I was far more focused on things like the battery voltage, amps, motor controllers, etc. Perhaps it was the “motor head” in me but It was only after the novelty of the electric motor had worn off and I got into the routine of using my bike for practical transportation that I began to pay attention to practical items like range, cargo capacity, comfort, etc. Let’s face it, in retrospect, the primary reason for electrifying my bike was to increase it’s practicality. NOT taking pedal power into consideration was ,…….. well, very unpractical. Read the rest of this entry

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