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Offline Norm

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Pedaling a regular bike
« on: May 12, 2012, 08:26:38 PM »
I pedal a bike down our street like once a week....tires looked
like they could use a little bit of air...New tire on back...Just bought
the new tire last year any bike tire I have under 10 years I consider new !

Anyway I hook the little 12 volt inflator to it and turn it on....being a new
tire and out in the sunshine, my glasses on I happened to notice
inflate 45-65 psi. oh ? here I've been inflating 25-35 all this time!

.....Oh well if it says so guess 45 psi won't hurt?

......trying it out....hey it is a lot easier....going down the street....pedaling
back up the street I always noticed that I was pedaling up a slight upgrade....
Not this time ?....Hey when did they slant this street downhill ....both ways !

I guess I'm used to pedaling the PedGen because with the tires inflated to
proper pressure ....I'm wondering what kind of wimp would need an E-bike ?

It's so easy.... no need for any kind of assistance electrical ....or even multspeed
......hmmm  direct drive...no coaster brake?   ....nah not quite ready for that tho.. :)

Norm.

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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 08:29:22 PM »
whooooosh----what was that?  Maybe it was Norm. ;D
"Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while"
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 07:19:04 AM »
.......like ....Whooosh.....Blooop....Bloop... (sound of the Road Runner as he
passes E. Wiley Coyote....) ?
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2012, 10:04:11 AM »
Racing bike tires go up to like 130PSI, or more
Some of the time trial nuts put them up to
like 150~170PSI.
Not uncommon to hear them "POP" just sitting around
the parking lot, with nobody even near them!
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2012, 06:53:20 PM »
Why don't they just pump 'em full of cement?
and be done with it  ::)
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 09:45:38 AM »
Cement is too heavy!

You should go up to Presque Isle when they have
the Iroquois School Foundation time trials.

Even the men shave their legs... not sure if it is
about the weight or wind resistance or just sexy?

Like I said, "nuts".
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2012, 02:31:01 AM »
Hello Norm,

I am very puzzled by your title for this article. You refer to a 'regular' bike.

May I enquire on behalf of millions of people what you consider to be an 'irregular' bike?


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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2012, 07:40:41 AM »
Okay....sorry about that a 1 speed with what we called a 'coaster brake'
( free wheeling with brake when you try to reverse pedal)....20 inch diameter
wheels .....about 1:2.5 ratio.....what I call a regular bike.....all others are
what I define as irregular to this Old man    :)

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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 03:06:40 AM »
hey norm.........
check this one out...would have to be the hulk..to get all the power out of it...
nice bike alt.......   http://www.marpet2003.com/marpet/Renewable%20energy%20exercise%20bike.htm
just do it

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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 06:56:25 AM »
   Wow.  Hulk indeed.  ;D Very nice build however.
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012, 08:04:45 AM »
Thanks Hiker....yeah it just goes to show that an EMC conversion is a lot
simpler....would like to hook it up chain drive someday tho'.....looks like
his is about1:3 ?   Mine would have to be about 1:6 somewhere around there
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Fast and safe charging with my smart charger.....
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2012, 09:35:40 PM »
Starting to charge a bunch of my 12 volt 1.3 amp/hr NiCad batteries
 with my 'smart charger' a special sensor monitors the battery at
all times.....takes about 40 minutes to fully charge one battery
(14.2volts) then it only gets slightly warm ....not almost hot like
the craftsman chargers do the battery paks......
Truth is the charger gets hotter than the battery and quits before
any danger of overcharging the battery..... ;)
Fairly decent charging rate.....3 batteries in total time of 2hrs according
to the meter (bike digital odometer time speed and distance......
about 6miles at 3 mph.
I don't care what the doc says.....my knee feels a lot better with
this pedaling I done today than 'taking it easy'

Next project an exercise bike that covers actual distance while
charging batteries.
Norm.
( oh yeah the smart charger is me BTW) :)

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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2012, 05:38:09 AM »
  To me, less heating in the battery has to be a good thing.  I've always been a bit concerned on how
hot my DeWalt's get.
  Added bonus if your knee felt better.  Truly a "smart" charger.   ;)
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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2012, 04:01:29 PM »
Yep, It would be nice if they had sensors on the batterys that
cut off just a little bit sooner.....but then it's probably designed
that way so the batterys don't last as long.....sell more batterys that way . ;)
Norm.
BTW ....working on a LED lamp that plugs onto the top
of a cordless drill batt.pak uses one of those cell phone
plug in cigarette lighters can use 12, 14.4, 18, or 19.2 volts.

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Re: Pedaling a regular bike
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2012, 07:39:18 PM »
Hi Norm, I do the same thing with my car tires.  I inflate them to the top of their rated pressure.  I don't race my car or drive it into curbs much so I am not overly concerned with blowing one out from over pressure and besides I do stay within the top of the rated limit anyway.  The ride is a bit less cushioned by the tires, but the rolling resistance should be less overall.  I have one of those continuous mileage monitor things on this car, a hybrid, and also having had about 10 or 12 plugs in tires before I changed them out, I can tell the difference between a low tire and a fully pressurized one.  This gasoline stuff is getting a bit pricey around my parts so properly inflated tires are worth the effort.    Rich
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