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  • pure_mahem
    started a topic 2018 Motobecane Boris the Brut

    2018 Motobecane Boris the Brut

    I will post actual pictures of my bike eventually but currently I'm just working on trying to get all the information down in one spot. I will post pictures of anything I used although for now they will be retail photos. I will also eventually do a build sheet that includes every item used and the cost. Although in going through and assembling this information I have noticed the prices on some items have "fluctuated". I will try to be as detailed as possible.

    Foreword
    I am disabled from a work accident I had in 2007. I have spent almost a decade because of that injury confined to my home. I have trouble walking for any distance. For instance I can walk around a walmart and do my grocery shopping, however, by the time I'm done I literally cant move for the next 2 to 3 days. I discovered in 2017 I don't suffer the same effects using a bicycle but I am limited by my ability. Since my injury I've had significant muscle degeneration and my endurance has gone to hell. I'm working hard to increase my mobility, challenge myself and to build my endurance. I currently do not have the endurance to pedal a bicycle on even a slight grade for more than a a couple 100 yards. Flats I have no problem with. I'm 6'1" and when I started my project in the Fall of 2017 I weighed 450+ lbs. In December 2018 I started doing strict keto. Lets say I have been enlightened to the benefits of Keto and have been reaping the rewards ever since. At my January Doctors appointment I was 408 lbs. I've lost 10 inches off my waist since then but I don't know my current weight. I made an agreement with my doctor not to weigh myself until my next appointment in April. I'm doing well at the weight reduction and as a guesstimate I'd say currently I'm on the upper side of 350 lbs right now.

    I chose a Fat Bike for my build because I am a large guy. A normal bike would not handle my weight without having mechanical failures on every ride. These rides were less than 2 miles. The Fat Bike has not had any issues on any of my rides. I find the Fat Bike to be more stable and capable of supporting my weight. Hell, it just makes me smile every time I ride it and makes me giddy as a giggling school girl every time.

    I plan to use my bike as my main transportation to travel to the towns near me for grocery shopping and getting the heck out of the house on day trips to the local parks, fishing and swimming holes, and just to go visit. I will travel with my 7lb Yorkshire Terrier who loves to ride in my front basket, she goes with me everywhere. Possibly at times I will tow an Aosom II Cargo Trailer for larger shopping trips and camping out, we'll have to see how handy it is. Currently the furthest distances I need to travel are about 15 miles one way so 30 miles round trip is what I need to be capable of for range. The terrain where I travel is not flat. It's not all up hill but it's a good mix. In the future I plan to travel and would like to use the ebike to venture from my campground to the local town for groceries and exploration. Eventually I even want to set up a way to use solar panels to charge my batteries when I start traveling.

    Update: 4/11/2019 recent trip to the Doctors I weigh in right now at 385 lbs. Headed in the right direction at least.
    Last edited by pure_mahem; 04-15-2019, 10:00 AM.

  • pure_mahem
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    This came yesterday. I mounted it up last night and tried it out today. Great bit of kit. It's not overly intrusive, it's easy to position and gives you a crystal clear image. Just have to remember to check it. I was able to see a lawn care truck pulling a trailer come up behind me that i wouldn't of known was there other wise. I have a tendency of taking the lane when I ride and nobody's around unless there's a bike lane. I move over if I know someones behind me and this helps me do that I can see them coming well in advance so I can be courteous and get out of their way. Wish I had bought one of these years ago!

    They suggested mounting this with zip ties. I actually drilled 4 holes through the bracket and into the helmet. Installed 4 threaded nutserts in the helmet and used 5M Panhead bolts to secure it in place and filed of the little hook at the back of the bracket. I was thinking to put some sort of silicone, rubber cement or even hot glue to eliminate any vibrations but it's not necessary.

  • pure_mahem
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    Ended up with the Liquid Wolf Pack V2 with the 30q cells, lol. So far so good. It gets me to the nearest town and back about 14 miles round trip with a good mix of terrain but all paved. I have a little left in the battery after this trip but I don't want to push it. So I would say range with a Fat Bike 10 speed 11-36, Mighty mini 30 front cog, 385 lb rider, 7 lb dog, and pulling my trailer empty one way with 45lbs back the other way Id say the range is about 15 miles conservatively. Maybe more without the trailer. Going to town this weekend for an event so we will see.

    I do recommend strapping down this battery with something. I went to make a U turn today screwed up and took a spill. All in slow motion and nothing hurt really but my pride. But when the bike hit the ground the battery did come loose and I had to reinstall it before I could be underway again.

  • pure_mahem
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    Something I just thought about from my ride...not so much of an issue on my ride the other day but I did have 2 cars sneak up on me and I did not hear them coming at all. I previously use bike mounted mirrors on the rolling Walmart Death Machine and they were useless. So I'm going to add a Helmet mounted mirror. The ones with metal rods right next to your eye or that mount on your glasses give me the heebee jeebees. I like the looks of the EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror. Price is kind of high but it comes with a 5 year warranty and its made in USA so for $40 what the hell. Besides it doesnt give me the heebee jeebees just looking at it.
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  • AZguy
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    If the derailleur and the cassette don't work together somethings got to give - but I prefer wide for the reasons I mentioned and that they all get used at some point (11-46t x 42t)

    Have you considered a dropper seatpost?

    For me, even on pavement, 15psi seems on the high side of things... IMO the power in fat isn't so much they are fat is that they excel at low pressure - skinny tires need pressure... fat don't need so much

    Low pressure may not be as efficient but I've got a big box of 'trons and have more than ample range so don't care at all... my advice... let go..... ommmmmmmmmmm... electric is good =]
    Last edited by AZguy; 05-15-2019, 06:57 PM.

  • pure_mahem
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    Sound Advice AZguy.

    Currently I have the Cassette my bike came with installed which seems to be an all steel SRAM. I have the wide range cassette but i would have to buy a new derailleur for it to function correctly. Since I'm at this point discovering what I have serves my needs. I'm gong to run this until it needs replacing. I really had low gears to spare climbing hills I definitely thought I would need more for.

    When I set my bike up I went more of the MTB type set up. All about having your seat set for best pedal stroke and not really caring about whether your feet can touch the ground or not. Doing this it makes it kind of awkward for stopping as I'm on my tip toes when I need to stop.

    Realistically I need more of a commuter set up where even if I'm sitting on the seat I can almost stand flat footed on the ground with just my heal slightly elevated. The way they installed the water bosses I can't lower my seat any farther with out giving the post a little trim. Doing that I know it will affect how much pressure my hands are putting on the bars.

    But it very well may not be the total solution. I will play with the bars too if need be. Also I may just have to live with the pressure as it could be from all the braking on the down hills I was doing. I rechecked my position today on the bike while it was stationary. Im pretty sure I was keeping my wrists straight. But they may not have been when I was doing the downhills.

    Im gonna have to work on checking my hand position...I keep cheating lol

    I went with the higher tire pressure because I was on pavement and knew I wouldn't need extra grip and I was actually worried about getting poor range from low pressure. I think Im going to start keeping a log book so I can make note of things like that to see what effects they have and have a record of use for the battery as well.

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  • AZguy
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    I'd stick with the wide ratio cassette and just put a larger chain ring on - this will raise your low gear where you want it and having high gears that you may not use or may use very infrequently is a good thing since it avoids using the small cogs that will usually start skating before the rest and so you should get more life from the cassette

    My experience from mucho mileage on motos is that the tingling is usually more related to the wrist angle and that the proper bars are the way to go... If you sit on the bike, close your eyes, lean forward to the comfortable position, completely relax your wrists and then bring your hands to where it feels like the bars are supposed to be (with eyes closed - no cheating =] ), that is likely close to where they should be. You really want to have some of your weight supported by your arms or your back will pay for it...

    20psi is way too high for me on fatties - I'd try much lower... say 10-12psi, certainly no more than 15...
    Last edited by AZguy; 05-15-2019, 04:54 AM.

  • pure_mahem
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    Got to go for my first ride today. 9.7 Miles. I way over thought what I needed to climb my hills. Anyone need a Wide Ratio Cassette? Guys I weigh as of last month 385 lbs. You see what I'm riding if you read this thread. I climbed the worst hill I could find today in my area like it was nothing in throttle mode and I wasn't even in my lowest gear. Honestly I'm not a speed freak I think I may have mentioned that, the worst part was coming back down the hill, lol. Sorry still no pictures it ended up sprinkling.

    Some other ride notes:
    I don't get to pedal that much. The bike handles the hills on it's own, if I pedal I'm just looking like I'm doing something. You get to the top of a hill then you get to go down it. I use the brakes quite a bit. My top speed for comfort right now is about 15 mph max and I'm good with less. I've got all day to get where I'm going. Get to pedal on the flats but there doesn't seem to be a lot of those. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining just stating observations. I initially did think I would be pedaling more. It's ok that I'm not, lol.

    I need to lower my seat. I have it set properly for pedaling as a regular bike. Perhaps I wasn't riding long enough to notice this issue before. As I wasnt traveling anywhere near as long before taking a break. But my hands were freaking killing me. They kept going numb from having to much pressure on them. So either I lower my seat or buy a new set of bars and a new stem to bring them up and back a bit. Since pedaling doesn't seam to be that much of an issue. I think the easiest solution is to just lower my seat. which actually means I need to cut the seat post. So that's on the To Do List.

    I need some good gloves for riding. I think the padding would help with the pressure issue some. Also with the rain today my hands were freezing. I was wearing shorts and a hoodie I could feel it was kind of chilly but the only thing that bothered me was my hands. Of course going numb from the above stated issue surely didn't help. Still....need gloves though. some good full fingered ones added protection all the way around.

    I had my tires inflated to 20 psi which is max for them. 99% of my ride today was on pavement. There was definite tire buzz but it didn't really bother me. I can see where it could bug some people though. I ended up removing the Front PDW Mudguard it just wasn't necessary.

    After 9.7 miles and doing all the hills I had concerns about plus a few others I'm impressed.

    I charged my Luna Wolf V2 52V 12AH 30Q to when the charger shut it off yesterday. At that time it read 58.8 Checking the Voltage before the ride today the battery read 58.5 I'm guessing that was the battery balancing itself??? Returning from the ride it reads 51.9

    Reading the paperwork that came with my battery it said to charge to 100% the first 5-6 times but not let it sit for more than a day before using it. Not to charge right after a ride or use right after charging. Seeing how it's supposed to rain worse tomorrow than today. Guess I'm good for now.

    Got to be some sunny or at least non rainy days coming so I can take some pics.

    I did see in a Youtube video of an e bike shop that they recommended spokes and cables being adjusted after some initial riding Especially for heavy riders. So I think I will put a few smaller trips like this on eBoris and take it into the LBS so they can do that. I don't need to be snapping spokes. I used the brakes a lot coming down hills today and I think the front brake has a little more pull than it should have before it starts grabbing so it will be good to have them check that out for sure.

    Even though it was sprinkling and I did a lot of braking today I did not have any squealing or noise come from my brakes.

    Overall Very Pleased!

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  • pure_mahem
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    The KryptoFlex 710 was to long for application. I ended using a KryptoFlex 410 which worked perfectly.

  • pure_mahem
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    So I ended up not using either of the GoPro mounts pictured. I used the included mounts with the Loud Mini and a 90 degree GoPro Adapter which allowed me to make a clean install that satisfied my OCD. Ended up mounting to the Stem Spacers.

  • pure_mahem
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    Well other than upgrading the brakes...eventually I completed my build today. Now there's not much left to do but get it out and ride it and take some pictures. Unfortunately it rained all day today and lots of rain in the forecast this week. So it still may be a little while before I can get you all some actual pictures of the real thing. If there's anything anyone would like more pictures of or in depth pictures I will do my best upon request.

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  • pure_mahem
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    Already made the decision to ditch the tube. That lasted long. I may take it if I go on a long bike packing trip but for everyday riding I'm gonna fore go it.

  • pure_mahem
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    Took about 3 weeks but honestly it was worth it it mounts solid you can adjust the height to have the bike stand where you want it (the amount of lean it has). It easily swings up out of the way and stays where you put it when deployed. No Regrets on this purchase. Some things are well worth the wait!

  • pure_mahem
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    I was actually pretty worried about the gear sensor working and had held sealing up the heat shrink over it in case I had to mess with it. After finishing everything up today and testing with the battery it performed flawlessly. So I will button that up. Too bad I can't say the same about the Bafang Hydraulic Brake Sensors.

  • pure_mahem
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    Due to the New Luna Mount for the Wolf V2 I did not need the rubber washers for install but did use some Vibrax on the mounting screws.

    Still waiting on Biktrix for the E725s they are on back order currently. Might go with some MT5e do to availability. Time will Tell. I ordered a pair of sensors to use for the time being however they did not function at all so I immediately removed them. If they dont function with the magnets taped on the sensor then they arent gonna. I liked having the added safety factor of having a kill switch with the brake. But Ill make do til I can get the product I really want to use instead of messing with a temporary one.
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