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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Jan 2019

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    Massive muffs, branded heated grips (mainly so that don't catch fire rather than output) and glove wise you then don't need as serious of a glove also if it's too well insulated you can barely control bike and don't get the heat from the grips.
    Tried some £££ down mountaineering gloves last winter, zero road protection in a slide and tbh might as well have not had the grips lol.

    Misisng having a working bike, been around 3 months without now and finally thinking about fixing it. Starter solenoid or something playing up and shorting the small (15a) ignition fuse.

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    All of this. Those coil wires where they thread into the other components seem to come loose more than is useful.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    If its not mad hilly then something cheap will work, maybe never feel quite as integrated but there are lots of couriers out there who have been riding cheap conversions for years now.
    Seen those battery assist trailers? They push you a little bit

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Afraid not.
    Would say the best is a Swiss something motor on the front wheel? And then a huge flat battery under the tray. For £1500 you could build a powerful fwd kit with around 1000wH quality battery.
    Loving the steps system, gives full power right throughout battery range which evry single electric assist bike I've ever ridden before does not, they all tail off noticbaly after half battery is consumed.
    Today I glided home after hours in the sleet and rain doing mobile bike mechanics, just put it in boost, span the cranks and ended up at home.

    There is a lower spec e6100 with nexus 5 speed (e bike specific hub) coming out this year at some point. Rumoured to be around £4000-4300 in UK if there still is a UK by then. Will have no screen and more simple parts.
    There is an e6100 with alfine 8 coming in Feb, at least there will be some, price is the same as e6000 currently is, spec to be confirmed!
    The nexus 5 I can see selling in good numbers. For most using the assist only having 5 gears makes progress a lot simpier, much less gear changing. Also suspect there will be an auto mode.
    Was given a free electric bike last week, only has a nexus 3 speed but in reality this works pretty well for just cruising about and getting things done.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I just had a 2012 till 15 shape focus in with the higher powered 1.0 eco boost.

    Erm.
    In a fiesta yes, great, in a focus, feel like you are constantly waiting for it to move. It does eventually.
    Owneer says top mpg so far is 42mpg, so not exactly economical. It is big and heavy though. His is extra heavy because it has a really bad internal leak, entire car is soaked out, maybe as much as 40 litre of stinking mouldy water in it.
    Handling is not nippy, feels like a fiat multplia compared to the old focus mk1 (only ever drove an St 172 and liked it)

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    Anyone have much w203 knowledge?

    Got a C220 cdi here which was starting about 1 in 30 clicks of the key. When it does turn over it goes at normal speed. Battery and charging system seem healthy.
    Prev garage diagnosed a bad starter and solineoid.
    Got a new one, works on the bench fine, but in the car just clicks forever no turning over at all, not one single movement.

    At key turn you get three clicks, steering lock relay, starter relay and solenoid clicking pretty healthy.

    Still blows it's #52 fuse every so many key turns.

    Suspect bad main earth strap but can only find the gearbox one (which is rotten), engine one no where to be found. Any one know? Or other w203 starter issues?

    Update. Sorted.
    My theory, bad worn starter and mercedes undersized solenoid trigger wire (they blow Fuse 52 all day long even when working properly) has melted some part of the positive main feed (1/2" monster cable) and it has very high resistance. On this car the starter motor gets its positive feed not directly from the battery or distribution terminal but instead via the bottom of the alternator? So there is nearly 2 metres of cable going from battery, to distribution, then to alternator and then back across the engine one last time to the starter, no wonder it broke! The battery to the starter is like 40cm.

    So tried all sorts, couldnt' find the break without taking the whole damn car to pieces, so have put on a monster beef cable taken from earth strapping from an industrial control panel, wrapped it in a couple of layers of inner tube then precision threaded it direct from distribution terminal to the starter. That way it least has the big 250 amp main board fuse to protect it incase it goes south. And with the new starter, starts like a boss.

    Now just have to fix the rampant black death on cyl 3 (injector is pushed out/bad seal but also not easy to remove, need a big slide hammer on it).

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    eBullitt e6100 just announced with a preliminary price of 4399euro, no UK price or availability yet but it will sure to be the best selling model. Would expect UK price to be equal to that in Euro. Apparently some will be available in Feb, interesting! the e6100 goes further on a charge than e6000 does, how much more is unknown as there aren't any out there in the real world yet. Saying that, I've yet to get myself into trouble with the e8000 range yet, even when I forgot to charge it I've always got where I need to be. I think with the bullitts the natural rolling resistance is so much less than a lot of other cargo bikes that without the electric assist its totally manageable.

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    Think about bar length and profile too, I have mad wide enduro shape bars with a 60mm stem and for me its perfect. For most folk they'd want it more upright, easily achievable by just using a shorter bar with a little backsweep.

    Have seen bullitts with reversed stems, the vertical steering stack means it doesn't feel that weird (lots of larger motorbike have the bars on the wrong side of the forks too).

    Maybe a layback seatpost too? Must be pretty tall to feel cramped on a bullitt

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Yes please!
    Is this the one for sale on gumtree as well?
    Thanks
    Can't pm you as you haven't been on here long enough yet

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    Nokian z line for a good in wet weather 3 season tyre.
    Michelin Cross climate for an almost 4 season tyre that is solid on snow, slush, bus diesel, city grease, rain, deep rain and snow again. Not as good on 20c plus dry tarmac but when does that ever happen here lol

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