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  1. Hi Hpiproceed, the Original’s wheels uses a 2 cross spoke pattern. REDDY
  2. Transportation is the leading source of carbon emissions in the United States, with cars, trucks, planes, trains, and boats emitting 1.9 billion tons of CO2 each year. Cities are facing intense pressure to be more environmentally friendly, but what really makes a city “green” when it comes to transportation? According to a new ranking on the climate impact of transportation in the country’s 100 largest metro areas, it may not be entirely contingent on having a lot of bike lanes or good public transit. Mobile analytics company Streetlight Data released this week its first annual U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index, a ranking of how carbon friendly the country’s 100 largest metro areas are on several factors: total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), how much people are biking and walking, transit usage, population density, and circuity, which is basically the difference between how far two destinations may be as the crow flies and the route it actually takes to travel that distance by car. “If you have a messy urban road design, you might have people who, because they’d rather get on the highway than drive through town, drive way more miles then they need to to get from one place to another,” says Streetlight Data CEO Laura Schewel. “And that’s another place where you have a lot of potential for improvement.” Though transit and bike infrastructure are included, they’re not the most important factors in this ranking. The most heavily weighted one was those vehicle miles traveled in a car. “We made it so that [an area] could have no transit and do well, because transit usage is not what drives carbon emissions, driving is what drives carbon emissions,” Schewel says. “So if you manage to have a city where people on average are driving a lot fewer miles per capita to get what they need done, that’s just as good as having a city where a small portion of the people are taking transit.” [Photo: Kevin Ku/Unsplash] The New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area earned the number one spot, thanks in part to its high biking, pedestrian, and transit commuting. Still, that metro area also had a high VMT score, most likely from those outside of the five boroughs who drive in and out of the city a lot. New York policy makers in particular have been criticized for seeming to still prioritize cars over other ways of getting around, but all the people who walk, bike, and take the subway helped balance out those miles driven on this ranking. In the second spot was the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area, for a lot of the same reasons: high pedestrian and biking participation, despite often clogged highways and bridges. A few other of the top 10 metro areas may seem a bit surprising, though. Des Moines, Iowa—which has 19.4 parking spaces per household, and which didn’t earn any credit for transit because it isn’t ranked by the American Public Transit Association—came in at number seven, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which also has a minimal bus and shuttle system that also isn’t ranked by APTA, landed at number eight. Lancaster had the lowest VMT ranking, which Schewel contributed to the fact that people tend to drive short distances, and also because the Amish community there, which accounts for more than 3% of the population, use horse and buggies. The worst 10 metro areas in terms of carbon-friendly transportation tended to be big, sprawling cities—Dallas, Houston, Atlanta—which wasn’t surprising to Schewel. “The vehicle miles traveled per capita is just going to be high,” she says. When we compare the U.S. to Europe, it’s clear our cities still have far to go to be more environmentally friendly and, related, have less traffic congestion, and Schewel admits this, too. “There’s lots of different countries in Europe, but in general, the amount of funds available to invest in sustainable transportation infrastructure is radically greater than in American cities. With that much money and those many resources, you have a lot more tools in your toolkit,” she says. “From a big picture policy perspective, we need to put more money in this, but a mayor or city planner today can’t wait for federal policy to change.” This ranking, she adds, was a way to measure the kind of progress that is realistic for these U.S. cities, and also look at metro areas as a whole. One walkable downtown doesn’t mean an area is very sustainable, especially if housing is expensive and most people have to live far away. All sorts of factors are at work here. “For some cities, more bike lanes are the answer. For some cities, it’s about urban planning, so that you don’t have to drive 18 miles to get to the grocery store. And for a lot of cities, it’s thinking about their housing costs, so people can afford to live near their work,” she says. “There’s nothing bad about bike and pedestrian investment. To move a one-mile car trip to a pedestrian trip is good. But to cut a 10-mile car trip to five miles is five times as good.” Schewel hopes this ranking can move the conversation away from certain cities that are always lauded as “green” for having a dense downtown, even though the metro area as a whole is very sprawled out. This is the first of what will be an annual ranking, and she expects to see changes as it grows, not just in how the metro areas rank with one another but in what they are ranked on, as well. “Soon electric vehicles, we hope, will be prevalent enough to matter, so we could look at EV ownership as a way to mitigate those VMTs,” she says. “Not only will the rankings change as cities make different investments, but as we continue to complexify and discuss the definition of ‘what is transportation sustainability,’ this will grow as well.”
  3. Kealolo, Your preamble included muscular difficulties with your thighs, which contain the largest muscle groups in our bodies, that produce the most power. The other caveat is that hills is just a general term and there are hills, then there are "HILLS” and Hawaii is a mountainous island group. I’d suggest that most of our 40,000 owners do ride on mostly flat routes judged by posts on this Forum since Sondors were introduced in 2015. BUT, Colorado owner Houshmand Moarefi, rode his 1st generation Sondors 36V - 350Watt, up the highest pass in Colorado but that fried the motor.... On the upside, that led to his 750watt motor upgraded that is posted here on the Forum. Member Matt Robertson, in California, has a home in a particular hilly area and led him to upgrade his Sondors Original, to the 750Watt motor, upgrading that Sondors, once again, to AWD, with front and rear 750watt motors .... then building a 750Watt Bafang BBSHD mid drive with that motor that cost more than our Original 1st generation Sondors, to contend with hills. Finally, he has purchased a Sur Ron mid drive eBike. https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-x-bike-black-edition/ There are a lot of misconceptions about eBikes, their components and motor watt ratings. Unlike Lightbulbs, that are our most familiar wattage rated devices, which actually utilize the actual watts they're rated at, eBike motor manufactures can rate their motors as they wish. Even one of the Sondors X most common comparison, the Rad Rover eBike, that use the same 500watt motors that are rated differently. https://youtu.be/7K87AIiXFpY My 750watt labeled motored Sondors Original uses 1,400 watts under full power and my 350Watt labeled motored Sondors 2nd Gen Custom Narrow (probably the best Sondors ever available but no longer offered) will use 1,100 watts under full power. Likewise, riding up the steepest hill near were I live, on my Litespeed Vortex in the DFW MetroStool, for decades, before I bought eBikes and retired from emulating Lance Legstrong, I could generate over 1,000 watts as registered on my Power Tap power meter. All human power. https://youtu.be/gfcJuFtEcW Fortunately that hill was less than a eighth of a mile long before the grade lessened but it was the most popular route with various cycling groups in the region to challenge that hill. North Central Texicans are considered “Flatlanders" but that label seems quite disingenuous while riding the most popular yearly event in the state, the Hotter N Hell in Wichita Falls. https://www.hh100.org You might be able to ride a SondorsX in your environ but that’s a maybe you might regret and not be satisfied with its performance. The choice that is likely to meet your needs is the most hill capable Sondors to date. The Sondors MXS. It would be my next purchase and I’ve spent more than that on upgrading my Sondors. I've thought of a good comparison to equate to your last question in the last line of your post. Yes, quite a few of us do. In the general aviation society of privately owned aircraft its not unusual for owners up spend a thousand dollars a Knot on upgrades chasing maximum performance. REDDY
  4. Yeah Bruce, at least you’ve got a mid drive and able to carry Denture Cream and Viagria in your cute lil basket. Only Real Men and Exceptional Women ride Sondors....... EBike with a Vengeance! Oh wait ... and those gay guys are just FABULOUS! https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/10735346/bruce-willis-sheds-hardman-image-as-he-wears-bicycle-helmet-while-zooming-on-his-electric-bike/ Yippie Tye
  5. Hi Bjoern. The graphic display of battery capacity is never very accurate and setting the value is trial & error.... a guessing game at best. My own battery graphical displays just acts as a reminder to check the actual voltage numbers displayed on a different screen than current speed and wattage. If the bars on the display are less than half total, it’s a reminder to check the voltage and that the voltage starts dropping more rapidly as it nears the battery’s BMS low voltage cutoff. It’s also the point where I switch to PAS 0 during downhills just to maximize reserve. Unused battery capacity, is capacity you don’t have to replace, an important tenet of overall battery longevity. The concept I equate, to how I pilot my aircraft. "The three most useless things in aviation are runway behind you, altitude above you, and fuel not in your tanks". Only once did I ever have to peddle my 1st Gen Indiegogo 36V, 8.8Ah, 15amp, 350Watt, Sondors Fat, the last couple of miles home after the battery low voltage cutoff. REDDY
  6. Sorry to have to tell you but even the geared hub motored Sondors (more torque than direct drive hub motored bikes) are not good hill climbers without significant human power pedal assistance. That’s the prominence of mid drive eBikes and so far, Sondors has not entered that market. Although you might be able to struggle up a few hills with mostly throttle on the 48V /500watt Sondors X, the use of max power results in a lot of heat being generated inside the motor and excessive heat destroys components, especially in a particularly hilly environment. See ;https://boltonebikes.com/blogs/news/which-motor-should-i-choose-for-my-electric-bike?_pos=3&_sid=a80389be4&_ss=r The stark reality is that hill climbing ability costs more because all the components that produce more power are more expensive. REDDY
  7. Hi Bjorne, you’ll need to review the LCD Setup Video provided by Kyle of Bolton Bikes. You’ll need to change wheel size settings to 29’’ inches. That Should Do It. https://sondorsforum.com/topic/241-kt-lcd3-user-manual-and-setup-lcd8h-everything-you-need-to-know-sondors-ebike/ REDDY
  8. This Forum is VAST with thousands of entries and it’s not always easy to find the info that members or visiting non-members are looking for. yippie ki yay REDDY
  9. Hello Swamp616, No not possible. Have you checked and read the thread on your Thin’s LCD in Instructions, here on the Forum? REDDY
  10. I can’t speak to the reliability or anomalies that might be reported by the newer color LCD display. I don’t use that display but rely on the KT-LCD 3, but hall sensor failures are, Almost Always, due to the Lg Higo motor connector, under the right chainstay not fully connected. The exceptions could be to moisture/water incursion into the motor or connector or below⬇️. The Hall Sensor system is not a replaceable part but integral within the motor and its windings. But since that error and the throttle error both disappeared, I’ll assume that with powering off then powering back on of your bike, that the controller (or maybe even the display) rebooted and corrected theses displayed errors. The electrical cut out is due, most likely, to either the battery’s low voltage BMS (battery management system) cut off function, set to stop the battery’s voltage from going so low that it can’t be charged or recovered, or the same setting in the controllers design to do the same, due to low battery voltage. Although the voltage dropped so low to cut off the current, the battery, recovered its voltage somewhat (due to individual cell balancing) after a time and you were able to restore power. See: https://www.electricbike.com/introduction-lithium-18650-batteries/ https://www.electricbike.com/motor-tech-learn-the-terms-part-1/i There is a lot of useful info @ electricbike.com and you should review the ones you’ll find informative under the technology header. Sondors eBikes are not good hill climbers, that is the prominence of mid drive motor eBikes. Nor are Sondors eMotorcycles as designate as eBikes with PAS . They perform best when peddled, as a major part of the motive force. The better more powerful class of eBikes designed for Hills that are Higher Powered Bikes, that also serve as eMotorcycles look here. https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-x-bike-black-edition/ REDDY
  11. Well, I’m 6’ and I can’t reach the ground on either of my two Sondors with my butt in the saddle. yippie ki yay One’s an Original Fat and the other a 2nd Generation Custom Narrow, that’s even taller than my Original. I dislike dismounting at stops (seldom make full stops at stop signs where traffic is not a problem) and stops, where I don’t want to dismount, I stop next to the crub so I can use it as foot rest. Even on the trailway, that I ride (without curbs), at cross street intersections with lights, I use the base of the pole that holds the button to activate the crosswalk light to rest a foot on. The Step, because it has no top tube, is rather easy to dismount where there are no steps or a rise to accommodate a foot. That’s kinda what cyclists do. You’d be surprised how those accoutrements make themselves evident when you look for them. It takes some time to become competent. In lieu of such advantages to prop a foot on, the most obvious two adaptations are tires with a smaller diameter. A 26" x 1.75" tire will lower the bike height 1-1/4" but I wouldn’t be comfortable with something with that little rubber between the rim and the road on a heavy bike because snake bite flats will be more likely. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/snakebites.html But a 26" x 2" tire would afford a inch of height reduction and if you keep the tires properly inflated (small high pressure tires leak down faster than larger tire and because of larger tires greater volume of captive air, have lower pressure at full inflation so larger tires leak down slower) so smaller tires require checking at least every few days, but with the 2" tires there shouldn’t be a problem with snakebite flats. Even smaller wheels and tires would lower the heights, even more but would require building new wheels, at least a total rebuild of the rear with your existing motor laced into the new smaller rim with a smaller tire. Been done here by member BikNut on a Sondors Fold and documented here (search is posts). A matching front wheel is most like available already built. You might speak to a competent local bike shop about the cost. I built new better Double Wall rimed wheels with better quality and heavier gauge spokes and superior tires, for my Original. You could also have a competent bike shop take a 1/2" to 3/4" off the Seat Tube so the seat post could clamp lower. That process requires shorting the seat tube, then drilling a small strain relief hole on the back side on the tube, at the point the slot, that already exists will end, when extending that slot. It’s there to allow the seat tube the flexibility to securely grip the seat post by the seat tube Clamp tightening collar. If none of the above resolutions prove sufficient .... maybe training wheels. REDDY Don’t forget to post pictures of your bikes to our Owners’ Gallery.
  12. I asked at Bolton , some months ago and although their CS person who answered my query was not Kyle (the guy in the know) and they said they had not taken one apart but were not sure if it was better than the 12 mag open disk and sensor. No info on the magenta count. I’ve looked for that email reply, so I could forward their answer but could not find it. I’m not sure as to the accuracy of their reply but as with every purchase of eBike equipment always verify compatibility and or questions I/You might have with the Vendor. Edit: Okay found it and it was from the end of July. "Hello Ready, They are a bit more reliable due to the design and not worrying about the magnet moving around, but I don't know that they're any more sensitive or precise than a 12 magnet sensor. Best, Jessica W." " Reddy
  13. I had changed out the PAS Disc Sensor Assembly on my 2015 first Campaign Original when I modified it with 35Amp Controller, 52V Battery and 750watt Bafang, from the 8 magnet system to the 12 magnet system. I had to experiment with various PAS LCD settings to get it to work properly using those combination of upgrade conversions components. This is a wild guess, that it might be an intermittent Hall Sensor, single wire failure. I’m not even remotely sure if that could even cause a surge, but I’ll include that here. The only troubling solution for remedying that would be a Bafang Motor Swap but considering that there are several owners experiencing this anomaly (and all with the same model Sondors MXS, right?) and in 4 years on this forum I’ve not heard of another model having this Surge anomaly, makes that a wild conjecture. This makes me weigh in heavily, that it’s the MXS ‘s particulate combination of components, that are responsible. Is there any combination of factors in place when this happens? Like, following or after the end of acceleration? How often does this occur, in say a mile or 10 minutes? Any combination of settings or circumstances in which it doesn’t occur? Since you’ve trouble shot most of the components and are now focused on the PAS sensor system, and I’m assuming the MXS uses 12 Mag Sensor, trying a less sensitive, 8 sensor mag assembly might be an option. https://boltonebikes.com/collections/electrical-accessories/products/pedal-assist-pas-sensor or trying the enclosed single piece PAS assembly https://boltonebikes.com/collections/electrical-accessories/products/single-piece-pedal-assist-pas-sensor I’ll probably swap and try this on my Sondors Custom Narrow, as part of the continuing upgrade process in the coming months and use it on my Original, also, just because it’s enclosed. I have had PAS system problems; magnet wheel & sensor movement from chain dropouts that moved the disc on the BB spindle and the enclosed system should eliminate that. Lastly, I suggest that it might be some inherent controller anomaly that occurs because of controller design fault. My own highly modified Sondors Original has the opposite kind of fault, almost always but not every time, occurring during the first few miles of operation with a fully charged 52V battery, now because of its age and over 10,000 miles total time, regularly full charges to 58.2 V. I’ll get a. short interruption of power, maybe one second under PAS 1 and pedaling in a low gear in my warm up cadence. This might occur twice (but less often) during the first couple of miles and never in rapid succession. It’s usually not during high power demand and if it was I’d consider it Controller High Current Clipping because of the high output of my 35Amp controller at full throttle or PAS 5 setting (over 1400 watts) which I never use during that first few miles of my rides and not in effect during these power dropouts. I have no conclusive evidence of what causes it but just consider it a Controller Design Anomaly. Not near as problematic or dangerous as a surge. I have considered it might be connected to the power interrupt function of the switch in my very sensitive Magura MT-5e Brake Levers switches but that PROBABLY wouldn’t account where it occurs during the first few miles of my ride. The only constant that I can equate to it is high battery voltage and low current demand. Gofigg’r. LEMMENO. REDDY
  14. I’m not aware of any Fold Specific Videos for rear tire removal but you could search YouTube for eBike rear wheel removal. My advice is to go to a local bike shop for owner assisted service on tire replacement. Most FRIENDLY bike shops will be glad to show and instruct you so you’ll end up with an new rear tire installed and repair instructions for a nominal fee. REDDY
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