Fed up with e bike

I have had repeated problems with back tire going flat. Be sure you check out how VERY COMPLICATED it is to get that tire and tube out for repair. It took my mechanic husband two days to fix and the tire went flat again in about 15 minutes. We put in a cushion around the tire to protect from spokes but guess we need to put in several. Also, good luck finding a tube for this size tire.

I would suggest you look at other options before you decide to purchase. I could never get any response from Dave for repair manual or hints on how to fix the rear tire. They are MUTE when it comes to problems.

Myrna

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Re: Fed up with e bike

Two days eh? I feel for you. What size tire/rim does your ride have? Depending on size, there are a few tricks...

Many otherwise ambitious wrench swingers take their tire changing to a shop. If you do, make SURE the shop knows how delicate the motor wires are coming out of the rear axle.

mark

Re: Fed up with e bike

If the inner tube or tire did not get damaged just add about 8 oz. of SLIME ( tube or tubeless) or similar additive . It may save you from having to extract yhe tire . GOOD luck

Re: Fed up with e bike

If the inner tube or tire did not get damaged just add about 8 oz. of SLIME ( tube or tubeless) or similar additive . It may save you from having to extract yhe tire . GOOD luck

Re: Fed up with e bike

Get a right tube or tyre? Hope you can get luky

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Re: Fed up with e bike

Myrna - 1st - Lesson Learned: Rear wheel placements for motors are not the best for people who don't like changing tires. Front wheel drive is so much better. When we install kits on bikes in the front the weight of the driver is balanced by the weight of the front wheel motor kit. I not only makes changing tires easier, because our kits have a quick disconnect at the front wheel to make it simple to remove the motor. Your front wheel is more stable and controllable giving you more traction at the front wheel in sand, dirt or gravel. Dropping the front wheel is as simple as removing the clamp to the torque arm protector ( one screw) - loosening the front nuts on the dropouts and lowering the wheel out of the drop outs. It really helps to have your bike rigged in a bike stand or on a prop under the front bracket. You can also turn the bike upside down (after having removed the battery and disconnected the power cord from the battery. With the bike upside down it will hold itself up on the seat and the handle bars.
2nd- If you have a road bike and not a mountain bike I recommend Schwalbe Green Guard Level 5 Marathon tires. You can put tire lines inside for extra protection, but with Slime in them these tires are dynamite. I had a trekker in here the other day who had ridden 1700 miles without a flat across the US and they were in great shape when I saw them. I have been recommending them so I was really affirmed by what he related in his real experience.
3rd- if you bought a kit and not a brand name e-bike then you can take it to a local bike shop who services kits and they can have the same motor mounted on a front wheel for you at a lesser price than a new kit. The wheel is mailed to a professional motor installer and wheel builder and he will tune it on to the wheel for you. The spoke adjustments have to be done by a qualified person. Then you can remount your wheel to the front.
4th- if you cannot change the wheel out for whatever reason, then build a jug to hold your bike when you need to service the rear wheel. Get the back wheel off the ground where you can use two hands to do the job. If the bike has a chain and a cassette then you will have to remember where the chain was when you took it off. Put it in the smallest gear cog with your shifter and on the largest cog on the front derailleur. Ok - not stop worrying about the chain except how to guide the cage, thereby lengthening a section of loose chain in order to clear the wheel as it is removed. Just remember how the chain went out and it will go in the same way. Take a snapshot step by step if that will help. Once the wheel is clear of the dropouts just change the tire like you would any other. However,
5th - maybe its time you tried better tire preparedness. Don't blame the bike for a flat. By the Bike you are competent to service or include service in your price perspective going in. Let qualified people help you. But I am sure if you go with a number one rated quality tire for the type of riding you are going to be doing - ie, road or mountain bike tire. Make sure it is Kevlar Lined on the inside of the TIRE. Next, buy a 5 mm thick Slime Tube - super thick and super strong. Actually Slime tubes are about 3.5mm thick but there are other Thorn Resistant Tubes out there that you can buy and put Slime into and they are 5mm thick. You can also go super heavy and put a tire liner in the Tire between the road contacting side of the tube and the tire itself. That might seem expensive but it will keep your husband's stress level down considerably.
6th - Stay cool - don't let a machine get the better of you. When you go cheap you get stressed. When you build it like you are serious about letting it give you good service you will not regret it in the end. I never liked changing my car's tires. I never found it easy, but a big pain, but I have not let it give cars or e-bikes a bad name. I try to advise people to buy kits, because al lot of e-bike sellers want your after market service dollars and they are not going to make it easy for you. We cater to the kind of rider that relishes his independence and loves knowing he can maintain anything on his bike if necessary with ease and a few good tools and procedures. Until he genuinely needs service or replacement and then we are more than happy to help him or her. In the meantime he can build the bike set up himself, because it is plug and play and only goes together one way. If he has to remove it it is super logical how to reassemble on an entirely different bike. Not all kits are the same, but with the right one you can have super competitive plenty of power, range, performance, quality and warranty and even owner friendly vibes.. You need someone to sell the kit to you who understands what they are selling and how it goes together and who can guide you into the water without getting you into something that turns out to be a big hassle for you. I have tried to be thorough, because that is what I do and service is as important to me as the sale of the articles I sell. After all we are a community and we should take care of each other. I hope I have been of some help and not seemed critical, because believe me no body I know like changing any tire, but lots of them want to presume that they are never going to have to do it when that's just a given to start with. Thanks

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