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by spacetime
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Belt Bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 5142

Re: Belt Bikes

I ride a Priority bike for commuting and it is a belt drive. I have never seen anyone else riding them in the cities I've lived in with it, they are quite rare. Randoms enjoy remarking on their oddity, bike shop people tisk-tisk at their unfamiliarity. These things are pretty tight and I don't think...
by spacetime
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot
Replies: 20
Views: 5742

Re: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot

How did this work out, btw?
by spacetime
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

These electric bikes are buzzing around all over the place. This guy ran into the back of the truck. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/30/pelham-bicyclist-killed/ Yes, this is an helpful and relevant anecdote, sham. I’m curious how this furthers the discussion in this thread about ebikes at burnin...
by spacetime
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

Here is one I am building for BM , next time I come out. Still has no brakes yet . It weighs 100lbs , the motor came off a mc bike that weighed 125lbs and could hold a rider 176lbs. So im good at 142lbs :) It goes about 15mph tops , still alot of work to do yet , and if I want to paint it I have to...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

I think that there will be no response or reaction to ebikes next year. As one person who spent the least amount of time out of camp ever this year, I still saw multiple gas-powered mopeds speeding down city streets. If they can fart around with impunity I have a hard time imagining that ebikes wil...
by spacetime
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

I had my Ebike at Burning Man, best idea ever. Helped my cargo bike transport up to 3 people (besides myself) at a time. I use the largest size Kryptonite New York U lock, actually locks up fast and ez with it, and takes a battery powered cut off wheel about 10 minutes to cut through, with a lot of...
by spacetime
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas
Replies: 75
Views: 17091

Re: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas

My first year, I really did think people on ePlaya were being weird about locking up bikes. But I went through with it all the time anyway. I think the Org needs to be pushing bike lock ups, much harder. Like a Jackrabbit speaks in the weeks leading up to the event with the first headline: LOCK UP Y...
by spacetime
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

Anyway, back to OP's topic, think for the capacity of eBikes, and electronic vehicles a solar setup should do it. In the other thread on eBikes, a person with 64Ah of battery did only one 4 hour charge all week. This can easily be handled with a 100W panel, a 35Ah battery and a $20 controller. Also ...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water Proven Unnecessary at Burning Man
Replies: 11
Views: 4007

Re: Water Proven Unnecessary at Burning Man

(Tecate when supplies were low)
:D
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

You may do a minimalist camp, I never have. I like to run a big enough A/C to cool my whole rig, not the smallest little thing that hasn't got a hope in hell against the desert heat in a bigger space. I like to run an air compressor, for tools, tires, and having a live blowgun to blow the playa dus...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

What were the power requirements of the AC you used?
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

The one thing you mentioned that isn't accurate is that generators are "expensive". Considering the cost, weight and complexity of a solar setup that can deliver a continuous three or four thousand watts, solar hasn't yet gotten anywhere near the point of practicality for temporary portable use, fo...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

Thanks for those links!

I wanted to link out to another post about powering eBikes and electronic vehicles, which I think is related to this topic: How I Charged my electric vehicles
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: How I charged my electric vehicles
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: How I charged my electric vehicles

I dislike that solar > charge controller > batteries > inverter > charger > batteries cycle because every step results in lost energy. But sometimes it's not about squeezing the last watt. For smaller loads solar panels are pretty darn useful...never underestimate harvesting 300Wh per day from a ti...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric LED Surfboards?
Replies: 36
Views: 8889

Re: Electric LED Surfboards?

We use a lot of parts from off the shelf electric skateboards from China, but there is a bit of work on speed, braking, battery monitoring, etc. Battery estimation turns out to be a pretty hard problem, we are using some chips designed for laptops to do this that use a machine learning process to t...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric LED Surfboards?
Replies: 36
Views: 8889

Re: Electric LED Surfboards?

What transparent and durable material do you cover the LED strips with, and how do you secure it to the surfboards? This year we worked with a surfboard shop in Santa Cruz to cover the boards with semi-transparent fiberglass. Previously this shop had made real surfboards with LEDs in them. We also ...
by spacetime
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.
Replies: 33
Views: 8124

Re: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.

I don't see how sleeping alone has anything to do with the great tips and info on sleeping in a car. There's clearly room for more than one in there if someone else wants to make that work. This is good self-reliance info for a potential burner who might otherwise looking to plug and play. Eplaya is...
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.
Replies: 33
Views: 8124

Re: Tips from someone who slept in a car, alone.

Good job. You did great.
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: DPW pulls a knife on a virgin?
Replies: 51
Views: 9852

Re: DPW pulls a knife on a virgin?

Most folks keep a fragile truce with dpw.
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: WHATS IN? WHATS OUT?
Replies: 308
Views: 43047

Re: WHATS IN? WHATS OUT?

In: participation
Out: vacation
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: 2017 Lost On-Playa
Topic: Tree
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: Tree

Larry, I think.
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Next Directions for Burning Man
Replies: 83
Views: 11832

Re: Next Directions for Burning Man

I appreciate great mixes! And DJ talent! I just don't know what they look like and for some reason only can experience them when they are labeled on sound cloud afterward. Some of those are really great to listen to. But on playa, I got less out of sound cars than ever before. I recall two years ago...
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4319
Views: 1048324

Re: cooling your tent or van

I think the heat rendered even good cooler spec designs not helpful enough. It was really hot this year. That said I think there is a reasonable case to be made for bringing out complete 5000 BTU air conditioners and doing the building portion in the solar space. Solar is cheaper and better than eve...
by spacetime
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric LED Surfboards?
Replies: 36
Views: 8889

Re: Electric LED Surfboards?

What transparent and durable material do you cover the LED strips with, and how do you secure it to the surfboards?
by spacetime
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas
Replies: 75
Views: 17091

Re: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas

I also saw more bikes locked than I have noticed in previous years. That said the vast majority of bikes are left unlocked. I think the org / jackrabbit needs to push bike lockups harder. Describe perhaps the pain of what happens to you and how you moop when you get your bike stolen. I remember read...
by spacetime
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric LED Surfboards?
Replies: 36
Views: 8889

Re: Electric LED Surfboards?

Those look totally awesome. If you have other photos or a description of these things you've built I'd love to learn more about them.
by spacetime
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus
Replies: 31
Views: 8359

Re: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus

I live in the country. Lotsa dirt roads and driveways. Winter time is when they get fucked up and the potholes get worse. Standing water on the road surface coupled with traffic fucks up unsealed roads. And really, trying to mitigate dust at Burning Man?? Its fucking dusty. Get over it. I couldn't ...
by spacetime
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

Re: eBikes and Burners who Ride them

As long as those eBikes don't go too fast I'm not opposed to them. I don't like those noisy, gas-powered motorized scooters though, and I've even seen some people using Vespas out there. I also really dislike the gas-powered motorized scooters. It wasn't their speed but their noise and to some exte...
by spacetime
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?
Replies: 38
Views: 7431

Re: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?

We had a lurker come through our camp at 7:30 and C asking for drugs, as we shooed him away. He came back a few days later, and we quickly passed the word that he was a narc, so no one interacted with him. One other night, my husband and I were clearly, visibly intoxicated at the Tree of Tenere whe...
by spacetime
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: eBikes and Burners who Ride them
Replies: 61
Views: 12079

eBikes and Burners who Ride them

Kicking off a discussion of eBikes and their increasing prevalence and usefulness at BRC! eBikes and other electrically assisted personal transportation are unquestionably on the rise from my anecdotal witnessing this year. However, there are clear suggestions from the org that it too is paying atte...

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