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photo: Nikolaj Lehmann @nikolaj_lehmann
(halfbiker) 3 years ago
Handle bar mod
(ambassador) 3 years ago
doesnt your halfbike tilt more forward though with all the added weight on the front?
(halfbiker) 3 years ago
Two "improvements" on an almost perfect vehicle: 1. Excenter levers for faster folding 2. Moto Urban pedal. The wooden style fits perfectly to the rest and it is more comfortable than the original one
(halfbiker) 3 years ago
I have also fixed bare ends to my handlebar and the pedals have been replaced by spd pedals. It takes some getting used to but due to the combination with a hard sole less burden of underfoot.
3 years ago
How did you all modify your handlebars? What extenders did you use (online links to products helpful!)? Did you do it yourself or have it completed by a bikeshop?
3 years ago
@ Rainer L.: The platforms that you've put on your Halfbike are a really neat addition. They look really sleek and blend in beautifully. Just one question, have you tried riding on rough and bumpy surface. What is the grip in such conditions compared to the original pedals?
(halfbiker) 3 years ago
@Mihail K.: Sometimes I ride gravel ground but only a few hundred meters. So far I had no problems with the grip. In my opinion there is no difference to the original pedals with regard to grip.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
I finally took a pic of my handlebar ends. They're working great and I totally dig the available positions for my hands (and wrists). The typical bar ends attach to the end of the existing bar which would take up about 20 to 25mm on either side. I didn't want to shorten the current length so instead, I used bar extenders from Control Tech here in the USA. The Terminator MTB extenders (with 22.2mm diameter) work pretty well and give just enough extra distance to attach most bar ends. To install, all I did was cut a circle hole out of the end of the grips to make way for inserting the extenders. Once inserted they tighten easily with a 6mm hex key wrench. The only issue I found is that they have to be tightened a few times to reach full grip strength. In other words, I tightened them, found them a bit loose the next day and tightened them again. After doing this 3 times, they're now really solid and I bought a second pair to have on hand just in case something goes wrong with these (I like them that much). Here's the link to anyone who wants to try: www.controltechbikes.com/products/item/151.html Control Tech offers two styles, "MTB" and simply "Plugs." Get the MTB as they're the right diameter. The Plugs are too large to fit inside the Halfbike handlebar tube. As an extra bonus I found them on Amazon as an "add-on" item which means they were only $5 if I purchased $20 of other merchandise during the order. It's a promotional thing for Control Tech, I believe. Since I already had an order going, I got the extenders cheap!
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Hmm this looks comfortable :)
(ambassador) 2 years ago
An update to my handlebar ends - they are a little hard, compared to the rubber grips that come with the bike. So... I’m making my own neoprene covers to soften them just a bit. This prototype is working great so far. I’m making the final pieces tonight.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
I've created another addition for my awesome Halfbike - an accessory bar on the back end so I can mount a few more items to the bike. It currently just has my rear light but I'll also be able to mount a GoPro or any other typical handlebar mounted accessory. I cut the materials out of 5mm thick black PC (Polycarbonate) and glued them together with solvent weld glue. Then I mounted them using the same holes as the rear fenders - which I like - and kept by substituting a longer screw and adding a rubber washer underneath the head so it wouldn't damage the black finish on the bike. Can't wait to try out some videos! and maybe add another rear light...
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Another pic of the accessory mount ...
(admin) 2 years ago
Hey Joel, This looks great. We'd love to see some GoPro footage and how you use the mount. :)
2 years ago
Still trying to figure out how to add a little more length to the handlebars. It's really hard to have hands so narrow on some of the hills I tackle. @JoelH, your solution's the best I've seen so far. Why did you opt for the ergo bar ends over bend bars--any specific advantages?
(ambassador) 2 years ago
@Peggy - I chose those bar ends because I like the relative location of the original handlebar. It’s thoughtfully positioned and perfect for me. If I used bent bar ends my hands would have been either a little rearward or a little forward of the handlebar centerline. Forward would have me leaning a bit too much to the front and rearward would have my hands closer to my body. Neither are as comfortable for me. These bar ends keep my hands in the same handlebar centerline position and just allow a different (better for me) wrist angle. I like them a lot for longer distances and they’ve really improved my hill climbing, too, by giving me better grip and ability to pull upward with more force when climbing.
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Hello! I replaced the pedals. These pedals are platform on one side and clipless on the other side.
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I have installed MagPed on my HalfBike and for jump or other trick I have vantage...
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Alessio, I like the MagPeds.
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
I have one more mod. A beautifully designed bell. The Oi Knog is a Kickstarter project as well. It fits nicely under the cable for the shifter and doesn’t take up much space. If you’re right-handed, it’s the perfect placement for your thumb.
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That looks like a great bell. I’ll have to check it out.
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
@Helen, the bell is great! Thanks for sharing, we will surely look into it. @Helen and Alessio, could you please share a bit more about your experience with the pedals? We always advice people against clipless but we know of a few more people who happily switched to them and it looks like they work just fine for experienced riders. :)
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Irina, I learned to ride the Halfbike using the platform side of the pedals. Since I use clipless pedals on my road bike, it was an easy transition to use them on the Halfbike. I prefer the clipless side. I feel like I have more control. Irina and Joel, It is a great bell! Knog also has some interesting design-driven lighting systems that are compact and perfect for the Halfbike.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Thanks Helen, I ordered the bell and the rear light from Knog. I'll upload pics when I have them installed.
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Joel, Glad to hear that! I’ll look for your photos. I had to trim some of the handlebar grip before mounting the bell. I wrapped a piece of heavy duty thread around and it made a nice, clean cut. Dental floss probably works as well.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
I have also installed the bell. I also trimmed the grip and also slid the gear shifter over. Without that, I found that the shifter cable was resting on the bell and interfering with the very satisfying 'ding'!
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Next, I stuck on a GoPro mount. I wasn't sure how well this would turn out! The photo of the mount is below and you can check out my first video here: youtu.be/LEqpHOVHyU4
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Matthew, The bell looks great! Nice first video and beautiful bike path.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Thanks, Matthew for the tip about moving the shift lever over before mounting the bell. I'll do the same. I mounted the Knog Cobber light to my rear accessory bar and it's a great addition. I like having both rear lights for visibility in NYC.
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(halfbiker) 2 years ago
I like your new light! Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great place to ride.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
OK - it's official - I am obsessed with the Halfbike and this topic! I was inspired by Joel's accessory bar and the idea of using the holes for the rear fenders for mounting something. I designed a small mount that I could 3D print and stick my GoPro mount to...
(ambassador) 2 years ago
When attached to the Halfbike the GoPro can be mounted to either film forwards or backwards. Results are here: youtu.be/iUi5fb9xA-U
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Nice! love it! I haven't actually mounted a GoPro yet to my accessory bar so it's great to see your results.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
All I need is to be able to Photoshop my legs!
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Matthew, Very interesting! I’ve been enjoying this thread as well!
(ambassador) 2 years ago
I replaced my handlebars like other people in this thread with this ones Lizard Skins Lock-On Shorty Griff, 90mm, see www.amazon.de/Lizard-Skins-Lock-Shorty-Griff/dp/B004NRNE4U
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Joel H. : I've been inspired by you man :) I bought Controltech Terminator handlebar ends as you suggested (I love them btw!) in order to install grips I've found on Amazon (see pic). The result is amazing: it fits perfectly in place, it is very comfortable and it is not very expensive (approx 45$ total). Plus, the color of the grips is very close to the green color of my HB (not a perfect color match but close enough to "trick the eyes"). I totally recommand this combination of product! Enjoy!!
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(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Nice upgrade Alex :) How do you feel them while riding?
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Cool Alex! Looks awesome!
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
I recently added Pedal Innovations catalyst pedals to my halfbike to increase the amount of surface making riding a lot easier because you can recruit more muscles to pedal rather than certain muscles balancing (particularly in calf/ankle) and other muscles creating the driving force. These pedals allow you to use your entire leg and are super comfortable.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Hi Duncan - before your post, I had not even heard of these pedals, but I am now fully on board after reading the material on their web site. I've ordered a set, so now just waiting for them to arrive. Would be very interested if you have more impressions of what these are like on a Halfbike.
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Hi Matthew, the main thing I notice is being able to easily engage a lot of the muscles in my leg making it easier to focus on pedaling and balance and pedaling in general is easier.
(ambassador) 2 years ago
Hi Duncan - got my pedals in black and have now had a few rides. The more I use them, the more I like them!
2 years ago
Are there similar pedals to the catalyst ones that don't cost so much? Had a look and they're close to £80!
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HB3 KMC Gold racing chain Aluminum Pedals Silver/Gold RaceFace Half Nelson Grips Gold spray paint QRs/springs NASA decals Awesome riding in Chicago!
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
Thanks Joel and Alex about the recommendation of the Controltech handlebar extend/Terminator. I got it from a local bike shop and its really the easiest and yet best way to extend the handlebar to the just right length- not too long and not too short
(ambassador) 2 years ago
A.C. - I still love mine and still love my bar ends and custom made neoprene grips. It totally changed how far I ride and how much better I can muscle up hills. Looking good in Chicago @Brian!
(halfbiker) 2 years ago
@Joel What are the name of those handle bar ends? I can find extenders, but the bars seem to elude me..
(ambassador) 2 years ago
@Tajs, sorry, I didn't see your message until now. The bar ends are from Serfas: www.serfas.com/shop/products/grips/ddbe-al-stabilizer-al/ and the handlebar extenders I used are from Control Tech: www.controltechbikes.com/products/item/151.html The two issues I've found with the bar ends are that they are a little hard (thus the neoprene covers I made for them) and also that the set screw bumps out just a little bit which causes a little irritation on my right hand. Since the bar ends are identical (not right/left specific), the set screw is on top on my right hand side. The neoprene cover fixed that issue, as well. Hope this helps. Cheers
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Loving the tips to pimp the Halfbike. I went with the moto pedals and loving them. Knog Oi bell (small) too is a great addition.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Cool!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Added smart rear brake light that fits perfectly with a screw. Brake sensing, daytime power saving, Auto on motion sensing. Waterproof IPX6, easily remove for usb charging.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Unscrew from threaded holder.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Thanks Kee, looks like a good one :)
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Looks really cool, Kee! Any chance of a video seeing it in action?
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Another vote for Catalyst pedals here! They made such a difference. Balance and control is greatly improved compared to the standard pedals. It handles better all round and my legs immediately felt less strained. Am also tall, but I don't know if that made the standard pedals more of an effort compared to others.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
I've modified my fenders a bit. It was really annoying that much water spray was going between my legs from the front wheel or directly on my leg calf followed down into my shoes. With this little modification, I was able to make it way less annoying. My favorite would be to have fenders that go way more over the whole wheel, but especially for the back wheels, I have no idea how to fix them.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Here is a picture from my changes on the back. At the end, I just sliced a plastic package for tomatoes into pieces and fixed them with duck tap.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Hope it is not threaded as spam but I found my videos from my self made lights (LED-Strips). I had them on my Halfbike 2 already and migrated them to the Halfbike 3. Sadly, since the winter was not that cold, I was able to right with it during the cold season. Around mid of April, the result of "to often riding in the cold and wet world" compared with "the frame of the Halfbike 3 is not wide/thick enough" (so the led strips simple fall of after a while) results in "I just buy the regular lights and that is it". Anyway, I liked them and if anyone has an idea how to recreate this effect, give me a wave for a collaboration session. Video right after finishing the installation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BspER81Icik Video from inside the dark: www.youtube.com/watch?v=69lpf2gmQbk Cheers, Stev
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
I'm not sure if this has been suggested already but here's my pimp for the half bike. I think it's probably the cheapest and quickest pimp ever with a huge ROI. The problem: When you get off your halfbike it has a tendency to wonder off and fall over. The solution: A handbrake made from a piece of inner tube.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Here's the handbrake in the off position!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Has anyone on here done a comparison of the Moto Urban pedal and the Pedaling pedals which are both mentioned separately in this forum?
(ambassador) 1 year ago
@Simon - brilliant idea on the 'handbrake' - and I'm not just saying that because you're my brother! I have a sloping driveway and I'm often chasing my Halfbike.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Yes, I did. First I had the Moto urban. They are nice. And they look beautiful, but when I went distances longer than around 10 km, my feet started aching. Now I have mounted the pedaling innovations catalyst Evo. Since then I didn't have any problems, but I had only one ride with roughly 20 km. For better look, I would choose the Motos, for better feel, the pedaling are the first choice.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
@Simon - on the pedals question - I have the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals and the thing I like (in addition to the size) are the pegs on the pedals. I have changed them to the longer version they supply and with flat bottomed shoes (I have Adidas Five-Tens) they really keep your feet stuck on the pedals - in a good way.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
@Simon, great idea for the handbrake! Thanks for sharing it.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Just got back from my first ride with the handlebar mods suggested by Joel H months ago, above: "The bar ends are from Serfas: www.serfas.com/shop/products/grips/ddbe-al-stabilizer-al/ and the handlebar extenders I used are from Control Tech: www.controltechbikes.com/products/item/151.html " Fantastic addition! Much easier to maneuver and make quick sharp turns, and hand position easier on my aged joints. Thanks for the suggestion.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Excellent, Martin! I've enjoyed that set-up for quite a while. It feels just right for hand placement. However, after I fell and damaged one of the bar ends I replaced both with a different style and have been enjoying them, too. I'll post a pic ASAP. Cheers!
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Here's my current handlebar set-up, Martin. I still use the Control Tech extenders but swapped out the bar ends after damaging one of the Serfas ends. I'm in the process of making custom neoprene covers for these new bar ends but have installed temporary rubber grips in the mean time. I'm giving this a go for a while but may switch back to the Serfas ends eventually. They work REALLY well!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
@Rainer - thanks for the pedals review. @Matthew Having difficulty finding Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals here in the UK!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
@Joel Apology for the still missing brake light video. LOL I got thrown off the halfbike while going down a slope. I panicked & got on the brakes hard when the bike starts to wobble. Lost some skin to the tarmac which took 2 months to fully heal. Also got the handlebar extended in the mean time. Shifted the gear level & added more spacious grip. Haven't got the opportunity to they it yet. I notice that the handlebar support flexes more with the extension. Is that the reason for the narrow handlebar design?
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Hey guys, newbie here from Singapore. Hope you’re all doing great. Haven’t received my Halfbike yet actually, but I’m already thinking of ways to pimp it…thanks to this thread. Haha! I’ll be using it to supplement my running, that’s why I already ordered the Catalyst Pedals (after reading the reviews). I’m also thinking of getting the Knogg Oi Bell, which I believe looks great and a necessity for Urban riding. For those who got it already, could any of you confirm please that it should be a size S that I should be getting? Thanks! Stay safe!
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Hi Jovi, If you mean the size for the Knogg Oi Bell, yes, you need size S. :) Greets and have fun riding your halfbike.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Hi Stijn, got it! Thanks! =)
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Just assembled my HB3, and looks great! I read through this thread and ordered the slick space-saving bell. Along with my HB3, I got the See By light set and reflector set. Anyone have tips for mounting those? When the rain stops here, I’ll give my new bike a try. Then I’ll evaluate the grips and pedals and see how they do. I can’t wait.
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Congrats on your new ride @Jay! Enjoy! I’l be getting mine today…also in Black. =) Good day to all of you Halfbikers!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Hey guys, any recommendation on good helmet? I was using Bell before (can’t remember the model), so I was thinking of getting the Bell Annex Mips, which has awesome reviews. =)
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
There's a video tutorial for how to mount the lights @Jay: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLqLgbL2XIE&feature=emb_logo
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
Thank you, Chris! I was overthinking that front light. I appreciate your response.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Loving this forum topic. Following. :D
1 year ago
Hello Halfbiker, I bought those Moto Reflex Flat Pedals for my Halfbike3 and they are so cool! You can also order the pedals in different colours and griptapes like I did! I‘m from Berlin (Germany) and what you see on the picture is the griptape shown city ​​coat of arms of Berlin. www.motobicycles.com/?ref=ykddkhgbeju
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Not so many mods for the moment but certainly helpful. *Mio GPS mounted in center. Great for knowing current speed, average speed, driven kilometers and of course exploring routes :) *My indispensable, reliable, well designed Knog bell. You cannot do without one. :p Planned mods: *Pedals with better grip that goes nice with my "Five Ten" adidas shoes. Don't know which for the moment. *Bottle holder for the longer more exhausting rides. Any thoughts someone ?
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Added ergonomic grips from Ergon and a water bottle holder. Much better for the longer rides! :)
1 year ago
Hi Stijn, I added a water bottle to the Halfbike stem so I can access it while pedaling without having to stop. Used zip ties. The only problem I've encountered is making sure the bottle holder frame is tight to the bottle. Otherwise, I've had the bottle bounce out when going over some big bumps. Planning on modifying the grips, but am nervous to do so on my own. Curious to find some iPhone bracket that won't impede the bell, gear shifter, or brake. Happy halfbiking!
(ambassador) 1 year ago
I have add caps in red and pedal in red but my Halfbike is always the most fascinating compared to all the others and above all unique!
1 year ago
Pimp up my Halfbike 2.0
(ambassador) 1 year ago
@Holger, nice handlebar extenders. They look perfect for those grips! I just upgraded to that style of handlebar grip, too. I really like how easy it is to adjust them, both the forward/backward angle and the width. It's easy to take them on and off for adding accessories, too.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
I am surprised to see so many ppl actually like the knog bell, i have tried it on mine a few years ago, but it didnt make an impact in between all the other traffic noise. In the Netherlands bike roads are very crowded and loads of people talk to each other it just didnt make enough sound. Nice to see all the modifications though!
(ambassador) 1 year ago
How well do www.omnibikeparts.com/nl_NL/p/terminator-race-handlebar-extension-plugs/56431/?gclid=CjwKCAjwwab7BRBAEiwAapqpTArcu-LTpZAIAwCbzSVbPT7NhdfY3dD0mqO3Uw7r4uSsqbLPLnE0cRoC23gQAvD_BwE hold i wonder. I am looking into buying these and then attaching the ergon grips to them. This means however that when holding the bar their will be a lot of forces applied to the extendors especially when riding offroad or on downhill mountainbike tracks.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
Finally got my Cateye Quick cyclo-computer installed and have my nearly perfect handlebar arrangement. I'm only waiting for one more item to complete the full set-up and I'll update a pic when that's done. But in the mean time, here's my arrangement with the Knog bell, Cateye Quick, and ergnomic (MeetLocks) grips with the Control Tech Terminator extension plugs underneath.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
For those curious about where/how I mounted the sensor for the computer... Left side just below where the wood upper frame ends. Perfect fit and distance from the magnet on the spokes.
(ambassador) 1 year ago
www.motobicycles.com/collections/kollektion-2021/products/moto-reflex-flat-pedale?ref=halfbike We have entered into a new partnership with this one and we have a 15% discount code to activate it just enter the code: ALESSIOLUPO these pedals are beautiful !!!
(halfbiker) 1 year ago
wow. as a new Halfbiker and probably one of the few Halfbikes in Toronto i’m going to have to find a friendly bike shop so the staff to get all these amazing modifications into my hands. handle bar extenders so i can get the bull horn grips, an iPhone holder, and some sort of small bag to hold my keys & wallet, and these flat pedals look amazing. i can already tell i made the right choice getting a half bike and this is going to be an amazing journey.
(halfbiker) 10 months ago
Well, here's my current set-up. Using mods recommended by others: "The bar ends are from Serfas: www.serfas.com/shop/products/grips/ddbe-al-stabilizer-al/ and the handlebar extenders I used are from Control Tech: www.controltechbikes.com/products/item/151.html " as well as the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals which I really like. My feet stick like glue to the pedals, and with the bar ends, I get surprisingly better control. The pouch is a Molle-type pouch, with straps that snap around the frame and is just big enough for cellphone, allen wrench, keys, etc.
(ambassador) 9 months ago
I live in the countryside so ride on narrow, winding lanes, therefore need to be as visible as possible. Solved the rear light situation. Adapted a PVC pipe (with carbon fibre film) to attach to both fender bars. It fits 3 rear lights at a good height.
(ambassador) 9 months ago
Nice lights, Neil. What are they?
(ambassador) 9 months ago
Experimenting with fitting a bottle cage. Have this stunning, minimalist, lightweight carbon fibre cage. Initial fitting to my accessory bar, see how it works out during a few rides.
(ambassador) 9 months ago
Joel, the rear lights are DONPEREGRINO M2 . From Amazon. A compact LED Bike Rear Light up to 90 Hours Battery Life, USB Rechargeable Bicycle Tail Light with 5 Steady Flash Modes.
(ambassador) 9 months ago
Awesome. Thanks!
(ambassador) 9 months ago
For those wishing to buy these fantastic flat pedals I have seen that right now on amazon they are on offer at a good price Per chi volesse acquistare questi fantastici pedali piatti ho visto che in questo momento su amazon sono in offerta a buon prezzo amzn.to/3hHvqsm or you can buy them through this link directly from the manufacturer oppure potrà acquistarli tramite questo link direttamente dal produttore www.motobicycles.com/collections/kollektion-2021/products/moto-reflex-flat-pedale?ref=halfbike
(halfbiker) 6 months ago
Joel H. Which Control Tech Terminator extension plugs did you use for your Meet Locks?
(ambassador) 6 months ago
@Terry V., I used the Terminator MTB extension plugs for the Meet Locks. The outer clamp screw is slightly off the end of the extension plugs but it's close enough to grip securely since the inner clamps tighten as well. www.controltechbikes.com/products/item/151.html Holger G. used extenders from ABM and they're a little longer but may not be available depending on your location. ab-m.de/en/motorcycle-customizing-parts-webshop-start/92/handlebar-extension Hope this helps.
(halfbiker) 6 months ago
Thanks Joel!
(halfbiker) 5 months ago
Feelings on the fenders? Do they work? They look very flimsy.
(ambassador) 5 months ago
I love my fenders. The front set are amazing. The way they easily snap into place makes cleaning super easy. Plus, when giving test rides, they get bumped or knocked off by beginner riders and never break. The rear fenders work well for me, too. My legs are sprayed a lot more when they're not mounted but I've bent the struts a few times and have to bend them back into place. They get a bit abused.
(halfbiker) 5 months ago
Great! Thanks for your reply Joel!!
(ambassador) 5 months ago
The biggest thing i miss VS a normal bike is a luggage rack. For longer rides or commute rides to work i always have to wear a backpack. As you know riding a halfbike makes you sweat in no time, but with a backpack its even worse. It would be awesome to have some way of a luggage rack on the bike. I imagine that some sort of a tripod above the back wheels could work where you then could attach a pack such as these: www.ortlieb.com/nl_nl/fork-pack Has anyone thought about this or actually tried making this work?
(ambassador) 5 months ago
Hi Cas I've fitted two carbon fibre bottle holders to the frame (one for water, one for a 750ml storage container). Also have attached various Alpkit cockpit and seat packs to the Halfbike 3. Check out alpkit.com/collections/bikepacking. Including Fuel Cell and Stemcell. Alkit will build custom bags for you too
(ambassador) 5 months ago
Hi Neil W. Do you have pictures? Currently i am using a 40Liter backpack to carry everything to work, so a 750ml pack wont cut it for me. I need to carry my clothes that i wear that day as well as an extra pair of shoes, food and always need to pack a rainjacket etc, so that 40L get filled up pretty fast.
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Hi Cas I've experimented with Alpkit airlok extra dual, a 20-litre dry bag to the frame. It seems to work with the Halfbike 3, don't see why one bag either side wouldn't work. alpkit.com/products/airlok-xtra-dual-20-litre. Also their Kanga harness enables bags to be mounted to handlebars (alpkit.com/products/kanga), not tested this, but should work, but would raise the centre of gravity!
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
Been an owner for a few months now and have the sort of awkward learning phase out the way. You know over leaning everywhere, annihlation of the supplied pedals because you are learning the economics and limits of cornering and balancing in general, even though I have skateboarded and used commuter scooters. This was still a new piece of kit to get my body and head round. In this time I have looked on pimp my Halfbike, got inspired and decided what I needed do to customise it to suit me. What you can't see: ControlTech Terminator handle ends. The Amazon reviews I missed where correct. These can be right royal pain in the arse to fit if they do not want to grip the inside of the tube you are extending. What was meant to be a 15 minute up grade turned into an hour of four letter words and fraustration. I had to go back to the drawing board and use the modifcation one of the Amazon reviewers left in the review. Which was dremel a very basic knerling pattern onto the outer end screw surface it give some traction for the thread to do its job against of widening the other sections. When you 6mm Allen bolt tried to apply the screwing motion. So the second attempt was what I had in mind. So far so good. Stuff you can see: Ergon GP5's. Looked at the GP 4's that others have used but plumped for the Large, Standard fitting 5's. Really nice and supportive hand and wrist positions. For people who may or may not have broken their scaphoid in their lives, (especially handy pieces of kit now the terminators work properly. Can't tell you how much this messed with setting up the handle bar grips). DA Bomb, Double Cross MTB pedals. I have planter faciitis and spent ages trying to find longer than wider pedals. I went for the biggest surface pedal I find that was good. To be able to cover and support most of the arch of my foot. The Catalyst Evo's were the other ones I liked but can't get them over my side of the Atlantic. 80's BMX inspired mud guard mod. Saw a few mods and had read what other thought about their mods. So made a neoprene slightly tappered extension piece so it fitted between the frame but gave a bit more protection from the puddles. Van Boot bike stand mod, to hold the Halfbike while in transit. All the parts I used can be found at DIY/Hardware or a bicycle stores. Or if you are clever scrounged. One car/van boot tray, Two door kick plates, One rivet gun, One triangle wall mounted bike stand, four flat quick release boot catches, Cable C clips and an assortment of screws, bolts, nuts, rivets and a general tool box of goodies. Bobs your uncle and you are there. I do have a more detailed photo guide for anyone who asks about the bike stand. Pics attached. Will try and suss how to put more pics up in one go. Peace
(ambassador) 3 months ago
Nice mods, Chris. Definitely curious to see more pics.
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
GP 5's
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
The pedals 112mm x 110mm
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
80's BMX mud guard.
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
Car/van bike rack. Next few pics will show you the gist.
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
More pics.
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
Forgot I use a cargo net over the front.
(halfbiker) 3 months ago
Hi everyone ✋ waiting on my delivery of first HB My question is I've seen a few pic of people's HB with bags attached to steering a think this is a great idea for phone keys ear pods ect ect what type of bags do you use (Brands and pics would be really helpful) Thanks for help
(halfbiker) 2 months ago
I’ve had my eye on one of these wonderfully designed machines since I first saw the halfbike1 a few years ago. Three weeks ago I got my hands on a halfbike2 from a local guy who had a knee replacement and couldn’t ride anymore. Beautifully engineered vehicle! So I watched all the how to videos on starting out… got on the bike one morning forgetting everything I thought I had learned, immediately got thrown off and sprained my left ankle. Not to be deterred I walked it off and tried again! After about half an hour I could stay up, turn and stop without falling off. At that point my ankle swole up like a balloon and I was out of commission for the next two weeks. What to do! Pimp my halfbike was the answer, so I did. Most of what I did was the result of my limited experience and suggestion from this board. What you see are the results. My only original contribution was retrofitting the rear fender bracket to make a tail light mount. Thanks to all the contributors who shared their information! In a few days I will get back in the saddle again and I can’t wait!
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
So six weeks later and my ankle is better and I’m getting back on my half bike. Apart from the LESOVI Smart Bike Tail Light… now doubled just because I could… I’ve made these mods and they add greatly to the comfort and control the bike. Controltech Terminator Handlebar Bar End Extension mentioned so often here capped by Cane Creek Ergo Control Bar Ends. These are ergonomic and comfortable. The only problem was getting to the brake so I moved the brake to the center of the handlebar and now can reach it without changing my grip on the Ergo Bar Ends. Stuck on a pair of Crankbrothers Stamp Flat BMX/MTB Bike Pedals which improve stability. Last add was the Knog oi bike bell. It’s been a week now of daily short rides. My stamina is improving and this thing is starting to be real fun. I used to be a competition water skier and am surprised how much this bike feels like slalom skiing. Glad I found this terrific toy!
(ambassador) 1 month ago
Interesting handlebar layout, Alex. I'd be curious to see it in action and understand better how it works for you. Cheers!
(ambassador) 1 month ago
@Alex M, very weird setup on your handlebars. But hey if that works for you, thats just great. I wonder how you get the most out of the bar attachments when its facing down. Also where do you leave your hands at this point ;-)
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Joel and Cas. Sorry for the confusing photos. The Ergo bar ends are oriented about like everyone else's here... 15 degrees or so off horizontal. Never use the original grips now. So the brake is rotated down and moved out so I can reach it with my middle finger without moving my grip. Same with the bell. Perfect spot to ring with my left thumb. Again without adjusting my grip. Ride happy!
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Hi Alex, I did have a half guess that you didn't use the handle bars in the traditional sense anymore after seeing you part positions. But thank you for confirming my personal curiosity. Did you deliberately go for an under the handle bar side grip with the way the horns are set up. over the top/front position that a few of us riders have?
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Hi Chris. Nothing deliberate. Found a grip that has my hands centered on the bar, more or less. I find the "ski pole" orientation more comfortable than the stock bar provides.
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Thought I would give these ago as I was finding the smaller quick release levers harder to use. Been on two rides with them so far and as long as you do them up properly and engage either side of the dual lobe cam you can run your quick release backwards or towards.
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Shot from the other side.
1 month ago
@Chris F. where did you get your quick release levers? They look nice!
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
Hello Emily or Emile if my guess correct, Here is the link for the levers. www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B06Y36PFZ5/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1 If it doesn't work they are Kipp eccentric lever's.
1 month ago
Thanks for the info, Chris! That was fast!
(halfbiker) 1 month ago
No worries. Having a toddler gives me the special ability to be up at any time for fast responses.
3 weeks ago
Nice loud
(halfbiker) 3 weeks ago
This is for Joel in Yonkers. I never use the original bar grips anymore.
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