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Random / Re: Cheap Electric fatbike
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:36:19 PM »
From my experience the bafang kits still have a lot of life. The bikes coming from companies like Hibike are beautiful and the PAD systems are very refined but...the 20mph limit and the proprietary battery make it very restrictive both for riding and future battery replacement. Considering the ability to program the bafang controller one can get pretty close to the feel of the torque sensing motors. There is even the EggRider display available that allows you to change program settings without the need of a cable and laptop.
If I was buying an bike for the wife for sure it would be something like the Hibike. But for me, after riding with a Bafang, i love the power and would hate to lose the throttle.
I totally agree with Admin, the drivetrain takes a beating. I had to replace my rear hub, spokes and upgraded to the SRAM EX1 cassette and derailer kit. I do see the future being a motor with gearbox with a direct drive belt eliminating the bicycle drivetrain entirely. This is the kind of ebike I'm saving my $$$ for:

Foil SUP / Re: Tuttle Box vs. Plate Mount
« on: April 28, 2019, 04:24:56 PM »
If you are looking for Rectavit Structan Polyurethane it is sold in the US under the name Grizzly Glue Structan.

The MSDS data shows its the same stuff made by Rectavint.

However it doesn't seem like it's recommended for glueing Foil mounts to a board:

"However, Grizzly Glues should not be used where strength is needed in gaps that appear in load-bearing or on stressed structures such as laminated beams."

But so what as I'm pretty sure fluffed up Gorilla Glue isn't intended for what we are using it for.

Classifieds / Re: TRACE UP - Wanted
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:28:05 PM »
Lots of info on the GW-60 if you google speed sailing and gw-60.

You will find info on Seabreeze as well

As far as data here are the two more popular programs available.

GPS Action Replay  (

GPS Results (

Classifieds / Re: TRACE UP - Wanted
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:51:58 AM »
Have you considered using the Locoysys GW-60 ?

Downwind and Racing / Re: Capetown downwinders
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:59:54 PM »
I was in Cape Town last year in early December and managed to do the Milnerton to Blouberg run. Gary van Rooyen at Xpressions set me up with a board and paddle and it was on his trailer when I got to the beach. It's a very impressive group of paddlers they have there and the weekly "race" is well attended with Sup and Ski. It's a world class run and one you will remember if its windy. It's a beach launch and the finish is in a protected area so hope for a small surf day for the launch while on a borrowed board. I would suggest bringing your own leash, wetsuit and maybe impact vest. The run is straight down the beach and easy exits until the finish. I suggest looking at google earth and viewing Blouberg beach to see the finish area. It's a gap in the rocks and then past some heavy kelp to the beach. There is another gap to a beach just before it in front of the tall building you can see from the start. I started to aim for that gap until I realized it was further down. Gary is a wonderful guy and was a tremendous help. The South Africans are awesome folks and have some of the best paddlers in the world. Too bad it's so far away or I'd be going there every year. Good luck, be safe and have lots of fun!

General Discussion / Re: I knew my SUP mania would pay off..
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:59:18 AM »
Not a done deal and paddling 2 miles DOES NOT give you access to any break at the Ranch. The 2 mile paddle would give you a small stretch of sand for a picnic and walk on the beach. You could have done that before the proposed agreement. Public access below the mean high tide line has never changed nor has the attitude of the Ranch owners for better or worse.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Hip replacement and SUS
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:36:54 AM »
I can only say that everyone is different. There are a few variables that are do help. #1 is your surgeon. A good ones make it much easier with less pain and quicker recovery. The other is your fitness before going into the operation. Lastly the rehab is all you. How hard you work at it has a lot to do with the outcome. Get a stationary bike stand if you have a bike and go at a couple of times a day. I was told I couldn't hurt the joint and it was up to me to decide when I was comfortable enough to get back in the water. I had the hip resurfaced instead of the full joint replacement so it was different in someways but they still pull you apart like a chicken to do the work. Good luck with your recovery and you'll be back on the water sooner then you think but no need to rush it.

I'm not wanting to give financial advise but I'm a bit surprised you didn't take the rental route (at least for a couple of years).

Foil SUP / Re: Production foilboards
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:10:06 PM »
The Gorge is probably steeper than our Milnerton run but I'm told they are pretty similar

peterp, I was able to do a Milnerton this past Dec on a visit to SA. Milnerton is nothing like the Gorge. The winds are similar but going against the current changes how the wave behaves compared to ocean swells. The drops in the Gorge can get steep but Milnerton has some bombs that roll through that are in a class of their own. Both are top 5 downwind runs but quite different in the dynamics at work.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Board for crossing the San Pedro Channel - not racing
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:47:46 AM »
Well 10generation I would be talking to Joe Bark about the crossing and ask his advise on a board. He's actually done it more then a few times as well as shaped boards (SUP and paddleboard) for that channel for many, many years.

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Mount Adapter Plate
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:40:20 AM »
I wonder if anyone will ever make a deep tuttle box to track mount foil adapter

Like this?

Foil SUP / Re: Tuttle Box vs. Dual Track Cassette for Foil Mount
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:55:39 PM »
Beasho I'm a bit confused, the BigSeppo post talks about Tuttle Boxes and foil plates (i.e. stick on mounts). I don't see his post speak to Dual Track mounts.

I don't see the Tuttle being any stronger than the Dual Track Cassette. The Tuttle has been around a lot longer so no surprise it was adopted by most of the foil builders.

The Dual Track does have an advantage of being adjustable fore and aft.

Those stick on mounts are as described by BigSeppo, a delam waiting to happen.

Foil SUP / Re: Angle of Attack of foils
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:41:38 AM »
Here is a very good video from Alex Aguera (Go Foil) on installing a tuttle box for hydrofoil surfing.

General Discussion / Re: Worst Wipeout Ever In One Foot Surf
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:28:18 AM »
I know vests have been discussed for sometime but why doesn't Patagonia (along with just about all the others) provide the buoyancy specs? The vest I bought earlier this year was from ProMotion as they were the ONLY ones providing the amount of buoyancy for their impact vest. Seems like an important number when looking for this type of product. Yes I know it's not a CG approved 15.5 lbs of float but I do want to know how much buoyancy I'm getting when buying one of these vests. Is it a lot or a little or none?

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