We’ve had Tangerine for a year, and…
I love this bike.
…which is good, as it’s been a bumpy ride.
But let’s go back to the start.
Okay, we’ve had the parts for a year. When we first spotted Metrofiets’ closing sale, we’d been shopping around for an electric-assist bakfiets, and… well, we already loved them. A few friends have Metrofiets and they’re dreamy, but a bit pricey. With a closeout deal, however… we couldn’t pass it up. We’d been talking to Alex at Electric Lady about options. Should we do it? “It could be fun,” he said, bursting into his infectious laugh.
We went for it. All we’d need would be a motor, and… oh yeah, some parts.
It would take a while to come together.
First, for some color. Since we had a raw steel frame, we got to choose our own color, and Seattle Powder Coat has some special sparkle options!
It turned out great!
Then we had a few conversations and negotiations on what all would go together. We wanted lots of gears, but a front triple just wouldn’t fit on the Metrofiets huge diameter seat post tube, so 10 gears will do. With the assist, it would be plenty.
Alex and Bike Swift recommended a new monster 1500 watt MAC motor, but we’d be waiting longer than we wanted. As regular bike riders, we went with the 500-watt Bafang rear hub motor which still has the power we’d need, and would get us riding sooner. I’m not saying we won’t upgrade someday…
Our friend Shirley offered a battery she had used for a previous motor setup on her Metrofiets… which turned out to be seriously high-powered and badass. I’ve run the battery completely out only once, and was smart enough to ride it uphill before it did. The bike is pretty darn heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend this.
Four-caliper hydraulic disc brakes would bring it all to a swift stop.
With a plan, we gathered the bits and got to work.
We also insisted on a dynamo system for the lights, despite having a huge battery which could easily power such things. This way, the lights stay on even if the battery runs out!
Fenders and a waterproof canopy round out the build for northwest weather. BlaqPaks makes great waterproof covers, the new version of which has nifty magnetic latches.
There are a few more details: a dropper-post, USB charger, and a serious rear rack.
That’s enough for now, gotta go for a ride. Let’s save some drama for next time!