Monday, May 3, 2010

Rellie Attack

We have over the last week or so been entertaining Jans' two sisters who popped over from NZ for a short visit. As a result blogging and blog cruising has taken a back seat, but we are back on track now so off we go.
While they were here we made them ride bikes everywhere as that is the way we like to get around, unless it's hosing down rain, then we take the car and of course out of town trips are also car days (it's 150km's to anywhere out here).

As luck would have it I happen to have a spare bike or two so finding a seat wasn't a problem. Just a quick tidy up needed and they where on the road (the bikes not the girls). ;-)

While I was at it I shouted the electric bike a new battery set as the last unit had shorted out and caught fire one day when Jan was coming home from work. It caused a bit of excitement amongst a few tourists who were crossing the bridge at the time, they noticed the flames coming from the rear and thought the rider was rocket propelled.

With the new battery pack I have changed from NM-HI to Sealed Lead Acid Batteries. I think they are a better bang for the buck system. The SLA's are less expensive and easy to maintain. A small ply box was built to contain the new battery set that should keep the whole system waterproof and trouble free. I think the cause of the fire may have been some dampness in the vinyl bag the NMHI were in.

The electric bike has been on the road now for about seven years and has been remarkably trouble free. Apart from three battery sets the only other problem was the controller shorting out when the main power leads got caught on an obstruction and where ripped out of a connector.

The next job is to build a new battery pack for the Fat hippy bike light.


LS May 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

It's great to get out and about on a bike when the weather is good.

That electric bike is an interesting project. I take it that the motor is in the front wheel? Not 100% clear from the photo.

How do you recharge the battery pack?

jonesy May 6, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

Hi LS,
the motor is in the front wheel and the batteries are charged with a 36 volt charger that was supplied with the original kit. I will do a post on the the e-bike and some of my other bikes in the next couple of days. There may be others who are interested in the setup and it will fill a hole until the shed turns up.

Anonymous,  November 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

"they noticed the flames coming from the rear and thought the rider was rocket propelled."

This was too funny not to repeat.

brenda from arkansas

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