Frankenbike rides again!

just got back from my first ride on the bike in almost 2 years!
I’ve been rebuilding the bike over the last couple of weeks – I had to do away with the “Atomic Bomb” battery box as it was just too snug a fit for all the additional wiring (plus, the new infineon controller was larger and wouldn’t fit snugly on the front. So, I’d been working in a 9L “Really Useful Box” mounted on the pannier rack which had been great – loads of space to play with.

However, I hadn’t really realised how top-heavy it was, so when I took it out of the shed and stood it on it’s stand it promptly fell over – shattering the battery box and wrecking my hopes for another week.

Smashed up my old battery box

Fell of it's stand and smashed up the Work in Progress battery box

However, I got right back on with it – It’s been 3 years I’ve been building this sodding thing, so a little setback like that means nothing – I learned my lesson about both plastic AND centre of gravity so got on with building a wooden box into the frame – I really like it – it’s kinda Doctor Emmett Brown mixed with 50’s beach boy “woody” – plus it makes the bike handle much better.

Building a new battery box with better C of G

Building a new battery box with better C of G

Mini-me looks on

Mini-me looks on

Connected everything up like I should and true to form it wouldn’t start – it turns out one of my 36v batteries is now giving out 22v – which means it’s cutting out. I’ve removed the battery for now and took it out on just the one battery – I’d forgotten how good it feels to be pulled along up a hill 😉 I’m probably going to leave it as it is for now – I want to get some benefit out of it before I try the other battery again – plus I’ve got some other projects queued up (making an iMac G4 17″ into a secondary monitor for my MBP is number one)

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