amberwolf wrote:swingarm vaguely looks like the one on here:
yes, those do look similar. thanks, amber. what's the largest diameter tire that will fit there? would a 24" fit? nevermind about the axle issues... Headlight fixed:
in other news, i forgot to mention i solved the mystery of the broken light. the button had stopped working. if you push on the rubber diaphram, there was no click, switch or anything. so i took it apart, and all the plastic around the switch mechanism was melted, no doubt from having been accidentally left on for an hour or so while parked...
it normally gets very hot (still running ~3A instead of 1A) while moving, so at a standstill it cooks, but i've never felt the heat go as far back as the button! i carved away the plastic, but couldn't get the button operational, so i hardwired the light, so it pops on when i connect the pack/controller after charging.Melting Solder:
yesterday, i rode the 1 mile uphill section of Mass Ave at WOT, pulling ~50A continuous - i was curious if it could take it - when power died (starting with a fun bit downtown):
when i got home, i hooked up my backup controller and it worked fine, so that meant it was the controller (thank god it wasn't the motor)... and the only time i've noticed the CA running weird high amps when when one the shunt wire solder melts and it falls off/shorts... usually the motor still runs, so i was happy it was just that.
i've got the spare controller in the backpack now, just in case. and now i will gotta go easy on the throttle up the long hill (dialing the throttle back since it's just pouring heat beyond a certain point anyway and not adding speed). but fyi, that 1mile was the reason i got an ebike, but it is no pike's peak either, so note to folks in big hill areas, be careful with the power sucker... 'moar amps' is right..How ebikes are made:
still in other news, i love the eBike Family
video by Tora Harris on his trip to China with Justin to check on suppliers for his cargo bike
. And the video license was set to Creative Commons, and I really wanted to string together the clips of the manufacturing processes. I hope Tora doesn't mind. I'll take it down if he does, but until then, take a moment now to watch my remix of his video:
Is it just me, or is pretty cool watching chicks build motors, etc?