I even considered the bag of cans I have for recycling, but I was like, "Nah, the bike is already zip-tied and dremeled into "junkyard presentable" state, Coke cans as structural support would just be too ghetto." Hah.
Anyway, I did the duct tape trick. I wrapped it so fat the clamps didn't even fit without tightening and it worked! For now. I can see already after a couple runs it's not going to be a real solution.
I am able to run for about a minute at full speed before something decides to break. Mostly, the chain pops off cuz it's wobbling or something.
I think I'll just bolt straight throught the clamps and the frame. That's a good idea, thanks. That has to be the most permanent solution, short of welding.
Yes, 5000mAh is nothing, I basically got 4 test runs in today, and decided not to run the battery out too much. This relates to the "almost" dying part - but I touched the soldering gun, the soldering clamps annnnnd... both leads of the other LIPO battery. Yes, it sparked in my face. Yes, it instantly melted the contact points on the soldering clamp and the leads of the battery. Yes, I felt like I almost died. And no, I'm not touching that battery again. I am a noob with anything related to this, and even more so with LIPOs. I'm not taking the chance using a battery that might have sustained damage and just ordering another one. In the meantime, I'm running on one.
I know I didn't almost died, but I'd be telling a very different story right now if, instead of a clamp, I'd melted my finger, or worse. I was insulated by chance. Needless to say, that got my blood flowing.
On a side note, if someone who can test and properly care for a possibly compromised battery wants it, let me know. I don't know what to do with it now, and I hate to just recycle 60 bucks. I imagine a check of the cells would be in order, and then a few apprehensive charges, though I dunno if there is any coming-back from a mistake like that?
The motor is pretty powerful, but I only get up to what I estimate to be about 15mph (real, not butt dyno cuz that feels like 35 mph lol) though. So I wonder if I have to adjust the throttle input (like i'm not getting the motor to full power), or gear the hub, but shouldn't I have a higher top speed, even on one battery?
I think my rear cog is a 56 or 60t and front is 13t.
Thanks for the comments!