Before leaving for work last night, I moved the charger from being just stowed in the cargo pod when not using it, to mounted in the triangle, to give me a little less weight back there, and more room in the pod. I considered removing the ammocan battery pack from the rack, but decided not to in case I ended up needing it for any reason.
I took the same route above to work last night, and it was far from uneventful.
A few miles in, suddenly I felt something wierd with the rear wheel, as if a whole bunch of spokes had broken, then was almost dragged to a stop on the uphill from an underpass on Greenway; made it to the top barely but only by strongly helping in lowest gear pedalling, and still the motor was pulling over 800W, and I was wiped out by the time I got up there. I doubt I was able to do 10MPH. If I coudl've stopped and gotten onto the sidewalk I would have.
When i got up to the top and onto the sidewalk, I found the rear wheel practically tacoed. No spokes were broken, but *ALL* of them were loose, like wobbly floppy loose. It was as if the whole rim were suddenly made smaller, so that all the tension on all the spokes was released. This did not happen slowly over the ride, it was sudden and instantaneous, and while on smooth road. My rear brakes had just been working normally 20 seconds before that, at the red light at the bottom of the underpass.
I can't figure out why it would go from true enough to have no brake rub on closely-set brake pads, to what looked like I'd been run over by a car, in less than a second.
I managed to manually bend the rim back straight enough that I could then retension it with spokes, but it was still wobbly enough at the best I could do in the 15 minutes or so I could spare without being late to work, that I had to not only leave the rear brakes unhooked, but also actually take off the brake pads completely.
I did nto flip the bike over to do the work, but instead went into a parking lot and put the pod on a curb, and put up the double-leg kickstand from Auraslip, so I could have the rear wheel off the ground for freely spinning it, without emptying the bike.
I found I suddenly had other problems when I attempted to start out again. My headlight would not stay pointed down at the road surface a few dozen feet ahead of me like it used to, and the throttle was hard to move and would stick. Both were caused by the yellow "fairing" on the handlebars. It had moved upward and to the right for no apparent reason. I don't handle the bike by it, or lean on it, etc. But there it was.
TO fix the headlight I drilled some slots in the bottom bakc corners of the plastic with my work utility knife, and threaded a velcro cargo strap thru there and back around the handlebar stem, to pull the bottom down and back, which pulls the light down and forward. Now it is almost where it should be.
The other problem required loosening the set screws for throttle and gripshifter on the right, and moving them rightward about 1cm. Any less and the fairing would just creep over to touch and rub again.
This barely left room for my hand on the right bar. Oddly enough, it ended up improving the numbness factor, though. I have always had problems on upright bikes with my hands going numb after a few miles, reagardless of hand position or bar shape or position. Only CB2 has not had much of that problem; my hands are nearly vertical, and gripping in a totally different way, as well as having my arms and hands up a lot higher (level with my chest/shoulders). Still can happen, but nowhere near as fast or as bad.
I continued the ride on Greenway, but the pavement is much worse on the eastbound side, unlike the nice westbound side from yesterday morning. So I ended up taking the sidewalk bike path at a slower speed for most of the way, because the messed-up rear wheel plus the squirreliness of the "airless" tire made it difficult to predict what would happen when I hit bumps or holes or big cracks in the pavement, and with periodic groups of cars moving past me at over three times my speed, I didn't want to slide out becuase of it and end up under a car.
All of the traffic *except* three people were normal and nice. The worst was a woman in the far left lane, not even affected by my presence on the road, yelling out her window "GET OFF THE ROAD!!!!" as she sped by at something around 20-25MPH over the 45MPH speed limit.
She never changed lanes or had any other traffic move into her way as they went around me, so she had no reason at all to be an ass like that except just to be an ass.
Two others roared their engines as they passed me without fully going into the other lane, having nearly run up my rear rack before bothering to change lanes at all, but they didn't swerve right back into the lane in front of me so at least they're not stupid as well as asses.
Eveyone else was courteous and safe, though most did not signal their lane changes. One car that could have changed lanes actually stayed behind me with their hazard blinkers on on one of the worst-traffic areas, and only turned them off and went around me (signalling and everything) after the other large traffic burst was gone past. I wish I could thank them for that.
The sidewalk wasn't bad, but because I couldn't see all that far ahead, I couldn't ride it very fast, no more than about 15MPH or so, less in some places. When I got to where there are a lot of driveway and street crossings, I moved back into the road again, as wheel problems or not it was a lot safer than those crossings.
I rode home westbound on the eastbound sidewalk (which is a wide bike path, unlike the narrow westbound side) because I didn't need to hurry, and I didn't want to risk anything with that stupid wheel. Took a LOT longer becuase I basically had to almost stop at every driveway and street crossing because of morning traffic; I did not use the road at all except for 44th st south to Greenway from Bell (bike lane, no traffic). Also because of "scenic detours" the "bike path" with the really wide sidewalk for several miles of Greenway eastbound side, the distance was longer.
But it was nearly completley empty of driveways/crossings and no other traffic on it at all, except in two places, so I was able to ride at nearly 20MPH on it, due to it's very good condition most places. Even so, it still took almost an hour and a half of actual riding, not counting waiting at crossings or driveways or intersections--closer to two hours including those. At some intersections, I and other pedestrians and cyclists had to wait several minutes for cars to stop turning or going thru on red lights, etc., while we had a walk light, to get across.
Most of them did not even slow down for the red lights when turning, even though there was cross traffic too--they just pulled into it and forced the cross traffic to go around them to prevent crashes. I'm amazed there were no accidents.
Once I got to 31st Ave for southbound, I went back to the bike lane in the road, as there is little traffic and msot of it is only 25MPH or less.
I need to rebuild the wheel again, but that will have to wait till tomorrow or Saturday, as I was too tired today to do it before sleeping and getting ready for work again tonight. I just have time to type this up while I eat before getting ready and leaving.
I did end up taking the ammocan pack off, as that is less weight on back and may help the squirrelliness. I don't have time to work out the mount on the front so I'll just have to hope things work like they should on the other pack.
Also have to figure out the fairing problem, and fix that. It was weird how it all started at once, as if I had hit some gigantic pothole or even crashed, but neither of thsoe things happened. Maybe the consequences of an alternate-universe version of my ride leaked thru into my universe here, and affected the bike.
Anyway, ride data:
55m 15s trip time
-4.2A peak Regen
1h 22m 24s trip time
-13A peak Regen
And now I'm off to get ready for the last trip this week (until Sunday night when I go back in again for 5 more days of fun).