I am curious how many of you denizens have traveled 100+ miles on your electric steed.
It has been my goal to do so for quite some time Ã¢â‚¬â€œ even with a regular bike.
Today I made it so.
Starting in Redmond at essentially sea level , I took the Fall City-Redmond Road up past Snoqualmie Falls (where they filmed Twin Peaks), on past North Bend, and then I jumped on I-90 heading east and up to The Pass (Snoqualmie Pass), with a summit of 3022 ft (921 m).
Then I turned around and took I-90 back down into Issaquah, along the West Lake Sammamish Road, through Marymoor Park and back into Redmond for a total of 101.8 miles.
My CA Stats:
Date Length Ah Start V End V W-hr Wh-mi Regen %
05/15/10 101.8 42.38 41 36.5 1639.9 15.7 2.30%
R-Ah Fwd-Ah Amin Amax Vmin MaxS AveS Time
1.0085 43.397 -17.7 35.8 35.6 32.7 22.2 4:34:08
EDIT: Total Elevation Climb = 4161 feet.
- I barely touched the throttle heading out; no pulsing Ã¢â‚¬â€œ just for hills only. I figured IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d do my penance in the beginning when I was strong so that I could have power at the end when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m fatigued.
- By the time I reached I-90 I had already traveled 30 miles and climbed about 500 feet. I had only used 6.6Ahs.
- Traveling on I-90 is an experience! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legal to take bikes on this from Seattle all the way through the Dakotas. Though I do wish they would sweep the margins more often. The grade was very easy, and I found myself going between 26 to 28 mph at WOT UP HILL.
- I made it to the summit in just over 45 miles using a little over 18Ahs. I was beside myself in Scottish glee; what thrift!
- After resting for an hour I headed back down the hill looking forward to all that Regen. Unfortunately I had a headwind all the way down Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which is probably why I did so well going up (as a beneficial tailwind).
- Just before reaching Preston off I-90 my bike started acting really squirrely and I was hugely concerned that the front nuts were loosening so I pulled off in Preston and discovered I was in the midst of loosing pressure on the rear tire. Maybe it was elevation change; other than being old and slightly checked it looked fine. I put 50 lbs into it and got back on the freeway.
- With about 7 miles to go before Redmond the bike returned to the squirrely state, and by the time I got it home the tire was pretty close to flat. DoesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter; I have a brand new spare.
The pass elevation sign is directly behind the exit sign. You can't see it in the pic but there is snow in the shade there as well. It was r e a l chilly in the slot-stream canyons heading down despite begin 69*F.
It is jaw-dropping beautiful up there! This view looks north. Alpental is just to the left in this pic.
Here's my CA display at the top of the summit. I just couldn't believe how well I did.
Going downhill though I had to get on the throttle to beat the wind. Overall, I still used less power than I had budgeted. No complaints.
ADDENDUM: Battery pack was 10S10P LiPo.
ADDENDUM: ... using 20 Zippy's @ 5Ah each for a total of 50Ah.