Still riding this for work commute, though I rode CrazyBike2 for a few days here and there until I crashed and broke it's frame, whcih is partly fixed but untested.
Today is a workload day for this bike and kit: 20.25 miles on a Freecycle trip to pick up another old bike, a microwave that can probably be fixed, and a light small computer-desk chair that can be converted into a 'bent type seat for a bike--all hauled together on the little Bell trailer.
As soon as it's done recharging (anytime now) I'll be heading back out for another 5-mile trip to pickup about a hundred pounds of dog food I found on clearance and have "on hold" for me (don't get to do that very often), plus some groceries, using the trailer again. Might need a second trip for the groceries, not sure there's room for them plus the dog food. (at least, not safely).
After that, I head over to a friend's house a few miles away, again with the trailer, this time with the Nishik-E's frame (I'm too tired to just pedal it over) on it, so we can work out sewing up a triangle bag for it out of that messenger bag I got a while back, and see about something similar for his bike(s).
I figure I'll put nearly 40 miles on it total, today, with three battery cycles. (one deep, two partial)
I did have the slippage issue again, when I hit a pothole wiht the trailer that I managed to avoid on the bike, and it yanked the hitch from the position in the pic below back to rub on the brake rotor. Had to stop and reclamp it. Problem si that the chainstays are tapered. I really should weld a "stop" just in front of the rotor in case this happens again, or better yet just behind where the clamp needs to hold on, so it can't slip at all. Wouldn't need to be anything more than just a tack weld itslef--no additional material needed, just a bump on the tube.
On the trailer loading, I secured the bike frame and tires first by running the top tube of the trailer thru them, so that even if straps came loose or whatever, I could not lose them off the trailer. Then everythign was velcro-strapped to each other, and the microwave and chair bungeed down (as my velcro straps aren't long enough).
Load shifted enough to rub on a tire once, and on the spokes another time, when hitting bumps and potholes that couldn't be avoided with all the tires at once. Each time had to stop and mvoe things back. I need to put some angle-iron and stiff "fenders" or something along the edges of the flatbed, just along where the tires are, so they cannot be rubbed by the load. No time to do it today, though, as I would first have to locate the angle stuff I know I have around here. (I have aluminum from server cases and rackmounts that would be perfect, if I knew where it was).
The chair has a mesh back over a tube frame, and a lightly padded tube frame seat; I'd just have to cut off or maybe unbolt the stand from it. I am tempted to weld a seatpost to it and use it on THIS bike.
On the firs tlong trip I pedalled a fair bit on the way back, and a little bit on the way there once the headwinds started, as I was afraid I'd run out of power if I only motored. Naturally, whihle I was loading upt he trailer on the first stop, the winds died down, leaving still hot air melting me even in the shade. Thought I was going to pass out by the time I got moving again, and then it wasnt' so bad. By the time I loaded up the second stop, winds began blowing back the other way, so I had headwinds going home, too.
They were worse than the ones on the way there, so rather than the ~20Wh/mile at about 17MPH average I got on the way there, I was reduced to about 13-15MPH most of the way, and tired enoguh to be closer to 10MPH the last couple of miles, with even stronger headwinds, and creeping up to over 7Ah (out of max 10Ah possible, but only charged to maybe 95% at most, and I wouldn't want to run them dead, so call it 9Ah really useable, and 8Ah is my cutoff for longevity/safety as I still havent' installed the Methods' LVC/HVC system I have sitting here. :/ )
Ride data for long trip:
1h 49m 11s trip time
21.8mph max (coasting downhill on the freeway underpass at Bell road on the way there)
I heard the charger shut off while typing this, so off I go now....