I survived my 34 mile ride today!!! It turned out to be a little longer than expected, the ride to work took 2 hours because of some 'technical difficulties' and getting lost. The way back was only 1 hour but I still got lost
The ride started off well. However, 4 times in bellevue, the set screws on my jackshaft bearings came out of the jackshaft and the chain derailed
I finally got them tight enough with a pair of plyers and set on to I90. It was a beautiful trip there! Here are some pictures that I captured from the long-ass video of the trip that I don't think anyone in their right mind would watch
My mirror helped a huge amount, it made riding a lot easier. I regret going for so long without one.
In the morning I made my entrance to the warehouse in style, riding straight up the ramp outside, through the cargo doors, into a room in which there was apparently a meeting going on
oops! they had never seen me riding before so they were probably a little baffled.
In the afternoon I got a little lost, less lost than before but the trip home still took over an hour
I started it off leaving the warehouse and I had to mix it up with traffic in downtown Seattle
Then I headed through some nice parks that lead to the seattle end of the I90 bridge trail.
Slightly ominous entrance to the I90 tunnel
Then onto the I90 bridge!
It was a great view except for this guy halfway across who was either completely and utterly baffled by my bike or was giving my the evilest eye that he could muster. I'm gonna go with the bafflement. Other than him, no one really seemed to care about my bike as I went slow and pretended to pedal when I passed people.
Then through bellevue
and into my hometown kirkland, where I was unfortunately snarled by traffic for a few minutes before I found a detour to my house.
And that concludes my 34 mile commute!
I put in 15ah when I got to work and I haven't charged the battery yet. I'm unsure whether I used more or less capacity on the way back, but I'm pretty pleased overall with how it performed. And I'm happy to say that my new battery box didn't break!