John and Cecil wrote: ↑
Mar 14 2018 10:31pm
RTIII wrote: ↑
Mar 14 2018 9:25pm
(Yes, I should have posted this in my earlier reply!
...And, I was wrong, it was 179 MPH!
Thank you for the reply. I like your bikes.
I need to build a kickstand too!
You might want to look for where I added them to my two bikes for some simple lessons learned. The second of the two (the San Rafael) is better done, of course, but there are good points in the process documented for each. The second type stand is MUCH easier to get right in terms of rotational orientation since it doesn't have a flat region to contact the ground.
John and Cecil wrote:I have not ridden a bike in a very long time plus I have an extra 35lbs of weight with my dog and his carrier and gear so I am really looking forward to the motor assist (especially on hills).
My first bike has more in the way of luggage racks, but I later decided to change my tune somewhat. Both have a semi-permanently mounted rear rack that can take a milk crate when desired - mostly left mounted. It's important it can't shift when installed. The first bike (the Raleigh replica LeGran) has a removable basket that is at times SUPER helpful, and I like it enough I'm doing a front one on the San Rafael, too. But I've had to make my own mounting strategies since the off-the-shelf wasn't going to work for me. ....I like stuff in front so I can _see_ and possibly _access_ items in it while riding. BUT, for heavier items, I've mostly given up on the side baskets. They work, but I much prefer the trailer - notice both bikes have the trailer hitch. Maybe Cecil will like having his own trailer?!
John and Cecil wrote:Perhaps my problem is that the battery's voltage is too high at full charge. I heard some people complain that the 14s battery packs sometimes go just a touch beyond the max voltage and some people were saying they had to discharge the battery a little to get the voltage down.
Well, the vast majority of reports are that 14S does not work on this unit, but someone has reported here that they just charge their battery to the max the unit will take and it works out to about 80% charge which is a good choice for longevity anyway - but you won't have much range from a theoretical 2Ah battery! BTW, your peak you can get away with is about 54.5, IIRC.
I don't know how you can safely discharge it some, but you'll want a charger that won't try and overcharge it. I have the
Cycle Satiator from Grin and HIGHLY recommend it. Use their "48V" charge cycle and it will work fine, you just have to get it below that first. Or, I suppose, any 48V charger should work, but you want the FULL "48V" charge and not a lower amount since you're already one cell short!
If I were you, I'd just get the right battery. Maybe find one used in your area, and then try and sell it back to whomever for even less when you go! You can bring a good charger with you, I guess, so while the satiator is expensive, at least you'll be very happy with it!