Yesterday was the first true "excursion day" where I felt up to it and the bike was up to it and I went on a real cruise!
Here, first, is the new trailer hitch, installed. This is the same design as the one I made for the Legran but it's got M5 holes instead of M6 due to this frame's smaller accessory fasteners. (I left the one on the Legran, of course!)
Note in this image the TWO "speed sensors" - this was because, so far, the work-around for the bug in the speed / distance recognition system was to simply borrow the older sensor from the Legran. (Hope to have the newer one with headlamp / tail lamp power up and working soon!)
Meanwhile, it was time to load up and head out for running errands...
First front view:
And now, in this rear shot, you can see my crutches mounted to the rack! YES, I'm still all banged up - I knew I'd be MONTHS in recovery, which is why I went to the trouble to build the San Rafael in the first place! ...My design for stowing the crutches is simple and effective: two wire coat hangers with snipped cross-bar, woven through the milk crate's wires, extending outward at the top row. This gives two nearly vertical wire ends hanging each crutch - just set the crutch down with the wires between and just below the hand-grip, and they're supported by the hand grip at a suitable height and spaced-out distance, both behind the rider's pedal circle and outboard of the gearing. A simple rubber cord around the outside retains them! Simple, light weight, effective! Best of all, I can hang them up and retain them, or get them down, from the riding position!
Later, I decided I was well enough to go out to a party but on the way, came to a narrow spot. ... I usually slip through this with the Legran - first time with the San Rafael, and the frocking handlebars are too wide, and I didn't realize it. One of the handlebars clipped the vertical "stay" for the telephone pole and I collided with the fence in a nasty way, sprawled out all over the STREET (kind of bounced off the fence across the sidewalk and into the road).
I literally lay on the ground an unknown amount of time - I'm guessing nearly 10 minutes but it felt like an hour. While laying on the ground I used my phone to call for help. But help was hard to get since the person I called had himself broken his leg, and couldn't help but wanted to give me phone numbers and I had to explain that it wasn't possible for me to record them, and in too much pain to just remember it. Eventually, two passers by stopped - a lovely woman and a young guy (in different vehicles), and they together helped me to my feet and put my crutches under my arm pits! That's when I took the photo... The one guy was in a huge SUV type thing and I asked if he could put the bike in there and get me home, but he declined saying that they were hard to see, but there were 9 people in the SUV! And meanwhile, the girl had left. ... I SHOULD have asked him to help launch me on the bike, hanging the crutches for me, but didn't think of it until after he left.
I then stood there for about another 5 to 10 minutes, but again, it felt like a half hour or more, until another passers by - this time a guy on a heavily laiden cargo bike - managed to help me get mounted on my bike and stow the crutches. I then used the throttle to get home! KNEW THAT WAS A KEY FEATURE! ... It got me up over 20 MPH in eco mode with nothing but the throttle! I didn't stare at the display but I saw 21 mph a few times and I believe it. It didn't seem to matter which mode I chose; on level ground, and given the gearing I had chosen, it did what it was going to do, only the time to reach top speed may have differed. And given the poor lighting and so forth, I didn't want to go top speed anyway.
The bike seemed to handle the bumps easily, but there was one spot where my leg was in so much pain, somewhat brought on by bumps shaking the lower leg, I was screaming as I rode. Some "homeless" people hanging out around a cluster of campers noticed and looked up at the spectacle that was me, and I heard a female voice say, "oh, look at his leg he's got dangling out there!" Must have been a strange sight with a guy whizzing by at 20 mph on a bike with one leg dangling off to the left!
(gotta try to laugh!)
Eventually I got home and made the mistake of stopping to close the outer gate ( on a garage door opener) and then, gate closed behind me, I couldn't quite get started again. ... Another 5 or so minutes or so and my landlord came by and helped me walk the bike into my gate while I just used the crutches to get inside. Later I checked the security cameras: my total excursion, about 6 miles round trip plus the fall and various delays took just about exactly 33 minutes.
And I got ZERO sleep last night, I was in so much pain... And, it's a holiday, so no medical anything for me until at least Tuesday. -ugh-