More pictures! I'm updating the OP with the albums, but I figure I'll give a little update on the activity in regular posts (since I forgot to reserve one... I guess I could steal Andje's
So we did a lot of work this weekend. And when I say we, I mean Andje did more than half the soldering by far, I couldn't keep up
. We basically started trying to pull together the rest of the bits we needed to get a rolling bike, and it was a lot harder than expected. No one has a 26" rim with 20mm axle anywhere in town, I will have to pick a shop and have them order something in. I also couldn't find a front brake that I wanted, or was right for the project, so I'm currently looking online for something that will work. There are some more bits I should get but aren't crucial at the moment, like a freewheel and chain for one.
We did however get the fork mounted properly and the handlebars on, and then were able to get the battery box mounting sorted out. I will need to grind down the clamps on the box a little bit to get some extra steering radius eventually. Managed to get a pedal assembly too, so I have something to stand on now. That stuff was all done on Friday.
Saturday we just went at it. Most of the work was electrical. We had a super hot day, but the grape vines on the porch made it bearable, and spreading out the work outside was convenient I would say. We got a hyperion hooked up to my car to top up the batteries and see how they were doing after a month or 2 sitting in the garage. Mostly good, a few cells relatively lower, but everything charged up nice. While that was underway (and once I figured out the controls on the hyperion...) we started working on the parallel balance taps. I think I did one while Andje did 3, if that
Once we had enough batteries charged, we got going on the pack itself. The plan being an external connection that can take it from one big chunk, to 2 smaller chunks to balance charge. I basically had no part in the battery wiring
I was calling around town looking for the rest of the pieces and it was magically done, and very pretty. I did end up doing most of the balance tap to DB connector soldering once I had a tutorial. Very small and finicky but I think I did well, minus the numerous times I forgot to put heat shrink on first.
I was able to get U-bolts and the last 2 bolts for the battery box, so on Sunday while I searched again for parts, Andje finished the battery pack and got it squared away in the pelican case. The controller is in place, mostly for reference, as well as most of the handlebar bits, and the seat post (once I went back and got the right size, who knew there were so many sizes?!) It looks more and more like a bike!
With maybe another hour or 2 of work we could have gotten the motor spinning, but without the final pieces, and seeing as we did a lot of work over the weekend, we decided to leave it as is for now. The key thing was the lack of brake, as much as I wanted to get it rolling, without a brake it really wasn't a good idea. Though... we did sit on it and roll around as fast as my feet could get it going