dogman dan wrote:
My welds will always suck, because I see so poorly now. Next investment in tools will be an auto dark helmet.
Get a better one than the HF version if you can: even on sale for $50 it's not that great, and it doesn't have as fast a reaction time as it probably needs, and probably isn't blocking all the stuff it should, regardless of darkness setting on there.
I end up with headaches / eye strain after lots of stop-start welding, that doesnt' have anything to do with the fumes. :/ (cuz I can weld long continuous welds that give the same total weld time and don't have the problem).
Also, it has annoying sensitivity issues where it will sometimes trigger just from a reflection off a tool or bike part as I move my head, cuz I have to do all my welding out in the direct sunlight to be able to see what I'm doing. (or sort-of, anyway).
The real plan is eventually to lace a small moped rim on a 5304 I have laying around.
YOu might see if Ypedal still has any of those ex-Zero rims. Mine's been beat up for months on the back of CB2 on that HSR3548, including quite a few serious pothole hits (some in puddles I couldn't see thru) and so far it just has one dent in it, and no sign of breakage. Works fine with the Hookworm or Ringworm from Maxxis, and should work with scooter/MC tires like the Pirelli ML75 (I think that's the one), though I haven't yet gotten any to try out on it.
Or, I might just say screw it, and build another with a huffy beach cruiser, and 26". That 5304 runs fine in a 26".
Run it in a 20" and it'll be better: higher torque, lower speed; you said you don't need the speed, right? Faster winding in smaller wheel does work.
Remember I get 0-20MPH in 4-4.5 seconds with 320-350lbs gross weight, using the HSR3548 20" w/12FET 40A rear, and 9C2806 26" w/12FET 40A front.
Somewhat worse if I'm pulling the trailer full of dog, too.
Hopefully that cheezy rim will hold up awhile with only 20 pounds of battery on board.
If you had suspension it'd do a lot better, but as long as you avoid the potholes and stuff, and ride on pavement it should be ok for longer, especially if you keep checking the tension on the spokes (cuz they work themselves loose since it doesn't seem to keep the tension correctly, or cuz it doesn't tighten up enough in the first place).