Mark_A_W wrote:Duct Tape Adrian.
Definitely needs some duct tape. Apart from that glaring omission it looks good.
I must say your bike is a work of duct tape art. But.... It will be my mission to try and build this bike without it. I want to be able to extract the battery without too much effort.
Say no to duct tape.
Reid Welch wrote:Kudos! I'm a sucker for super simple, clean BIKE-looking ebikes.
Thanks. It was my aim to keep it looking clean. Once I get the battery mounted properly it should look pretty slick. Assuming I can actually manufacture what I have in my head at the moment.
Reid Welch wrote:More reports wanted as soon as possible. Beautiful work you do.
Took the bike for a few laps around the block, down to the shops, and over to a mates place.
Going well so far.
Made a few changes:
(1) Added a bit more cushioning for the battery, so it doesn't get bashed around as much until I get some decent foam.
(2) Cleaned up the wiring a bit
Things still to do:
(1) The temporary battery mount is a bit wide. I am pedelling like a cowboy at the moment. So need to get rid of any unneccesary width in the final configuration.
(2) Sounds like there is some movement in the spokes, so I will need to get the wheel tuned properly. Before I do some damage.
(3) Noticed a few creaks during pedaling that weren't there before the conversion. Need to find what is causing them.
(4) Obviously make a proper sheet metal bracket to support the batteries and controller. Got some nice wide elastic straps to secure the batteries in places but still allow removal.
(5) Make some bash plates to protect the sides off the batteries
(6) Finally a nice weather proof cover for the batteries. Will probably buy a cheap cooler bag, if I can find one that looks all right and is big anough to cover the batteries and some of the cabling.
I have now let a few people try it out, and everyone has come off saying "Wow", "I want one".
This things rocks.