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Old 02-27-2018, 10:17 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Woohoo, congrats on the successful real ride!

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Old 02-27-2018, 10:47 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I wish I had your enthusiasm right now.

Going to adjust the handlebars to get me even more upright. My body isn't a fan of leaning down, nor my neck appreciate being tilted up.
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:49 PM   #43 (permalink)
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18 km is pretty good. That's about equal to one way in my commute. I recharge at work and return. Wish I could do it more often, but I gotta take kid to school most days.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:40 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Sacrilege!

Welp, it was decision making time...too many contraptions taking up too much space. The little yellow electric "bike" (scooter) was chosen as the loser. Decided it was not worth saving, nor a safe or useful design even if I did. It was also the cheapest of my collection; I got more out of it in parts than I paid for it.

I first messed around with some basic tests using it as a generator. I happened to have a 3-phase rectifier/regulator from my motorcycle laying around. Even at the paltry rpm the tiny sprocket on the pedals had, it had no issue getting over 12v being pedaled by hand. I went full out by hand and got it over 30, even. A larger sprocket would easily get it to 48v or more at an easy pedaling speed.



Decided it might look better disrobed.



Not much of an improvement.

Took it down farther...here's the real prize:



Might turn it in to a pusher. More likely in to a pedal generator.

I'm not sure if this is a prize or not...it's 14" long! That's how wide this thing was! How are you supposed to pedal that?



And you might note, I cut the brackets for the bearings off. No going back now!

Have a nice collection of spare parts now:
400w Motor
48v Charger
Regen Controller.
Various 48v bulbs.
Controls/throttle.
Front and rear shock.
Chain with a master link on it.
2x spare 16" tires. (they aren't cheap! yet very common size for these things)
Miscellaneous electrical wiring, connectors, etc.

Of course it's all taking up more space than it did before. Sigh.
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Lightbulb Hackjob pedal generator V0.2



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Old 03-09-2018, 02:33 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Thumbs up 26km!

Did a good 26km ride on the hybrid today. Stuck to only one battery, still had 2 bars left when I got home.



It's charging back to the exact same voltage I charged it to last time, with my watt-meter hooked up to measure how much juice goes back in.
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:23 AM   #47 (permalink)
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169.7 watt-hours used. Divided by 26.6km = 6.38 wh/km!!!

(36km range per battery)
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:30 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Two new victims...err...naw, that's exactly what I meant.



Part of the Zombie Response Team's alternate transportation, apparently.
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Cool. But you just dismantled one scoot for space. Now you buy two? You might wanna admit your problem, now. Lol. Hey, how is the hack-job generator doing? Use it much?
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Old 04-23-2018, 01:56 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Hi, my name is Stubby, and I am an addict.

Generator hasn't seen much use. I've decided that I'm more interested in the building/trying/proving than the having. I lose interest quite soon after, particularly if the results don't live up to expectation. The up side of it is that it gets it out of my system, and I can move on.

My previous ebike purchase is a keeper; some things work out to be as good or better than expected. That one that I cut up in to parts had it coming!

These new ones? Well, being step-through and closer to bicycles, I know a few women who would be interested in having them already.

Oh, and on a happy note...I got to use my truck as a truck for the first time today, thanks to these guys.

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