Another ebike milestone…

It’ll be three years old in August, and by then we may have crossed a thousand miles. 800 today, with one major electrical fault, probably a cold solder joint, and two thorn flats. So far.

An interesting tidbit: I got 20 miles on its first battery charge back in 2019. Today I put just shy of 18 miles on it, and…


The battery indicated well over half full when I parked it. Now: I’m a lot more knowledgeable about power management now than then and most of today’s mileage was on relatively flat pavement rather than the usual hilly dirt. Even so, it definitely goes farther on a full battery now than it did at first. Which is kind of weird to me, but I’ll take it. In a town the bike will easily do 40, probably more like 50 miles on a charge.

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4 Responses to Another ebike milestone…

  1. Robert says:

    New LiFePo batteries initially need a few cycles before they achieve their full potential. Kinda like us old guys getting out of bed and trying to move.

    OT: didja remember the rhetorical device you disremembered regarding the sneaky-fear-inducing anti-gun terms? I knew what you meant and it drove me to distraction. I expended an educational hour (OK, 15 minutes) today googling rhetoric/debate terms to no avail other than finding out that, OMG, there are some pretentious Latin-based terms in the rhetorical world. I live vicariously through your posts, I struggle vicariously through your lexical conundrums.

  2. Mike says:

    Very nice Joel. I’m glad that the e-bike is working well. Last year I took the plunge and bought a Biketrix Juggernaut Duo. With the big 4 inch tires and the adjustable front fork suspension, it’s very comfortable to ride. I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t sold on getting an e-bike, but reading about how it helps you get around sold me. So, under all of your other titles, you can add e-bike iinfluencer. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Weird to me too. Kinda flies in the face of what I thought I knew about the chemistry of Li-Fe batteries. Positing a theory here: Cold solder joints can act like a resistor in a circuit, Fixing the original problem may have upped the efficiency of the circuit by removing the (relatively) high resistance in the charge/discharge path

  4. Robert says:

    Anon@0551 has a point about the cold solder joint.

To the stake with the heretic!