Sometimes I have paying gigs on the other side of the big plateau to the east of the Gulch. I’ve been interested for some time to know how much hassle it would be to go there on the new ebike. But I wasn’t going to try it until I’d rigged it with tools and water to ensure that a pleasant hour’s outing didn’t turn into a big ordeal. Also it’s been really hot and I didn’t always have the want-to when I had the time. But this morning was both chore-free and relatively cool, so today was the day.
Range is no problem at all. I’ve got about 65 miles on the bike now, mostly in small outings between chores, and I’m learning that there are ways to get more work out of the bike with a practically symbolic amount of pedaling while leaving the throttle alone. The bike doesn’t care if you’re really putting any effort into pedaling; if you’re rotating the sprockets at all, the controller will run the motor. You can barrel right along with the derailleur in first gear, with the motor pulling 400-500 watts instead of the 750-odd watts you use playing motorcyclist. This has a remarkable effect on range, and you only have to push into it when you’re climbing hills.
I didn’t want to go all the way across the plateau today, there’s really no reason to. I only wanted to get to the highest point in the trip and see what effect it had on the bike and me. Neither the bike nor I broke a sweat at any point. I love this thing.
I’m playing around with ways to carry stuff. I hoped that cutting the top off this old milk crate would restore my ability to mount the bike by kicking over the basket, but the old man can’t quite Ryker maneuver that high and far. This is a tall bike. So I’m dropping $20 on some pannier bags from Amazon. In addition to lowering the rear load, I could carry the spare tube, canteen and chain lock without hassle. I’ll get it right eventually.