I’m getting casual about hopping on the ebike and riding the 25ish miles to and from town as opposed to hitching up the bike carrier, driving to the county road, and then biking the eightish miles back and forth.
Part of this is because the Jeep has laid its annual breakdown upon me, which this time doesn’t involve anything in the drivetrain or suspension but the power steering, which simply won’t hold fluid anymore. I assumed it was the hoses, replaced them, and that didn’t substantially help. So I’m assuming the steering gear has blown a seal which I’m not capable of dealing with in the driveway. I could gather the money to have it fixed in town but unfortunately that would take weeks or months and the only person previously willing to lend me a vehicle has learned his lesson.
Rather to my surprise, after I’d gone to the trouble of developing virtually a power-steering-fluid-based economy, the Jeep’s steering works
perfectly fine tolerably dry, possibly because it’s so light. But driving anything like a long distance is still a sufficient hassle that it’s more pleasant to just use the bike, weather permitting.
I’m still coping with my new and substandard saddlebags…
Generous Reader Terrapod offered to make some shields that cover the top half of the rear wheel – I still owe him a reply – and I decided to test that idea by simply zip-tying a piece of cardboard to the frame on the side that gives me the most chronic trouble. And actually that seems to work just fine, though no doubt temporary, so I guess I should send him the information he requested. There are a few other mods I’d like to try once the cool weather sets in anyway.