Responsible Usage

An hour long bicycle commute is not for many people, especially if it's just the one way. Most of us aren't fond of an hour long commute of any sort.

Total Usage used the whole battery for a strong 40 mile ride.

A ride that would have been posted as Liberal Usage did 1/2 that ride with fewer vertical feet using the whole battery to see how fast I could reasonably go on a road with traffic. I did 21 miles in under 55 minutes, with traffic enough I had to put my foot down a few times & wait for a clearing. So I thought to myself a 10 mile commute is about ideal for an eBike, shorter in more urban areas.

Today I re-rode that ride with more responsible battery usage, but not so stingy as to deny myself liberal assistance on hills & I used the mid level of assist most of the way back because of a 15-20mph head wind & to ponder the idea of riding home tired after work.

I am happy to say that with reasonable usage of the various levels of assist & only a couple of times of riding the max a little longer than I aught I return with 1/2 the battery, meaning that I could have easily added another 10 miles to the round trip & come home with a good cushion of battery to deal with unexpected power needs, such as bad traffic or detours.

Top speed was 30 mph, average was 20 mph, the trip took an hour & two minutes, Google has it at an hour & fifty-two minutes & I showed up at home with more than 1/2 the battery, climbed 200 ft, some of it quite steep as I cross the Chickahominy River.

The average expectable speed seems to be about 20 mph on this very heavy prototype with my still not "pro strong" legs. For distances of less than 10 km I'm good for a pace closer to 25 mph & I still can't quite hit 40 mph in a dead sprint on flatland, but 35 mph is very attainable for a healthy person.

I try not to top speed it when riding, that's for showing off at events or doing some parking lot marketing as I run a few errands. Well that's the news from the Center of the Universe & all things Strawberry.

 

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Comments (15)

  1. noahbody

    Cool. Very respectable runs.

    October 25, 2016
    1. Munkyman

      Oh they’re near pro times & they’d be closer on closed roads. I’m no pro, not nearly that strong nor do I have the stamina they do. AND that’s the point of it for me. For others there are other applications for 500 watts of power driving 60 nm of torque.

      October 25, 2016
      1. noahbody

        Cool. You do not want it for the pros. That is not your intended market correct?

        October 25, 2016
        1. Munkyman

          As a pit bike maybe, but no not the group I’m aiming at, I’m shooting towards those who would like pro speed without the diligence & sacrifice, those who want to keep up with the grand kids & those who want to get to work in the most efficient way possible. Around D.C. many commutes can be done quicker by bike than car.

          October 25, 2016
          1. noahbody

            I see. Then you are representative of your target demographic.

            October 25, 2016
            1. Munkyman

              Can you think of a better way to develop a product? Find something you want that isn’t quite there & build it.

              October 25, 2016
          2. noahbody

            That’s the way to do it for sure.

            October 25, 2016
  2. Munkyman

    An average of 20 miles a day every day for an average year, no need to drag leap year into it, equals out to 7300 miles a year. A Nissan Leaf gets an MPGe rating of 114 mpg, which means that it consumes more than 64 gallons worth of fuel in power to drive that 7300 miles. This hybrid human bike gets an MPGe rating of more than 2300 mpg, that same 7300 miles of short trips & simple errands consumes less than 3.2 gallons of fuel at my local power station… were all my power to come from a diesel turbine generator. Let’s say you’re 1/2 as strong as me & 1/2 as fit so you use twice as much assistance, that’s still 1/10th the fuel consumed & a gym membership card burned.

    October 25, 2016
    1. noahbody

      Cool.

      October 25, 2016
      1. Munkyman

        next move is working on a “tiny” turbine generator & some sort of capacitor array. I really need to get a degree in electrical engineering.

        October 27, 2016
        1. noahbody

          LOL! You have big plans.

          October 27, 2016
          1. Munkyman

            Electric touring isn’t plausible without the ability to recharge the batteries. Turbines are the lightest way to do that reliably. Solar is heavy & unreliable, it’s also unproductive at low altitudes. It’s not a bad supplement for USB devices, but some sort of turbine genny makes the most sense, have it cut on long enough to power the motor, provide some charge to the battery & fill a capacitor that will trickle to the battery as it powers the motor until it’s empty… repeat. From what I’m seeing there’s no reason to think I can’t run for an hour out of a capacitor which is long enough to put about 20% of the battery back as long as it’s not the last 20%. Then if the genny puts 10% in before the capacitor is topped off, that’s 30% & having the genny kick on at 50% would have the battery running from 80% to 50% for as long as you have fuel… charge it to 100% on an outlet or by trickling out your solar battery after recharging all the USB gizmos. This is the only way I can see touring out to places where you have more than a day’s ride between any place that you can plug in & don’t want to sit in the sun for 2 days as your solar panels recharge the battery. A genny makes a 200 mile day a very real prospect outside of the mountains/cities.

            October 27, 2016
            1. noahbody

              Very well thought out. Yet that is additional weight.

              October 27, 2016
            2. Munkyman

              Motor, weight is far less of a concern than range, in the case of touring. Weight is only a real concern when you’re looking at stairs. In theory the genny could ride on the back of the bike or in a trailer. The big thing is building a controller capable of managing such a power scheme without blowing anything up.
              I wanna believe that the genny could weigh in at or below 10# add fuel & capacitor to that for no more than another 10#. That could leave you room for as much as 50# of cargo or more on a bike & 80# or more on a trailer.

              October 27, 2016
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