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Half way!

Today we arrived in Eden, having travelled over 500 km in five days! I have to say I am starting to feel a little frazzled, and would love to have a rest day, but the schedule must be kept. Last night we arrived well after dark, tonight fortunately we were fine but tomorrow we have a longer day than any other yet and I am hoping we leave early enough and have no mishaps. The Schwinn had some problems today, seeming to be mainly to do with the battery pack not connecting, one advantage of the eZee bike is that it has the battery connecting at the bottom under the weight of the battery, so gravity is always on your side there. On the subject of batteries, I am starting to honestly prefer the NiMHs to the lithiums! A strange choice you might think, but on a ride like this I am finding the discharge pattern more workable: while they make you work harder as they run low, I vastly prefer that to a flat cut off. This is helpful because each sudden change slows the group down. Time for bed now, more tomorrow!

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  1. Chris April 21st, 2007 1:58 pm

    Good connectors are definitely a mark of quality.

    I think its the Battery Management Circuit in the lithium that causes it to cut out suddenly to protect the battery – its not the chemistry itself.

    An amp/hr meter is crucial as a ‘fuel gauge’. I’d be reluctant to sell a bike without one.

    Did I tell you how much I love my drainbrain? 🙂


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