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20 miles out - No start condition Adapt, Improvise and Overcome.

Old 09-05-21, 10:28 PM
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Talking 20 miles out - No start condition Adapt, Improvise and Overcome.

Was to be the longest ride in nearly two weeks of ownership thus far ended 20 miles out stuck on Chehalis Western Trail with no start condition with a bad handlebar electric display that shut down the show. All was well 10 miles thru city traffic roundabout and left hand turns with gas vehicles until midway into the trail after stopping to rest and eat. Called RAD customer service and quickly deduced the problem and replacement handlebar display coming under warranty this week. Hopefully.
How to get home now? Ride to park and ride and the other pedal home for the pickup and return or call for help. We did and help arrived from family with PU truck. Now I keep a tow strap in my too kit for this kind of emergency along with many other items I carry for "just in case" happens. I am a rather have it and not need it kinda guy then riding with pluck alone. My kit just grew even larger and heavier now... v :^)

We all ride knowing you can pedal without power but it would be a lot of agony and possibly walking up some of the hills by the time we got home pushing 70+ pounds of bike. And Hours way. The first half was moderate in mostly 5-7 gear and pas 1-2 with 3 occasionally and some throttle in the round abouts with the cars. The 40+ mile trip will have to wait now. Tested voltage at home digitally and had 60% remaining. I wonder if it fades faster as it is depleted or is it balanced all the way thru as the wattage decreases?

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Old 09-06-21, 07:29 AM
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That happened to me on my Mission, and it turned out the controller wire was loose. I pushed it back on and tightened the locking ring and all was well.
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That happened to me on my Mission, and it turned out the controller wire was loose. I pushed it back on and tightened the locking ring and all was well.
That for you was a simple fix. Lucky you. I connected mine to my S/O's city bike and fired right up so that confirmed the bad box.
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That for you was a simple fix. Lucky you. I connected mine to my S/O's city bike and fired right up so that confirmed the bad box.
Well done, Gunny!
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Ordered part under warranty on 4 Sep - NOW 13 Sep and no part in hand yet! Tracking number but not delivered to USPS reported... Warranties are only as good as the company behind them..
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Gunny.. improvise....drive the 60 miles to Seattle and tell them to give you the GD part!
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Two years ago the controller unit blew a MOSFET about 5 miles from home. It was on a long hill, pulling hard and probably drawing a lot of current. Not as bad as being 20 miles out, but the route home is almost all uphill! No way to service in the field so I rode it home. I took it apart to repair, but decided to just replace the controller with a unit having a higher current rating. No issues since.
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Not that this would help you on the trail, but we switched to Better World, and if you have a problem, they will come get you.
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Gunny.. improvise....drive the 60 miles to Seattle and tell them to give you the GD part!
I went to their store and came home with 2 more bikes!!! LOL..

PS.. trailangel - Not Gunny btw, Top would be correct. You from the tribe?
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Multiple times I've had my commuter battery die mid-ride (always due to me forgetting to charge it) and with a bunch of moderate climbing remaining, and I learned to Adapt and Overcome to unexpectedly lugging those 60+ lbs. up the hills by myself. Thankfully a 3x drivetrain.

Being able to still ride a bike when the "e" goes away completely, for whatever reason, is at the very top on my list of MUST HAVES when selecting an ebike, and also in the selection of the the route I take my ebike on.
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Just for fun (and to test the concept) I built a bike with two dedicated hub systems once, so if one failed, it was possible to make it back on the other. Bike weighed 60 -65 pounds and was a rocket ship (to me). The only time I ever had my system fail was in the woods with a 35 pound BBS02-mid drive, and it was easy to ride back without "e" power.
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I went to their store and came home with 2 more bikes!!! LOL..

PS.. trailangel - Not Gunny btw, Top would be correct. You from the tribe?
Adapt, Improvise, Overcome is what Gunny Highway says in HEARTBREAK RIDGE .....Clint Eastwoods movie.
Not with the tribe...
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Adapt, Improvise, Overcome is what Gunny Highway says in HEARTBREAK RIDGE .....Clint Eastwoods movie.
Not with the tribe...
Yup. Our Marine Corps saying is "Adapt, Improvise and Overcome" Good all round saying for lots of things.
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