Remember this rainwater tank with a hole in it?
Well I was going to cut it up into three parts which were going to become garden beds. This is of course until a friend came a long and said he could fix it. Well, because it had already replaced, and I had already tried to fix it myself, so I had nothing to loose. I asked him what he had to trade for it.
He said he would trade this bike:
Yes folks, it is bike, but not your ordinary bike. It has an electric motor!
It has a 200 watt, 24 volt motor connected to the back wheel, that helps you get up hills and the like. It can only turn on when you are peddling so and is used for assistance rather than propelling the bike independently. Apparently those are the rules for electric bikes in Australia.
This is the battery pack. Inside are two 12 volt sealed lead acid batteries, which are charged from the mains via a power pack that slot into the socket at the top.
The battery slots into the frame and locks in place so it doesn't jiggle out while you are riding along.
It has a throttle and a battery charge indicator.
As you can see, I am excited to be going for a ride!
After this photo was taken, it was three times around the block for a test ride. The seat needs to be adjusted, but other than that small issue, it rides like a dream. It is fairly quiet, but you can definitely hear the whir of the engine when you engage it.
Best of all, the electricity used to charge the bike is 100% renewable energy! No carbon emissions from this baby at all, and even better, it is second hand and got the chance of a second life with me. Kim is a little worried about me riding around the town, given the rather large percentage of hoon drivers. I have assured her that I will stick to the bike paths were I can, and avoid the crazy people. I am now on the look out for a second battery pack, and a cargo trailer both on the cheap.
What do you think? A good trade or what?