2019-12-12 20:39:57 UTC
I live right next to the Trans Canada Highway, on the North side.
However, most of the places where I shop are on the South side.
Getting across the freeway with any piston-powered machine
involves traversing a roundabout route that includes at least
one of several choke points. Which degrade from Slow to Crawl
in any traffic volume heavier than very light, such as rush hour.
However, there's also a nearby pedestrian overpass,
where it's legal to ride a bicycle. And here in BC an e-scooter
up to 500 watts is legally a bicycle; with the added advantage
of not needing registration, insurance, license plate
(or a driver's license).
Hence, an incentive to get one, as it could bypass all
the choke points and get me to the nearest shopping mall
in less than 5 minutes -- despite its slow speed (20 mph).
Well my neighbour sold me a 60v beater without batteries
for $200. What a bargain, I thought. Wrong...
But I soon got educated on what I needed to know, for which
tuition wasn't exactly cheap. Sigh.
60 volts means 5 12v deep-cycle e-bike batteries @ ~Cdn$100 each
(for 20AH lead-acid). So now i have a $900 beater, pretty well
a rolling wreck (after taxes and a few other incidentals).
Well, it looked a lot prettier when i bought it than now.
[A few other tedious misadventures omitted]
Meanwhile another neighbour bought one brand new for $1200!
With a few more modern features... such as disk breaks...
Anyway, thanks for your patience if you've read this far,
because this is where the fun part begins. The thing really is
a hoot, despite it's meager cruising speed. I don't need
sizzling performance for a short distance through a residential
neighbourhood; a dozen city blocks or so.
Through this last summer and fall it must have hauled nearly a ton
of groceries and stuff by now in the plastic crate I've bungeed
to the luggage rack.
And because a supply run is so quick I can take more of them,
buying only what I need for the short term.
Happy trails, SPQ