|Electric Bike V1.0|
To his credit, Matt sold me a new battery below cost, and after a bit of fiddling today, I present to you, Electric Bike 2.0 ...
I haven't taken it out for a spin yet, but the electrics are a lot neater than in the earlier version (though still messy given it still uses the original controller), with less fuses to blow up, and even a nifty little button on top which shows you how much charge the battery has. Apparently it is a much higher quality battery as well ... here's hoping.
The biggest upside I see with it is that whereas the old battery took up the whole rear pannier, I now have all this pannier space for carrying work gear and my shopping. The big downside is that I can no longer get away with zipping past road cyclists on the way home leaving them thinking wtf? I'm afraid the big battery gives me away too much ... the sacrifices we make.