updated: April 25, 2021
The Bullitt Project! (build description)
The Lizzard King is
coming here. Build is complete and the bike is in use. I took about a month to build a feature-rich, practical, medium-to-high cargo capacity auto replacement.
- Drama-Free AWD: Low-power-consumption, high-function ‘Gen3’ awd with dual-motor pedal-assist
- Surplus hyphens depleted thanks to that last bullet point!
- Stealthy, weather-resistant battery box under the cargo bay floor (no more lugging batteries inside).
- Radioactive breath
Status: Build Complete and bike in service. Writeup pending
Mid Tail, Long Tail or Frontloader?
Having experienced all three of these styles of cargo bikes by building them and taking their capabilities to their respective extremes, if I could only have one, which would it be? Now that I have them all, which one(s) do I ride? Quirks of each? Caveats?
I never intended to be able to do a side by side comparison of these three types of bikes from personal experience but I’m there now so I may as well write it all up.
Status: Expect publication no sooner than May 2021
How to Build an Ebike (from scratch!)
I’ve had some interesting conversations online with riders and potential builders who are put off by the sheer complexity of building a bike from the frame up. Those conversations take me back to my first build, and the trepidation I felt before I went ahead and just went for it. At the time, there was no how-to that laid out the entire process, start-to-finish.
So lets change that. Lets pick out a frame, a drivetrain, wheels and so on. Lets include a parts list that includes everything right down to the cable ferrules (and explain what a ferrule is while we’re at it).
Given the level of detail here, I don’t think this is going to be a single article.
Rather than actually building a bike from scratch, which would be rather expensive (especially since I already have a garage full with The Pacific Fleet), I think I will just do a virtual build of a simple, non-AWD bike. Probably I will be using the Stormtrooper for my example.
Status: Still in the idea phase: Publication likely June 2021 and beyond