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Submitted by reikiman on Sat, 01/19/2008 - 16:13
I wanted to ride the Lectra over to the EAA meeting... y'know, show it off, etc. ...but... On my way over the chain broke.
I've had a couple instances where I go to take off and the chain slips off the sprocket and there's no power. It's very surprising when that happens 'cause I'm accustomed to this bike having lots of get up and go power, and when this happens it's zero. It's happened twice, the last time two days ago on my way to work.
This time I'm riding down El Camino Real in Palo Alto and suddenly have no power and pull to the side of the road. Find the chain has slipped off, so that makes the third time it had happened. I put the chain back on and take off again. Immediately again there's a sound and then no power and I pull off to the side of the road. And see the ends of the chain dangling. Soooo...
I hoofed it on to the meeting so I could hear the presentation. Also I knew 'Alias' would be there and hopefully she would be kind and generous and help me haul it home after the meeting. BTW she has some interesting pictures that I hope will get posted. Anyway we ended up taking the bike to a Honda motorcycle repair shop, and the guy says they have a policy of not working on any alternative anything motorcycle. He did take a look though and asked "is that a bicycle chain"? It's a lot smaller than a normal motorcycle chain. Hooboy. But I also took it to two bicycle shops and they don't carry anything that large, which is what I thought, that the chain is larger than bicycle chain.
The chain has '41' stamped in the side. I recall vaguely that bicycle chain is #35...? So is this #41 chain? I'll have to ask Lawrence if he remembers.
In other news I have bought a 60v charger, the one carried by MonsterScooterParts.com. This should make it a little easier to do opportunity charging on the road. This weekend I plan to redo the pack wiring - install rubber booties and install a terminal block for connecting accessories such as bank charging and paktrakr and batteq (which should be arriving wednesday).