Cycling in Brisbane Australia
Yesterdays long trip gave me a chance to reacess the electric assist on my recumbent trike as I recently cleaned out the connection to the Battery and it now charges much better.
Leaving and returning home yesterday would have been 70 k's for me. I lost the green light having orange and red left about 5 k's before I got back to the meet up area but still had some power in the battery so that would be about 60 ks then. Being a bright sunny day the hour or so we stopped at Woody point would have had the solar panel replenishing the battery .
Off home then, riding with David who guided me on how to get up the last couple of steep roads without any assist till he went off a different way and I stopped at Burnie Brae park sitting the trike and solar panel angled correctly to the sun for a while while I used the park equipment to exercise my arms. That topped up the battery enough to allow me to get home and up the ramp first floor car park. That is the best way to get my trike up especially with the trailer on it. Even without the trailer I cannot peddle it up with out the electric assist.
One day I hope to get some sort of meter on it the trike. I have seen the Watt-app metres on line but they will tell me input but not battery level I think.
Having longer rides on my wish list I am considering a second Battery but also wondered if there is some way a second battery could be recharging via a dynamo thingy.