The thing that got me about SMDM, when he pried a metal lid or grating off, he would brace with his regular arm and pull it up with the bionic arm. In reality, all he would have done is pulled his face into the object that he was trying to rip open while breaking or buckling his regular arm.
And when I tell someone about my busted knee, I then say "We have the technology".
It kind of surprises me when I think about it, but despite all of the interesting orthopedic injuries I've sustained over the years, I still don't have a single piece of metal installed in my body. I do wish that they'd have put a screw into the metatarsal- that one still feels a bit weak when I put weight on it in a certain way, and I'm afraid I'm going to re-fracture it one of these days...
Still riding? How's the battery holding up? Any particular issies with anything?
Let's see, where did we leave off...
Towards the middle of October, my main battery did fail. I'd been warned of this possability, as the company found out that they'd gotten a batch of marginal BMSes, however I'd elected to keep on riding until the weather got bad before sending it back for rework. A couple of days before I left for NYC, it finally smoked.
I shipped the battery back to them, and I have it back now, although I've been busy as hell this past week since I got back and I haven't had a chance to re-install it. I'm going to do some further cleanup of the wiring, and figured it do it all at once. As I'm getting ready to leave on vacation, it'll be several weeks before I have everything back together again.
Any more mods? More power?
No, 48v seems to be the sweet spot here. Anything more would kind of defeat the point of having a bicycle instead of a 50cc scooter.
If you had to do it all over, would you still chose the same components?
About the only thing I'd do differently would be to buy a 48v LiMn or LiFe battery up front. The 36v units seem to be by far the most popular, and on more moderate terrain I'm sure they'd not be as bad, but out here I prefer having the higher voltage available. So instead of two 12v SLAs and the 36v LiMn, I probably should have just gotten a higher-voltage primary battery and been done with it.
Aside from that, no complaints. The motor and the rest of the electronics are doing fine, and the bike itself, while cheap, seems to be holding up nicely.