Gadgets w/ wheels and batteries arrive: electric assist bike
So the new office doesn't have free parking. Its not far from home, and I've been walking, but as its getting hotter that is getting stickier. Time for a solution involving electrical gadgets I hear you say. You are right!
So I acquired a VoltBike Urban (black). Spiffy right? It folds up to make differently-shaped (perhaps trunk of car?). And, its got secrets. Lurking within is a modest 350W assist motor and a 36V 11.6AH battery. And does it ever propel you. Even in top gear you feel a little bit like a hamster in a wheel on full assist. Its speed limited (the motor that is) to 32km/h, which is plenty I think.
So now the questions. Can it/should it be hacked somehow? The controller is one of these in the LCD family.
The bike is pretty decent quality. But the charger... Whoa. Its hot if you just leave it plugged in not charging 🙂 And its suspiciously light in that charging brick for something that is outputting 42V @ 2A. I might spring for an 'upgrade' on on aliexpress to 42V @ 5A w/ a fan in a metal case.
So what do you think, will I look like too much of a hipster on this? Pee-wee herman accessories? Tassles?