This blog is the story of taking a 10 year old Twike that has been setting idle in a backyard in Portland, Oregon and restoring it to is former glory and getting it back on the road. It is Twike number 434.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Home at last
Last night I drove the TWIKE 8 miles from Northwest Portland to my house for the first time. It had to climb over 1000 feet in elevation. This was a real test of the 2nd battery I got working and only the second charge cycle on that battery. I know from experience from the other batteries that it takes several charge cycles to wake up the 10 year old NiCad cells. I expect the range now with two batteries is around 15-20 miles on level ground. I am working on a third pack that should extend that to nearly 30 miles. I have lots of other small things to work on and some larger ones. I need to replace all three tires. I noticed that one has large cracks (not surprising for a 10 year old tire). This must be fixed before I can consider much serious driving. It was amazingly stable at speed and at one point I think I was exceeding the speed limit without realizing it. EV grin here I come!