Thought my battery was doing well at 4.5 k miles.. (4 years)Crossing the Threshold.....
I have just ridden to five late duties using my Haibike to travel cross country 14 miles to work and then 10 miles home covering 120 miles, and I breached the 13,000 mile barrier when I got home on Sunday and finished last night with 13,076 miles covered.
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These rides have been interesting as my first ride in on Saturday the 13th of February was when the ground was frozen solid. Despite low temperatures the amount of battery I used on the way to work was as low as in the summer as the solid ground removed a lot of drag and allowed me to fly along with less effort.
In contrast on the way home it was cold and windy and I used more higher assist than normal to maintain my speed and my battery consumption hit a high of 52% used.
That first ride to work was really treacherous and I nearly came a cropper on more than one occasion before I took more care of the frozen ridges of mud!
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Also on one small connecting country lane I came across a domed section of the road where water had frozen solid over the full width for about 40 meters. I went across very carefully without touching the brakes, knowing that I could be dumped on the deck at any moment.
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Then the next day as things started to warm up there was in places a thin layer of cold slippery thawing mud on top of frozen ground underneath. Very slippery.
On one evening it absolutely cained it down for the whole ride home.
And each day it got muddier and muddier as the temperatures increased and the ground thawed out.
The last ride yesterday was in thick sticky mud and waterlogged ground in many sections.
I was very glad of the 2.35 mud tyre that I am running tubeless on the back, put on in October 2020, despite the extra drag it gives on the road going home and the fact that it looks like it will wear out quite fast.
I may take it off in the Spring and keep it for next Winter or just wear it out and replace. We will see. Having not run a tubeless set up before I will need to remember to put some more sealant in.
I had thought I might retire this April, but with a secure well paid job and Covid meaning I could not travel or indeed do that much if I stopped working I will wait until I have been jabbed and then review.
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Just before it gets washed, the drive train de-greased, and the chain checked for wear before oiling.
My warranty replaced motor, changed when the bike was two years old is now nearly 4 years old and has covered just over 7,000 miles.
The battery is the original one and also still working really well.
Was expecting drop off by now but none that I can notice. (apart from in very cold weather, range drops 10% or so??)
Great write up. Thanks. (I have Haibike hard seven/400wh battery.. Get about 30 miles off road, always in highest setting. Can't see point in taking charged battery home?)