When people asked me what I would do when I retired, I mentioned building a solar bicycle as one of the projects. However, it was just a pipe dream – I never purchased anything toward the actual project. That is, until Valentine’s Day this year, when I saw this bike at an estate sale for $300. This will be the beginning of the project.
When I got the bike, there were a few small problems:
1) Front brake pads missing. No problem. I had some on hand.
2) Owner lost the charger. For the initial charge, I opened up the battery pack and charged the 12V batteries individually from a 2 amp auto battery charger. I later got a charger on eBay for $11.25
3) The XLR charger port was not working. I repaired a loose wire inside the battery pack.
4) The batteries did not hold much charge. Got new ones. $20 at Halted Electronics.
5) Various cables were loose around the bike. Secured with tie-wraps.