WARPed1701D Posted August 8, 2017 Share Posted August 8, 2017 I've done it! My wheel is finally being used as intended as my means of getting to and from work. No falls or unwanted step-offs for the whole journey. I got off once by intention to cross a busy bridge (4km into the journey on the charts) with a narrow sidewalk. When things get narrow I still get wobbly so this was a good move for now. A mistake here means a 6" drop into a busy road with little room for drivers to avoid me. The only other times I stopped was for a crosswalk signal (7km into the charts) and another crosswalk near the end. I used some street furniture to keep balance as I waited so no need to put my feet on the ground. The first 4km was on quiet roads (the high constant speed section in the charts), the rest was on waterfront mixed use paths (the variable speed middle bit), dedicated bike paths (last high speed section) and USF SP campus (final variable speed section). This is my first long ride and I have to say everything is pretty much perfect even with the oppressive heat and humidity (Feels like 97F, 36C, 74% humidity). My research on my gear really paid off. The Giro Switchblade was supremely comfortable and felt like my old motorcycle helmet on my head rather than a bike helmet. It inspired confidence and I loved it. It was not hot at all which was my hope given that I'm just standing around on my EUC rather than pedaling up a mountain like many of the previous helmet reviewers who complained of heat are. I wore all my G-Form protective compression gear (shorts, shirt, elite knee and elbow pads) and with my work clothes over the top you could only just see the elbow pads poking from below my rolled shirt sleeves. I was a little sweaty when I arrived but much better than expected and most of that came from the few minutes I was outside work in the heat with no airflow over me. The G-Form gear is highly breathable and ultra comfortable. I forgot I had it on. The Flex-meters were also very comfy. I will review the G-Form gear one I have had a bit more time with it but so far...5 star for comfort, certified protection, and breathability. Started 8:37 AM Ended 9:06 AM (erm late!) Conditions: 86F (30C), Feels Like 97F (36C), Humidity 74% (WTF!) Total distance: 8.74 km Max Speed: 20.37 kph (tiltback currently set to 20 kph) Average Speed: 15.53 kph Start Voltage: 84.24v, 100% End Voltage: 80.73v, 87% Max Wheel Temp: 37C Here are some graphs of the journey. One peak on the power chart exceeded the Y axis boundary (7km into the charts). It went up to 1200W briefly. This was just after I pushed off of a lamp post I had been using to support me waiting for a crosswalk signal and I lost balance a little as I got started causing a sudden movement that the wheel compensated for by exceeding nominal output. What has impressed me most is the battery consumption. I admit I'm only running at 2/3 max speed and my journey is very smooth with little change in speed once I'm cruising and with no hills at all but 13% consumption for a 9km journey is wonderful for a V8. This is of course my first ride of many and I expect real usage to be more than this (note the first portion of the journey the wheel was over 84v so reading 100% for a while). Huge thanks to @palachzzz for producing a version of WheelLog for InMotion wheels. Being an Android user I was pained that I would miss out on detailed metrics and wonderfully this version appeared right before I was about to start using my wheel in earnest. Anyway, I really must do some work. Who am I kidding. I'm way too high! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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