A Primer: Last year a learned about that the world record electric bicycle journey was only 2200 miles. On a whim, I applied to beat the record. Since that time, the record has climbed to over 4100 miles. Still, I’ve been dreaming about long-range e-bike touring ever since. After Kerra (my wife) encouraged me to take the trip, I decided to go for it.   The plan: Ride west, hopefully to Colorado, or or until I’m about halfway (or about 2200 miles). In order to get this type of mileage, I’m hoping to average about 200 miles per day, for an entire month.   Preparation: My everyday e-bike is well equipped for touring as it is. I have about 2kWh of battery pack that I lug around with me, which is good for about 50-100 miles range. Sweet. The charge rate however… not good. It Takes about 4-5 hours to charge with the old setup. So that had to be upgraded with an additional charger. Currently I’m at around 1400W of charge capability. that gets me charged up in a couple of hours give-or-take. I added an additional USB charger to the bike as well in order to charge the GPS that logs the route for the record. I also beefed up the tail and headlight setup.  I made a spreadsheet to roughly estimate how far I could travel in a day, depending on my average speed and efficiency.   I’m a little behind on updates as I’m writing as a charge in Westfield NY, right on the lake, about 60 miles south of Buffalo, but I’ll have some more video updates soon. Here are the ways you can follow me:

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