I've added a piece of aluminum foil over the second battery bay to keep it from filling with water but there haven't been any rides in a true downpour to test if it can handle the volume.
The trails are pretty messy and the ELF keeps getting dirty from them so I've had to spend a few evenings or mornings wiping down the various surfaces. Mostly it's getting spray behind the doors and a little on the panel behind the seat. And of course, the back window gets a bunch of spray from the back wheel. I've been able to let the rain wash away the bulk of the dirt after I got home and then just wiped away what's left in the morning.
I've tied a tarp to the fence and covered the back of the ELF to keep the exposed part of the back wheel and chain dry.
Someone cut the ropes holding back the barriers on old Columbia pike so I had to bring more rope on Tuesday to tie them back again. I guess I need to get more rope and just plan to carry it just in case
As usual lots of people yelling "nice bike" and one guy in a truck stopped when I pulled over to make an adjustment so he could write down the information. He seemed very excited.
I've tried riding up the hill on route 29 between Lockwood and Southwood several times. The ELF does about 25 for the downhill part and then keeps about 20 the rest of the way up the hill. It's not too bad since the cars have two other lanes to pass me and the speed limit is 40 on that stretch of road. I still prefer the sidewalk but its definitely faster driving on the road.
I've also tried riding down Sligo Creek Road from Dennis to Forest Glen which is a nice smooth piece of road mostly a gradual downhill grade. It's marked 25 so the ELF can keep up with traffic no problem. But once again, even though its slower, I prefer the trail since I can pedal through that section and get more exercise.
I need to do some general maintenance this weekend. Tightening the brake cables an checking the gear cables and checking the tire pressure and replacing the overhead rear view mirror and tightening the seat screws and back hatch screws.
I figured out that the best way to access the front wheels is to prop it up on something by pushing on the body above the front of the door so it goes up on two wheels.
The range anxiety is completely gone since I've had no dead battery even on days when I left the headlights on for most of the ride. I've also been able to pedal more now that the clipless pedals are securely attached to my shoes.
On the other hand the solar panel has proved effective on sunny days. I left it charging from 8:30 to 4:00 one day (including a quick jaunt over to the panera for lunch) and the battery finished charging on the office power in less than 30 minutes. Next week I'm going to let it charge until I leave at 5:30 and then we will really find out if its charged! My wife also bought a killawatt meter for measuring the power use on her leaf and I'm going to use it after one of my rides next week to see what the charger uses.