Friday, July 25, 2014

The ELF goes Walkabout

The ELF decided to go walkabout today. I arrived at 8:30 am and parked the ELF facing the morning sun.  Since the new parking brake isn't very effective with the cables all stretched, I set the new back disk brake by wrapping the left brake handle with the velcro strap.  The ELF sat in the sun for 1.5 hours before this happened:

Luckily there were only minor scrapes to the parked car on the left and a broken ELF fender that is easily repaired.  I'm feeling very lucky since there is a small pond down the hill to the left!!! 

I guess I really do need to put some chocks in front of the wheels before I leave it in the sun in the morning!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rear Fender

This is the Axiom Rainrunner MTB Reflex 26" which I bought from Amazon.  Having a fender serves two purposes.  First, and foremost, it keeps water from accumulating in the rear battery bay.  Without it, the water from the back wheel drips down from the bulkhead into the battery bay.
Secondly, it keeps mud splatter from covering the back windshield.  Since I ride on the dirt/gravel trail, this is actually pretty important too.


As you can see from the picture, I drilled a hole in the frame to mount the fender.  The hardware that came with the fender works for this installation and the only modification was to bend the tie bars near the mounting bracket.  This isn't a perfect installation since there isn't much clearance above the back wheel and the bottom of the storage tray.  I also tried to use the bracket provided with the fender by drilling a hole in the ELF just below the OT logo.  You can see the screw there that would hold that bracket.  Unfortunately, the clearance above the wheel wasn't high enough, so the bracket rubbed on the wheel.  Without the bracket, the fender occasionally rubs on the wheel and needs to be re-centered by hand.   But it's not been much of a problem and I've been removing the fender (only 2 screws) when the forecast is clear. 

The front of the fender is just sitting on top of the parking brake.  This keeps it from rubbing on the front of the wheel.  I've thought about using a twist tie to hold it in place but so far it hasn't been necessary since it seems to be staying and it's easier to remove the fender without it. 

Although the hardware that comes with the fender work pretty well, I recommend replacing the screws and nuts with ones that fit the installation better.  


Snowed In

Good thing I got that cover.  This picture was actually taken in February but I was too depressed by all the snow to post it :P  Can you tell which is the ELF and which is the Leaf?