In order to extend our stay at Rend Lake, we had to change campsites. So, we left South Sandusky campground and headed to North Sandusky campground. At that point, it all went downhill, and I don’t mean the road.
When we travel with the travel trailer, the ebikes go into the camper. Since we were just moving one campground over, I volunteered to ride my ebike to our next site. Great. That way we only had to put one ebike into the camper.
As we were putting Dan’s ebike into the travel trailer, something happened, and the ebike battery flew off the bike. We don’t know how it happened. Perhaps the bottom of the bike frame bumped the trailer step causing the battery to fall off, but we didn’t see the ebike get bumped. Or perhaps the angle of the bike and/or the movement did something? Whatever happened, the battery was locked into position, so that really added to the mystery. How could it fall off if it was locked?
We picked up the battery, and there were two wires which were no longer connected into the ebike’s frame. I’m not sure they were supposed to be disconnected in that way. Assessing the situation, we realized even if we could reconnect the wires, red to red, black to black, the battery was locked, so we wouldn’t be able to put it back onto the frame. We didn’t have the key, as Dan did not bring it. There was no foreseeable reason to bring it. We don’t take the batteries off of our ebikes. Or at least we hadn’t yet.
Amazingly, no bad words were said. Probably because we were too forsaken to have the gumption to say them. Plus, we really don’t want to enlist in the navy at this point in our lives since we would have been swearing like sailors.
Obviously, that was the end of ebike riding for this trip. When we got home, we took the ebike to the Bike Stop Cafe here in St. Charles, MO. They fixed our issue! And they only charged us $10. So what happened?
The reason the battery fell off was because the screw at the bottom of the battery pack was stripped. The whole battery unit was not in there securely. The reason the battery came off even though it was locked was because the lock part of the battery came off, too.
Now I’m not sure how the screw came to be stripped – if it was like that when we bought the ebike or if it happened just from riding. We did not remove the battery at all before this incident.
The ebike is ride-able again. However, the bike shop did not have the right type of screw to replace the stripped screw. There is one screw, but there’s supposed to be two. We are using a bungee cord to secure the battery pack in place. I’ve emailed the company from whom we purchased the ebikes and requested a replacement screw – and a few extras, just in case. Dan will put in the second screw when it arrives.
In the future, we are considering purchasing a portable ramp to make putting the bikes into the travel trailer easier, but honestly, it really isn’t that hard. I guess the lesson is to check your ebike battery to ensure it is securely in place. If you’re not sure how to check it, here’s some technical advice: Try jiggling the battery. It shouldn’t jiggle at all. The second lesson – if you’re like us and can’t fix ebikes – is to find a good bike shop.
We are very happy to live near the Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles. Not only do they repair bikes, there is also a cafe which offers delicious breakfast and lunch options. There are lots of tables where you can eat outside. The Bike Stop Cafe is located right off the Katy Trail. As a side note, bike rentals are also available. It’s everything we bike riders could want. And the best part is . . . we can ride our ebikes there.