A Visit to EnerTrac Corp.

19 01 2010

I grew up in New York.  Out on Long Island specifically, and a good portion of my family still lives there.  As I write this, i’m in NY again because we’ve taken our new daughter Mira to my sister’s house in Rockville Centre to see her great grandmother and other family members in the area.  One extra added benefit of this trip is that Rockville Centre is less than half an hour car ride from Farmingdale, NY.

Why is Farmingdale important?  ‘Cuz that’s where the EnerTrac office and shop is located, and I had been emailing Mark Gelbein to setup a time for a visit to look around, get some instructions about the motor, and generally just say hi.

Josh and Mark Gelbein from EnerTrac Corp.

I showed up on Friday afternoon (Jan 15) to meet Mark Gelbein and also ended up meeting his son Josh who also works at the shop. A family business that’s building stuff that helps the environment.  Nice!

I showed up a bit late because i got lost getting myself to the Southern State Parkway, but Read the rest of this entry »





Not much progress lately

6 01 2010

Look ma. No...nothin.

a mostly cleaned up swingarm

Front end.

Well, unfortunately, here hasn’t been much progress lately. I removed everything from the frame so i now have the entire bike in pieces.

I did this because I’m still kicking around the idea of getting the frame sandblasted and powdercoated. I’m not sue I want to spend the money on that though, so I may just clead and sand it by hand, and then just paint it instead. I’m not sure if I’m worried enough about he rust on the frame to spend the dough.

n good news, the batteries should be arriving in the next couple of days. This means that I should probably get my act together about the frame and battery trays right quick!

I still need to order the charger, fuse, and various disconnects (cutoff switch, maybe an inertia switch, and maybe a kickstand down cutoff).

There have been some developments in the bms I’m planning on using, so that may not happen for another couple of weeks too.