Surly continues blogging about Big Dummy testing. We’re feeling thrilled and honored to have Stokemonkey hooked up to the one and only prototype so far, as evidently a test priority. Getting Stokemonkey some visibility and credibility among normal, avid, dare I say mainstream bicyclists and gear makers has been pretty much the only marketing plan I’ve had for Stokemonkey, and, well, it appears to be working.
Dave’s cooked up his own auxilliary threaded-rod-and-plate chain tensioner. Super secure, but I’ll be looking into ways to make do with less.
Dave cites the fun of going fast about five times. It’s true of course, and safer than going slow in some cases. But in a lot of places, it’s not street legal to get any help from the motor at speeds above 20 MPH without registering as a moped, which in turn implies things like turn signals and other DOT stuff generally remote from bicycle design priorities. Never mind that unassisted riders can exceed 20. Anyway, it’s a matter of time before Stokemonkey gets a speed hobble of some kind built in, as a means of reducing Cleverchimp’s liability exposure and that of potential distributors. Torque is Stokemonkey’s strongest suite anyway, as befits a cargo assist.