Bike Battery Battles

Over the past couple of weeks, I have not been riding the bike as often as I normally do. Nor do I ride as far as I used to. I used to go over 40 miles each way every day to the office, but now, I’m only riding 2 to 3 miles per day – and it’s cold so I’m stealing Laura’s car more often. Due to all of that, my battery has started to fail. By “fail” I mean it doesn’t start in the mornings or evenings. I’m simply not riding it long enough or often enough to keep it charged.

So, I now have a solution. My dad had a special charger for his bike since it sat in his garage for long periods of time, so I thought I’d look into it. Sure enough, they are fairly cheap and I picked up one for $32. I installed the permanent leads and started charging it. Not even half an hour later, the bike started up clean. This morning, after an overnight charge, it started even better than it normally does. I guess I should have gotten one of these things sooner.

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