abasile wrote:The LEAF battery's relative intolerance for heat has been a blessing for my fitness level.
Yes, but how about your
battery's heat tolerance? I must say, that is quite a feat. I have ridden in the mountains a few times (almost 40 years ago) including up to Big Bear the back way by Mill Creek Ranger station, and could not imagine doing it now, or doing it regularly back then.
Bicycling in the heat is something I am able to tolerate up to a certain point. If the temperature is 100°F when I leave work in the evening, then I reach my limit at roughly the 3000' level, no matter how much liquid I consume. Starting at 90°F, the 5000' level is do-able. The last time I bicycled all the way home, the starting temperature was closer to 80°F. Also, if I bike on consecutive days, then I scale back my climbing ambitions.
Now, bicycling to Big Bear Lake via CA-38 is much more impressive, as you have to crest Onyx Summit at 8400'. That would be a good goal for me, before I get too much older.
I have to admit, I'm still struggling with the notion of allowing myself to use electric assistance while biking, even though the options presented by Boomer23
are quite reasonable. The hybrid bicycle/LEAF commute isn't bad at all, as long as my wife is game for picking me up, which seems fair since she says she doesn't want me to spend $2000+ on an e-bike conversion.