Updated: Jan 22, 2019
People differ. However, it’s hard to find a cyclist who claims that the best part of cycling is cleaning, degreasing and greasing her bike. I skipped this exciting procedure a few rainy commutes in a row and last two km I drudged home in the night without rear hub bearing. Obviously waggling and robbing frame rear wheel made a late-night walked dog look at me doubting my sanity.
Importance of bike maintenance is proved by devising a term “neglected bike” that has half of “maintained” bike's speed efficiency. To my observation, most utility bikes are neglected.Now, imagine bad surprise of car owner who puzzled by doubled spending on gas after commuting during rainy month. Yes, cars do become gas-guzzling clunkers but gradually regardless weather conditions, because all their mechanisms are sealed.I can speculate on reasons, why exactly the chainless bikes can’t make it even into niche market, but I won’t – this fact is irrelevant for this post. On other hand, the media is full of materials on how to maintain a bike after a ride in rain, or on snow or slush or over muddy puddles.Although I love my bike and I know how harmful fine grains of sand to chain and hubs, learning the very reasonable instructions on cleaning a bike make me think, “Organizing place [on outside] for bike rack, rags, gloves, aprons, and spending 20-30 min after 20 min commute?! Who master here, me or my bike?” Just size of bike maintenance chart makes me dizzy.
I know and my friends know me too that I’m a piglet: I would leave my bike as it is after rain and even after salty slush to ride it again next day. Or I choose other way to travel because to properly re-grease rear hub you have to disassemble it and in the West they jammed threads to make you repair your bike or buy new one in their shops. Notorious artificial job creation or designed obsolesce - all these work at the expense of the environment. And I'm not alone in my abhorrence to maintenance chore. The low maintenance is the selling point of the electric vehicle makers, because overall performance of the electric vehicles is not that great.It’s maintenance-free electric power train that makes electric vehicles superior over gas-fueled ones < http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca/advantages>Cycling advocates put pictures of joy ride over puddles or even along a beach over the sea waves' laps. To me, it’s vandalism to bikes, because they are not designed and crafted to automotive industry standards. Cycling device must be absolutely maintenance free. And FELA is developed to deliver just that. Not only all mechanisms are factory oiled and sealed for entire service life, but no chain or belt exposed to elements. I haven’t, but I don’t see infeasibility to develop whole electric unit that dissipate its heat waste through its water-tight housing. Equipped with a breathing device, FELA pilot can cross deep waters on bottom, whenever a special need calls for that feature. For ordinary FELA tourist, total weight allows crossing waters on surface with fast and easy deployed airbags that serve as a air mattress on camping site.Service-free FELA is service-ready