Really Important Stuff!
These safety precautions are provided for your personal safety and the safety of those around you. Please review this section carefully and follow its guidance to prevent injury to you and damage to your equipment. If you let someone ride your Fat Woody e-cruiser, give them operation instruction and a thorough safety overview. Always put the e-bike on the lowest power setting until riders become familiar with the bike's controls and braking system.
Electric bikes can be surprisingly powerful: Be careful!
With an electric motor and the right gearing, it's not hard to get a bicycle to go really fast. But the reality is, most bicycles are only designed to go as fast as a person could pedal it on level ground (about 20mph for most people). The engineers who designed it didn't anticipate some techno-geek bolting an electric motor to it and taking it down the road at 50mph.
Electric bikes can be surprisingly fast: Brake early!
First and foremost, brakes become real important at higher speeds (above +15mph). The heavier the bike and operator, the longer it takes to slow the bike down or bring it to a stop. The Fat Woody is a heavy single-speed bicycle designed for low speed cruising (speeds under <20mph).
While your Fat Woody has ample power to attain speeds of 30mph, it's power is intended for torque... not speed. My intention was to build a bike that could easily power through the sand on the beach but unfortunately, speed is a byproduct of that additional power. Understand that in its 'unlimited power' setting, or even coasting downhill, you can easily hit 30mph. With a 90 lb. bike, and the weight of the rider, you'll need to anticipate a longer braking distance, which will be significantly less than a lighter 40 lb. bicycle. That scenario can be dangerous so it is incumbent upon you to control the speed of your Fat Woody e-cruiser at all times.
Most single speed bicycles provide only a single rear coaster brake. Your Fat Woody e-cruiser has been upgraded with front and rear disc brakes. Riders should understand that they are cable-operated disc brakes which require frequent adjustment for optimal safe operation. Speeds above 25-30mph require hydraulic brake systems, which are more likely to be found on a racing bike, scooter or motorcycle. If you desire to regularly ride your Fat Woody e-cruiser at speeds above 20 mph, you might consider upgrading to a hydraulic braking system.
For your safety, keep your e-bike's brakes/calipers properly adjusted. Its a relatively easy procedure and is covered in Section 15 - Routine Maintenance.
Lastly, understand that motorcycles/scooters have a front/rear suspension system designed to absorb bumps in the road. Most bicycles don't. Hit a pothole at 25+mph on a rigid bike suspension and quite often operator and bike become airborne, resulting in loss of control.
If you take one thing away from this section, take this... +20mph on a bicycle is fast. Any faster and you can easily ride your Fat Woody beyond the limits of its brakes.
Respect the power you have. Ride safe and ride smart. Always wear a helmet!
Charge your Fat Woody e-cruiser safely!
Never attempt to connect a 120v charge cable to the e-cruiser charge port in wet conditions (e.g. rain, standing water puddles). Serious injury and/or death by electric shock can occur.
Always use a grounded 3-prong extension cord with a grounded 3-prong 120v receptacle with GFI protection built-in.
Adverse Weather Conditions
While many of your e-bike components are sealed to be weather resistant (light rain), and these components are encased in a composite body, riding your Fat Woody e-cruiser 'under power' in a torrential downpour carries the possibility of a short circuit that can damage the electric drive system. It's not likely, but its possible. The other component to consider is your Bose SoundLink Color bluetooth speaker located inside the storage cubby. It is NOT water tight and if exposed to water, it can be damaged.
Officially... as the builder of the Fat Woody (not the manufacturer of the electrical components), my recommendation is to only operate the e-cruiser when conditions are dry. It's easy to short circuit electrical components when water is involved. If it gets wet, let it dry completely before turning the power on and operating the electric drive system.
Unofficially, its understandable that rainstorms can come up fast in tropical climates. Its happened to me and I quickly zipped home uneventfully until it blew over. The bike was just fine. My point is, exercise good judgement and understand there is always a chance of a short circuit when water is involved. Remember, your Fat Woody has pedals too.
Cleaning your Fat Woody
Never use a high-pressure washer to clean your Fat Woody e-cruiser. That said, it's okay to carefully spray and mud off the wheels and tires with a garden hose, but try to limit the water to those areas only. The integral Bose speaker can be damaged if exposed to water. Please refer to the Bose SoundLink Color section of this manual for additional information.
If possible, I recommend blowing any dust off with compressed air, followed by gently wiping body components with a mild soapy rag (dish soap). I've also sprayed Windex on a clean soft rag and wiping it down with that. I don't recommend spraying it directly on the bike.
If you happen to get caught in the rain, or the bike does get wet, there are areas on the top center console that can pool water. I recommend blowing that excess water out with compressed air. If you don't have compressed air available, a leaf blower will also do the trick. Make sure you allow the bike components to completely dry or you risk an electrical short that can damage electrics.
Don't leave your Fat Woody e-cruiser exposed to the elements!
UV rays are your biggest enemy when it comes to custom toys and your Fat Woody e-cruiser is no exception. While it's been constructed with the finest materials available (with the best UV protection on the market), if you leave it in the sun for days on end, the custom wood veneer finish will fade, crack and peel up.
High heat and humidity can also reduce the life expectancy of e-cruiser electrical systems. The internal battery charger generates quite a bit of heat when charging the battery pack. Charging the battery in a humid, high-temperature environment (direct sunshine) can overheat the charger and damage its internal components.
Transporting your Fat Woody
Due to the unique design and construction of your Fat Woody, ordinary automotive bike racks designed to support the weight of the bike by a center frame tube won't work. In fact, they will cause damage to your e-cruiser composite body.
When transporting your Fat Woody, it's best to consider it as a small, lightweight motorcycle. To that end, you can use a dirt bike carrier designed to slide into your car's receiver hitch. Many are lightweight aluminum, easily attach in minutes, and include a ramp to roll the bike up on. Your Fat Woody weighs about 90 lbs.
Fat Woody offers both one (1) and two (2) bike carriers in our shop.
I also recommend using some soft loop straps to protect your Fat Woody paint and chrome from your tie down strap ends.