Danny earned his title by traveling
4,176 miles across Canada via e-bike.
After crossing Canada on what I would
describe as an electric scooter, he did
what any self-respecting electric bike
enthusiast would do; Danny rode his
bike off of a pier and into the ocean. But
despite Danny’s admirable punk rock attitude, I had my reservations about his trip.
During the entire journey, Danny was followed by a support van that occasionally
stopped to swap out his batteries. Yes,
it’s true; Guinness’ rules state that there
is no distinction between a “supported”
or “unsupported” (solo) journey. Still, it
bothered me that the journey relied on
the batteries provided by a support van.
I wanted to demonstrate what could be
accomplished with existing e-bike technology and infrastructure alone.
After some polite cajoling, I managed
to weasel myself an entire month off
of work and decided that the trip was
going to happen. For better or worse, the
preparations began. First came the bike.
It needed several modifications in order
to make it a formidable candidate for a
month-long, 4500-mile adventure. In order
to allow myself to cut the invisible tether
of a support vehicle, I added a large 900-
watt charger, in addition to the existing,
on-board, 500-watt charger. This way, any
unsuspecting coke machine, ice-cooler
or gazebo power outlet could serve as a
would-be fuel station.