The plan is to connect the cells in parallel and let them equalize and balance. I also measured the cell voltages and then averaged and that is exactly the voltage I get when I have connected the cells in parallel. It turns out it is 3.344 volts. Once they have had some time to equalize, I will put them in a big serial chain and then charge them all and ultimately connect them to the controller and run the bike on jack stands.
That's 24 batteries.
I link all of these batteries today so they start out balanced at the same voltage. I am not currently running a BMS so it is extra important that I start out with balanced cells.