I rode an ebike for the first time over the weekend, and was very quickly converted to the idea of owning one. I dont own a car, and have been commuting by bike 15 miles round trip to work since last August. I did a bunch of research on the forums over the past few days, but would like a bit more advice. Here's what I am looking for...
Speed: 25 mph would be great. The speed limit on my commute to work is 35mph, and due to the number of red lights, thankfully traffic doesnt actually go much faster than that.
Distance: 20-30 miles. My commute is 15 miles round-trip, and would like a few extra miles for random errands.
Hills: Being in Buffalo NY, the area is hardly hilly at all.
DD vs Geared: I would still like to use my bike as a pedal-only bike at times, so I'm leaning towards a geared motor as opposed to direct drive.
Front vs Rear: I really like my current bike (2010 GT Traffic 2.0 - http://bit.ly/Jc9EH4
), and due to the rear internal hub, I'll be going for a front wheel setup. The front fork is aluminum, and yes, I'm planning on replacing it with a new steel fork.
As for cost, I'm hoping for under $1200, but reliability is more important to me than cost.
From what I've read, I think I want a 350W geared front hub with a 48V 10Ah lifepo4 from pingbattery. Am I on the right track?