Alan B wrote:
Thanks for your comments. I was just out pedaling it around the neighborhood. I can see the reduced stability. I'm not in it for speed. 25 mph is probably plenty. I'd like it to climb steep stuff at 20 or so, though.
Just remember to keep realistic goals, I tried to make something climb at 20+ MPH and still be a "legal" wattage bike, and it's not really gonna happen.
My dream is similar to yours, but I have come to the realization that steep hills like you describe (I regularly climb a hill here in Oregon City that is 5 - 12% and 2 miles long) is going to require a ton more power even with a mid-drive than the average build.
I plan to limit top speed with my CA, and have a bike that would probably hit 40+ MPH on the flat otherwise, to be able to hit speeds close to 15 MPH up steep hills.
Not saying it's not possible, just be aware that trying to get the speed you want up a steep hill is going to take 3,000 + watts sustained!
I think the Bike-E should be excellent for your purposes since you're not a speed demon, and I would suggest since you have the room, build a mid-drive, but another good option would be a MAC in the rear wheel, 20 inch wheel will require more voltage to get it going 20+ MPH on the flat, but should climb hills well with the right winding at around 48V too.
What ever you decide, take pics and post them! Great to see more recumbents here.