motomech wrote:You need to consider how fast you want to go, then everything is based on that, the hills and range .
With only 8 miles each way, speed to keep the elapsed time reasonable is not too important. The difference between an avg. of say, 25 mph and 30 plus would only be a few minutes.
Often, it's the route that dictates the speed. Many commuters here have a section where it's unavoidable to not mix it up with traffic, so they need speed to be safer.
If you are lucky enough to have bike lanes/paths, you can make due at 25 mph and focus your build to tackle the hills.
Speed takes $
Hill climbing takes $
Both takes $$$
And then there is pedaling. It's not too hard to set up your gearing to pedal along at 25 mph, but doing so at 30 requires special large chain rings and complicates the build. At around 35 mph, pedaling is more of a joke for most riders.
Tell us about that 17% grade, can you avoid it?
dnmun wrote:you should fix your car first. what kinda problems? cars are usually easy to fix. parts available cheap too. not like a $1000-$1500 investment in a realistic ebike.
after you do that then consider using the ebike as your primary transport and keep the car for hauling big stuff or traveling.
also the car will be useful to haul the ebike home when it breaks down.
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