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Old 01-02-2008, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Electric bike hub

I've been looking for a way to increase my speed commuting. My commute varies between 13-25 miles one way depending on what I'm doing. My average speed is about 17 mph on the bike and 35 in the car. I'm trying to close the gap. I'm looking at adding a electric hub motor that should close the gap to about 20 min or less on the longest trip. I would plan on just using the motor as an assist so would be able extend the range a little but it looks like the batteries would take a pounding due to little chance for recharge. The hub pretty expensive and then I probably be looking at $120 buck a year in batteries which make it a little cost prohibited. There also may be an issue with the front fork spacing which I'll have to deal with. Any ideas on the batteries and how I could make them last a little longer?

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