I couple of quick questions for you more experienced e-bikers out there. I want to make sure that I purchase the right stuff...
1. I read somewhere on this Forum that rolling your bike backwards, when the controller is turned on, can cause problems for the controller or motor? Is this true? Am I understanding the issue correctly? Would purchasing the "Peddle First" controller avoid this problem?
2. I want to be able to peddle my e-bike with the smallest amount of resistance possible when I am not using the motor. Are there any advantages to installing a "Front" versus "Rear" hub motor regarding this issue? Do these hub motors "freewheel" whether they are on the front or rear? Does eliminating the complexity of the gears on the rear hub offer any advantages to installing a front hub motor regarding this issue?
3. If you install a "dual-speed" controller, are you supposed to back completely off the throttle when you switch between the "high" or "low" gear?
4. I want to be as friendly to the environment as possible and I really want something reliable... I would really like to be able to use this bike as a reliable daily commuter. It seems like a good e-bike addresses both of these issues if these kits work well for a long time. Or would I be smarter to wait for the "revopower" type System. I know it's not nearly as environmentally friendly, but it may be more reliable as a daily commuter. Any thoughts?