I would like to get as much advice as possible about powering and controlling the motor on this bicycle.
This is the first time I have built an electric bicycle. So far I have welded a 5 inch gear to the rear axel and constructed a platform on a bike rack to mount the motor in place. I am planning on using 2 12 volt 12 amp-hour lead acid batteries in series to power the 24 volt 8.8 amp indiana general motor which runs at 800 rpm.
My question is, what kind of throttle should i use, like would it be okay to use a pushbutton, or should i use something different. I do not want to use a standard controller, i want something simple (and cheap) for this first time project.
Here is a picture of the motor configuration:
Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.