I posted once about this just before the site crashed, so I can't find the post or the helpful responses I received. So, here I am again with my slightly unique scenario:
I have a dog powered scooter (www.dogpoweredscooter.com - lots of photos) that I would like to add a hub motor to. I currently use it in the two-dog, side-by-side configuration that you see on the website, but may also use in an in-line config when my boys get better at this. The scooter itself can be seen at http://www.blueriverbikes.com/Sidewalker_willy_kick_scooter.shtml
My boys (dogs) aren't as good about pulling as I thought they would be, so they need some motivation to keep moving - hence my interest in a hub motor. Since there is one on each side (which increases stability) there is not much room for me to kick. I do, but it's not the most comfortable/natural motion since I'm afraid of kicking my dog Toby in the face.
My motivation is torque, not speed (which is good since I have 20" tires). I just want to maintain a dog-trot speed. I live in Denver, CO. There are plenty of hills around, but where I typically ride, they are not too significant.
So, what would you buy? I'd love to hear the "limitless budget" option as well as the "best value" option. While a kit seems a lot easier for someone new to this stuff, if someone has another recommendation I would be open to that as well. My husband and I are both mechanically inclined, if that helps in your recommendations.
Here are the components as I am aware of them:
Brushed/brushless motor (I was leaning toward brushless for better performance and longer life)
Battery type? Charger?
I have 20" wheels and would love to get a kit where the motor is already mounted in a rim.
I think I would prefer a thumb throttle but could be swayed on that, I'm sure.
Does anyone have suggestions on where to mount the batteries? I assumed I would rig a bike rack off the rear tire, but haven't looked into it yet.
In terms of usage, I have nordic-type mutts (read very furry - hence my thought they would be good pullers, they look like sled dogs). Anyway, I'd love to use this daily or every other day during the winter and spring/fall as long as the weather is cool enough. I will likely not use it as much during the summer when it just gets too hot to have them trot for any period of time. Not sure if that impacts decisions about batteries...
I'm looking forward to hearing what people suggest!