Okay, to make a short story long, I want to electrify my 1994 Gold Rush Replica recumbent bike. There are over 50,000 miles on my mistress and she and I used to spend a whole lot more time together. Alas, I'm getting old. The 20-mile one-way commute to work (with the killer hill the last three miles) is just not something I can do two to four times a week anymore. One major problem I foresee is that adding some thirty pounds will make the bike less enjoyable to ride for fun. Therefore, I'd like to be able to de-electrify it easily. From lurking around at various sites, I have a preliminary plan in mind. Any and all comments, suggestions, criticism, etc. are much appreciated. Here's the idea:
Get a Crystalyte Phoenix 48-volt motor for the 20" front wheel. (There are at least two sites that offer them.) Add to that a 48-volt lithium iron phosphate battery with 12 amp hours. 16 or 20 amp hours would be nice but add more weight (and cost) and I think the 12 amp hours will be sufficient since I still want to pedal quite a bit. By putting the motor on the front wheel, I hope to be able to quickly move back and forth between the new motorized front wheel and the old non-motorized front wheel.
So, whaddya' all think about this plan? The price should be somewhere around $1,500. That's bumping up pretty close to what I could pay for a used Honda Rebel 250cc motorcycle. The Rebel would be much more fun than driving the stupid car but offers no opportunity for exercise. I'm not married to the Crystalyte but it does seem to be a favorite. I definitely think the lithium battery is worth the extra cost.
Many Thanks in Advance!