This is a 2003 Lightfoot Cycles Courier, my personal transportation. This fall I installed a Heinzman Electric hub motor kit. It's a Mountain drive 500W motor w/36v NiCad battery pak.
The beauty of the NiCad battery pak is it only takes 2 hrs tops to charge it.
is a heavy bike to begin with. I would guess with tools, cargo box,
fenders and fairing, It probably weighs about 80#. My average speed
doing errands in town is about 8.5 mph.
With the electric assist my
average increases to 10.5mph or there-a-bouts. On the level I can
maintain speeds up tp 25 kph which makes it very effective for
traffic cycling. But it's a lot easier on me, and I don't think that is
a good thing.
. I find that used judiciously, the motor has a range of
about 20 miles, and when it runs out of juice, it's a lot harder to
pedal than without. Consider that the weight of motor and battery is
another 11 kg/22 lbs and the electric motor hub IMO does not freewheel as well as
a regular bike wheel. So suffice it to
say, it's only good for in town, but in town it's damn good.