First post here in the ebikes forum. I have been lurking and trying to figure out what might work well for me. This is one of those what should I get questions. I do pretty heavy hills in San Francisco, about 15 miles per day, some of it with burley and kids in tow. My commute is 25 minutes from western san francisco to the Embarcadero (16 mph) and 40 minutes back (10 mph). I would like to continue to pedal hard but just cut the commute time down.
I'd like to outfit my novara randonee touring bike (700c wheels) with a rear hub motor, since I have a really nice hub dynamo setup in the front. I would source a LifePO4. The amped kits look attractive, but are not available in 700c. What recommendations are there for a good value rear hub motor? What capacity battery would work? Also, this bike has drop bars and brifters. What throttle control would be appropriate?