typical cost per mile, all things considered
Thank you in advance for tolerating a newbie's questions concerning lifetime operating expenses. I'm considering adding some assist so I can commute to work (22 miles one way) in an hour or maybe a little more. I will pedal the whole way, this is true 'assist'. After having read through many of the threads here I still have some questions.
Suppose one were to buy a kit from Amped and install it on an existing bike. The rear hub is about $400. Add a good value battery pack (not cheap, just good value) and the installed price is about $800? more? less?
My understanding is that the real cost factor is not the cost of charging the batteries (insignificant) but the cost of replacing the batteries. Assuming that the electric motor provides half the power and pedaling provides the other half, how many lifetime miles could one expect from a battery of good value? (number of charges times miles per charge)
Also - what is a reasonable life expectancy for the hub? Can it be rebuilt or do you toss it and start over?
I know that these are not absolute figures and YMMV, just looking for a ballpark. If this is an old and well-worn subject can you direct me to old threads? Didn't have any good key words to search for.
Again, thanks for your help.