Join Date: Nov 2009
Bikes: Alex Moulton Double Pylon, Surly Big Dummy, Alex Moulton GT
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Going electric with a Big Dummy
I do just fine hauling 200 lbs or so of stuff up the 3% grade from the small town a mile and a half from my house but am thinking of starting to use the Dig Dummy for longer trips that involve some significant hills (biggest 6% grade 1,000' climb). I'm figuring an electric assist could get me to haul stuff with the Big Dummy on longer trips. The trip to my local Big Box is around 25 miles round trip with total climbing of about 1,200' I'm not trying to do this on the cheap, I'm more interested in the best performance possible. In addition, all things being equal, it would be nice to have batteries that could be recycled at the end of their useful life instead of trashed. I just put in a PV system on the house, so I get to do this without affecting my carbon foot print so economy in terms of electricity use makes no difference to me (or the environment, I've got around 10kwh/day excess capacity in my system). I used to be a professional bicycle mechanic so I am reasonably handy at working on bicycles. So what do you recommend given these parameters?