I have been contemplating my new commute, and am really getting stuck on the distance - about 80 miles roundtrip. At this point I am have been planning on driving part way, and then riding the rest on my regular commuter. After digging around, however, I may have come up with another plan. This wouldn't be the greatest for exercise, but for gas prices it starts to look pretty good.
First of all is this:
This is an in-wheel 23cc gas motor for the front wheel. Their website actually looks really nice. If the motor lasts more than a couple thousand miles, it would pay for itself. Top speed of 20 mph, gas consumption (according to them) of about 200 mpg.
Then for the bike itself, use one of these. Heck, even buy the 48V set-up for a top speed of 26 mph. This electric bike runs off the rear wheel, so "The Wheel" from revopower.com could also be installed. Maybe even equip a Bob Trailer for clothing and tools storage with a photovoltaic top?
Between the gas motor and the 48V electric, I could probably do a 80 mile round trip commute once or twice a week. To be honest, it would be tough to make it completely economical, even with high gas prices, but still a lot of fun. Longevity worries me the most I think. I do have a 48cc 2-stroke on a bike now though, and it is still ping-pinging away.
What do you guys think?