Re: Help with bike recommendations
Mike, IMO you are better off with a steel frame than AL because IF there is a problem with cracking on down the road, it's easier to find someone with a stick welder or wire feed than someone accomplished in TIG welding.
There's a lot of vibration present when going to motor power, as opposed to pumping a bicycle... and more speed overall.
As another member stated, YOU are first and second gear, the motor can take over as third/hi-gear when you release the clutch.
IMO, you would do well investigating bikes with both front and rear brakes, disk being the best available, today.
Under power, a sole coaster brake is an invitation to disaster.
No one knows when a failure will occur.
and that will be a surprise