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Sun Jun 21, 2015, 10:43 PM

7. This sounds like this is your primary transportation, so you might consider other options.

I know you already have this bike, but if this is your primary transportation you might consider what the complete package that is best for you is. As you have discovered, the bike is really one of the smaller parts of the electric vehicle you need, especially if you are talking about adding stabilizing wheels to what you have.

An option would be to look for a new or used Schwinn adult trike. These are stable and come with a carrying basket and can be set up with electric assist. Occasionally they will show up on craigs list for very cheap.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos of a guy who set one up with quite a bit of detail. I know it is tempting to try one of the conversions like the starter motor idea, but the Asian made hub motor and controller sets are going to be much less hassle in the end. There are quite a few independent bike shops out there that do the electric conversion for you, although not cheap. I did find that there are a lot of people who have done conversion YouTube videos, and several electrical conversion groups.

Here is one I found interesting: for the basic etrike conversion,

and this one where he has a bunch of bells and whistles, and a place for his dog

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