Re: what would you do differently
I'm glad I started with a cruiser frame-
as a former road racer, I immediately wanted something I thought I could pedal the easiest- so my second project was on a Schwinn Traveler road frame I bought for $5
I really found the frame clearances too tight for the motor chain- the short top tube put the tank in the way of peddling, and the short wheelbase gave it a suirrly feel- so I ended putting that kit on another cruiser, but with 700C wheels for the roll I want.
the first frame is still the best- a freewheel and derailleur on the cruiser eliminate a need for a motor chain tensioner- and the hub was grooved and the diameter was perfect for the motor sprocket hole- cantilever brakes are nice, but I like caliper brakes- they are sorta mismatched front and rear on a cruiser- reach-wise from frame to wheel rim-
but longer brakes for the rear are now out there