Re: bike build from scratch
Sounds like quite a project!
...the HT kits are so neato because they are CHEEP!
and really simple to plug into nearly any thrift store/yard sale bike.
I don't like to pedal myself, and really don't need to, except for a few feet, here and there for starting and maybe on an incline that gets a tad too steep.
My goal is cheap, reliable, personal transport, below the tax collector radar. Fun counts for a lot!