Re: trying something new
Mike, welcome to the forum.
Your planned approach to building your first motorized bicycle is a wise one. Don't get carried away with too much too soon. Stick with a basic build, gain some knowledge and experience then go from there.
In short, let common sense dictate your progress. Master the basics and you'll be a winner. Keep us informed with your progress and we're always here if you need help or advice..
Good luck and have fun.
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