I have been looking at the Schwinn Meridian for awhile and just saw the Schwinn Mackinaw. The Mackinaw appears to be lower to the ground but I do not know the difference. I wanted to put an electric motor on it to help with all of the hills around my house. They are too expensive to buy. Of course I don't know what I'm doing but I can watch YouTube and read directions (most of the time). Do you have any suggestions for a beginner?