New to Motorized / Electric Trikes for Adults


New Member
Nov 30, 2020
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?


Well-Known Member
Feb 13, 2009
British Columbia Canada
Front wheel with a hub motor. Perhaps the easiest and lots of them on eBay.

Sick Bike Parts. They have a mid motor kit that fits next to the pedals and drives a supplied bottom bracket with two sprockets. One for the motor and one when you pedal the trike. It allows you to pedal without the motor turning.

Do it yourself batteries. How To Build A DIY Electric Bicycle Lithium Battery From 18650 Cells ...

For a battery 48v or preferably 52V. You can make your own or purchase one. If you look through the forum there are dedicated threads for electric bikes and trikes. There is a lot of information there. Be careful when buying batteries. There are a lot of poor quality batteries out there.