tomjasz wrote:The frames on every trike I've looked at wold preclude a mid drive like the Bafang. The fellow I want o hook up has no interest in speed. He's elderly but very active. He will soon lose his drivers license to a loss in vision skills. Like myself the bike will become a lifeline to continue self sufficiency. We've looked at photos of a few kits. The works an seems to have cheaper components and an old style 1 piece crank, old style bearing and races too? The cozy looks good to us but no one to really chat with and make real comparisons. No independent reviews either. We're it me I'd find a trek trike nd convert but his talents are those of a drummer not a mechanic, and I'm 1600 miles away unable to travel yet.
BTW he was Pearl Baily's drummer at Bugsy Segals place in Las Vegas. I own the photo!
I have a Worksman Mover Industrial Tricycle and it's built like a tank. There's no comparison to the other tricycles on the market. Trek's is pretty good, and the Schwinn is cheap, but those tear up a bit if you're not careful. The Schwinn is (as you mentioned) old school (all the parts). I wouldn't say the components are cheap so much as durable and simple. Nothing modern on that trike. It's no different than a beefy steel beach cruiser of the 70s. Get out the wrench and have at it.
I crashed it at about 20mph into a tree. I was riding with IceCube57 (he's here on Endless Sphere). He's a madman of power (his bike) and I was trying to keep up on our winding, paved paths. I had to make an S-turn. I went left, and then had to go right (but the path was leaning left). Long-story-short I was either going to tip or straighten off. My instincts told me to straighten. Glad I did. I hit a tree dead on and the forks bent back. That was the only damage to the entire system (and it had a front hub motor). Forty bucks later I was back in action.
My suggestion is that if you build a trike that you actually go with SLA batteries and place them as low and far back as possible. It will help with stability.
Trikes are great, but they require constant attention while driving. They have three lines of travel instead of one (like a bike), so you feel the bumps and such and they are hard to avoid. If you live in a very flat area they are easy to deal with, and at slow speeds are extremely stable. You can stop and relax and they turn in their own footprint. Trikes are great. It really depends on your terrain and need.
But the OP talks about the crank-forward designs. These are really great, especially for people who are older or afraid of bikes. You really can come to a stop and have both feet comfortably on the ground flat, making it a much more stable alternative. I bought my wife a Trek Pure a few years ago and it's the only bike she's ever liked. Her legs are short and she used to fall over at low speeds. Now she rides with comfort and confidence.