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Old 12-09-12, 09:36 AM
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I purchased a used Schwinn Trike and added a Cetma rack to the front. It is a single speed and I would like more gears. How do I add a IGH to the trike?
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Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
I purchased a used Schwinn Trike and added a Cetma rack to the front. It is a single speed and I would like more gears. How do I add a IGH to the trike?
Adding a IGH to a trike is a major modification/welding job of the frame. Not worth doing unless you have money to waste.
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
Adding a IGH to a trike is a major modification/welding job of the frame. Not worth doing unless you have money to waste.


Depends.. If it's a modern Meridian it would take a bit of work but doable. Simpler to horse trade it for a modern Town & Country which already has a 3 speed transmission.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
Depends.. If it's a modern Meridian it would take a bit of work but doable. Simpler to horse trade it for a modern Town & Country which already has a 3 speed transmission.
Horse trading yes, modifying existing trike, no.
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I concur that the horse trade would be easier and quicker. But the meridian frame from '07 to '10 is Identical to the Town & Country just the transmission portion was different and the Meridian had a band brake on the rear axle. Again doable like putting a Chevy v8 into a Ferrari. The question comes back to how you value your time when the T& C costs just a little more and already has the engineering done.
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The ones passing thru the LBS, here, now, have a Jack shaft set up, that is where the IGH goes,
there are some made for that purpose, they have a second cog attached to the Hub-shell
where the spoke flanges are.. a shorter loop of chain, goes from that cog to the one driving the rear wheel.

the jack shaft hub, has its own chain tension to sort out in addition to the primary chain tension.
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