Builder From West Virginia.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by 304-Pedal-Cycles, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

    Hello my names Josh. I've always loved to build things. I recently got into building motorized Bicycles last year. I've always thought they are pretty cool and there and many different ways to build them and many mods that can be done so I've done alot of research and the more I researched the more I was intrigued. But... the real reason I started building is because my father has a disability so he's never really drove a vehicle but has been riding Bicycles for years. He's almost 43 now. We have discussed many times on getting him a motorcycle or building something of the sort. So... last summer I found an "LA Cycles Big Mo" and fell in love with it. I decided that I was gonna to build it for him and so the research began. Then I realized how many ppl have been doing this and researching parts and different ways to build, with a little imagination and spare time the bike is close to being done. So I'm here to talk to other builders and riders for advice and possibly make some friends along the way :)
     

  2. Fly1

    Fly1 Member

    Great having you aboard.There some great info here.I,m new to motorized bicycles, but not to
    two & four stroke engines.But like anything just knowing engines does not mean you know
    about these bikes & there problems.

    I rely on these fokes a lot. So welcome Fly
     
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  3. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

    "Fly"! Just posted pics of my Dads bike. It's my first build so check it out and tell me what you think. Pics are backwards tho so view them from them end to beginning. Thanks. :)
     
  4. Paul E.

    Paul E. Member

    Nice photos, Josh!
     
  5. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

    Thanks again man. ;)
     
  6. fattirejack

    fattirejack Member

    Those double chain tensioners you have could be a real headache. Make sure you have the mounting bolts real tight. Those kit tensioners have a tendency to pull into your spokes, they will bend spokes at a minimum, can break spokes, or even cause a serious accident if your up to speed when it happens. I drilled and tapped my brackets and added a set screw that bites into the frame, I still check the bolts for tightness weekly, along with motor mounts and muffler.
     
  7. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

    I might figure out another way to route the chain but if I can't because of clearance then I'll do what you said I'll drill, tap and possibly even weld the pullys. But As far as the motor goes I'm using a wide frame chopper mount so I think I'm gonna weld it to the frame. That way if I gotta take the mot or off all I have to do is disassemble and take out the engine mounting studs. Thanks for the advice tho man! It gave me something to think about. I don't want my Dad come off at 40 MPH because of something stupid. So thanks man!
     
  8. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

  9. fattirejack

    fattirejack Member

    I understand the clearance problem, I am building a fat tire mongoose beast. I won't have a tensioner on drive chain, I will have one on peddle chain. do away with one of them if you can. Welding them solid is your best option, You should do a test ride before you weld them, in case you need to move them. Chain alignment is very important for a good ride, and reliability.
     
  10. fattirejack

    fattirejack Member

    You would be better off if you could shorten your chain and get rid of top tensioner.
     
  11. Paul E.

    Paul E. Member

    Hi, I'm new too, and I was lurking here listening in and wondering about this:

    "Welding them solid is your best option, You should do a test ride before you weld them,"

    how do you secure a part pre-weld, to test drive? I took a metal shop class in HS, but this one has me stumped.
     
  12. fattirejack

    fattirejack Member

    Chain tensioner in kit is bolted on, You can test ride with the bolted on bracket. Then weld it after your sure you don't need to move it.
     
  13. Paul E.

    Paul E. Member

    ok that makes sense, I was thinking that crap metal that the tensioner bracket was made of would have had to be replaced with some flat stock. thanks
     
  14. fattirejack

    fattirejack Member

    Josh, I was looking at your photos and saw another possible problem. You have about an inch between your rear motor mount and your block, the way these little 2-strokes vibrate you will either pull the threads out of your block or break those studs off. I would put the aluminum spacer on those studs, if you can't move the mount tight to the block.
     
  15. 304-Pedal-Cycles

    304-Pedal-Cycles New Member

    Right! Good looking out man. Idk why I didn't think of that lol. Or I just forgot about it lol. With the spacer and welding the mount to the frame I shouldn't have problems. Let's hope anyway
     
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