Im New - From Central California

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by cubical13, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. cubical13

    cubical13 New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new here and just posting like the instructions asked.

    I commute about 11 miles a day on the freeway and it takes me over 20 minutes in traffic. There is an awesome bike trail that cuts my work commute down to 6 miles complete with tunnels for street crossings. But its off limits to motorcycles. And its deserted during commute hours.

    I've had a Gary Fisher MTB hanging in the garage for 8 years now with only 4 miles on it because I don't like to pedal. So when I ran across the GEBE website, I knew what I had to do. I actually decided on the NuVinci Staton kit because like I said, I don't like to pedal.

    I installed it this past weekend and this week I'm working out the kinks. Torsion Bars, Chain Tension, etc. I do know I get a 5 mph crawl in low and I backed off at 32 mph and the little orange line in the NuVinci was not flat. Almost but not quite.

    I really thought I was getting a bicycle assist kit. But as far as I'm concerned I bought a bicycle to motorcycle kit. And its great because its just the stealthness I need to get on the bike trail and keep it safe.

    I'll post more and my pictures of my 90% (It will never be over 90%) compl
    eted build in the proper area.

    Thanks to everyone here for all the great info. I wouldnt have solved many of my problems without the pictures and text from all of you


  2. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    Sounds like you have a sweet setup!
    Picture are always a must!
    Welcome to MBc!
  3. cubical13

    cubical13 New Member

    Here's some preliminary pictures

    Here are some quick pics. All I have time for tonight.

    Notice the torsion bar install for the NuVinci. I had to cut the bars so they would fit. And then I didnt have the option of using the straps like advertised on the frame. Because when I placed the torsion bars the bars pointed between the supports and not downward. They sent me the V torsion bars and not the H version. Good thing to because the bars would have been pointing practically straight downward on this Gary Fisher. So to secure the torsion bars I threaded the end of the bar and drove a bolt so close to the frame that it cant move. I was going to drill into the material thru the frame to secure it also but so far on all my test rides it seems very solid.
  4. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    Thats one clean looking bike indeed!
    How much did putting it all together cost you?
  5. cubical13

    cubical13 New Member


    $500 for the bike about 8 years ago.

    $799 for the hub, engine, gearbox, and 99% of the hardware all inclusive.

    I added an extra $80 for the rim because I didn't want to screw with running spokes.

    I went into this thinking gas mileage savings. I spend $6.50 ($3.95 per gallon) per day to go to work and back. I can get there now on roughly 50 cents in gas. This thing will pay for itself in no time. I didn't realize one thing though. I may wear it out sooner than I expected because I cant get off from it. I love riding my bike (motorcycle) now. Here in Central Cal we get plenty of riding days to pay this baby off.
  6. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    yea that hub is awesome, but well worth the price tag I hear
    where do you live exactly? I'm up here in Sacramento
  7. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Hi Larry. Welcome to MBc! Home of many answers, and awaiting your ideas.

    General request to all new members.
    Please, before posting any questions, do a search. Then READ,READ,READ.
    There is a ton of information here. Many of your engine and performance issues in the Garage & Tech/Mech Help have already been covered. Here at MBc we are the home of nearly all MoteredBike questions. If you search and are unable to find your answer, don't hesitate to post your question. Were here for each other! Enjoy! :grin:
    Here's a great post link to get you started.
  8. cubical13

    cubical13 New Member

    Central Cal

    I'm in Fresno/Clovis.
  9. quay1962

    quay1962 Guest

    welcome to MBc...happy motoring!
  10. BSA

    BSA Guest

    Welcome to the forum.

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  12. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    Welcome from the Giant Side of Texas!