New in Colorado

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Flight Risk, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Flight Risk

    Flight Risk New Member

    Hey, I've been wanting to build a motored bike for some time, and have been looking at ads and info. I'm getting older (52)and don't ride much anymore and thought even with a motor I could get a bit of exercize and fresh air.
    Some questions.
    Centrifugal clutch with pull start or manual clutch?
    How do these bikes ride in pedal mode, without the motor running? Is there drag and noise from the freewheeling chain?
    I don't know If I would put it on my 35 old 10-speed (If you know what that is), or on a mountain bike, or buy a cheap fat tire at Wal-fart (I would worry a bit if it just has a coaster brake, though I like the look on a fat tire). I tried searching for 10-speed conversions and can't find anything.
    I am hoping to get by with one of the $150 or so kits for now like a Grubee 48cc. I know they have a 50cc limit in CO, though I doubt they would know the difference. I get the impression a Grubee may be a bit better than other entry level kits, and at least have a web site and some support.
    I see a weak point seems to be the idler pulley. Any other weak points to be concerned with? I also inherited a 40 year old 3 wheel bike from an aunt, but I feel like a geek riding it. Maybe I could turn it into a lowrider?:idea:
    Also, I have been converting weedeater engines to use in RC airplanes for a few years, so don't mind the tinkering. My screen name is what I use on the RC forums.

    Thanks,

    Rod S
     

  2. Sprocketman

    Sprocketman New Member

    Rod,
    I missed my chance at a three wheeler and then found an old antique pictured and wished I had bought it. I think it would make a cool looking antique with the addition of a bike lantern and flat tank.
    Wisconsinite in temperary residence in CO.
    Ron
     
  3. Flight Risk

    Flight Risk New Member

    Well, it's your basic '60's 3 wheeler girls bike. I think they may have all been girls bikes with the low front tube. It's got a 3 speed hub driving one wheel and a coaster brake. I would hate to go too fast on it unless it had a lowered seat, as it's very tippy. I looks basically like this?
    http://www.walmart.com/Schwinn-Meridian-Tricycle/ip/5679542
    I was thinking I could easily put a briggs and stratton engine back where the basket is and stretch out the front and lower the seat and make a recumbenant bike.

    RS
     
  4. seanhan

    seanhan Member

  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    Flight Risk
    welcome
    sounds like you have been doing your homework
    I am with you regarding the three wheeler
    they just don't seem to do it for me
    but noted with a B&S motor - big old thing on the back would look cool
    saw a guy on a wheel chair the other day get smashed into a curb by a car
    thoughts of a three wheeler remind me of that picture
    MM
     
  6. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Some ANSWERS TO YOUR questions.
    Centrifugal clutch with pull start or manual clutch?
    Safety and ease of operation necessiate a centrifugal clutch. Dont worry, they do just fine climbing colorado mountains without slipping or break down. I did a several hour ride up Mt. Herman last month on a shifter bike running a high compression head and a centrifugal clutch.


    How do these bikes ride in pedal mode, without the motor running? Is there drag and noise from the freewheeling chain?
    There is drag more noticeable with single speed but less drag with a shifter kit. Trust me when I tell you once you go MB, the only time you will pedal is to start the engine on your bike.

    I don't know If I would put it on my 35 old 10-speed (If you know what that is), or on a mountain bike, or buy a cheap fat tire at Wal-fart (I would worry a bit if it just has a coaster brake, though I like the look on a fat tire). I tried searching for 10-speed conversions and can't find anything.

    I would highly recommend a new Schwinn Searcher or an olderstyle Schwinn Skyliner. They are great for adding a motor tot hem.

    I am hoping to get by with one of the $150 or so kits for now like a Grubee 48cc. I know they have a 50cc limit in CO, though I doubt they would know the difference. I get the impression a Grubee may be a bit better than other entry level kits, and at least have a web site and some support.

    Get a Dax, its a local vendor and great reliability and support.


    I see a weak point seems to be the idler pulley. Any other weak points to be concerned with? MANY I have a very old thread how to make these things reliable.


    Also, I have been converting weedeater engines to use in RC airplanes for a few years, so don't mind the tinkering. My screen name is what I use on the RC forums.

    Where do you fly? If you are in Colorado Springs area, shoot me a PM.

    Thanks,

    Rod S[/QUOTE]
     
  7. Sprocketman

    Sprocketman New Member

    Rod,
    I have a photo of an antique motor bike that might be inspiration for what you could do with your three-wheeler. I don't know how to post it here however! It was what I wanted to do with the one I missed. Google "antique motorbikes" and you will find it in one of the offerings there.
    RK
     
  8. Flight Risk

    Flight Risk New Member

    Sprocketman,

    Let's see it this photo comes through.
     

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  9. Flight Risk

    Flight Risk New Member

    I guess so. Is that what you saw? It's cool looking, but gotta be a bit tippy.

    Rod S
     
  10. Chris Crew

    Chris Crew Member

    Now THAT is kooky!
     
  11. Sprocketman

    Sprocketman New Member

    You have to do some adapting to get something that looks like this but-yah, that is it!
    Ron
     
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