Uncharacteristically, an introduction

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Caithness, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Caithness

    Caithness New Member

    First off, I'd like to apologize for breaking the rules with my first post by making it somewhere other than this forum. I'm usually very good about following forum rules, but other than posting on a few local forums I prefer to fly under the radar these days, primarily searching and reading and typically only posting when I feel I can add something to a thread. So, posting a thread of this nature is unusual for me, but I appreciate the desire to welcome new users to the board.

    I'm a self-taught mechanic and web forums like this are my textbooks. I built a 350 HP, 11 second 1/4 mile Mitsubishi Eclipse with a little help from friends and a lot of reading on various web forums. Other than having a thorough understanding of the inadequacies of early 90's Mitsubishi engineering and how to improve upon it, I've worked on and modified LT1 F-bodies, swapped 240SXs, Hondas, 4x4 offroader Jeeps, center-console fishing boats and outboard engines, computers, and recently house wiring, carpentry, flooring, fencing, and other jobs as my folks have realized they can exploit my love of tinkering to save money on house repair bills. Probably most relevant to this forum, I have ridden and modified Goped motor scooters for almost ten years, and I developed a great appreciation for bicycling last year when a friend introduced me to offroad trail riding and I tried commuting by bicycle for a semester.

    Now I'm here because I want to combine my enjoyment of bicycles and my enjoyment of tinkering with small gasoline engines. As detailed in my first post in the scrubber forum, I'm in the planning stages of a very crude but hopefully effective build of a low-budget commuter built out of an old MTB and an older 22cc Goped engine in the hopes that I can return to bicycle commuting without arriving at class drenched in sweat- surprisingly, a real turn-off for most female classmates at university and thus something I'd rather avoid. :lol:

    I probably won't be a frequent poster, but as I already said I'll post pics of my build when I got around to it, so you'll see at least that much if it works out well and is something worth posting about. I'm already intrigued by some of the cheap 80cc chain-drive kits out there so if the first build goes well, it won't be long before I'm back here reading up on a bigger and better second build.

  2. Your first will always be your most precious. WELCOME!!
    Post some pics when you get her done!
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
    that was one of the coolest intro's I have read yet
    when you DO post I will surely look forward to catching your words :)
  4. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Dittos. A new happy smiling face around is always nice. Cool how some one can enjoy a 11 sec/ 1/4 mile then turn around and enjoy a 25 mph bike. It's the "I built it" factor.
  5. Welcome fellow gopedder!
    You might find, like me,
    that once you get the motor on that bike, that speed isn't that important.
    I can go pretty darn fast now on my bike, but it is so much more fun to
    cruise slowly, under 1/2 throttle. I also save so much gas by cruising moderate speeds.

    On gopeds, I haul ***, but on the bike I can sit back and cruise.
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Welcome to MBc.
  7. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    Welcome to Mbc. :cool:
    More smiles to the miles on a MB.
  8. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Welcome to MBc ! Home of may answers, and awaiting your ideas.
  9. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    G'day man and welcome to MBc...hope we can learn heaps from eachother.
  10. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Welcome Caithness
  11. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Welcome aboard Caithness
  12. Caithness

    Caithness New Member

    Thanks to all for the warm welcome.