Well I Did it now !!!

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by seanhan, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Just ordered a GEBE 32CC Tanaka Kit!!!!
    Time to stop reading and start building !!!


  2. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Good deal, know you'll enjoy it. Please shave and post a new avatar, it's scaring my dog.
  3. terrence

    terrence Member

    Congrats, you'll enjoy years of trouble free riding. I know that set up is rock solid. terrence
  4. astring

    astring Member

    Be sure to have a bike that matches the measurements on the GEBE website. It is not that hard to install and it is an awesome ride.
  5. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    well you have done it now!!!

    may you have many carefree miles ahead of you, your going to enjoy that kit like you were 12 years old all over again.
  6. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    This is the bike

    That I will install the gebe on.. Taking it appart tonight to start locktiting it.
    does anybody recomend the tie wraps on the spokes ???:grin:
  7. seanhan

    seanhan Member

  8. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Did you get the upgraded wheel from GEBE?
    26" Men's Schwinn Point Beach Cruiser Bike has flimsy spokes

    What are you loctiting?
  9. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    fender bolts
    no got to use the stock wheel till i get some more cash...
  10. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    wonder how long it will last ???
  11. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    yeap, especially with the stock wheels, but they will hold out fine for a while,

    having assumed you have done your homework and been reading about the gebe builds here, their is plenty to choose from, you will find that all the good ideas are copied and make it onto the next members builds.

    I think i remembered one of the guys saying to use the black ties as they will last alot longer than the white ties, enjoy your build, take your time and never forget the first moment you are cruising motor assisted !!!!
  12. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Yea the Black tie wraps are better, I work in aerospace and we used them becuse they and static disapative and the white ones aren't.
    they seem to be stronger also.
    The GEBE seems like it will be easy to install, my bike has plenty of clearence for it.
    the only thing iam worried about is fitting the drive ring correctly, but you know how it is somthing stupid will get me, like the kill switch .. or throttle cable..
    it's always the simple things !!!
  13. eleseur96020

    eleseur96020 Member

    Gonna try a propane setup on this badboy? lol
  14. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    maybe its just me but i never had a problem installing the drive ring, once you make sure you have it lined up over the correct spokes the ring will almost center itself for you. never had a problem with that part.
  15. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Did you use soap on the ring like they tell you on the GEBE site ?
  16. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    nope, thought about it for a second ,decided it was way to much work, anyhow the spokes on the cheap wheels are so thin that the wheel snaps on with hardly any pressure needed.
  17. rossfree

    rossfree Member

    Welcome aboard Sean,

    I own the same kit. Love it. Nice choice on bikes. I also have a Schwinn.

    I also recommend heavier gage spokes or a stronger wheel. My spokes lasted 160 miles before they started breaking. Fatigue, time and poor quality Chineese spokes are working against you. Granted... I'm a big guy at 250lbs but it shut my bike down only weeks after I put it together... only to wait for weeks to get parts and put it back in running condition. It's only a matter of time. A stronger spoke or wheel will give you peace of mind and keep you riding.

    I went to 12 gage spokes on my wheel. I ordered a cheap 12 gage spoke wheel from bikepartsusa.com for about $50. When I got it I tried mounting the wheel but found I needed a really large tire to fit the rim. I wanted to stick with off-the-shelf tires so I stripped the spokes off of the wheel I bought and used them to replace the cheap spokes on my Schwinn wheel. It took a couple of nights to do it but it came out great and it's a rock solid back wheel now.

    Now... I've never re-laced a wheel with new spokes before. That got me pretty nervous. And the new 12 gage spokes didn't fit through the holes on my wheel so I had to drill all of them just a bit bigger to fit the spokes. But there is an EXCELLENT set of videos on YouTube that walk you through re-lacing a wheel and I just sat there and worked through it along with the videos.

    Your other option is just to bring it to a bike shop and let them do what you need. But I swear by the 12 gage spokes. They are RUGGED and once the plastic GEBE pulley is snapped onto the larger spokes it stays put! It did not grab the 14 gage Schwinn spokes nearly as tight and could be moved around on those a lot easier. I didn't much like that. Some people have taken to using an assortment of glues and other methods to assure that the pulley doesn't move around on their spokes after they get it centered. That concern just isn't there with 12 gage spokes.

    As far as centering the pulley on the wheel, after you snap it on, flip your bike upside down, mount your wheel and spin it. If you find some high or low spots on the pulley just bump it with your hand or tap it with a plastic hammer. Spin it again... and tap it again... until it is as true as you can get it. That will be true enough.

    You will know if the pulley isn't centered by observing the belt tensioner. It should stay pretty still as the wheel turns. You can walk the bike down the driveway while observing the belt tensioner. If it moves back and forth then the pulley isn't centered on the wheel and it needs attention. A little movement is not that big a deal but over time it will fatigue the tensioner spring and the spring will break. I carry a spare but once I centered the pulley, the tensioner doesn't move at all.

    I use my bike to commute to work every day... about 16 miles round trip. I have about 850 miles on it now and it runs great. I ride exclusively on pavement and the tires still look new. If you plan to ride like I do I recommend the following...

    Slime in the tubes (Walmart)

    A better kick stand to hold your bike up straight (Amazon.com)

    A descent headlight and tail light. (Walmart)

    You've got the fenders... that's good.

    An Optima Fuel Bottle (Amazon.com) for extra fuel.

    A descent riding helmet... safety first (Amazon.com)

    Riding gloves... again for safety (I use work gloves from Home Depot)

    A bike computer (speed/distance) (Walmart or Amazon)

    Small tool bag and assorted tools.

    A spare belt (GEBE) and a spare tensioner spring (local hardware store)

    and lastly... a better bicycle seat. I got a cloud 9 (Amazon)

    See how much information you can get from a total stranger that would rather tell you this stuff that get back to work on his real job. :grin: Gotta love the forum.

    One last time... beef up the wheel. You'll do it sooner or later anyway... might as well be sooner so you don't have to worry about it.

    Below is a link to my blog "First Ride"...


    Happy riding!!! Welcome aboard!!!

    Ross in New Hampshire
  18. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Thanks for the info Ross !!!!
    I just checked UPS and my kit will be here Monday.
    You said You just relaced the schwinn wheel with 12G spokes, Is the rest of the wheel strong enough??
    guess so.... I should have ordered a wheel from gebe but funds are kinda tite right now .
    I saw the tubes at walmart with the slime in them.
    did your new kickstand just bolt on ?? is it like a centerstand ?
    Thanks for all the info !!!
  19. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    oh yea one more thing !!! did you use the tie wraps on the spokes ??
    does I really help any, Like maybe keep my cheap wheel togther for a extra few weeks.
  20. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - should easily last a few weeks

    but note -- as I am known to do
    if things are working fine
    I just go for it

    time may be to start working on that new wheel -- NOW

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman