Who uses a motored bike as a daily commuter?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Fox, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Fox

    Fox Guest

    I was wondering who uses their bike daily and what kinda problems/issues you have encountered. (With the bike, not the local law enforcement or anything..)

    ie: I use mine most days, since installing the motor and buckling the wheel a little I have found out that my casette is a screw on, thus, I need to replace the entire rear wheel and everything attached to it, the bike was a cheapie.
    Most bolts have loosened (will be thread locking them) I replaced most gaskets, gasket goo'ed the exhaust gasket because it destroyed the cork gaskets.

    I also found that dynamo lights are near useless original. I burnt out both globes and melted part of the lens on the headlight, it wasn't made to be used at such high speed. There doesn't seem to be any regulator in the dynamo. (Im building a dichronic light assembly anyway, aluminum torch + light holder + battery and charger)

    Anyway, who has encountered other hassles?
     

  2. Hugemoth

    Hugemoth Guest

    I use mine for a 28 mile daily commute weather permitting. My bike is a $100 Walmart cruiser and I've had pretty much the same problems as you. Made my own engine gaskets. Broke several spokes before switching to 12 ga. Broke chain so went to a high quality chain. Fenders cracked so removed them. LED tail light fell off when I hit a bump so I mounted it on a piece of fan belt from a car. I also removed bearing cages and installed extra balls to the wheel bearings.

    I enjoy the commute on the bike.

    Moth
     
  3. DougC

    DougC Guest

    This subject is pretty funny because I have an engine kit that's not on a bike right now. For various reasons the first bike I put it on didn't work out real well, so I was going to buy a newsboy-type cruiser for it.

    I weight pretty much (250+ lbs) so I was looking at the Worksman bicycles--but the one I wanted, the way I want it, is going to cost around $500.... And I keep looking around at all these other cheaper bikes from other places and thinking "do I really need to spend that much?" but I don't want to bother with a lot of repairs, so I guess I do.

    I'd ride it to work now if I had it running and the weather was nice,,, but then I only live ~2 miles from work, so that's not so big a thing to brag about.

    I plan on moving this year, dunno how far I might end up from my job then. I only have one car, and wanted the motor-bike to be the "second car", a backup way to get around town effortlessly if I needed it (-heck, if gas prices go above $3.00/gal again, the motor-bicycle might end up being the first car-). ;)
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  4. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I've been wondering about that....did it help? I'm due to regrease my wheel bearings. I think I'll try it.

    Fox,
    yes, I ride almost daily. I just try to keep everything tight. Fresh fuel & air in the tires & WATCH OUT for traffic.
     
  5. Hugemoth

    Hugemoth Guest

    I haven't had a problem using caged bearings but I always change them to loose balls. More bearing surface area can't hurt.

    Moth
     
  6. jeffspeeder

    jeffspeeder Guest

    i love useing my bike i use it when i go to the store and friends it gets me places faster as long as the problemes stay down a minmum but etherwise i love it
     
  7. i take mine on 15 mile comute every day to school and the only problem i ever had was my chain snaping in half takeing out the enginge mount and alot of tread on my back whell as it got locked up was late to school beacuse i had to pedal it back home and then take the bus but thats the only real problem that i couldnt fix real quick
     
  8. RLK

    RLK Guest

    I commute using a 36 volt electric front wheel hub.

    My only problem so far is the homeless people that live along the bike path and hang their laundry in the trees after they wash in the river.

    No mechanical problems yet. I fear problems from dirt and water getting into the controler and motor so I sealed them with clear silicone RTV stuff. No dirt will get in now and I doubt it will be a problem in the long term. Wish me luck.

    Thanks
    Matt in CO
     
  9. Fox

    Fox Guest

    Well, last night I was some distance away at a friends place. I parked my bike, watched a dvd, went back to my bike and the wheel was buckled so bad it now cant be ridden. Some low life piece of **** must have kicked it, seems that the bike I have has a screw on cassette, which is not standard. Means that the whole assembly has to be replaced, at an approximate cost of 200 AUD. Real nice.. something I just cant afford.
     
  10. RLK

    RLK Guest

    Try a different bike shop. They are gouging you. The cassette either turns one way or the other. Bike shops have to make their money somehow, but its not the $200Billion dollar Space Shuttle is it? Did somone fly the Space Shuttle into your wheel? That's either one very hard kick or one very weak wheel or one very greedy bike shop with $$$ in their eyes.
     
  11. Fox

    Fox Guest

    The bike wheel is cheap and nasty. I have repaired the buckle as best I can, Ill give many small changes a try tomorrow, see if I can straighten it anymore.

    Basically, I am up for a new wheel. I was thinking of getting a disc brake wheel and mounting the sprocket to the disc mount. I have also spotted some nice fin wheels on ebay.
     
  12. jeffspeeder

    jeffspeeder Guest

    well my bike is a target bike i usually do 5 - 10 miles on it everyday ive had no problems with the wheel no matter haw much throttle i give it remember (schwinn quality) but i have had the occasional striped bolt but i fixed all those by doubleing up and lock tite. but other then that it really dosent have tto many porblems.
     
  13. mrsaxman99

    mrsaxman99 Guest

    i usually take the bike to campus (4 miles each way). Aside from the normal stuff...haven't had any problems here. Great commute!
     
  14. dave1490

    dave1490 Guest

    iv done 400 km,s now and had small prob,s things like a leaky gas cap just dobbled up the rubber o ring,s,exhast gaskets,chain tentioner,the cluch lever pin popoed out,no biggy.origonal fule line seems to shrink with time also no biggy.but the biggest prob i have is the presser plate is elongating it,s holes.im 275ib,s and drive it hard i would use a 50 tooth sproket for someone my size.the bike {a trek zx 6500 moutain bike}has,nt had 1 problem,but the brake,s seem to go fast.exspect to replace them twice as fast as usaul.all in all not bad.just like buying a used car.
     
  15. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Guest

    I work from home so that makes it hard to commute :lol: :lol:

    However I did use it daily till the problems with the mikes bike happened. Its great if you have good bike parts I will say that but you have to do what you have to do.

    I question how good coaster brakes really are however as it was separating. As in the metal that the spokes go through that the motor drive sprocket mounted on busted loose. I will get some pictars.

    Anybody have this happen?
     
  16. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    On the road, the only problems I've had were spokes bending, exhuast gasket blowing out, one flat tire, and im pretty sure thats about it. My engine never gave out mid ride or anything, always issues with the bike, the gasket issue was becuase I reused the same one after I modifed my exhuast.

    The other problems I've had only after my bike was parked for awhile and I started it the next day, which is pretty weird.


    These are reliable if you take preventative care for everything that CAN go wrong.
     
  17. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    i use mine for the 20km round trip to work when the weather permits and haven't had any real problems yet... only sometimes being hard to start on the cold mornings.

    One thing I will do this weekend is sort my motor mounts with some rubber between the frame and clamps... that vibration really gets to you after a while :(
     
  18. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I work from home, so no commute. I do ride them (both) daily.
    I keep kicking the fender on the military bike and that has caused some scuffing.

    The only problem I've had with the Western Flyer is keeping Randy the K off of it.
     
  19. thatsdax

    thatsdax Guest

    One of my bikes...

    one of my bikes has a little over 4,500 miles on it. I did ide it almost every day. Except in dead of Winter. Here in Colorado, we are dry. Brutal on air cooled engines. Yet, my motor keeps on flying. After 500 miles or so, my nuts and bolts have stayed tight, and the motor became very smooth and fast. I go from Chatfield area to Golden Colorado one way is almost 18 miles straight line. And..Rest assured, I do not go straight line. I have been caught in a snow storm or two. But made it home in good order. I now have a new Cruiser with around 500 miles on it. Just now getting broken in. I really like it a lot. My 4,500 mile bike has been sitting now not getting any more miles. But..since it was one of my first builds, I am going to hang on to it. I know a guy in Washington state with around 8,000 miles on his. He called me to order another motor because he said his is now losing power. I asked him to clean out his exhaust. or that he could just go piston and ring. See if it will go again. We shall see. Enjoy the ride...
     
  20. Guest

    Guest Guest

    O.K., I'm up to 1000 miles...split between the two bikes, both Dax kits, as of last nights ride.....though I think the Western Flyer is sold, so I'll be doubling the mileage on the military model soon.

    Chains have finally quit stretching, I think. Nothing has cracked (older bikes, not "modern Wal-Mart bikes) nothing has fallen off, Loctite ya' know.

    Still on the original plugs even though both bikes have a spare "good" plug in their tool kits.....which BTW have never been used except to adjust the seat and handlebars.
     
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