Alternative clutch lever?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by SuedePflow, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    Is there an alternative locking clutch lever for the chinese 49cc motor? I'd prefer something a little more compact and not designed to attach to the handlebars.

    Probably anything will be better than what I have for what I'm wanting to do. So I'm completely open to suggestions.

  2. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    May I suggest you mention what exactly it is you want to do with maybe a picture of the bike where you want said 'lever' to be placed?
  3. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    Below is a pic of the lever that I have. I just don't have room to use it on the handlebar as intended.

    Truth be told, I don't have any particular place that I want to mount the lever. I'm open to ANy suggestion and could utilize almost anything else mounted anywhere else. I'm just coming up short for any clutch engagement lever other than the one that I currently have.

  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    A dual-action brake lever is available. It controls front and rear brakes simultaneously with one lever.
    Then you won't have SEVEN!levers on the handlebars of a mountain bike.
    You could mount the clutch lever on the bike's top tube, if you had a 1.125" clamp.
    Motorcycle foot pedals could be made to actuate both brakes. and/or clutch action.
    You could install a centrifugal clutch and eliminate the clutch lever.
  5. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Well that's just silly, get the crap you don't need off the handlebars so the clutch can go where it's needed.

    In short strip everything off you handlebars.
    Put a SBP dual pull brake lever and then the throttle on the right.
    Put your clutch, then rotary rear wheel shifter on the left with a short grip.
    Pull the front derailleur and it's control off, if you want to change front sprocket pedal drive just do it by hand, you don't even need any tools as the chain is on a big spring tensioner.


    2 levers and 2 rotaries on the handlebars is perfect, safe, and easy to operate.

    ~$50 depending on what rear shifter you have, if it's rotary without a brake attached your golden, otherwise you need to buy one.
  6. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    I should also mention that I simply don't want the clutch lever mounted on the handlebars. With the lever depressed, there isn't enough room between the clutch lever and the handlebar grip for my large hands. And being that I wont be actuating the clutch lever often enough, it really doesn't need to be hovering over my hand.

    So is it safe to say there's isn't another option to purchase? I guess I'll just have to fabricate one...
  7. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    so, somehow, you pull the clutch in, while keeping your fingers under the lever? :speechless:

    the teach you at rider training to use all four fingers on the levers cus if you only use two and have to hit the brakes HARD, the other two get in the way and you DIE.

    1 close call and you start to use all four fingers... on a real moto, mind you. i only have front brakes on my ride at the moment :)

    now, youre proposing to defy standard conventions in that you want your clutch mounted say, somewhere like the maintube? so you have to let go of the bars if you find the need to use the clutch?

    anyway, im never one to stand on convention, so go for it :)

    seems slightly strange if you ask anyone else ;)

  8. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    This is my first motored bicycle project, so I am definitelty a newbie and not affraid to admit it.

    It is my understanding that if I pull in and lock the clutch lever, the motor is disengaged and I would be able to pedal my bicycle. In this situation, I would not be able to properly grip my handlebar grip because the clutch lever is interfering. Make sense?

    Is there something bad that I don't know about regarding letting one hand go of the handlebars to manipulate a lever on the maintube? I've been riding bicycles and motorcysles for many years one-handed (or no-handed) but maybe there's something I don't know about here...?

    Unconventional is a great word for this whole project. Afterall, I did put a motor in the back of a BMX bike...
  9. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    i also ride one handed 90% of the time. the other 10% is no hands.

    i also have mounted an engine to a bmx. several in fact. back front and in between

    i also have had throttles and clutches mounted in silly places due to not having cables at the time etc.

    ive always gone back to the handlebar levers for controls.

    im doing 60km+ on my bicycle. im crazy enough to ride no hands with the bare minimum for braking, yet i think putting controls in logical standard places does make sense for the simple reason that when something happens, the first instinct is to grab the handlebars with BOTH HANDS.

    for the first week whilst my lever locking pin stays attached, i find no trouble with having my fingers gently resting on the lever whilst pedalling "disengaged".

    its your bike. whatever.

    but ask a silly question and your gunna get some silly answers!
  10. joshua97

    joshua97 Member

    more compact u say? remember the shorter the handle... the harder it is to pull it in :)
  11. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    Suede, you must position the lever where it will not interfere with other important levers.

    Make it simple. Place it where you please.
  12. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    If I keep the lever on the handlebars, the cable is too short. Anyone know where I can find a clutch cable that is around 60-65" long? Everything on eBay is about 48", which is just a hair longer than what I have.
  13. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    A clutch cable is the same as any bicycle brake cable that you can buy from a local bike store..
  14. MusiCALpuLLtoy

    MusiCALpuLLtoy New Member

    get a synchronized trans.
  15. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    Thanks. I guess I never put two and two together to realize they are the same. Thanks for pointing that out.
  16. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Ya, any bicycle shop, it is just a bicycle brake cable with a barrel on one end.
  17. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    I found a bicycle shot about 15 minutes away that I never even knew existed, and picked up a new cable today.
  18. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    screw the bike shops and screw kmart!

    i always used to get my complete cables for $4 at kmart. no longer available. bike aisle now consists of cruddy kids 3 speed bmx things, new pedals, flashing LEDS and glittery handlebar grips. great selection :)

    now the lil wiseacres at the bike shop can charge $15 for just the INNER CABLE!

    my remedy? tell them to stuff their lycra where the sun dont shine, and go to that place down below.

    i then venture forth to...

    a lawnmower shop! stranded cable and outer sheaths...on a roll! $1 a metre! lil brass nipples? 50c each!

    some auto places have it as bonnet latch pulls, choke cable pulls, throttle cables etc...
  19. SuedePflow

    SuedePflow Member

    $15 is steep! I paid $5 for the inner cable today and the guy made me an outer sheath on the spot. Exactly 60" just as I asked and the outer was only $5 as well. A few more bucks than eBay cables, but at least I didnt have to wait a week.
  20. IbedaYank

    IbedaYank Member

    learn to make your own cables bulk cable is cheap and so are the fittings