- May 21, 2014
My 3 speed J.C. Higgins was chosen because it's easily converted to an indexed gear 5 speed. It's also a true "V" frame lugged bike that these engines were made for. With a 44 tooth front sprocket and 28X14 rear cluster I have enough gear range to cover most situations including assisting the engine on steepish hills. It also pedals fairly easily if I run out of gas, although I think steeper hills would be a slog without engine assist.
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