begginner questions

scotts

New Member
Local time
11:59 AM
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
12
I'm interested in a motor assist bike for possible future bike commutes. My current commute is short and easy, but my next location may be an issue. I would only concider a power assist if my commute is longer than 15 miles, (which from my understanding is more than an electric assist can do)
So my questions...
How much work does the motor do? I'm interested in an assist, not a "do it for me".
I would be using the kit on a Surly Long Hual Trucker, which is a traditional touring bike with 26 inch wheels and a drop handlebar. Could an engine mount on a bike with a drop bar? I do have a mt bike if need be.
I am interested in the most fuel efficient kit that still leaves the bike feeling like a bike. 20-30 mph average is what I'm hoping for. Any tips on how to acheive this. Can a gas motor still give me the bike I want or am I looking in the wrong location?
Thanks,
scott
 

scotts

New Member
Local time
11:59 AM
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
12
"on the level -- can cruise at 22 mph all day long -- no pedal"
I understand how thats an apeal to some, but its not an apeal to me. I would still like to feel like I'm pedalling.
If you pedaled a high gear, would you get faster?
I noticed that Golden Eagle is the only company that sells a 25cc motor. Would a smaller motor help with my desires?
thanks,
scott
 

mlcorson

Member
Local time
10:59 AM
Joined
Jul 25, 2008
Messages
245
Location
St. Lous, MO
I have a 35cc R/S motor with Staton gear drive. I pedal all the time... uphill or any time I want more speed. In high gear I do 30-35mph easy. Since you asked for advice, I would suggest a rack mounted kit with a friction drive. The only downside is the that friction drives don't freewheel when pedaling at motor idle. (I don't think they do.) They also can slip when surface is wet. Just pick a system that will install and perform without a lot of tinkering.
-Mike
 

augidog

New Member
Local time
7:59 AM
Joined
Apr 20, 2008
Messages
1,993
52T chain-ring on purpose, i like pedaling

shoot, i pedal up to 20+mph every time i take off with my 32mph 32cc tanaka, using the throttle all the way from zero...coming out of corners, same thing...up a grade, i pedal-in when i drop to 20mph...it always makes me feel like superman, and it keeps me in pretty good shape, too.

you simply gear the engine-assist and pedals to be compatible with your desired style :cool:

fyi-the gebe belt/centri. clutch has never had a noticable drag on plain-pedaling for me...a friction w/centri. would be similar depending on roller-on-tire adjustment.

more fyi: providing you can charge at your destination, 15 miles on electric is not unrealistic.
 
Last edited:

Accender

Member
Local time
9:59 AM
Joined
Apr 28, 2008
Messages
204
Location
Sebastopol CA
Sounds like you want a setup that will free wheel. Its all pedel power until You
want some assist.
A bit spendy tho.

A
 

Mountainman

Active Member
Local time
9:59 AM
Joined
Jun 15, 2008
Messages
3,561
Location
up top mountain -- Sourthern Ca.
pedal -- forgot to mention -- all you want

well with my Robin 35cc -- friction drive
only requires a small amount of pedalling on take offs and hills
on the level -- can cruise at 22 mph all day long -- no pedal

ride that thing

sounds as if you may want a small cc engine

forgot to mention
you can -- pedal as much as needed or wanted also

ride that thing
 

levsmith

Member
Local time
10:59 AM
Joined
Mar 20, 2008
Messages
115
Location
Hutchinson, Kansas
sounds as if you may want a small cc engine

forgot to mention
you can -- pedal as much as needed or wanted also

ride that thing

yeah you probably will want a small cc engine. i had a 23cc weedeater motor on my mountain bike. it was geared a little too high and i had to pedal most of the time, especially going up hill and going into the wind. but it was still nice not having to pedal as much as i would have if i didn't have a motor. good luck with whatever you choose.
 

scotts

New Member
Local time
11:59 AM
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
12
Cool... thanks for the reply's. Usefull info.
A few more quesions....
So what systems freewheel? I'm most curious with the golden eagle. Does it freewheel?
And for that fact, how hard are the motors to turn on and off while riding?
Why would a touring bike be a bad build? The LHT is built like a tank.
thanks again,
scott
 
Top