choosing a bike

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bvtin, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. bvtin

    bvtin New Member

    I am just getting into putting a motor on my bike and i found an old school cruiser on craigslist. its a step through model where the top tube comes down parallel with the bottom tube, the other bike i might use is a 24 speed road bike with a 20 inch top tube. im thinking the cruiser would a better bike to mount a motor on im just worried about where i will have to put the gas tank so low and close to the engine. any thoughts?

  2. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    You could always change it from a step through to standard bike. By welding in a top tube.
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I think I'd pass on both bikes, if I were you.

    The step through can not take a china girl engine. Not realistically, anyway. And the road bike probably would take it, but I'd avoid it because of the narrow rims and tires.

    Why don't you keep on looking on craigslist for a decent mountain bike. Or pick up a $100 beach cruiser from Wal-Mart? Either one of them is a decent choice.

    Though you will find folks who disagree that a cheap bike is okay. Still, a lot of us get along with them just fine.
  4. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I agree with Bluegoatwoods about looking for a better bike. I suggest a hard tail steel frame mountain would be the best choice. You may even find a good used one in a pawn shop.
  5. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    If it were me I'd scour craigs or pawn shops and get a deal on a good brand name bike. Trek, GT, K2 etc. You'll get a much better quality bike for the money. Walmart bikes can really hit your pocket book if things fail on them from the cheap parts they use. This is from someone with experience with wally bikes. But it's a good cheap way to start out though.