Commuter- Arkansas

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Nath, May 10, 2014.

  1. Nath

    Nath New Member


    I am about to graduate college! I am going to be on a budget for awhile, and want to find a motor for everyday commuting. I have a 1990's mountain bike with no suspension. I looked through the forum and found this list of things I should ask myself to choose the correct motor. My only knowledge about motors is what i was taught in Eagle Scouts and Tinkering with chainsaws.

    1) What is the predominant riding terrain?

    (Level ground, hills, asphalt or dirt etc...)

    Very few hills, pavement.

    2) What type of physique does the primary rider have?
    (Large, small, short, tall or health issues etc...)

    I am 150 pounds, in pretty average shape.

    3) What will the rider's local laws allow and require them to have?
    (Lookup and personally read these laws.)

    Checked it all out and we are good, as long as it is under 49cc

    4) What kind of bike is being motorized?
    (Mountain, road, whizzer or recumbent etc...)

    Mountain bike, no suspension. That being said I have access to more bicycles than I would care to admit openly.. cruisers, racing, ect..

    5) What is the bike to be used for?
    (Shows, long trips, around town, off road or racing etc...)

    Daily commuting.

    6) How much of a budget is to be used for the build or buy?
    (All at the start or as you can afford projects etc...)

    I would like to spend approximately $250 - $300 at the most..

    I am having trouble pinning down a reliable supplier and brand. I have been considering the skyhawk brand but can't pin down a supplier or figure out if it will fulfill my need. What specifications would you guys suggest? or brands and suppliers?


  2. Ironhorse

    Ironhorse New Member

    What type of drive system are you considering? Chain, friction, etc. I just bought a friction drive kit from and very pleased with the quality. You get what you pay for.