Hi from Tennessee

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Mechgirl, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Mechgirl

    Mechgirl New Member

    Hello everyone.
    I just came across this forum while searching for "parts diagram Mitsubishi TLE43" and I found the very helpful post about that engine in the technical & troubleshooting section of the forum. Thanks to all those who contributed to that.

    I'd come across this forum before, in other searches, but never had time to sign up. Now that it's winter...

    I've been wrenching on bikes since I was 7 years old, and been a professional bike mechanic since 1993.
    I built my first, and only, motorized 2-cycle engine bike with a Staton chain drive kit in 2007.
    I live in the mountains, so I mainly work on MTBs. There are a few roadies around here, but BBQ grilling outnumbers cycling in popularity by about 100,000:1 (that's my conservative guess anyways).

    I look forward to browsing the forum for some ideas and inspiration.
    Happy Trails to all,

  2. sawdust

    sawdust Member

    welcome to the forum..do you have any pictures of your bike?
  3. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Do you ever come to Oak Ridge? Most of the streets have a 25 mph speed limit. Lots of great seenery here.
  4. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. The perspective of a professional bike mechanic will be very helpful to us.
  5. Mechgirl

    Mechgirl New Member

    Thank you for the replies.

    Oak Ridge is a bit far. I'm in the Ducktown area.
    I use the motor bike to commute to the shop during rafting season, 20 mile round trip with a steep gravel road over a mountain pass.

    There are lots of great mountain bike trails in our area too, but I still ride un-motorized on the trails.
    Saw a guy on an E-bike on one of the trails this past weekend. First time I've spotted one of those here.



    These pictures are from January 2012.
    The bike has sat in a state of dis-repair since spring of last year, when the clutch shoes gave out again and the cheap China-made shoes I got on Ebay didn't work.

    I just got some replacement clutch shoes from Staton but haven't had a chance to put them on yet.
    The little work shop is full of bikes and until I get those built and/or repaired, I can't even get my bike through the door:)
  6. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    So you're around the Georgia and North Carolina lines. In the corner so to speak. I use a Staton system also. The hills here are steep and I'm big so I needed a shift kit. Like you I use it a lot going to the store. Baskets are great aren't they. However I only ride on paved roads. Hope you get your bike going soon. Make some videos riding the trails if you can. I use my cell phone in a bicycle cell phone holder for now to make my videos.
  7. Mechgirl

    Mechgirl New Member

    Yup, in the corner; 2 miles to North Carolina and 8 miles to Georgia.

    What shift kit did you get?
    How well do you like it?
  8. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I got the Staton shift kit. Had White Industry Trails freewheels put in it. I set my bike up to shift 5 gears automatically so that I meet Tennessee automatic transmission requirement. I really like the fact David's shift kit is a double freewheel design.
  9. Mechgirl

    Mechgirl New Member

    Is this the kit you are referring to, except with a different brand of freewheel?
  10. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

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