how long to get your bike just right

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by jacob, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. jacob

    jacob New Member

    Had my bike (happy time) for almost 2 weeks now and im still at the tweaking stage for things like the chain and chain tensioner.

    How long has it taken you to get your bike to the stage when you can ride it whenever and its fine?

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Many of us never stop tinkering. We try different brakes, seats, headlights. We make brackets out of household items or leftover car parts. We reroute cables and wires for appearance and better durability. We repaint. We try out the newest gadgets. Many of those things cost very little or sometimes nothing at all. However, you can spend $5000 on your motorized bike if that is what you want.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014
  3. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    With an HT probably a month of sundays before you can ride it...................nah just depends on your skillset and experience, that means it's different for every individual.
  4. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I had mine up and running in about 4 hours, but it took me a few months to get it the way I like it. Granted, about a month and a half of it was waiting for parts to come in the mail. Of course, I haven't stopped working on it, there's always improvements to be made.
  5. jacob

    jacob New Member

    My theory is that you will get 95% of it done in 3-4 hours and then the next 5% will take a few months. this includes things like the chain tensioner and tweaking little things
  6. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Hate to break the news to you but it's never going to happen. Just when you think it's perfect you'll discover something that'll make it better.
  7. Purple Haze

    Purple Haze Active Member

    They will run fine long enough to seduce you, then break your heart. But, tinkering is where the fun is, right? If you're not a tinkerer, get out of the hobby now, 'cause keeping an HT running is an ongoing thing.
  8. ua2pants

    ua2pants Member

    I couldn't have said it better myself!!

    If you ever go to a MB race, you'll see every one of them tweaking something before the race starts.
  9. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Or you can upgrade to an engine/bike that doesn't require so much tinkering. All motorized bicycles require some degree of maintenance or occasional improvements. But with ht's, it's a lot more often. I've got a bike with a large displacement 4 stroke, and the only reason it needs a little work right now is because it's been sitting all winter, and I'm almost done with it. Of course, then there's the motorcycle drum that I want to use and a few other things later on down the road, but I'm not working on it constantly every day or every week. Most of the time it's little things like making sure my tire pressure is good or changing my oil, maybe adjusting my bottom bracket once in awhile.
  10. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Check this out, 1 Staton F/D kit, 1 Gasbike HS 49cc and a bike of your choosing, say $400. 1 hours [fine tuning for a week or so] but your ridin.
  11. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I'll never get an f/d the way I like it. I'm sure it works for some but I don't want my weight distribution to be so wonky and I want to use the rack for cargo

    I also have a feeling that the creek I ride through often would make an f/d slip
  12. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    For me its probably never.
    I am constantly having to adjust or tweek or replace something on mine. In all fairness I am a rather heavy person so Im sure my troubles are related to how much weight its pulling around.
    I use a shift kit so right now, just today I found my cassette cogs, the smallest 3 are so worn out even grinding them with a dremel just made them worse. 2 weeks ago it was the rear wheel, I bought a cheap replacement 5 months ago and it lasted awhile until the non stainless steel spokes started breaking 1 by 1 so I got a box of stainless steel spokes and relaced the wheel. It seems when I fix 1 thing, something else shortly needs attention. My bike atleast, is a tweekers dream.
  13. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    It took me 2 years of pain and heartache to get my bike operating reliably; requiring fabrication of mechanical components as well as engine upgrades. In that time the bike travelled approximately 20,000 kilometers (or 12,500 miles) giving me nothing less than 20,000 kilometers of unreliable operation; suffering many breakdowns; leaving me stranded many kilometers from home.
    They were 20,000 miserable kilometers and i can just about remember every single kilometer of that misery.

    Having said that, the next two years (working out to a total time of 4 years - actually getting closer to 5 years) were and continue to be wonderful riding experiences, with the bike just humming along with excellent reliability.