Oh bother

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by mickey, Jan 2, 2008.

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  1. mickey

    mickey Guest

    My beloved Skyliner is leaving with my son for Birmingham tommorrow, just when I have all the kinks worked out on it. The need for cheap transport for him outweighs my pleasure. I will be ...gasp... bikeless :cry: until I can build another, or find him an affordable scooter.

    Who knows what low-lifes he will let ride my baby.

    On the plus side, I could start again using a cruiser frame this time. :smile:

  2. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Sorry to hear this, sir, although you are kind to your son.

    A cruiser-based motored bike has it's pluses such as it's styling although I do recommend that you thoroughtly test the bike's coaster brake (if it's not a derailleur'd multispeed with handbrakes) on a fast downhill (but only after the addition of a front brake) before you begin the motoriZation thereof.


    Coasters have always been reliable in my experience especially when one thinks about the abuses they've been subjected to over the years... my recommendation stems from recently experiencing a bent chainstay and bent seatstay resulting from a "glitchy" coasterbrake... a cheap, "offshore" coaster brake that has ruined my frame. (I"ve since wailed on it with a hammer, a block of wood and some muscle and am again riding it, but only until I get hold of another frameset). But I digress...
  3. mopedjay

    mopedjay Guest

    get an old schwinn with a bendix coaster brake

    there will be no problems at all ya cant kill those
  4. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Tell your son to look me up, we'll get up a ride. I like to make the Center Point to downtown run every now and then. Good ride, right down 1st Ave, about 15 miles one way. Early on a Sunday is the best time, traffic you know.
  5. mickey

    mickey Guest

    I told him he had to join this forum but who knows, kids :grin: He goes to UAB and lives in Southside , above five points. You may see him around.
  6. kerf

    kerf Guest

    I was just thinking, it must be tough on you down in Baldwin County, with all those hills. Man you live in a bicyclers dream world. In Sept. the wife and I went to Gulf Shores and threw the bikes in the truck. Rode up and down the beach road and though the park several times, sweet cruising all the way.
  7. mickey

    mickey Guest

    It was pretty sweet. It was 70 degrees until yesterday. I have done a bit of faux pedaling around Fairhope and the local cops haven't stopped me yet. I bid on a Honda C70 (auction ends Monday). If I get it, I'll give Nick the choice and I might get my bike back. He did call me on the phone, out of the blue, last Monday and thanked me for letting him have it. He's been riding it all over Southside and totally digging it. He says it was way quicker than his housemate's 50cc scooter.
  8. mickey

    mickey Guest


    My Skyliner's back, much the worse for wear. That boy of mine is hard on machinery. I'm going to spend the weekend stripping it down and rebuilding it.

    And all I had to trade Nick for it was this

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  9. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I'd say you got the better (and cooler) of THAT deal :D:lol::D
  10. Caption: "Let's see what she does"
    scooter ~ "nooooooo!!!!!"

  11. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Ah! so your plan has matured in to reality. Way to go Mickey! Two happy endings!
  12. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Yep, Doc. I think we are both happy with the deal.

    I spent over a month rebuilding that C70 to mint condition. New carb, tires, various cables, brakes and a new seat cover. Its a 1983 12volt CDI model with only 1000 miles on the clock. Nick likes that it has gears and will go over 40 mph and still gets about 100 mpg. My daughter says that the old Hondas are tres chic among the scooter set.

    Nick managed to break most of the cables on the Skyliner (as well as getting 2 flats in 2 months) The clutch lever broke in half as well. Luckily I sent him a complete used motor kit that I bought from somebody here and he just kept cannibalizing it for parts. He did get the bike to idle, something that I had not been able to do. Good training for him I guess.

    Its kind of funny how well you get to know your bike. When I started looking at the bike I said Hey that's not the original nut, nor is that one! And what the **** is this piece of engineering on the front bracket? He's like Uh, yeah, the nuts vibrated off and the motor moved around on me but I got it back together. Not even having seen the bike in 2 months and everything thats not your own hand just jumps out at you.

    The timing is good for me as the spring riding weather is now upon us. I have several Large Filipino mods that I have to make to the bike now :grin:
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  13. mickey

    mickey Guest


    Started working on the skyliner (after an spending the morning walking around the arts&crafts show) and when I took the motor off, I found the seat tube was badly cracked. Almost all the way around.

    Clearly, I could use this as a peddle bike but is it still usable for motoring? I remember reading in one of our threads the suggestion that a sawn-off seat post could be forced to the bottom of the frame seat tube to reinforce it. I've got plenty of old parts. The crack is pretty low on the frame as you can see from the pictures

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  14. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Wow! mickey, good thing you got it back from your son and found it before someone had a surprising effect that could of caused an accident. What is that frame made of?
    By the condition, overall, it sounds like someone was having a great time on it. ( a little too great maybe, huh?).
  15. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    That looks nasty. Time for some spot welding
  16. mickey

    mickey Guest

    So, you guys think that ramming a seat post down and then welding the crack would be strong enough? What about cutting an old down tube and welding it as a gusset on the outside? Do you think that would be necessary?

    The frame is mild steel I believe. Its certainly not aluminum 'cause its magnetic.
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  17. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Ya Mickey, I would think if you put the tube inside and get lots of penatration on the weld, it would be stronger than original. No place to flex anymore either.
  18. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I think I'd go for overkill. Seat post inside, weld the crack, then gusset.