Where to buy friction drive wheels?

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by Tay, May 30, 2012.

  1. Tay

    Tay New Member

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy drive wheels for a friction drive engine? I haven't been able to find anywhere that sells them.

  2. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Any slick or semi-slick tire works well with friction drives, like the Innova Swiftor, or the Armadillo. Or, inverted tread tires with a continuous raised center portion like the Continental Town & Country tire also work well.

    The Swiftor gives great grip and cornering, and low rolling friction, but they have a softer rubber that will puncture relatively easily. And, tread is useless on bike tires, used on the street, rain or shin, in any case.

    The Town & Country has a little less 'grip' on the road, and don't corner as well, but they do a good job of blocking thorns and the like, and work well on many off-road situations also.

    As far as finding them, use google.

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  3. Tay

    Tay New Member

    Thanks, but by "drive wheel" I meant the cylinder/wheel that makes contact the tire and powers it. The ones that can be wood, or urethane, etc. Any info on those?
  4. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    Technical name: Drive Roller - Staton has them for his products:
    http://www.staton-inc.com/store/catalog/14_Staton_Inc_Drive_Components-27-8.html. I don't know what your setup is, so I don't know if Staton's will work for you or not.

    If you're building your own friction drive, you either have to make or have a machine shop make one for you. If you are using a direct drive, some have used bmx foot pegs bolted to the shaft.

    Good Luck,

    AKA: BigBlue
  5. Tay

    Tay New Member

    Thanks, I guess the booklet I have is a little outdated. I have a Dimension Edge engine that is about 12 years old or so. They call them Drive Wheels in the manual, but it looks like DE doesn't sell them anymore. I'll check out Staton.
  6. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Last I knew Rob at DE was selling drive arbors to fit their systems. Give him a shout, I think they are happy to oblige.

    Scroll down and the pics on the right: wooden, polyvinyl and stone aggregate.
    http://www.bikemotor.com/mitsubishi bicycle engine.html

    Also one great thing about the DE drive is, as far as the wooden rollers anyway, you can make your own very inexpensively with a hole-saw set-up and a stick of lumber.
    Last edited: May 31, 2012