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Old 04-23-2010, 09:08 PM
lolitsdaelan lolitsdaelan is offline
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Indianapolis
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Default Brand new, don't know a thing, hope to change that!

Hey everybody!

So I just recently picked up a bike at a garage sale, and the thought crossed my mind, "It would be AWESOME to rig a motor up to this!". A quick google search and here I am.

Now the problem is that I have a pretty solid electrical background, but I know NOTHING on the mechanical side of things. I've been browsing some of the kits and they do seem to provide enough instruction to at least get me going, and if thats not enough, I'm sure there is plenty of support on these forums =).

Anyway, a few quick questions I had for all you seasoned professionals on here, but before that, here's some pictures of my bike so that you have an idea of what I'm working with (in attachments).

Ok so the questions. I'm a little concerned with the fact that the bike has no shocks, now its not bad when im pedaling around, but i could see it being an issue when the bike is traveling 25+ MPH. Is that internal gear shift mechanism going to be a hindrance or even a deal breaker? Again with no mechanical knowledge, I would actually assume it to be a benefit, but I don't know for sure. The frame itself isn't an issue is it? I know they cant make universal kits, but I would assume they only require small mods to fit other frames. Anyone have experience with a frame like this? And finally, and I'm sure this is asked a ton, any recommendations on a kit? I've seen a lot of sales going on, I know Spooky Tooth has the Skyhawk for $149, has one for $119, and I saw one called a Flying Horse for about $140, marked down from $350. Any that sets these apart, or any that especially novice friendly?

Hopefully I will be up and rolling in no time!

Thanks guys!
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