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Old 09-07-2010, 06:56 PM
Huff&Puff Huff&Puff is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Mentor, Ohio
Posts: 2
Default Hello from the North Coast of Ohio

I've built up a few road bikes over the years, but I recently decided to build a motorized bike, so here I am! I'm trying to keep it simple, so I'm starting with a Huffy Cranbrook from Wally World and a 48cc kit (Ohio requires <50cc displ.). On the advice of a friend, I ordered a pineapple adapter to replace the rag drive that comes with the kit. Also, a 50-tooth sprocket to replace the stock 44-toother (Ohio law again - gotta be <20mph on level ground). SO far, the following items are in: Engine kit, LED bullet headlight, wireless brake light (another Ohio requirement!), rear view mirror, 105 dB horn, and cupholder (!). Still waiting for the front caliper brake & lever, pineapple adapter, and drive sprocket.

My first impression of the Cranbrook is that the wheel hubs need to be readjusted and repacked, and that the spokes are a bit slack. Correcting these issues will be the first step, while I'm waiting for the rest of the parts. At least the wheels have 12 gauge spokes, so they should be pretty strong when properly tensioned!

I'll be posting pics as soon as I am permitted - I'd like to hear from others who've used the Cranbrook as a platform - any serious concerns?
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