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Old 05-10-2012, 08:59 PM
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The Boy Who Never Grew Up
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Default Re: Build or Ride? Which Do You Enjoy More?

When I started out with this motorbicycle craziness it was to ride. At the time I was pretty well crippled up withe Guillane Barre Syndrome (much like polio) and had trouble walking. A former runner and swimmer, I missed feeling the wind in my face. I tried riding a bike to see if I could balance... yes, but no power in my legs. Then I remembered the ads I used to read over and over as a kid for a motor you could put on your bicycle. So I started with an old bikebug friction drive... the went to a China girl and now four strokes.

In the beginning I didn't know what I was doing, so the building part was interesting, but often frustrating. When I got better at building I enjoyed it more and now I'm at a point where I don't need to build another bike as I have a couple of nice ones, but so much enjoy the planning, staring and actual building that I find myself wanting to build another one, different from anything before so that I learn more and have new challenges.

Riding under motor power was a rush, even if a slow rush with that first one. If anything the pleasure is greater now as the bikes run smoother with more power, better wheels,brakes and suspension. One thing that tips the scales toward building over riding is that most of the time I ride alone. Riding with a buddy is a lot of fun, but doesn't happen often. However, building is not solo with this forum to share experiences, ask questions and post photos and news of success.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
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