Re: Old person, new hobby, Glendale, AZ
Thanks all for the welcomes. The "handles" are as interesting as anything else. ) I belong to a group that has a tendency to use handles and the "Joe's" reminded me of Old Joe, Young Joe, Tall good looking Joe, and a couple more.
I have my Honda GXH50 (Small Engine Warehouse) in hand and have the GruBee in frame kit (Five Flags) on the way, Will take the engine and mount bike shopping. COSTCO has a Schwinn Midtown model wt. shock fork, shock seat post and spring swinging rear wheel. Not sure if a spring loaded derailer sprocket (in place of the idler) would work to keep the chain tight enough?
I also have seen a Raleigh that offers most of the same (solid rear fork) and is in the same price range.
Interestingly I have been to maybe a dozen bile shops so far and have had a very good receiption when I told them what I planned to do with it Read a thread about being shown the door by some shops located in Tucson, our sister city to the South. I lived there12 years and can say Tucson is "different" and possibly a little short in distance between the eyes. )
This all reminds me of the "trail cycle" start up of the 60s and 70s. I rode Yamaha 2 strokes and my buddy (100# lighter rode a Honda Trail 90. My 2nd and 3rd Yamahas were oil pumpers so eliminate most of the smoke and having to premix. (Still have a 71, 175 in storage) My budy bought a transmission for his Honda. A short chain connected it to the engine. It mounted on the rear fork and had a switch between two drive sprockets. A second driven sprocket was added to the wheel. Problem was it was difficult to get both chains the proper length without idlers for each.
My original 80 step through really carried my load pretty well. Did change to a larger rear sprocket to help it. Seized the piston several times in the boonies and did a top end overhaul on the trail. Pulling the stem out of the tubes was an other item that bikes shouldn't have. Finally they got rim locks to hold the tires. Enough of the old days. Power to the bikes in the days of the $4 gas. Jim
Easy does it, but do it!