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Pre-Motorized Bicycle Information. Before you mount that engine to your bicycle frame, you'll want to know if the bike is ready for the engine! Ask our experts here for advice on what will perform well.

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Old 04-29-2009, 11:09 AM
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LOL, snork snork.

I really would like to do custom tanks. Would this one work? (is to cheap so dunno) - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices or this? - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

Hmmmm, costom mounts 2
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I realize they're a bit more money but if I could offer a suggestion, go for a wire feed welder. The arc welder is a good tool to have but for bicycle work it's gonna take a lot more practice to be usable than the wire feed (MIG) machine. I have an arc machine but haven't fired it for years. I use the MIG and TIG (heli-arc) for everything. I'll look for a link for you, don't have one handy, but Hobart, Miller and Lincoln all make excellant little 120 volt machines that are well suited for anything up to 1/4". I'd stay away from the cheap-o off-brand wire feeds that you see at WallyWorld, Home Depot, Harbor Freight etc. They are hard to get parts for and nearly impossible to get repaired if you have problems. Spend the extra $ and go for a gas machine, one that uses Argon/CO2 mix. The gasless units are okay but the welds aren't nearly as pretty as with a gas welder. Another plus for the wire feed is the amount of time you'll need to master the art of sticking metal together. I've taught guys to use MIG, and make respectable welds in one day. This probably isn't what you wanted to hear but you did ask. Check here: Hobart Welders - Products - Wire Feed Welders
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:27 AM
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Oh man Tom, is why I asked you and thank you big time. Really was 2 cheap and knew there had to be some bad down side. I have a rule about cheap tools that every time I forget, I regret it. Don't scrimp on tools.

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if you only need it once, buy a cheap tool
if you are going to use it again, buy the best you can afford
advice my grampa gave me many moons ago
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if you only need it once, buy a cheap tool
if you are going to use it again, buy the best you can afford
advice my grampa gave me many moons ago
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Last night I used a pair of Weiss aviation snips that I bought new in 1964. They still cut, never been sharpened and have never failed me. I think I paid about $20.00 for them, and that was big money for a hand tool in 64. Hats off to grandpas. They're always full of good advice.
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K2 Big Easy Deuce Hands Down the best bike I have built to date #11

1st the brakes on this bike not being disc will stop on a dime.

2nd comfort is out of this world

3rd style is right on new & old mix

4th quality parts

I never thought I would dig any thing new school but this bike is a rider. I feel as if I could ride for hours where as the old style cruisers that I was building are great to look at but ok to ride.

Enjoy the pics.

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Old 05-15-2009, 10:39 AM
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Nice lookin' bike.

And what clever place to mount your CDI! Out of the way, to give a cleaner, less cluttered look.

Wonder if I can steal your idea and move mine similarly.

Cheers,

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Old 05-15-2009, 10:48 AM
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I had to use 2 mounting blocks so it seemed like a good place to put it.

It hides the blocks


Thank you for the compliment

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Old 05-15-2009, 02:05 PM
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I used a Trek / city limit which is an expensive bike thinking I would ride it. We the motor fit perfect. My buddy who has 3 walmart bikes say mine rides so much better, but I did pay $300 for the bike. I just got it together and probably wont leave the big neighborhood I live in and it pleanty fast. Great hobby with lots to learn as far as tossing out the hardwear and buying nylocks and better bolts..
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Huffy Santa Fe: SoCalBicycles.com - Men's Huffy 26 inch "Santa Fe" Beach Cruiser - Riverside, CA

Basic made in China cruiser. Scored mine at Sears on clearance for $70.

Pro's: Nice sturdy frame. After about 400 to 500 miles I have no problems there. It went together easily. I didn't ride it for any length before motorizing it so I cannot comment there.

Con's: The same problem with flimsy fender mounts in the front that others have reported. The rear coaster hub gave me problems from go. There is something in there clicking that I am sure will eventually fail big time.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:37 PM
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Fin, take it apart and give grease and a look? If it is making a "help me" sound. We need you safe and sound. (OK, safe ain't none of us sound)
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